Meeting Minutes

December 4, 1998 Meeting

Members present:  Sandy Burke, Paul Hons, Mike Hatch, Chris Strauss, Tim Christian, Gary Matthews, Paul Hons, Jim Curry, Robert Pierce, Eric Duchemin, Mike Wright, Roy Zumwalt, Allen Bradley

Members Absent: Craig Berry, Kelly Wood, Ginger Boone, Dallas Newell, Ramu Muthia, Abraham John, Bruce Pollock, Rich Anderson, Bill Buntain

Guests Present:  Richard Harris, Cyndie Harris, Wil Clark

The meeting was called to order at 10:00am.

The minutes of the November 6th meeting were approved with one correction, and the minutes of the November 20th meeting were approved with no corrections.

Tim Christian reported that Chris Strauss had set up a Web interface to Remedy that shows call queues in each support area. Mike Hatch remarked that COBA's records show equipment ID's and locations on their tickets and that showing that data could be a security issue.  Tim will investigate how to strip out the location data from those records.

Maurice reported that he had obtained approval to use HEAF funds to pay for the Microsoft Campus Agreement annual license charges. He has a meeting scheduled for next Friday with Student Development to discuss with them the feasibility and desirability of including students in the Agreement. Some additional issues that will have to be dealt with on the Campus Agreement are how to negotiate with Microsoft on the contract but actually buy the software and license from a VAR through a bid process.  Also, the agreement will require that we purchase a large number of CD-ROM's for home distribution of the software and that will have to be included in the contract.

Sandy Burke reported that she has looked at the Check 2000 program that wi bundled with Zenworks. Apparently, the bundled version is only an evaluation one, not the full version that we would need. A question was raised about the number of copies of any such Y2K checking package we would need since not all workstations on campus would need it. Microsoft is coming out with a Y2K tool in January and we're also evaluating the Norton 2000 product as well. Many of the products we're testing only report the location of files and cells within the files, while the TransCentury Office package is the only one we've seen so far that actually gives the option of fixing the cell(s) from within the checking software. Mike Hatch reported that some of the COBA faculty expressed surprise that we were working to come up with a solution since they expected to be left to their own devices to solve their desktop problems with Y2K compliance. Most of the support units intended to, at most, set up a few machines that could be used to check for compliance on users' desktops by bringing files into a testing center and checking them there.  The consensus of the DCSMT attendees was that there would be only limited use for the Y2K compliance checking software except perhaps in some of the administrative areas.

Maurice discussed the progress toward UNT joining Internet 2.  A group of faculty members is writing a grant proposal for a NSF Connections Grant that would fund up to $350,000 of costs for connecting to Internet 2 and several of the IRC program groups will meet soon to discuss the issue.

Mike Wright asked the members to send him or Kevin Mullett information on the IP addresses of the machines that will need mainframe access so they can incorporate them into the firewall Kevin is developing for that machine. He also reported that Hummingbird had given him a new installation method for their software that doesn't require a Java virtual machine so we don't have to download Microsoft Internet Explorer to make the Hummingbird software work.

Jim Curry reported that Microcomputer Maintenance has been investigating Year 2000 hardware compliance on the machines they support and produced the following statistics:  MMS has 8,692 machines on its supported machines inventory.  Of those machines, 7,058 are Y2K complaint. The remaining 1,634 machines will have to be dealt with, although 73 of them have been reported by their users as being OK even without the Y2K compliance.  Many of the non-compliant machines have already been marked for surplus.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.


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