Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

October 7, 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), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
Nick Anderson (Facilities), Matthew Barnhart (CITC Distributed Learning Support), Justin Cuombs (CITC Network Computing Services), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Glen Haubold (Facilities), Lee Haughton(Facilities), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner(CITC Student Computing), Krysta Kaye (UNT Libraries), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Mike Maner (CITC Data Communications), Don McClure (CITC Remedy), Jason Myre (CITC Network Computing Services), Jackie Stanczk (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Andrew Stein (Computer Sciences), Chris Stoermer (College of Business Administration), James Strawn (GALMAC Chairperson), Paul Vercher (CITC Distributed Learning Administrator), Steve Vocelka (CITC Computer Operations), Scott Windham (CITC Data Communications), David Wood (CITC Security), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from September 16, 2005, were approved.

Power Maintenance Update (Glen Haubold, Facilities)

Glen Haubold spoke to the events described in the E-mail message (below) that was sent out to the campus on Oct. 6:

Replacement of the electrical feeder that failed on September 26th is
scheduled for Sunday, October 9th; installation of the new service will
require that power be interrupted to GAB, ISB, and Masters. Computers are the
lifeblood of the University and to that end computing and network resources in
GAB and ISB will be kept available through generators.

Lot 8 between Bruce and Terrill will be closed Saturday morning to allow large
rolls of wire to be brought in. On Sunday morning power to Masters will be
turned off at 6am. Generators will be connected to designated ISB and GAB CITC
loads, and as soon as these generators can be wired and spooled up - 6:15 to
6:30 am on Sunday morning - electric power will be cut to GAB and ISB.

Denton Municipal Electric serves the UNT system via four electrical feeders.
Installed in two phases in 1978 and 1982, the UNT electrical distribution
system allows the campus to be sustained as long as two of these feeders are
operational, and it is this redundancy that allows UNT to continue to operate
at present even with a failed feeder wire.

This electrical feeder is being upgraded in capacity, as was the one between
Wooten and the Union that was replaced because of failure earlier this year.
Facilities had plans to upgrade the entire electrical distribution system but
with the recent failures that replacement has been accelerated. This work will
be ongoing over the next several years, although a significant number of the
wire sections can be changed without power outages.

...

Information about this and other Facilities work may be found on our website:
http://www.facilities.unt.edu/index.cfm

Glen Haubold 
Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance 
University of North Texas 
940-369-7358 
HauboldG@unt.edu

He asked for everyone to advise people in their areas to power down equipment in their offices just in case of an electrical surge, when the power is returned Sunday. The CITC Helpdesk will be open and staffed from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. to answer questions that may come up. Facilities will be updating the Helpdesk every hour on the progress being made.

OLD BUSINESS

Philip noted that old ID cards have SSNs printed on them and it the administration wants those to be replaced with new cards - perhaps by January 2006. He asked if anyone had an application that relies on magnetic strips and/or barcode input. It was noted that the Research Park uses magnetic strips on ID cards to get in and out of the building.

Philip stated that in order to combat identity theft, we need to try and eliminate all lists of names and SSNs on databases etc. stored on individuals' workstations. SSNs have yet to be eliminated from the LDAP directory. They have already been eliminated from CheckIn. He asked anyone who had comments on this to contact him via E-mail (Baczewski@unt.edu)

Yancey stated that he was open for questions about ID synchronization that was discussed in the last DCSMT meeting. He noted that he had sent E-mail to the NETMAN list outlining the process of attempting to match many of the accounts in the UNT directory (Novell accounts) to the IDTREE directory (a.k.a. Account Management System).

Jason Gutierrez delivered the final report from the ad hoc committee on Instant Messaging. GroupWise Instant Messenger was chosen as the centrally supported platform. He noted that no one was compelled to use the GroupWise IM client but that many people had expressed an interest.

NEW BUSINESS

No New Business was discussed.

AREA REPORTS

Chris Strauss stated that he and Don were in the process of deleting records with SSN and replacing them with EMPLID in Remedy. The Dept. ID info is now being updated nightly, thanks to a live feed from the PeopleSoft data. Also discussed was the pending need to upgrade Remedy to a new version. Tim Christian asked about the possibility of switching from Remedy to another similar product. Discussion followed. Philip stated that such a move might be considered in the future, if there were compelling reasons to switch.

Paul Vercher was introduced to the group. He replaced Austin Laird as CITC Distributed Learning Administrator.

Jason Gutierrez stated that that his group will be moving GroupWise servers to a new gigabit Switch. It was decided that Sunday morning would be a good time to do that due to the aforementioned power maintenance to be done at that time anyway.

Uwe Rossbach warned about problems that they had been having in the Engineering Dept. with an array from HP. They lost two drives in one week. They also had a switch burn out which caused a lot of server problems.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner noted that SkillPort has now been updated and KnowledgeNet was in the process of being updated also. New Project Management CBT is now available via SkillPort. She is working on the contracts for next year in hopes that they will be done before the last minute.

Tim Christian mentioned that he had learned from Renaldo L. Stowers, UNT Associate General Counsel, that EMPLID should be treated the same was as SSN according to FERPA rules. He promised to post something to the NETMAN list following the meeting with Stowers' statement on the subject. This lead to a discussion about the rationale for dropping SSN for EMPLID or even EUID, for that matter, in terms of the ability to make any of those available to the public.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for October 21, 2005.


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