Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

November 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 (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
Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford for Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Michael Lynn for Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Don McClure for Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center) Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Garrett Rumohr for Scott Jackson (Libraries)

Guests
T. J. Adamowicz (Police & Traffic), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center),  Rich Anderson (Computing and IT Center), Keith Cullum (Dell), Matt Duncan (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Nassos Galiopoulos (College Public Admin & Comm. Services), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner(CITC Student Computing), Shane Jester (Computing and IT Center), Chris L'Hommedium (Intel), Maurice Leatherbury (Computing and IT Center), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Steven McKay (Computing and IT Center), Kenn Moffitt (University Communications and Marketing), Jason Myre (CITC Network Computing Services), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), James Strawn (College of Arts & Sciences GAL Lab Manager), Murray Swanger (Intel), Paul Vercher (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from November 4, 2005, were approved.

FrontPage Server Extension Phase-out Plan

Shane Jester presented a timeline to begin phasing out the use of FrontPage extensions since they are no longer supported for the UNIX platform.  They also have numerous known and unknown un-patched exploits, and we cannot afford to have www.unt.edu defaced.  Known issues include end-users familiarity with FrontPage, and their not possessing the knowledge and skill required to develop websites.  The Central Web Support group will help develop alternative tools, provide training, and provide extensive assistance in website conversions.  The goal is to begin the conversion away from FrontPage on January 2, 2006, and hopefully have the project completed by May 31, 2006.  Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner is looking into CBT courseware for DreamWeaver.

Intel Dual-core Processor Technology

Murray Swanger and Chris L'Hommedieu of Intel Corporation presented an overview of the latest multicore technology designed to bring parallelism to everyone.  Intel has software tools to help optimize business value.  The Intel Xeon balanced platform generational improvements included power and thermal environments, demand based switching, VT hardware based virtualization, and fully buffered DDR2 DIMMs.

OLD BUSINESS

Yancey Yeargan reported that his area is going to be offering OES for Linux training.  He asked for input from the group as to what needs to be covered in the training.

Philip Baczewski also reported that the old ID Cards need to be replaced by March 1, 2006.  Information has gone out to those needing to update their ID cards with this information.

NEW BUSINESS

Tim Christian asked the group if they would be interested in an hour-long session on VMWare.  It was decided to invite them to DCSMT for a presentation.

AREA REPORTS

Maurice Leatherbury reported that Cognos software has been installed and the project for having a reporting package is moving forward.  No training programs have been announced as yet.  The CITC area did get funding on the remodeling project at the Research Park.  It is hoped to be complete by Spring Break, 2006.

Mike Hatch reported a problem encountered Nov. 4-5.  A switch configuration change was needed the evening of Nov. 4.  Because of some problems with software releases on the switches, a bigger portion of campus was impacted leading to problems the next morning in the College of Business.  It was resolved quickly.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported on a problem with the Skillport login page showing a Cold Fusion error.  Email Elizabeth and she will give out the URL to bypass this page.  She also reported on the CBT site for Adobe education.  It now has an upgraded tutorial that includes a URL to test the user's browser for the correct versions of software needed to run the program.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2005.


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