Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

February 4, 2005

Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), 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), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (Housing), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Burton Lee (College of Music), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Dallas Newell (Enrollment Management), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (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),  Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, 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), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Matt Kernan for Scott Joyce (Housing), Tracy Hansen for Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Jim Byford for Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (College of Engineering), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

T. J. Adamowicz (Police Department), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Rachel Burlage (Computing and IT Center), Justin Cuombe (Computing and IT Center), Tom Delozier (HSC IT Center), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Jason Guttierrez (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (GALMAC Chairperson, Computing and IT Center), Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Claudia Lynch (Computing and IT Center), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Don McClure (Computing and IT Center), Patrick McLeod (Computing and IT Center), Garrett Rumohr (Libraries), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Vincent SantaMaria (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Craig Terrell (Computing and IT Center), Glenn Thorpe
(Computing and IT Center), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Jon Walker (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing & IT Center), Mike Wright (Computing and IT Center), Jason Zorola (Police Department)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from January 7, 2005 were approved as written.

Introduction of the new CITC Director for Administration and Compliance
Philip Baczewski introduced Charlotte Russell in her new title to the group. 

SPSS 13 Licensing and Deployment Issues
Philip Baczewski brought up the licensing and deployment changes in the contract from SPSS for Version 13.  Changes were made by SPSS that affect licenses.  SPSS has added license management to its application which will make it difficult to deploy in labs and via OS images. There are only a few features that are different from Version 12.  For more information, check with Patrick McLeod in the Computing and IT Center.

Groupwise/PDA Synchronization Software Evaluation 
Paul Hons reported the committee evaluating the GW/PDA synchronization software has looked at several packages.  Testing rankings are being placed on a website.  Paul asked that anyone interested in testing the different packages and inputting their results, send him email.  Tim Christian asked if the committee is also looking at the ability to sync to Linux and Apple Operating Systems.  Paul responded that is not currently being evaluated. 

Old Business

 Mike Hatch reported he has received the evaluation Dell Color Printer.  Dell technicians are coming to tweek the printer to see if can enhance quality.  The Management Department will be the first to evaluation the printer, and then it will be moved to the General Access Lab in COBA.  Once testing is completed, it will go back to Computing and IT Center for further distribution for testing.

Jon Walker reported for Travis Brown about Universal Passwords and ID Tree Synchronization.  Aside from UNT Student Storage, passwords will not begin to sync between the UNT and ID trees until March, not likely before Spring Break. When the process begins, it will be per college/dept in order to fit your needs. Meanwhile, please be sure that your servers, clients, and applications are at sufficient version levels; as always, NCS will assist you in this process. Please roll out Universal Password for your containers with strong password policies (necessary if sync'ing bidirectionally) when you are ready. Please refer to the existing Universal Password Policy "UNT Strong Password Policy", which has been approved by the IS Team to be suffficiently strong for synchronization with EUID passwords. You can use this policy, or create one similar specifically for your area.

Mike Hatch pointed out that the password policy for LDAP and Account Management System (AMS) is different from the one for Novell.  LDAP requires 3 of 4 criteria to be met when setting a password.  Novell requires all 4 criteria to be met to implement strong passwords.  This will result in a problem for those desiring to use the LDAP password for Novell.  More information will be forthcoming as the date arrives to synchronize.

Philip Baczewski reported on the status of Matlab site license.  It has moved from UNT legal department to the Matlab legal department.  Will keep the group posted as further developments occur. 

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the courses people requested are still waiting to be delivered.  Skillsoft contract was completed Feb. 1.  KnowledgeNet contract is not finalized yet.   

New Business

Philip Baczewski brought up for discussion the need for areas to use the ID photos from the ID Center. Philip suggested creating a working group to coordinate with Craig Terrell on the procedure to access the ID photos and come up with a common solution to develop picture capabilities. The photo itself is considered to be UNT Directory information.  If a student has chosen to withhold Directory Information, of course, it can not be used.  Anyone interested in being part of this group should contact Philip.

Mike Hatch reported a Password Confusion problem with the new reporting package for EIS reports, Cyprus.  The package has more restricted characters than required by the Account Management System (AMS) password reset procedure. 

Yancey Yeargan brought up the Adobe licensing issue.  With the changes in the contract, the full Adobe package will cost more to deploy.  Some labs are going to take it out of their system for cost reasons.  The request was made to have DCSMT look into alternatives to creating PDF files.  Yancey Yeargan will lead this group, with Curry Searle on the team.  Others interested in being on this team, please contact Yancey Yeargan.  Problems have also been noted in reading PDF files and using JAWS, the disability accommodation program primarily for the visually impaired.  It was also asked to keep in mind when researching, that many times there are embedded charts and music.

Status Reports 

Tim Christian reported that CAS received their Dell equipment through an approved lease arrangement with Dell.  

Yancey Yeargan reported that the new Network Manager for the College of Engineering will start on February 15.

 Krysta Kaye introduced Scott Jackson as new Interim Network Manager for the Libraries..

 Jason Gutierrez reported on the licensing agreement with Apple.  Before the TAP license ends, we will get Tiger OS.  We will be buying the new AMP license.  As new information is available, Jason will be getting information out to the departments.

Charlotte Russell reported that Richard Anderson will be unavailable for the next 2 weeks.  If anyone has security issues, contact Charlotte or Howard Draper.  Introduced 2 new security interns, Rachel Burlage and Vincent SantaMaria.  Charlotte is also stepping down as recording secretary.  Sandy Burke will be taking over this function for DCSMT.

Tom Delozier reported that HSC is also very interested in information about password synchronization issues with Novell and LDAP.

Tim Christian reported that CAS has evaluated a small PC for Micromaintenance. CAS did not give it a favorable review because of a fan whining noise, the footprint is bigger than the Biostar, and the the screws on the case easily strip.

Philip Baczewski reported that Chris Cofer is resigning the end of February.  Matt Duncan is the new manager for Unix Services.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.

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