Systems Staff Meeting Notes 10/1/01

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
October 1, 2001

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Hilton Soto, Ying Tang
Announcements
  1. Systems shirts reorder – still under advisement. Will has the catalog.
  2. Bill informed the staff about the latest dog show craze: musical canine freestyle. It’s involves dancing with dogs at individual events and styles – from square dancing to modern, etc.
  3. Bill attended the first meeting of the networking technology subcommittee, chaired by Chuck Frasier, the newly appointed campus Data Czar. He said that it was a misconception that the administration is unhappy with the way things are – they’re not. But, to reach the next rung on the ladder, we need to change things. The centralization of all networking has long been rumored to occur. Dave Pokorney was appointed chair of the subcommittee for centralization. Will need to come up with an agenda for whatever path we take. The ITAC group was talking about per FTE charge backs rather than charging per port. That calls in to question how to charge for student use, reference desk use, printers, inactive ports, etc. Using the Health Center standards, we’d be looking at a quarter of a million dollars per year. Support would be network to face plate only. Major changes are forthcoming: a 2-3% budget cut is rumored – maybe even up to 5%. The costs are currently coming out of individual budgets – those like us would receive a credit. If this proposition goes through, it will have ramifications for IT, networking and software staff.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. The order for Exchange Enterprise 5.5 for advanced server is held up. It won’t be available to ship until October 9th.
  2. We’re working with roughly the same budget as last year. We’ll probably buy a smaller number of workstations. We may have to buy more towards the end of the fiscal year. There is currently a hiring freeze at UF. We can keep job positions open for a rainy day or hire all and see what happens. The general flow of funds will be a lot less. The economy is down right now, Florida has been hit bad – we’ll take hits, won’t spend our money as fast.
Liaisons
  1. Personnel – their liaison sent a panicked cry for emergency training.
Networking
  1. OCLC Passport – not working at the Health Center, Law school or in the Libraries. The rest of the world is able to access it. The key test is telnet – NERDC & FCLA can get it, but we can’t. Seems to be some odd problem in local routing. The problem is currently being worked on.
  2. McAfee – after some updates, it needs to write a log file that doesn’t exist. The solution is to uninstall/reinstall.
  3. Print server changes – print notification complaints. We’ve started pulling it out on a server-wide basis. Unable to accomplish on individual printers.
  4. Backups ran OK this weekend, but not on the Exchange server. Had to do those by hand.
  5. W2K upgrades – ongoing – Business Services & ILL will be added to the queue. Unknown if the proprietary stuff they use in ILL will run on W2K. Need to check. ILLIAD should be OK.
  6. Speaking of ILLIAD, it is not live yet. Both processors are not active. Need to take it offline to activate both. On the borrowing side, a small start has been advised.
  7. Cataloger’s Desktop – no fix for W2K. Current position is that it doesn’t work with W2K – it is a nationwide problem.
Software Projects Status
  1. Public workstation system - demo tomorrow at PSITC. We’ll show what it does, see if it is acceptable. Bill suggests calling Bill Koontz since he was interested. Sill working on how to turn it off: Ctl-Alt-Del doesn’t work, may require logging off. Cynthia is testing the turning it off problem today.
  2. Hilton worked on the Trouble Ticket Viewer – it now lists the phone number of the person who logged in the ticket.
  3. Image Checksum – ongoing – Hilton is trying different methods. Should be BSD compatible. Will compare results on the main file – 16 & 32 bit available – must be the most common.
  4. Suzanne Kiker NOTIS order – no word.
DP Coordinator
  1. Copier was worked on Friday.


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by Debra Harris
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