Systems Staff Meeting Notes 08/04/03

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
August 4, 2003

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Suzy Shaw, Hilton Soto, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
  1. Bobbie had a cardiac scare on Friday morning. She is doing better and appreciates everyone’s concern.
  2. Cynthia spilled red paint on her white carpet (at home).
  3. Suzy is sporting a new necklace.
  4. West relocation/renovation – current plan puts Rich and Suzy into the DLC (administrative tidiness). The Directors have their eyes on Suzy’s area. There may be an Analyst position opening up here in Systems – would require internally shuffling. Naturally, any of this could change at a moment’s notice.
  5. It’s supposed to rain all week.
  6. Bob Leemer is trying to quit smoking. He’s down to the patch and 3 cigarettes a day – he’s normally a 3-pack-a-day smoker.
  7. Bobbie is finally getting her gated parking permit after a 4-5 year wait.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. No major orders.
  2. ILLIAD broke last week – it was on the oldest server and a patch we installed on Monday night sent it over the edge. Instead of fixing it, we moved it over to a new server. It took about 18 hours to get it up and running. The public could not sign-on to it for one day. The last piece is functioning today. Atlas did the original installation; Winston did this one.
  1. Network scans – 400 machines not updated. They could conceivably be used to overtake machines then launch an attack. This vulnerability has existed since the creation of Windows. The exploits were published on the Net – people downloaded it and then attacked. We’ve never had an exploit from the outside with this kind of hole. CNS (formerly NERDC) sent in the information. We’ll get the liaisons to patch. There are lots of machines that are not running the Windows updates. Liaisons must have administrative rights to install.
  2. Trend – yellow alert: MIMAIL. It is very virulent – has the MS vulnerability married into it. We’ve instructed Liaisons to do the MS updates then check Trend and make sure it is at version 598 or better.
  3. Marvin is reporting problems with public workstation updates – it is related to lock downs. Unlocking, updating then relocking seems to work.
  4. Building renovation – “Book Detention Facility” (book prison) may require network connection in the future. Cox and GRU are in the area and the Metropolitan is close by.
  5. Docs – VOIP phones and Circulation access – if they require circ access, they will have to get fixed IPs.
  6. Walk-ups in MSL – at one time it was set to 60, then changed to 36. Now, it’s back up to 60 – hard wired, we think. They’re planning to move the public workstations in West to MSL. They still want wireless access. These plans are not set in stone.
Web Projects
  1. Web master search closed. There are two possibilities.
DP Coordinator
  1. Summer B ends this week. Students will start dropping out on Friday.
  2. Nikia is scheduled to work during the 2-week intersession.

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by Debra Fetzer