Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2009

Meeting Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Chilton Hall, Room 245

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 (Collegel of Visual Arts and Design), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Ginger Boone (University Union), Charlie Brien (UNT Facilities), Jim Byford (College of Engineering), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Katy Gallahan (ABN Lan Mgmt), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/Lan Support), Gary Mathews (College of Information), Tom McElwee (Micro Maint/Class Supt Serv), Jason McMullen (Business Services), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Krysta (Kaye) Berry (for Joe Adamo, CITC Communications), Philip Baczewksi (DCSMT Chair (CITC)), Craig Berry (College of Visual Arts and Design), Charlie Brien (UNT Facilities), Chu Chuah (Col. Of Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Katy Gallahan (ABN Lan Mgmt), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Michael Bagget (for Abraham John, VP Student Development), Matt Graham (for Scott Jackson, Libraries), Dan Kidd (for Tom McElwee, CITC Micro Maintenance), Shea Rogers (for Jason McMullen, UNT Business Services), Richard Sanzone (CITC Helpdesk), Don McClure (for Chris Strauss, CITC Remedy Administration)

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Gabe Marshall (CITC Security), Ramu Muthiah (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Chris Stoermer (UNT Health and Wellness Center), Jackie Thames (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Vasilis Angelogianno (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Jacob Flores (CITC Helpdesk)


Minutes from April 17, 2009, were approved with minor corrections.


Representatives from FARONICS, inc. discussed and demonstrated their PowerSave application via a web-delivered presentation, and claimed to be able to provide annual power savings via the active management in the PowerSave application. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner will lead a group to investigate the usefulness of this application at UNT and report back to managers at a later date.


Philip Baczewski followed up on previous discussions regarding review of desktop and laptop specifications and vendor choice. He presented a view of data provided by Dan Kidd which indicated that February and March were points of lowest PC purchase activity and that purchase activity seemed on average to be greatest in August and September. It had previously been suggested that the low-purchase point might be the best time to evaluate a select set of vendor offerings, however, some suggested that if the University were to change venders, an October/November time frame might be necessary in order to support a transition by the next fiscal year. It was also pointed out that no defined process exists for changing vendors, but that an annual review of different vendor offerings would still be valuable and may lead to a recommendation to a more comprehensive body such as the Information Technology Committee.

Philip Baczewski announced the availability of SPSS 17 and SPSS AMOS for installation from the ACUS "Statapps" volume. AMOS is provided as a 15-seat network license and is intended for use to support research or scholarship. SPSS 17 is available as a network or standalone installation, with a limited number of copies for Mac OS available for standalone installations.


Gabe Marshall reported that CAMReq was now in production.

Katy Gallahan asked whether the campus VPN would support access to campus resources in the event of a flu-related University closure. Managers reported providing remote desktop access via RDP or VNC. It was stated that the campus VPN will support 1000 simultaneous connections via the AnyConnect client and unlimited connections via an ipSec client.

Mike Hatch requested discussion of McAfee effectiveness. Tim Christian noted a dramatic rise in malware. The chair agreed to ask Glenn Thorpe to next meeting to answer any questions managers might have in regard to optimal configuration of McAfee products.

Katy Gallahan inquired about Skype utilization in different areas. Tim Christian mentioned a Gartner report indicating some security concerns with Skype, but reported that College of Arts and Sciences Computing Support makes Skype available to desktop users and makes headset and camera recommendations. The chair agreed to request a CITC IT Security Team review of and recommendation in regard to use of Skype on the UNT network.


Krysta (Kaye) Berry reported that since and emergency upgrade of the Gateway center network had been done, that building had been removed it from upgrade schedule. The RTVF building was next on the schedule and her team was evaluating the schedule for next year's building network upgrades.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for May 15, 2009.

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