Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

May 20, 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 (College of Public Administration and 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), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), 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), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Matt Graham (for Soctt Joyce, Housing), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Strauss Computing and IT Center)

Guests
Richard Anderson (Computing and IT Center), John Berra (UNT Libraries), C. R. Chevli (Computing and IT Center), Jim Ed Clark (UNT Health Science Center), Justin Coumbs (Computing and IT Center), Cathy Gonzalez (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), James Hendrickson (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Computing and IT Center), Krysta Kaye (UNT Libraries), Claudia Lynch (Computing and IT Center), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Don McClure (Computing and IT Center), Tom McElwee (Computing and IT Center), Jason Myre (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Curry Searl (College of Arts and Sciences), Clete Spehr (College of Arts and Sciences), Craig Terrell (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center), David Wood (Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (Computing and IT Center)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes from May 6, 2005, were approved as written .

C.R. Chevli gave a presentation on "Multicast Support on UNTNET." It included a two page handout. CR mentioned that multicast started out as a research project and, wasn't well funded during it development, which has caused some problems. We are getting over those problems now, however. Ghost is the most visible multicast application here at UNT and C.R. talked about setting that up correctly so that it doesn't bring the network down when it is being deployed.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner gave a report on SkillPort. The company had made unacceptable changes to the UNT SkillPort site, she complained and was successful in getting them to set up the site so that it is easy to use and self-explanatory. She gave a brief tour of the updated site. Elizabeth also talked about Knowledgenet and the fact that GroupWise training will be added to that in the not too distant future. Also, they have promised Office 2003 training. She mentioned that there are still a few slots available and that if anyone has requests for specific topics they should contact her.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business reported.

NEW BUSINESS

Philip reported that he had been asked by Maurice to talk about the results of a Faculty Senate survey of the faculty with regard to academic computing. GroupWise was mentioned in quite a few comments with a number of perceived problems highlighted. Discussion ensued regarding the support of Groupwise for faculty and it was the consensus of the group that additional effort in Groupwise training and education could address some of the frustration felt by some faculty.

Mike Hatch requested a presentation at some point in the near future on using a remote wake-up procedure for pushing McAfee updates to PCs in the College of Business in the wee hours of the morning.

AREA STATUS REPORTS

Cathy Gonzalez introduced James Hendrickson as a new employee. She also mentioned that Kalawati Chevli, C.R.'s wife, has joined the EIS team, working under Dave Mukherjee. Cathy announced that the EIS training group will be giving RDS training in the near future as well as WEBCT Vista training for faculty on the topic of grade reporting.

Yancey Yeargan reported that data updates to the LDAP server were working consistently after some changes necessary to support data changes in EIS course information.

Philip reminded the group that there is a new version of Bulk Mail out now.

Joe Adamo remarked that there is now a ring typology connecting UNT, HSC in Ft. Worth, and the Research Park. He also reported that there is now fiber between Denton and Dallas via LEARN and that this will increase bandwith significantly -- we will eventually have a full gigabit ring.

Mike Hatch reported that they have discovered power problems in COBA that probably affect the whole campus. They have to do with old wiring that is not capable of handling the power requirements of the newer computer equipment. They are having to have their wiring updated.

Claudia Lynch suggested that one way to handle questions about GroupWise is to run a series of "tips and tricks" type articles in Benchmarks Online. Jason Gutierrez indicated that he might be amenable to doing that.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 am.  The next meeting will be June 3, 2005.
 


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