Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

September 16, 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), 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), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Joyce (Housing), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
Aaron Akin (Housing), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Justin Coumbs (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), Judy Hunter (Willis Lab Manager), Matt Kernan (Housing), Maurice Leatherbury (Computing and IT Center), Claudia Lynch (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), Mike Sanders (Univ. System Center at Dallas), Andrew Stein (Computer Sciences), Chris Stoermer (College of Business Administration), James Strawn (GALMAC Chairperson), Steve Vocelka (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 September 2, 2005, were approved.

IBM World Community Grid (Maurice Leatherbury, CITC)

UNT is joining the IBM World Community Grid, a research at home concept. UNT's participation would comprise about 4000 workstations at the most.  See the following website: http://worldcommunitygrid.org.  UNT is waiting for approval of legal agreements to use UNT logo and IBM logo.  The Community is comprised of a number of different science and commercial entities. A board oversees what is used by this application. UNT could get in at the ground floor.   Joining this entity was introduced by Chancellor Jackson.  Tim Christian, College of Arts and Sciences representative, hasn’t had any problem running platforms under Windows 2000 and XP.  Participation by each college and individual users will be voluntary.   With centrally managed desktops, there may be an additional cost to deploy.

EAZ-FIX  (Chris Stoermer, COBA)

Chris Stoermer reported on the use of EAZ-FIX, V. 7.1.2 as a means to help the College of Business Administration keep their desktop standard. They have been testing the management product. The EAZ-FIX Client does all it says it will do. The manager product has some limitations. The company is trying to put most of client functionality in the manager. COBA has forwarded suggestions about other enhancements available in old product so they can add these also. Have positive feedback on client, but manager has some to go before it is a viable management tool. Other piece is “EZ Clone”. Took a while to get it working. Through testing, COBA  has found it is not compressed, so image is very slow. Mike Wright was talking to them about a site license, but no update on progress. Cost per node depends on number of workstations, so an enterprise license is being considered. Paul Hons is going to do a cost comparison.

College of Arts and Sciences has not yet tested EAZ-FIX. It uses Deepfreeze, which does basically the same thing. A feature of Deepfreeze is when a machine reboots, it gets reset to original settings. You can assign a certain area on hard drive that is permanently unprotected. Students can use that drive letter for “student storage”.  This is a setting for EAZ-FIX.

Netware – LDAP Synchronization.  (Philip Baczewski and Yancey Yeargan, CITC)

Yancey reported an attempt to populate EMPLID into NDS records to synchronize email addresses.  EUID has been populated in some cases, but the new standard will include EMPLID.  Yancey asked if there were any technical issues discussed to adding this field.   EUIDs are generated early on at the same time as the EMPLID.  The intent is to have both in Novell tree.  If a user has a top-level alias, it will take preference for publication as the preferred e-mail address. 

One mechanism suggested for getting data into system was to have Yancey generate lists of network ids for different areas to populate. Beyond transition period, network managers will populate EMPLID and EUID when Novell accounts created. A suggested timeframe was by November 1 to get info back from target areas.  It was asked if a Lock Code could be initiated to keep automatic process from changing preferred address.

OLD BUSINESS

Students unable to login on CSCI system and Novell system need to contact Craig Terrell if the problem is related to password sychronization.

NEW BUSINESS

Paul Hons reported that new lab machines are being set up. He reported the Sony DVD burning software does not have a player. Mike Hatch found workaround for Intel towers. The motherboard CD will install player. Sony or NTI could use version 6 of the product with a player. Media Player 10 could lock up with complicated menu structure. Micro maintenance is going to include that both player and burner are included in software from now on.

AREA REPORTS

Yancey Yeargan reported EUIDs with Oracle accounts given the same expiration period of 120 days for expiration instead of just 60. Password can be resynced by Helpdesk upon request to Helpdesk. Yancey is considering giving capability to resync passwords to individual network managers.

James Strawn reported that he is the new chair of GALMAC and will be representing this group at DCSMT.

Joe Adamo reported that Datacomm was doing things in the Wide Area network to eliminate hops in redundancy. That is working as of last week. As of this week some additional internet bandwidth has been installed as redundant bandwidth.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00am.  The next meeting will be October 7, 2005.



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