Systems Staff Meeting Notes 3/26/01

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
March 26, 2001

Present: Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Hilton Soto, Ying Tang
  1. Systems conference room hoopla – new table is not large enough for 12 people. We have asked for a larger table; Facilities has expressed interest in obtaining the new one.
  2. Annoying beeps in Bill’s office – UDP port probes from CLAS server. Bill caught NERDC doing up 100 per hour last week – and when he told them about it, they stopped.
  3. Capitol expenditure – any major needs for the office? Cynthia’s desk needs adjustment; a new chair is on the way. She’ll need to contact Trudi again regarding the desk. Student desk? One may be on the way in the recent shipment. Other notions include: computers, network testing equipment, server racks, and a replacement for the Web server. Everyone should think about it and put together some specs. We’re definitely getting a replacement for the Web server. Bill talked to a salesperson, Ms. Saber, who swears she can make a Compaq server appear. It would very good to have one of those as the Web server. We’ll see if we can get her to sell us one.
  4. WebMD/Medical Manager – has been posting a number of jobs on the CCC list. Private sector jobs with a national company.
Review Minutes of 03/19/01
  1. Winston’s new high-speed connection was problematic over the weekend. They didn’t give him an Ethernet card, just USB – he changed over to the card and it worked fine. He now has high-speed digital access.
  2. Will’s Win2K training – at the Health Science Center last week. It went well, the instructor was good and they got about ¾ of the way through setting up server DNS, etc. Will found it to be worthwhile and is now ready to tinker with upgrading LibPreserve & NT7 as a test for Win2K.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Major workstation for DLC ordered.
  2. Remaining wireless access point equipment ordered.
  1. Lots of commercial spam has been occurring lately. It’s possible that the spam filter was removed on forwarding email when NERDC removed NERVM. Bill is preparing a how-to for using Outlook Wizard Rules so people can weed out spam if they don’t want to just throw it away. The how-to email will be sent out to all staff members.
  1. Environmental Health & Safety is making Digital move all the wiring on the second floor and the POP feeds in the North tower. Service will be intermittent this weekend. Digital is not at fault; this is a result of a strange interpretation of the building code by EHS.
  2. Linux worm – we don’t have any boxes running the software. The worm scoops up password files and mails them to China – users may not be aware.
  3. Redo on North Tower.
  4. Bobbie ran into some problems with connections in West.
  5. No word from Facilities on the progress on the hot closet in West or power for the server room.
  6. Geoffrey finished off the laptops last week – only Personnel has picked theirs up thus far.
Software Projects Status
  1. No more info on ILLIAD.
  2. Everything else is at status quo.
DP Coordinator
  1. Student work permits for summer term will be made available on April 16. Will need to find at least one replacement, as Melissa will be graduating.
  2. Student slacker attitude – trying to nip it in the bud.
  3. Everyone should be keeping track of the calendar.

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