Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2004

Members
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), Yancey Yeargan (College of Engineering), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts),  Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences),  Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), 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), 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), Yancy Yeargan (College of Engineering)

Guests
Richard Anderson (Computing and IT Center), John Berra (UNT Libraries), Travis Brown (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Cengiz Capan (College of Business Administration), Patrick Dolan (Computing and IT Center), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Tracy Hansen (Computing and IT Center), Lee Haughton (UNT Facilities), Judy Hunter (UNT Libraries), Krysta Kaye (UNT Libraries), Matt Kernan (Computing and IT Center), Frank Lugo (Computing and IT Center),  Jason Myre (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Dennis Scroggins (Computing and IT Center), Glenn Thorpe (Computing and IT Center), Mike Williams (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from April 2, 2004  were approved as written.

EUID Password Aging and Strong Passwording
DCSMT discussed initiatives to provide enforcement of password aging and the use of strong passwords on campus computing systems.  Enforcement is required in order for systems to maintain an acceptable level of security.  This comes as a result of recent machine compromises which involved weak passwords. A handout was provided by the Information Security team describing password strength requirements. 

Enforcement will begin only after systems are ready.   Baselines for composition, restrictions, aging, lock-out, and expiration will be established.  Decisions on password strength and aging may be based on the critical nature of the affected system.  Role-based expiration may also be considered.  A timeline for implementation has not been determined.  (Novell client 6.5 SP1 will help with enforcement policies.)

Travis Brown will provide an expired account for areas to use for testing. 

Network Security Scan
Richard Anderson reported that Information Security will be conducting a security scan of the network.  Scanning is scheduled to begin on Monday morning.  A notice will be sent to netman with IP addresses on Monday.  Send e-mail to Rich if specific machines should not be scanned.  State auditors will also be conducting a scan during mid-May.

Old Business
None.

New Business
None.

Status Reports
Patrick Dolan reported that info.unt.edu will be accessible with public information in approximately two weeks.   Services which provide address-book type information will point to this server.

Travis Brown reported that data represented on info.unt.edu will be limited to current faculty, staff and students.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the web based CBT system should be up and running soon.  An announcement will be made along with an extensive Benchmarks article.  Authentication will be required. 

Elizabeth also reported that data from the student computing survey will be made publicly available via the web next week, and, that E-views 5 will be made available on the server next week. 

Daren Dugan announced that anyone who is ready to upgrade to Netware 6.5 should contact him.

Mike Williams reported that he sent e-mail to network managers that E-Policy Orchestrator software  is available to test with the firewall.  Tests should be conducted as soon as possible.  

Mike also reported that McAfee Enterprise version 7.1 will be made available within the next few days.  

Mike Wright reported that he will make updated Macromedia information available to network managers.

Tim Christian reported that in the wake of recent embezzlement problems CAS is considering lowering access privileges from administrative levels to power user level and will also conduct more auditing.

Tim also reported on a Novell Linux seminar.  Novell is headed towards Linux, offering server as well as desktop software.  They are dropping Microsoft products .  Daren added that the netware platform will remain available as the Linux platform rolls out.

Paul Hons reported that Facilities is orchestrating a power outage next week in order to change a transformer.  A large generator will come on-line to keep communications closets and servers up and running.  Regular power is scheduled to be down for three days.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am.

 


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