Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

December 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 (Housing), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Executive Director of Information Technology and Academic Computing), Burton Lee (College of Music), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Dallas Newell (Enrollment Management), 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), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing and IT Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Joyce (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), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Mike Wright (Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (College of Engineering), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
T.J. Adamowicz (Police Department), Richard Anderson (Computing and IT Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing and IT Center), Travis Brown (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Howard Draper (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), Tracy Hansen (Computing and IT Center), Bill Jones (UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth), Krysta Kaye (Libraries),  Matt Kernan (Computing and IT Center), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center),  Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Garret Rumohr (Libraries), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Curry Searle (College of Arts and Sciences), Glenn Thorpe
(Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center)

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

Single Sign-On and Alias Accounts
Travis Brown  reported that he met with Robert Jones and Vicky Walker-Brooks to discuss euid alias' .  The Health Science Center would like to have the ability to log into EIS using their Novell accounts. UNT Denton would like to implement something similar. All ids would have to be unique and there would have to be a verification check against the UNT tree, the top level alias, and the Health Science Center tree.    There is no need for DCSMT to take any actions at this time.  The infrastructure for this project must be developed and comparisons will be taken. Implementation will take place at the Health Science Center first. 

ePolicy Orchestrator
Glenn Thorpe reported that ePolicy Orchestrator is set up.  He passed around account information to Network Managers. Several groups have already begun using ePO.  Some groups will manage their own servers. 

LEARN Network
Maurice Leatherbury reported on the statewide fiber optic network.  Thirty-two institutions have joined the network.  UT Tyler Health Center joined last month.  Development and planning for the the statewide optical network is still underway. Contracts are being put into place.  The state of Texas appropriated 10 million and the  Lt. Governor plans to release the funds.  An agreement has been arranged for distribution of the funds. $5 million should be available by January 5. 

The NT Gigapop Management Council met yesterday.  The statewide network is critical in order for K-12 schools and non-Internet 2 members to connect and communicate. 

Old Business
None.

New Business
Maurice reported that today's DCSMT meeting will be the last meeting in which is will serve as chairperson.  Dr. Philip Baczewski has been named the new Director of Acacemic Computing and will begin chairing the committee in January. Maurice reported that he will be attending as time permits. He thanked DCSMT for all of the group's cooperation and said that DCSMT is the envy of most institutions around the state-- a very good, productive way of communicating.

Status Reports
Krysta Kaye reported that a power outage is scheduled for December 27th.  Several buildings on campus will be affected. Libraries is planning to be out of service from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Krysta also reported that carpet will be replaced in one the main offices.  This will entail asbestos abatement.

Gary Mathews reported that the power outages will affect several other buildings on campus. Bruce Pollock will forwardmore information regarding the power outage to network managers. 

Mike Maner reported that Datacomm is aware of the scheduled power outage. 

Scott Windham reported that new communication closets are being build-out in electrical engineering and at the new athletics facility on the Eagle Point campus. 

Glenn Thorpe reported that McAfee 8.0i will be available for purchase in the UNT Bookstore in the spring.  The anti-virus website will be updated as well.   

Mike Hatch reported that he has been shuffling monitors to different locations on campus.  460 were delivered to MMS and 512 came arrived.  All monitors were delivered within three days.   The Athletics department will be taking all of COBA's old lab tables.   

Mike also reported that he has gotten no responses on the Dell color printer question.  It appears to no one is using them.   

Maurice reported that Dell promised to give both he and Tim Christian a high-end Dell color laser printer but they have not heard from Dell. Either Tim or Maurice will contact Dell. 

Jason Gutierrez reported that he will be conducting GW server migrations next week.  GWIM will be moving to different hardware, several service pack updates will be made and some servers will be migrated from Netware 6.0 to Netware 6.5.  Schedules will be announced to DCSMT. Will be Some changes will take place after grades are complete.  Other changes will take place in January. 

Mike Wright reported that he has only gotten two responses for requests for site license information on NERO.  He needs to know how how many CD and DVD burners are installed in machines on campus as well as those designated for home use.

Roy Zumwalt reported that several TAMS students received early college admission.

Charlotte Russell reported that CITC users must tighten the security on their workstations (enforce account lockout, enable auditing, use of strong passwords) before they will allowed to continue to use NetMeeting.  They must also provide justification for its use. A permanent solution for replacing NetMeeting will be to build a VPN  infrastructure.  Information security will be working with Chris Cofer.

 Travis Brown reported that Patrick Dolan resigned.  NCS is looking for someone with Linux experience to fill the vacant computer support specialist three position.  

Philip Baczewski reported on the strong password implementation.  74% of UNT Denton faculty and staff have set passwords to a strong value.   A message was sent to students last week. 20% of students have changed their passwords.  33% of HSC faculty and staff have changed passwords. 

The purchase order for the Matlab site license has been approved but it is still in purchasing.

Research and Statistical Support services plans to expand licenses for Envivo quantitative analysis programs (text-based statistical analysis) to 32 licenses. 

The Remedy programming position has been filled by Don McClure, a certified software systems engineer.  He will be joining begin working on Monday.

Nick Anderson reported that SOVA is involved in a scheduled power outage on December 22, 2004. 

Bill Jones reported that Travis gave an update on the projects that HSC is working on for authentication.  HSC is preparing for the winter break.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:50 am.

 


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