Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

September 17, 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), 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), 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), 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), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing and IT Center), 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), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center)

Guests
Nick Anderson (Facilities), Philip Baczewski (Computing and IT Center), Travis Brown (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Patrick Dolan (Computing and IT Center), Howard Draper (Computing and IT Center), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Cathy Gonzalez (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center),  Tracy Hansen (Computing and IT Center), Richard Harris (Computing and IT Center), Lee Haughton (Facilities), Bill Jones (UNT Health Science Center at Ft. Worth), Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Jason Myre (Computing and IT Center), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Garret Rumohr (UNT Libraries), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Dennis Scroggins (Computing and IT Center), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Vicky Walker-Brooks (Computing and IT Center), David Wright (College of Education), Jason Zorola (Police Department)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from September 3, 2004 were approved with changes.

Instant Messaging Subcommittee
Jason Gutierrez reported that the instant messaging subcommittee has not met since the last DCSMT meeting.  Jason will be installing a new version of the jabber server today.  GWIM is still being testing and seems to be going well. Jason hopes to have more information at the next DCSMT meeting.

Password Aging Progress 
Maurice Leatherbury reported that UNT and UNTHSC student services groups have raised objections about expiring passwords for students.  Maurice will be meeting with the Health Science Center on Monday morning to discuss the issues.  UNT's response to the recent state audit indicated that passwords would be expired by the end of the year.  Until issues are resolved the password expiration project has been placed on hold, but the goal is to complete the expiration process by the end of the year.  Plans to enforce strong passwords will proceed.  Maurice will notify DCSMT as information becomes available.

Demonstration of Password Wizard
Travis Brown gave a demonstration of the AMS password wizard. Users who enter weak passwords may select "strengthen" to receive suggestion(s) for stronger passwords. Password strengthening and the wizard will go into production next week.

DCSMT also discussed issues revolving around the terms "empl id" and "euid".  Students are not necessarily aware of the difference between the two. DCSMT requested the creation of a translation table that will link euid and empl id.  Cathy Gonzalez will investigate.

Old Business
None.

New Business
None.

Status Reports
Cathy Gonzalez reported that EIS teams have been re-organized.  Nancy Fisher, Steve Vocelka and Eric DuChemin's team now reported to John Hooper. Cathy also reported that there is an open database administrator position available on the oracle team. 

Jason Myre reported that GW 6.5 now automatically installs the system banner.  It is packaged into a zip file.  

Steve Vocelka reported that testing has been planned for Saturday night at the Research Park computer room.  Power will be shut down for approximately 1/2 and hour.  This will affect system located in the room. 

Maurice Leatherbury reported that the CITC move to the Research Park has been re-scheduled for January of 2006.   Funding for the move has been made available.

Jason Gutierrez reported that the latest version of java  is required for the CD installation of the mac client.  Jason Myre will add ISOs on CC2.  

Daren Dugan announced that 300 gigabyte drives are now available. 

Bill Jones reported that he is catching up and is also following the progress of the euid password expiration process.

Joe Adamo reported that the wireless system has the ability to support guest ids.  A  web page has been created that will allow authorized users to input guest ids and ids for convention groups.  The web page will be rolled out soon.  Joe will send out more information.

Richard Harris reported that half a dozen staff were nominated for staff contribution awards.   Rory Rivoire, Scott Windham, Vicky Walker-Brooks, Rob Blake, and Phillip Brooks were nominated. 

Richard also reported that he attended an interesting session at Verizon. The topic was "deploying wireless mobility".  Verizon will launch a nationwide broadband wireless network.  The D/FW airport is one of the first locations where the network will be rolled out.  Costs are the same as their express network.  Verizon has embraced treo phones and  blackberrys. These products may be rolled out at the end of the year.

Verizon also plans to run wireless (fiber) to homes.  

Joe Adamo was bragged on by president of Dallas NT Exs.  Joe made an excellent presentation to the group.

A new Sony tablet, TR3A, is now used by Dr. Pohl and UNT vice presidents.  The screens are bright.  There is a built in CD-rom and camera.  The battery lasts all day.   

Mike Hatch reported that he is in the middle of swapping out half of COBA's stock of lab tables.  Additional tables will be added in December.  They are cramming more computers into small spaces. More public access computers will be added to hallways and cafe type tables will be placed in lobby areas. 

Lee Haughton introduced Nick Anderson, new support staff in Facilities.

Maurice reported that the Lt. Governor asked LEARN to submit a polished proposal for the fiber network.  He is concerned that enterprise funds will be used for operational expenses.  Additional cities have been added to the loop: Lubbock, Corpus Christi, Longview, and Denton.  DIR has been charged by the governor to review the proposal.  If state funds are used, DIR has requested inclusion in the project.  The proposal was submitted to the governor last Thursday and contracts are being negotiated.  

Maurice also reported that he attended a conference in Louisiana about a network that is similar to LEARN.  Louisiana has a fiber optic network that connects state institutions.  The governor of Louisiana will fund $10 million each year for 10 years to the Louisiana network.  They expect to generate world class research. 

Several staff members from CITC will be attending a  Dell Executive Briefing November 4-6.  Anyone who is interested in attending should contact Maurice.

The meeting adjourned at 11:25 am.

 


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