Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

February 17, 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), Troy Bacon (AVP Fin/Bus Affairs and Copntroller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), James Strawn (substituting for Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences)), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (University Systems Center @ Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (UNT Business Services), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/Lan Support), Gary Matthews (School of Library/Info Science), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN Lan Mgmt), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math/Science)

Rich Anderson (Computing and IT Center), John Berra (Registrar's Office), Allen Bradley (CITC Network Computing Services), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Tracy Hansen (CITC PC/Lan Support), Nancy Fisher (CITC EIS Computing), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Robert Jones (CITC EIS Computing), Krysta Kaye (CITC Datacomm), Matt Kernan (Housing), Maurice Leatherbuy (CITC AVP Comp/CTP). Mike Maner (CITC Data Communications), Don McClure (CITC Remedy Support), Tom McElwee (CITC Technical Support Services), Ramu Muthiah (Col. Public Admin & Comm Svc.), Jason Myre (CITC Network Computing Services), Bahram Paiani (Computing and IT Center), Graham Pocta (CITC Desktop Support), Lawana Robinson (Computing and IT Center), Garrett Rumohr (UNT Libraries), Charlotte Russell (CITC Admin/Compliance), Curry Searle (College of Arts & Sciences), Yoke Teo (CITC Network Computing Services), Glenn Thorpe (CITC Information Security), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Vicky Walker-Brooks (CITC EIS Computing), Scott Windham (CITC Datacomm), Mike Wright (CITC Network Computing Services), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)


Minutes from February 3, 2006, were approved as written.


Bahram Paiani, CITC, reported on top-level E-mail routing. Yesterday UNT had 730,000 messages whereas a month ago we received 500,000 per day. At that time 130,000 messages were tagged 'Bulk' and considered spam. Now we're up to 170,000 messages tagged 'Bulk' per day. We are blocking 200,000 connections (believed to be spam sites). Phishing spam slows the mailhost. Mike Hatch asked if internal UNT mail should be treated differently than mail from outside UNT. Bahram said that many internal systems are whitelisted to avoid being 'spam checked' but virus checking is still necessary. Messages sent to many addresses (from and to campus addresses) should be sent, when possible, after hours. It's best to send from GroupWise to GroupWise, not from GroupWise to unt.edu addresses.


Vicky Walker-Brooks and Yancy Yeargan explained the EIS employee termination report. Data (terminated or retired employees) is received from HR nightly, then a report is generated weekly. The report has no filter applied. Data for all departments is generated on the report. The report is also on a shared CC3 drive. Vicky would like to know if users need the report emailed to them, or if they could read the report on the shared drive. The concensus was to make the report available on a shared network drive if all security and privacy concerns could be addressed.


Robert Jones gave a Cognos/ReportNet demonstration. Cognos, a business intelligence suite, runs on a Unix machine and is authenticated against LDAP.

UNT has 5 types of ReportNet licenses:
ReportNet Viewer: 1200 seats
ReportNet Business Author (a query tool): 15 seats
ReportNet Professional Author: 20 seats
ReportNet Administrator: 4 seats
ReportNet SDK: 2 seats

Cognos says they support Windows - Philip Baczewski and CAS offered to test Cognos on Mac OS X. ReportNet Viewer requires IE, Netscape, or Firefox. ReportNet Business requires IE, or Netscape. Others require IE. The pilot project will be in available for demonstration and testing next week. After Spring Break, the Budget reports will have general availability. Licenses will be assigned as needed (more may need to be acquired). 1200 were purchased based on current report users.


Maurice Leatherbury talked about CITC Server Hardware Support. CITC took over HP server support 7.5 years ago and CITC has paid for all hardware, administrative support (ordering and tracking parts) and service. He stated that the CITC can no longer provide that level of server hardware support out of its current budget. Maurice Leatherbury will put together a price list (Service Level Agreement) that CITC will charge server administrators for service, or they can go through their server company and get the extended warranty service they require from the hardware company.


Philip Baczewski reminded everyone that new ID cards (with no SSN) are needed. On 3/1/2006 old ID cards (with SSN) will become inactive.


No new business was discussed.


Mike Wright will be cleaning old software off his server next week as he is running out of space on the CC2/Software volume. He will retain the latest software versions and one prior version.

John Berra is now representing the Registrar's Office. Dallas Newell is retiring as of 2/27/06.

Maurice Leatherbury reminded the group that retirees can keep computing services (like GroupWise) if they go through their netware manager.

Tracy Hansen says that the document imaging project is underway for imaging solution evaluation.

Scott Windham is holding a class at his church on what kids are seeing on the internet.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner said that if anyone would like the url for the Magic demo (screen reader alternative to Zoomtext), please contact her.

Paul Hons said Netbios traffic for his lab was turned on at his request because it is required for InaQuick.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 3, 2006.

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