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Systems Staff Meeting Notes
February 14, 2005

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Tom Minton, Chris Nicolich, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
Announcements
  1. Will is back from the Linux classes. He is now a Linux guru. He reports that the class was good - covered the fundamentals - thinks Winston could start at the Admin level. It was quality instruction from a good vendor with a good course book. We will send more people through this. Will should now get all Linux problems. Bill says it is a programmer's dream - GUI front end, need universal application suite (Office). WINE add-on allows Office to run under Linux.
  2. No minutes to review. Also, desk student is out.
  3. Suzy Covey had a floral extravaganza for V-Day.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Macro Language - Resource Services - ALEPH. We bought 100 copies of Macro Express, now it's a group project - North Florida, etc. Now they are trying to get it on state contract. There will be strange bugs.
  2. SQL server is slow today.
Liaisons
  1. FireFox - when you first change the parameter, it allows you to spoof the header. Works in everything but IE. Tried turning it off - only holds for a session. Installed new version. They did not change the version on the developer's site. Firefox permits each user, so it has to be done for all users. This is a problem on shared computers - big problem on public. We've done what we can, but there's no good solution.
Networking
  1. Switch checking.
  2. Updates - Classroom 308 download did not restart.
  3. The second Wednesday of every month will be busy due to MS releasing updates on the prior Tuesday.
  4. NT8 restart - updates last week were not for NT 4.0. SUS auto will not go on NT servers.
  5. MS is still sponsoring seminars for conversion.
  6. IIS is not supporting ASP - files were in roots of switches. They were not really working as switches, more like repeaters. Packet leakage.
  7. West - consistency desired - response is to want them all to work alike. Same stuff, not necessarily new - based on unsystematic sampling. Faculty generally think students using their laptops is fine - that it is not necessarily our duty to provide. Induction plate mouse pad actually recharges cell phones, calculators and laptops. There will be a sea of outlets, maybe just live wires.
Software Projects Status
  1. ALEPH/PeopleSoft data transfer - hasn't happened yet. Troy sent a message saying they think the interface is correct - Elmore will do vendor corrections.
  2. SysRequest bug fixed.
  3. East Florida database - working on it.
  4. DLC Tracker - big meeting tomorrow.
  5. Permissions database - complete - testing bulk loader.
  6. Elections database - report error.
Web Projects
  1. No reference to SYSHELP in any page designs found.
  2. Dreamweaver could be a drain on the system.
Student and Department Happenings
  1. Debra should be back tomorrow.
  2. PeopleSoft - normal timekeeping should have resumed.

 

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