Distributed Computing Support
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), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Tim McElwee (CITC Microcomputer Maintenance Services), Mike Hatch (COBA), Brenda Yu (substituting for Paul Hons (College of Education)), Katy Gallahan (substituting for Scott Jackson (Libraries)), Scott Joyce ( UNT Business Services), Jim Byford (substituting for Bruce Pollock (ABN Lan Mgmt)), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (CITC Helpdesk), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (TAMS)
T.J. Adamowicz (UNT Police), Rich Anderson (CITC Security), Cory Booth (CITC Computer Operations), Tom Bunten (HSC Academic Information Services), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Cathy Hardy (CITC Acad Computing), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Krysta Kaye (CITC Datacomm), Dan Kidd (CITC MMS), Claudia Lynch (CITC Acad Computing), Gabe Marshall (CITC Security), Don McClure (CITC Remedy), Steve Vocelka (CITC Computer Operations), Scott Windham (CITC Data Communications), Mike Wright (CITC Admin Compliance), Rustee, the Wonder Dog
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes from July 6, 2007, were approved as written.
OFFICE 2007 IN CSS CLASSROOMS
Philip Baczewski related a message received from Jim Curry regarding which version of Microsoft Office, 2003 or 2007 should be deployed on Classroom Support Services-supported PCs in 110 classrooms. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that General Access Lab Managers will have both 2003 and 2007 versions on lab machines for the fall semester, with 2003 being the default version. Philip Baczewski noted that the requirements for classroom response systems being used had not yet been determined. Mike Hatch confirmed that College of Business Administration will not be adopting Office 2007 for the upcoming academic year. Tim Christian stated that College of Arts and Sciences will have Office 2007 deployed by first class day of the Fall semester. College of Education's labs will have Office 2007, but instructors will have Office 2003. After further discussion, it was the consensus of DCSMT that CSS PCs be deployed with Office 2003 or if possible, both Office 2003 and 2007 with 2003 as the default and that if possible, Office 2007 be made the default for the Spring 2008 semester. DCSMT will revisit the issue before the beginning of the Spring 2008 semester.
Philip Baczewski discussed the recommended hardware configurations for Dell and Apple desktop and laptop computers that were arrived upon by an ad hoc committee of DCSMT. It was decided to configure the small form factor and minitower systems comparably, so that the form factor was the only differentiating characteristic. Committee members felt that this would make these systems more interchangable as they get redeployed. A Dell D630 configuration and XPS M1200 configuration were proposed as Dell laptop recommendations. Tim Christian expressed concern that the XPS notebook solution, which is the best Dell option "road warrior" solution with an optical drive, poses some risk because it is consumer grade rather than enterprise grade. Additionally, when competitor (Sony, Toshiba, Pansonic, et. al.) products were discussed, they were dismissed. After some discussion, it was decided to consider the Dell XPS M1200 as a lightweight alternative to the Dell Latitude D630, subject to MMS's acceptance that the units would be servicable. MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac configurations were the recommended Apple computers with 2G of RAM recommended across all models.
Jason Gutierrez reported that the Microsoft Exchange rollout was now set to being on September 10, after the Fall semester twelfth class day.
Gabe Marshall reminded everyone to complete their security surveys for registered server systems.
No new business was discussed.
Mike Wright reported on a new licensing model for Adobe products which would be available as soon as contracts were negotiated. Some attractive bundle pricing is available under the new model.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:03 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for August 3, 2007.
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