Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

May 5, 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), John Berra (Registrar), 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), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/LAN Support), 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), Ginger Boone (University Union), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Nassos Galiopoulos (substituting for Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service)), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Gary Matthews (School of Library/Info Science), Jim Byford (substituting for Bruce Pollock (ABN Lan Mgmt)), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (CITC Helpdesk), Don McClure (substituting for Chris Strauss (CITC Remedy Admin))

Richard Anderson (CITC Information Security), Daren Dugan (CITC Network Computing Services), Mac Edwards (CITC Helpdesk), Kay Gallahan (UNT Libraries), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Krysta Kaye (CITC Datacomm), Matt Kernan (Housing), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Mike Maner (CITC Data Communications), Lawana Robinson (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (CITC Admin/Compliance), James Strawn (College of Arts & Sciences), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), Scott Windham (CITC Datacomm), Mike Wright (CITC Network Computing Services), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)


Minutes from April 21, 2006, were approved as written.


Cheryl Ballou, Rush Elizondo (Lone Star Communications), and Bill Brinkman (VP, Virtual Ink) gave a demonstration of Mimio Interactive Whiteboard, Mimio Studio and Mimio Note. Lone Star Communications is the local distributor for Mimio.

Uwe Rossbach said we need a firm idea of how training would be accomplished and whether it could be be provided by CDL, Lone Star, or Mimio?

Tim Christian expressed that the text capturing ability would be useful for faculty, but also noted that some of the functions seemed quite complicated and perhaps beyond the grasp of a casual user. Joe Adamo liked the ability to annotate on screen. Philip Baczewski commented on the small size of the Mimio unit (that would be attached to the whiteboard), the portability and the relatively low cost. It was noted that the small form factor would pose a threat of easy theft.


Rich Anderson reminded everyone that, at present, the 'rental' agreement for McAfee licenses has been extended for 2 years and then we will have to buy individual licenses. He suspects that UNT is over subscribed to the McAfee software products and would like to measure the number of installations done on campus machines. In order to do so, new installations will be distributing the McAfee Antivirus with the ePolicy agent on CC2 as we do now. Additional software from McAfee such as their spyware product and the firewall (which is only licensed for PDL at the moment) will only be available through ePolicy Orchestrator in order to increase the use of ePO to track the number of installations.

Rich mentioned that brute force password hacking attacks are very common against MS SQL installations and said you need a firewall if you are running Microsoft SQL Server.

Rich has been asked to write a remote access policy and needs input on 1) the definition of remote access and 2) what standards are needed to be set. Tim Christian would like to know if the existing policy already covers this and Uwe Rossbach asked if this is for academics/research or just administration remote access. Philip Baczewski wanted to know if the issue can be addressed with procedural guidelines or available technology.

Rich Anderson will get information on Microsoft security workshops promised by Microsoft and inform the network managers once more information is available.


No new business was discussed.


Don McClure said Chris Strauss may request people retake his survey because of data collection problems that occurred.

In response to a question from Tim Christian, Philip Baczewski stated that online course evaluations will probably be available as a production service in the fall 2006 semester. Joann Luksich in CITC Data Management will be overseeing the provision of the online course evaluation surveys.

Mike Maner reported that a problem was observed with the operation of the new campus firewall during installation and it will be installed once a solution can be found.

Joe Adamo reported that CALEA (Federal wiretap requirements) may require network reconfiguration to be able to track all of one person's activity on the campus network. He anticipates that substantial redisign will be necessary by April 2007. There is still some question as to whether only activity that leaves campus will need to be tracked or if it will include any activity on campus? No Federal funding is being supplied to implement these requirements.

The meeting was adjourned at Noon. The next meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2006.

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