Systems Staff Meeting Notes 10/8/01

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
October 8, 2001

Present: Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Hilton Soto, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
  1. Winston sent for a quote on our T-Shirt order. Should hear from them today.
  2. Bill’s troll made 15; Winston’s 9.
  3. Health Plan Southeast (HMO) is no more. AvMed is it for HMO’s.
  4. Bill passed out a diagram of the new IT Networking Infrastructure. Hierarchy listed, committee functions and members discussed.
Review Minutes of 10/01/01
  1. RIR #1 – Exchange Enterprise 5.5 has been received.
  2. RIR #2 – Re: jobs, budget – we have carry forward money from last year that needs to be spent rapidly.
  3. Liaisons #1 – Personnel’s liaison is supposed to come by to meet with Bill today for a short tutorial.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Nothing new in the pipeline.
  1. Backups did not run last night. Could be due to the network outage on campus. Will have to do by hand.
  2. Upcoming virus scanner change – may check into Innoculate. Geoffrey says they had it at Shands and that it was a nightmare. McAfee incompatibility with W2K has prompted the hunt for a better product. Unfortunately, McAfee is a campus product, so it’s cheap. Bill has experimented with TREND, will need to check it out more in more detail. It has an Outlook-like sliding box interface and seems to update more efficiently. TREND also has a gizmo to move the user interface to the server, which could reduce the liaison load. The liaisons had no strong feelings about this, one way or the other.
  3. W2K upgrades – Preservation has been started – 2 machines are done. ILL & Business Services we may start tomorrow. There have been some problems with upgrading: memory leaks and bit rot. May have to do fresh installs. It will be time consuming. We do not have images for all computer types. We’ll need to make images for each individual machine type. Geoffrey may work something out with Christina to image the GX-200. P5’s will not run W2K reliably.
Software Projects Status
  1. Public workstation ID system demo – groundwork for discussion was provided. Topic has been referred to PSSC. Carol Turner put a bullet out to a statewide list. Gulf Coast does authentication, but most colleges do not. It is not mandatory at this point in time. Drop-ins pose problems. Timer feature – prompts for ID# after 15 minutes. It would be preferable if users could just log off. This is proving to be difficult, but it’s doable. Bill cautions not to delve into it until they are sure what they want.
  2. DLC CheckSum – Hilton figured out an algorithm, have to determine where to put it.

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