Meeting Minutes

July 16th, 1999 Meeting

Members present Craig Berry, Allen Bradley, Bill Buntain, Tim Christian, Wil Clark, Jim Curry, Mike Hatch, Paul Hons, Kirk Kelly, Maurice Leatherbury, Gary Matthews, Robert Pierce, Chris Strauss, Mike Wright, Roy Zumwalt

Members absent: Rich Anderson, Troy Bacon, Sandy Burke, Ginger Boone, Eric Duchemin, Cyndie Harris, Abraham John, Ramu Muthia, Kelly Wood

Guests:  Phil Baczewski, Jan Brothers, CR Chevli, Blair Copeland, Daren Dugan, Randy Galloway, Rich Hall, Richard Harris, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Jennifer Johnson, Mike Maner, Andrew McGregor, Patrick Pluscht, Rory Rivoire, Charlotte Russell, Chris Stoermer,  Jon Walker,

The minutes of the June 4, 1999 meeting was approved with no corrections.

The meeting started with a presentation on the data communications infrastructure upgrade, given by Bill Buntain (a large number of guests were in attendance to see his presentation.) The Powerpoint slides are available on the Web at www.unt.edu/nms/dcsmt.pps .

Following Bill's presentation, the guests departed and the minutes of the June 18, 1999 meeting were approved with corrections.

There was no report from the call tracking since it hadn't met since the last DCSMT meeting.

Wil Clark, reporting for the student computing committee said that the final draft of its recommendations had been sent out. Maurice will take that draft to the IRC Standards & Cooperation committee for its approval and action.

The Personnel committee had not formally met, Maurice reported, but he passed out the latest Computing Support Quotient figures that were compiled from data provided by the various distributed support units. Maurice said that he still needed data from some areas regarding their support ratio for student labs. Tim reported that his latest search process had produced a very good candidate pool, so the recent changes to the minimum requirements for CSS positions had not adversely affected his ability to hire good persons.

Allen Bradley reported that the Groupwise Web client that is used remotely is having some problems with denying access or dropping connections in the middle of sessions. Version 5.5 of Groupwise is promised to be the solution but Campus Wide Networking is not ready yet to roll that version out. Because the Web version is crashing about once per day, Allen said that the  GroupWise remote client should be installed and used at home instead. It is 24MB so can't be downloaded from the Web, but CD-ROM's with the installable version are available. Regarding documentation on installing the remote client, Mike Hatch agreed to send his instructions to Allen for distribution. Allen will also burn CD's for the distributed support units.

Maurice said that the Microsoft Campus Agreement has been signed on campus and that the purchase order has gone out. He expected that in the next week or two everything should be ready. Mike Hatch asked whether they could install the Select Agreement versions now for testing purposes, and Maurice responded that those versions would be the Campus Agreement versions as well, but that the using departments would have to pay for the copies under the Select Agreement.

Tim Christian raised the question about why, in the students in the tree project, students will need to use ZIP disks and not have centralized space. The answer given was that a Storage Area Network would be necessary to make enough disk space available to support all 25,500 students. Wil Clark will reconvene the student computing committee to further investigate appropriate solutions.

Jim Curry reported that there is a new laptop offering from Dell, a machine costing $3105.00. The 366Mhz machine will no longer be offered, being replaced by a 400MHz one. The 56Kbps modem is now a Psion part. IDOs for this year will not be accepted after August 31 and Y2K upgrades will not be available either. Jim also noted that Windows 98 and NT licensing requires a new case and motherboard be purchased in order for MMS to be able to issue software with a computer purchase.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM.


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