Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

July 15, 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), John Berra for Scott Jackson (UNT Libraries), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford for Bruce Pollock (Administration Building, Gateway Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Services), Matt Kernan for Scott Joyce (Housing), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Stoermer for Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center)

Guests
Richard Anderson (Computing & IT Center), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Justin Cuombs (Computing and IT Center), Tom Delozier (Health Sciences Center), Nassos Gallopoulos (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Computing and IT Center), Judy Hunter (UNT Libraries), Bill Jones (Health Sciences Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Computing and IT Center), 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), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center),  Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Andrew Stein (Computer Sciences), Glenn Thorpe (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (Computing and IT Center)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from July 1, 2005 were approved as written.

Encryption of Sensitive Data Resources

Richard Anderson reported a strong recommendation would be forthcoming to run Encryption software on data stored on personal computers, including laptops, both personal and university owned, if saving data that has personal identification information, like the Social Security Number.  There is software available with XP OS.  Tim Christian’s area does not run XP.  A Benchmarks article will include recommendations for software to use.  Laptop computers present a greater risk of data being vulnerable to identity theft since they can be easily removed from campus and stolen.  Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner would be interested in working on security education with students.  A Groupwise message will be sent to all faculty and staff through GW Directory to make them aware of security issues and how to check with their network manages on the use of encryption software.  The email will strongly recommend not keeping old data that has social security numbers on local drives.  If you do have to keep the information, keep it on a network drive.  Security team developed a brochure about security issues. 

Antivirus Contract Renewal

Glenn Thorpe of the Security team of CITC reported the McAfee contract is up for renewal May 2006 and wants input from the group as to ideas on continuing, etc.  Glenn will be putting together a committee to look into what antivirus software to recommend.  Claudia Lynch reported that parents at the orientations were thrilled to know we are using McAfee, having had bad experiences with other software companies.  Issues such as a client available for Mac OS X and Linux availability will be discussed.  Glenn Thorpe will serve as the chairperson of the ad hoc committee created to examine the issue of our virus software contract.  Those volunteering immediately in the meeting included Uwe Rossbach, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Krysta Kaye, Chris Stoermer, and someone from the College of Arts & Sciences.  Email Glenn to join the committee or let him know your thoughts.    Glenn also asked that anyone email him with their thoughts on this subject.

Groupwise 7 Demo

Jason Gutierrez demonstrated Groupwise 7 Beta.  The new version offers a lot of visual enhancements, both to the produce for the clients and the web, as well as more easily allowing customization of fonts, colors, html signature blocks, etc.  Filters and rules are enhanced.  The web version is browser neutral.

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NEW BUSINESS

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AREA STATUS REPORTS

Chris Strauss reported finding a serious problem between LDAP loads and Remedy.  Some faulty information caused 77 out of 317 support staff records to have rights deleted in Remedy.  Chris will need to have the help of network managers in setting up the accounts that need to be replaced in Remedy as support personnel.  It is an entirely manual process.  He will be contacted the affected areas.

Yancey Yeargan reported on problem with forwarding addresses between Eaglemail and AMS.  It has now been resolved. 

Jason Gutierrez reported on the availability of an Outlook plugin with the new GW 7, as well as PDA support. 

Rich Anderson reported on a problem found for those running Veritas Exec.  There is a vulnerability and unless you have kept up with software updates, you are probably hacked.  Check with the Security team.   

Maurice Leatherbury reported on action on NLR and Internet 2.  They are beginning merger talks.  He is not sure how this will play out, but good news to UNT in hope of cost cutting.  Combining the two resources will give users research networking capabilities as well as commodity connectivity that Internet 2 provides.

Bahram Paiani has been working to lessen spam by adjusting the criteria to capture it.  As a result, users should now be seeing more tagged email to BULK.  If some are getting through, send representative emails of those getting through to Bahram.  f your user community is sending opinions, share them with Bahram.

Uwe Rossbach reported the college now has a license for cadence integrated circuit modeling project.

Chris Stoermer reported that COBA has just about finished with their hardware rollout.  Still have about 100 machines left for sale of the older computers.  If interested, contact Cengiz Capan or Mike Hatch.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. The next meeting will be August 5, 2005.


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