Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

September 7, 2007

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), Charlie Brien (UNT Facilities), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (Housing), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/Lan Support), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Tom McElwee (Micro Maint/Class Supt Serv), 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 and Science)

Members Present
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), Ginger Boone (University Union), Charlie Brien (UNT Facilities), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Paul Hons (College of Education), Katy Gallahan (substituting for Scott Jackson (Libraries)), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (UNT Business Services), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Dan Kidd (substituting for Tom McElwee (CITC MMS)), Jim Byford (substituting for Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Chris Strauss (CITC Remedy), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests
T. J. Adamowicz (Police and Traffic), Richard Anderson (CITC Information Security), Chris Bennet (ABN Lan Mgmt), Kory Booth (CITC Operations), Tom Bunten (HSC Academic Information Services), John Davis (UNT Facilities), Daren Dugan (CITC Network Computing Services), Sean Flowers (Col. Engineering), Nassos Galiopoulos (Univ System @ Dallas), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Samer Hassan (Center for Distributed Learning), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), James Holloway (CITC PC/Lan Support), Judy Hunter ( UNT Libraries), Krysta Kaye (CITC Datacomm), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Gabe Marshall (CITC Security), Don McClure (Remedy), Jason Myre (CITC Network Computing Services), Alex Schatz (CITC Computer Operations), James Strawn (College of Arts and Sciences), Yoke Teo (CITC Network Computing Services), Craig Terrell (CITC Network Computing Services), Steve Vocelka (CITC Computer Operations), Scott Windham (CITC Data Communications), Mike Wright (CITC Admin/Compliance), Shane Yeargan (UNT Libraries), Tri-Ever Rustee (the Wonder Dog)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from August 17, 2007, were approved as written.

ADOBE LICENSING

Mike Wright provided an overview of the new Adobe licensing plan and provided managers with a spreadsheet showing the contents and prices of various bundles. The spreadsheet illustrated how buying bundles may be less expensive in the long run than licensing individual products from Adobe. Copies of the spreadsheet can be found on the CC2/Software volume.

CHANGES WITHIN THE CITC

Philip Baczewski briefly summarized some organizational changes within the CITC. Support for some infrastructure areas such as enterprise storage and enterprise backup will now be part of an EIS Infrastructure group within CITC Administrative Information Systems. Additional changes have been made with CITC AIS to align groups according to UNT administrative department functions. Network Computing Services has been organized into an e-mail messaging group managed by Jason Myre and a directory and operating systems group managed by Craig Terrell. The organizational changes were made to better align services with CITC management responsibilities.

WINDOWS FILE AND PRINT SERVICES MIGRATION

Craig Terrell provided a status report on the Microsoft Active Directory implementation for campus and movement to Microsoft file and print services. Active Directory is ready for use and the plan is to delegate full control to distributed OU's. One issue remaining to coordinate is the choice of software to control metering of applications with concurrent execution limitations. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner agreed to convene a group to determine a strategy for serving central applications while accommodating distributed needs for software metering. Proposed group members were Katy Gallahan, Chris Stoermer, Yoke Teo, and Craig Berry. Others can be invited as necessary by Elizabeth. Also discussed was a replacement for the web file storage system provided by Novell. Xythos was mentioned as a possible replacement, but at a very high cost. Investigation into possible replacements will continue, with a target date of August 2008 to be off of the Novell product. Uwe Rossbach asked whether a requirements group was needed to develop specifications for CITC's hosted file and print service. Since it is an optional service, it was determined that no action by DCSMT was required at this time. Craig agreed to update the group on the Active Directory project at the October 5 meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

No old business was discussed.

NEW BUSINESS

Richard Anderson mentioned that CITC security has observed multiple instances of the "Storm Worm" on campus machines. These are usually delivered via clicking links on spam e-mail messages (bogus e-card, etc.) and encouraged distributed managers to warn their users about this potential hazard.

AREA REPORTS

Philip Baczewski introduced Sean Flowers who is the chair of GALMAC for this academic year. Any issues related to General Access Labs can be directed to him.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 11:19 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2007.


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