Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

December 5, 2003

Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Cyndie Harris (UNT Facilities), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (UNT Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing and IT Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (Universities Center at Dallas), Kirk Kelly (Housing), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Executive Director of Information Technology and Academic Computing), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Brad Varcoe (Police Department), Mike Wright (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Ginger Boone (University Union), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center),  Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (UNT Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing and IT Center), Paul Hons (College of Education),  Kirk Kelly (Housing),  Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Brad Varcoe (Police Department)

Philip Baczewski (Computing and IT Center), Travis Brown (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford (ABN Support), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), Robert Jones (Computing and IT Center), Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Scott Krejci (GALMAC), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Dennis Scroggins (Computing and IT Center), Mike Williams (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from November 21, 2003  were approved as written.

Insertion of Valid E-Mail Addresses into Electronic Directory
Travis Brown asked DCSMT to reach a consensus on a suitable methodology for inserting valid e-mail addresses into the electronic directory as well as how to establish links between an employee and their on-line identity (euid, preferred e-mail address and netware id) during the time period when the employee has not been officially added to the payroll.  At the November 21, 2003 meeting, several colleges mentioned that it would be more convenient for administrators to modify e-mail addresses as opposed to placing the burden on users.   

As a temporary solution, network managers will send euids (which can be found in Remedy) along with preferred e-mail addresses to Travis, who will initially populate the directory with preferred e-mail addresses.  An extension or development of an application similar to what the Helpdesk uses will be made available to distributed support areas that will allow the submission of data or queries, the creation of an e-mail id, the creation or modification of netware ids, and the creation of the top level e-mail alias.  A process will be created to audit logs and search for employees whose employment status does not reflect an employment/association with UNT.  The distributed application will be available by January (the first quarter of next year.)

Old Business
Philip Baczsewski  reminded DCSMT that  EIS training has been arranged for DCSMT members. The last class before Christmas is scheduled for this coming Monday. Slots are still available.

Next week, the Helpdesk will do a round of training on Remedy 5.5. There is a class scheduled for next Wednesday (two classes in ISB 203), and also on Monday at 2:00 and Friday at 9:00 at the Research Park. DCSMT areas are welcome to send staff to 5.5 training.

More specialized courses will be designed for change management, reports, etc. On-line training is also in development.

New Business

Status Reports
Chris Strauss reported that Axton and Travis have been working on data flow structure for E-dir. Chris and Axton are re-pointing Remedy data to the new E-dir structure. The best way to update demographic data is to contact Human Resources. Customized changes should not be made in the LDAP server. Remedy is now much more a client application of LDAP.

Bulk updates made in LDAP will continue to be applied as a record update in Remedy, but changes made to Remedy will not update LDAP.

Note: Micromaintenance is shipping towers with XP Pro and they are password protected. Ask Monty about the password.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that Jaws 5.0 CDs are now available. The on-line registration system is now set to be implemented during the second quarter of next year. Continue to use authorization disks. Elizabeth is testing the placement of the authorization file on a server which machines could point to. 

Zoom text 8 is on order.

SPSS 12 is being tested by research and statistical services staff. It will most likely be available after the start of the spring semester (for roll out to distributed images.)

Philip Baczewski reported that SAS 9.1 will arrive in a week or two and will be available for individual lab installation early in spring semester but not prior to spring (pending testing).  

Mike Williams reported that he has received questions about Ghost 8. The Symantec website indicates that it will be available on December 15. Mike will notify DCSMT when it is available.

Paul Hons reported that COE is evaluating a Dell printer. The model is equivalent to an HP 4300 with duplex capabilities and extra paper tray. No problems have occurred considering 8000 pages have been printed (no problems with NDPS). Cartridges can only be purchased from Dell- 18,000 copies to 26,000. The printer has a 500 mhz processor. Dell is offering 30% less than HP. 

Mike Hatch asked if anyone was in the market for a slightly used HP 8100 printer that comes with apaper tray.  If interested, contact Mike.

DCSMT reached a unanimous decision to cancel the December 19, 2003 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m.


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