Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2004

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), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Paul Hons (College of Education),  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), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center)

Philip Baczewski (Computing and IT Center), Travis Brown (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center),  Tracy Hansen (Computing and IT Center), Richard Harris (Computing and IT Center),  Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Matt Kernan (Computing and IT Center),  Jason Myre (Computing and IT Center), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Glenn Thorpe (Computing and IT Center), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from August 6, 2004 will be approved at the September 3, 2004 meeting.

Instant Messaging Subcommittee
Jason Gutierrez reported that the instant messaging subcommittee has not met.  GWIM is running in COE.  The Jabber server is up and running.  Testing is slow.  LDAP authentication is required.

The Health Science Center has been using yahoo instant messenger but they are testing jabber.  Wil Clark will test jabber at the UNT System Center at Dallas.  GroupWise Instant Messenger requires internal GW authentication. 

More information will be available in two weeks.   The group is considering naming the system " Scrappy Chat" or "Eagle Chat". 

Password Expiration
Allen Bradley reported that password expiration will begin on September 20, 2004.  Expiration will be based on the last digit of the euid.   The expiration schedule will be posted on the AMS page.  Reminders for users will be sent through bulk mail and GroupWise everyone messages.  Expiration notices will be delivered one week prior to the effective date.  Upon expiration, users will be required to set a strong password.

Travis Brown reported that other initiatives will be implemented during the password expiration initiative, including grace logins, grace limits, disabled logins, password expiration time, password expiration interval, and intruder lockout. Security violations that occur in the NDS tree will case the account be locked.  Passwords set to expire after 120 days will require that NDS passwords also expire within 120 days.  At this time, password update in the NDS tree has not been enabled.  

Restrictions can be changed for areas who have stricter controls on account expiration. System administrator account expiration should occur more frequently and should not be susceptible to the 120 day rule.

Travis will send a message to the netman mail group to make everyone more aware.

Old Business

New Business

Status Reports
Scott Windham reported that he is building out new buildings. 

Mike Maner reported that datacomm is networking the new buildings.  Students move into the dorms on Sunday.

Charlotte  Russell reported on a new security brochure.  The brochure includes information about euid and pasword security, email security, virus and worm protection, file backup, system patches, spyware, internet browsing tips, copyright violations and physical security tips.  The brochure has been placed in general access labs, at the CITC Helpdesk, and also in dormitories.  The file is also available for download from http://www.unt.edu/security/securecomputer/IsYourCompSecure.pdf.

Jason Myre announced that he began working on a new system login banner for the GroupWise client.   Plans are to require user acknowledgement before GroupWise will launch. 

Jason also reported that CITC now authenticates to GroupWise using e-Directory passwords.

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 am.


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