Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

December 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), Ben Bigby (College of Music), 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), 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), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center), Jim Byford for Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), 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), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Don McClure for Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Stormy Shippy for Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center)
, Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
Rich Anderson (Computing and IT Center), David Banks (VMWare), Howard Draper (Computing and IT Center), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center),  Nancy Fisher (Computing and IT Center), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Nassos Galiopoulos (College Public Admin & Comm. Services), Michael Herredia (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner(CITC Student Computing), John Hooper (Computing and IT Center), Krysta Kaye (Computing and IT Center), Eric Lundgren (VMWare), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Gabe Marshall (Computing and IT Center), Steven McKay (Computing and IT Center), Christopher Myhill (Dell), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Lawana Robinson (Computing and IT Center), Lorenzo Robles (College of Arts & Sciences), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Mike Sanders (Dallas Center), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Curry Searle (College of Arts & Sciences), James Strawn (College of Arts & Sciences GAL Lab Manager), Paul Vercher (Computing and IT Center), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), David Wood (Computing and IT Center), David Wright (College of Education), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from November 18, 2005, were approved with correction.  It was also announced that Sandy Burke is officially retiring from UNT on December 31, 2005.

EAZ-FIX Workstation Administration Software

Mike Hatch led a discussion about some alternative software packages used for workstation administration.  Based on several issues such as pricing, usability, etc., it was decided that Deep Freeze would be the best alternative currently.

VMWare Technology

Eric Lundgren of VMWare presented an overview of their solution to buying additional servers.  It is called VMWare and allows for consolidation and containment of multiple servers by the use of virtualization files.  It is also an alternative for business continuity in the case of disaster recovery.  There is also a DFW users group for VMWare users.  Information can be found at http://www.vmware.com/vmug .  Dell Inc. provided lunch for the group from Jason's Deli.

OLD BUSINESS

Joe Adamo gave an update on the evaluation of firewall products on our systems.  A purchase order has been issued for Juniper Firewall.  The equipment should be available the first of the year and will reside in Dallas.  It is expected to integrate in passive mode.  By Spring Break rules should be in place to help migrate to the Firewall.  These policies and procedures will be going through the normal approval track through the IRC Communications Program Group and then the vice-presidents and president.  Input will be given by DCSMT and Data Communications and the Security team in Computing and IT Center.

NEW BUSINESS

AREA REPORTS

Tim Christian reported that College of Arts and Sciences is wanting to drop support of Netscape and move users to Firefox.  Mike Hatch said that College of Business Administration is wanting to also do this.

Howard Draper reported a continuing problem with VNC Recon issues.  He suspects that individuals are mapping targets.  He asked that people noticing activity should let the Security team know.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2006.


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