Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

February 3, 2006

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), Richard Sanzone (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), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Mike Sanders (substituting for Wil Clark (University Systems Center @ Dallas)), Chris Stoermer (substituting for Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration)), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Scott Joyce (UNT Business Services), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center)

Rich Anderson (Computing and IT Center), John Berra (UNT Libraries), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center Network Computing Services), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Mac Edwards (CITC Helpdesk), Cathy Gonzales (Computing and IT Center EIS Computing), Jason Gutierrez (C IT C Network Computing Services), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Krysta Kaye (CITC Datacomm), Matt Kernan (Housing), Don McClure (CITC Remedy Support), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Lawana Robinson (Computing and IT Center), Curry Searle (College of Arts & Sciences), James Strawn (College of Arts and Sciences GAL Lab Manager), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (CITC Datacomm), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)


Minutes from January 20, 2006, were approved as written.


Paul Hons discussed problems supporting remote Groupwise users, since they are not able to archive mail messages before the 180-day expiration. Philip Baczewski pointed out a Novell support article from 1999 noting this as a problem and the fact that Novell had no solution at that time. Based on the published feature list, archiving may be possible with Groupwise 7. Jason Myre agreed to check whether remote archiving is possible in Groupwise 7. It was noted that some people don't realize that you must start Groupwise desktop client to begin auto-archiving. Tim Christian reported that CAS is using Open VPN on a Linux server to provide remote control desktop services which allows access to desktop archives. Chris Stoermer mentioned that he has seen problems with large archives.


Philip Baczewski reported that a meeting has been scheduled with Dell representatives to discuss Dell printer support issues. College of Education and the Willis Library Lab have experienced the most Dell Printer Support problems and invited other areas to send him descriptions of any problems they've experienced before the Monday 2:00 p.m. meeting.


Philip Baczewski reporte that Peter Sheridan, the new Mathworks marketing representative, has offered to provide a free on-campus seminar for Matlab. Any areas interested in participating should contact Dr. Baczewski.


Richard Anderson reported that UNT hass been offered a 2 year license agreement on McAfee that is affordable under the CITC budget. The group appointed from the last meeting (possibly to be named the Desktop Security Software Group) that was to research other software possibilities now has additional time to look into other software products, if necessary.


Chris Strauss stated that managers may need to look into extended warranties on new HP servers that they purchase. Philip Baczewski relayed that Tom McElwee's group is looking into changes in CITC's server hardware support practices and that extended warranties' prices for high availability may need to be factored into purchasing budgets.

Cathy Gonzalez stated that before Spring Break the Distributed Budget Reports should be available. They will be web based (ReportNet) and need no clients -- users will only need a web browser. Steve Vocelka said that many reports, for example, telephone bills, will still be available through the Cypress report distribution system. Cathy Gonzalez was not sure of the requirements for using ReportNet - Internet Exploere and Java will be needed for using the Cognos reporting software. Philip Baczewski suggested that Robert Jones give a demo of ReportNet and Cognos at the next DCSMT meeting and could address specific browser and browser version, etc.


Jason Myer reminded everyone of this UNT-Netman message asking managers to update their users' address books with LDAP entry for info.unt.edu.

David Bernard was introduced by Allen Bradley as a new CITC Network Computing Services Staff member replacing Justin Coumbs.

Daren Dugan reported that SP 5 was available for Netware.

Curry Searle reported that Firefox has been installed for CAS faculty/staff and Netscape has been removed for CAS faculty/staff. They are providing Nvu for web editing and are supporting CDBurnerXP Pro software which is freeware with the capabilities of many commercial products.

Matt Kernan reported that he is now working for the Department of Computer Sciences in the College of Engineering.

Scott Joyce reported that a CSS2 position is now open in Business Services.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Zoomtext 9 acquisition is problematic. The district manager has not been answering queries. The New Freedom Scientific product named Magic is being tested as an alternative to Zoomtext. She requests that if anyone knows of any faculty/staff Zoomtext users she would like to contact them to possibly participate in testing. The College of Business Administration agreed to help with testing.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2006.

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