Present: Rich Bennett, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Suzy Shaw, Hilton Soto, Ying Tang
Ongoing Systems Updates
- We have placed an order for parts to assemble the TerraByte server - 4 Linux boxes which will run APACHE. IIS will link into NT9. The lowest bid for a pre-built that we could find was in the high $40,000's. The upper bid was over $200, 000. The order was submitted to Purchasing last Thursday afternoon. The server can be made larger - we can always throw another cabinet on it.
- Will is ordering more parts to build an NT server to replace Novell Smathers.
- Martha is considering another order of Gateways - in the two dozen range. The topic of Gateway led to a discussion about the possibility of changing vendors - perhaps Dell - since we have been experiencing a number of service, order & delivery problems with Gateway. Switching vendors could present its own batch of problems, but historically speaking, Dell service is known as the best - and Will can vouch for that. Bill says he will get in touch with Gateway & if we reach an impasse, then he'll look into switching.
- Looks like we got out of the SNA business just in time - D1 Systems are now defunct. There are no replacement companies. Journalism is our last holdout of SNAs - we need to get machines to replace the terminals. There is a dispute over whether or not the Control Unit is ours or not.
- Pretty Park virus is rampant again. McAfee has put out a patch, but there's also a major upgrade to virus files due out on March 1.
Software Projects Status
- Proxy server - two outages occurred this morning. It was up, but not responsive. After rebooting, it is at 6% utilization.
- Switches - this morning at MSL we put in a multi fiber feed switch. The fiber converter it replaced will be moved to Music. Education needs an additional switch.
- A 7' wiring rack was found in Room 2, Library East. It was just lying there on the floor. We will put it to use in West.
- Switch inventory - we'll buy at least one more fiber farm to have for the shelf. We want to have one installed in MSL, one in West.
- Digital will start on the wiring project in West at the end of this week or the beginning of next. They're waiting for cable trays.
- AFA wiring - additional space has been added, and the quote received from Digital.
- Rewiring in Music is scheduled for the week of Spring Break.
- Preservation Q&A is ongoing.
- Library Statistics - Ying & Winston talked to Jack Waters & got the details on this project. He collects a range of Library statistics each year (including the Health Science Center & Law). There is difficulty because these branch libraries are on different networks and use different applications. It has to be run as standalone - Carol is adamant that she does not want to re-key anything. The original plan was to do it as a standalone spreadsheet, but we are currently investigating if it can be done via web interface.
- Hilton has been working on a revision to the Web to Database Web filtering scheme. It will include a file for HTML-ASP page - regular expression syntax.
- There have been a number of minor modifications on many small applications.
- The program designed for Resource Services that loads vendor mark record files is going SUS wide. Textual changes were made; Phek Su will present it in March.
- We have not received any word from the Health Center about ATC standalone.
- Look for the students to start dropping out by this Friday since Spring Break officially starts next Monday, March 6 and runs through March 10.
- Suzy & Bill will be out most of Wednesday, March 1 - Microsoft conference in Tampa.
- Rich has jury duty on Monday, March 13.
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Last updated March 6, 2000
by Debra Harris