Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2005

Members
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
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 at Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Scott Joyce (Housing), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Chris Strauss Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (College of Engineering), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
Howard Draper (Computing and IT Center), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Nassos Galiopoulos (School of Community Service), Jason Guttierrez (Computing and IT Center), Tracy Hansen (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (GALMAC Chairperson, Computing and IT Center), Judy Hunter (Libraries), Bill Jones (HSC), Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Matt Kernan (Housing), Claudia Lynch (Computing and IT Center), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Don McClure (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), Stormy Shippy (Computing and IT Center), Glenn Thorpe
(Computing and IT Center)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from February 4, 2005 were approved as written.

Demonstration of Adobe Online Education Website
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner gave a presentation about the offerings on the Adobe website, Education division, http://www.adobe.com/education/training/main.html  for free training modules on the latest software from Abode.  The course offerings also include basic courses on the internet, how to design a website, etc.  To see the exact details on how to access this information, go to http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/2005/january05/cbt.htm. Included in the article is the following information.  Be sure to bookmark the place you want to go, because otherwise you will have to register each time.

Demonstration of New Microsoft Elearning Titles
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner also reported on the Microsoft e-learning titles.  These modules are only available to faculty and staff as part of our agreement. Students get training modules through our computer based training site - http://www.unt.edu/cbt .  The February 2005 Benchmarks article located at http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/2005/february05/mscbt.htm has detailed info on Microsoft training. The contracts for Knowledge net (Net-G) and Skillsoft have gone through purchasing. Elizabeth will send notices via Netman listserv, GroupWise, and BulkMail about offerings.  The complete Microsoft 2003 suites are offered. A big plus is that the training modules will work on Macintosh, Linux, and Windows. The modules also support Netscape browsers, FireFox and Internet Explorer. This company offers the widest base for user platforms.  People associated with EIS, did get the Crystal 8.5, and Oracle training.  Included in Linux training materials is a course that contrasts Redhat with Debian.  A group of security information training courses have also been added to courses.  Human Resources added courses on workplace training.  The primary site for Computer Based training is http://www.unt.edu/cbt but it is being reorganized.  The February 2005 Benchmarks article is the best source for information on usage.

Old Business

Philip Baczewski updated the group on the status of Matlab site licenses.  The licenses have now been sent back to the UNT legal department for changes.

Philip Baczewski reported an e-mail exchange with Joey Saxon, the director of Student Accounting and Cashiering, who had no objections to the use of ID photos and creating a common solution to develop picture capabilities.  Anyone interested in being a part of this working group on the procedure to access the ID photos, contact Philip.

New Business

Philip Baczewski brought up to the group a request from Dell to discuss their new offerings for desktop and laptops. They offered to buy lunch.  Philip suggested inviting them on March 4 to discuss new product lines. There were no objections for Dell presenting from the group.

Status Reports.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that Jaws 6 is released, but she has not received the media needed to distribute it. Anyone needing immediate access can download Jaws 6 from their website to use for a 30 day demo. When media comes in, Elizabeth will let everyone know.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner also mentioned an issue brought up by her staff concerning Ruckus Network, http://www.ruckusnetwork.com.  This company had an article in the NT Daily on Thursday, February 17, 2005, stating they were in negotiation with UNT for a contract to provide NT students the ability to watch films and download music legally.   Philip Baczewski said the company did make a presentation, and that other companies are also contacting him regarding the same services.  Nothing has been decided yet.

Judy Hunter, Willis Library GAL Manager, reported on the Dell printer assessment in this heavy use area.  She determined that it is a viable alternative. The lab has seen some issues, but for anyone who prints less, it is a good alternative. When problems were reported the first week, Dell installed a duplex add-on and they have not had problems since. The cost relationship of the 5300N Dell versus the HPxxx printer is the initial cost, which is $1000 cheaper. The most cost efficient factor, however, is that it’s maintenance agreement is $300 per year. The Library is currently paying $630 per month to HP for maintenance. Toners for both printers have the same average cost per copy.

Stormy Shippy was introduced to the group as the new part-time network manager with Computing and IT Center reporting to Brenda Kirk..

Charlotte Russell, CITC Director of Administration and Compliance, reported there were a number of errors in the February 18, 2005 NT Daily article entitled "University Computers Monitored."  Intent of article was to talk about copyright violations, which was not mentioned in the article.

Chu Chuah, network manager for SCS, introduced Nassos Galiopoulos, newly hired in SCS.network management area.

Jason Gutierrez, CITC Network Computing Services, asked the group to let him know how many licenses of OS X areas are actually using so he can update his records.  He also reported that Tiger should be out before summer.

Yancey Yeargan, College of Engineering, reported on implementing strong passwords on Novell accounts. When users attempt to change their password, the system doesn’t state why the weak password is not meeting requirements. Gives cryptic error messages. Novell requires all 4 requirements for a strong password, so the end result is the password will be more secure than EUID password.

Chris Strauss, CITC Remedy Administrator, reported a problem that occurred last week when applying a MicroSoft security patch.  The patch changed the behavior of ODBC. The security patch actually checks for secure passwords on his Sequel 7 software now instead of passing it on through. Chris found that he was using and illegal character like semi-colon, parentheses, etc. in his password.  A lot of special characters cannot be used in password, and this information has been passed on to Rich Anderson, CITC Security Analyst. Windows user tool will need to adhere to special password rules. The mid-tier client does not show this problem..

Mike Hatch had problems with passwords being accepted by the EIS report distribution software, Cypress, One reason for the problem turned out to be a replication problem, not invalid characters.

Wil Clark reported he has added a few more computers. Mike Hatch commented that they ran into a problem with transferring equipment from the Dallas campus to the UNT Denton campus.  All physical equipment on Dallas campus had to be issued new UNT decal numbers unique to the Dallas campus.  The old decal numbers were eliminated, and created a problem with the transfer of equipment, which was later resolved.

With no other business, the meeting adjourned at 10:55am.


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