Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

November 3, 2006

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), 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), Charlie Brien (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 (CITC Communications), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), Ginger Boone (University Union), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Charlie Brien (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/Info Science), Bruce Pollock (ABN Lan Mgmt), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math/Science)

Guests
T.J. Adamowicz (Police and Traffic), Nick Anderson (UNT Facilities), Richard Anderson (CITC Information Security), Charlie Andrews (Col of Education), David Bernard (CITC Network computing Services), Allen Bradley (CITC Network Computing Services), Jim Byford (ABN Lan Mgmt), Tom Delozier (HSC IT@ Ft. Worth), Daren Dugan (CITC Network Computing Services), Mac Edwards (CITC Helpdesk), Katy Gallahan (UNT Libraries), Dave Gerlach (CITC Unix Srvices), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Krysta Kaye (CITC Data Communications), Maurice Latherbury (CITC AVP Comp/CTO), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Mike Maner (CITC Data Communications), Don McClure (CITC Remedy), Tom McElwee (CITC Technical Support Services), Steven McKay (CITC EIS Computing), Ramu Muthiah (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Service), Jason Myre (CITC Network Computing Services), Bahram Paiani (CITC Network Computing Services), Charlotte Russell (CITC Admin/Compliance), Tri-Ever Rustee (the Wonder Dog), Yoke Teo (CITC Network Computing Services), Craig Terrell (CITC Network Computing Services), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center), David Wood (CITC Security), Mike Wright (SICT Admin/Compliance), Yancey Yeargan (CITC Network Computing Services)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

CAMPUS IT INFRASTRUCTURE

Dr. Maurice Leatherbury spoke about UNT IT infrastructure and that the IRC will vote about UNT moving off the Novell and Groupwise platforms and onto Windows Server and to an Exchange/Outlook platform. Novell is currently used in the minority of state universities in Texas. According to a recent DIR report, 94% of the systems are running on Unix or Wintel platform and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find hardware and software that is compatible with Novell. The DIR report originally claimed that Novell requires more people and is very costly. Maurice stressed that although the a change to Microsoft infrastructure might expand the central IT infrastructure, the CITC will in no way replace the function of the distributed managers. He also reported that Novell file and print server licenses can be converted to permanent licenses and operated at their current release levels for an unlimited period of time if necessary. The CITC will also affer a hosted server service at about $1500 per year per server. He also stated that the CITC would engage professional services to help in the planning, design, and implementation of Active Directory and the possible migration to Exchange/Outlook.

The following proposed timeline for the conversion to Microsoft platforms was presented.

  • Groupwise to Exchange/Outlook migration: Summer 2007
  • Novell file and print server migration to Windows: starting Fall 2007, lasting approximately until December 2008
Uwe Rossbach commented that the timeline is too aggressive. Maurice responded that Novell needs a 90 day notice before we can end contract. The Academic license agreement is up for renewal September 1, 2007.

CAMPUS DATA NETWORK UPGRADE

Joe Adamo discussed the proposed LAN Upgrade Project to replace most of the datanetwork switches on campus. CISCO's end of support for most of the equipment we own falls between 2007 and 2011. The current CISCO euipment may be replaced by new CISCO models, however the opportunity will exist to explore other data network hardware vendors as well.

OLD BUSINESS

Philip Baczewski reported that the software assessment survey is still underway and will end November 15 (just in time for the next DCSMT meeting).

Charlotte Russell talked with Renaldo Stowers in the General Counsel's office who said that EUIDs and Emplids are protected under FERPA but he will try to get an answer from the UNT General Council office. She then said that there are no required changes at this time to the procedures used to handle EUIDs and EmplIDs.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business was discussed.

AREA REPORTS

Yancey Yeargan reported that LDAP services will secured next Tuesday (11/7).

Nick Anderson mentioned that Facilities will be migrating their server to a dedicated server room on 11/4.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2006.


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