MMM Minutes 05/15/97

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
May 15, 1997

Present: Rich Bennett, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Stacy Carr, Carol Drum, David Fuller, Barry Hartigan, David Hickey, Carolyn Henderson, Dot Hope, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Ann Lindell, Mary Marsh, Tom Minton, Barbara Oliver, Richard Phillips, Colleen Seale, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner

Campus Networking
  1. NERDC will be changing all four routers on the morning of Sunday, May 18. Network services may be tenuous on that day. They will be completely changing the way the network boxes talk to each other. Our boxes should not be effected, LUIS should be up as usual. Inner campus offices will be effected.
  2. Journalism/Education - There will be a major management meeting on June 3 - NERDC and Tigert included. They will be figuring out our access. Journalism wiring is not in place yet, scheduled to done by the end of June.
  3. Education - Have been waiting for the equipment to be ordered, it should be here in about a week. The installation shouldnít take too long. When complete, there should be an increase in network speed and availability.
  4. NTAC meeting in MSL this Friday, May 16 - IBM will be giving a presentation on how they would update the CORE routing. Campus is moving swiftly towards upgrading CORE to be ready for the Internet 2 project. Should have a commitment by the end of this fiscal year & hopefully, installation in the Fall 1997.
Library Networking
  1. More files have been installed on the NT Server. If you need help getting signed on to the server, let Systems know you need assistance. Servers are the only way to share documents in the DOS environment.
  2. Taskforce on Instructional Media - Liaisons have researched appropriate materials to be used for instruction by the liaisons and library staff. The report given to Bill Covey was 2 inches thick - enclosed in a three-ringed binder. A more condensed summary is yet to come.
  3. Access for those who have Macs at home, but have Cows at work - it isnít easy to access the NT Server from the Macs. The best way to do this would be to bring in a floppy disk with your work and put it on the server. DOS disk preferred.
  1. Allocation on the 40 new Cows that were recently received - when will they be ready? Difficult to say right now, the job of checking them in has been rendered burdensome due to the placement of furniture in the room housing the Cows. Should be ready within the next few days, Systems will try to expedite. One more shipment of Cows should be incoming before the end of this fiscal year. It wonít be more than 20 Cows. Network infrastructure equipment & wiring have been deferred over the past year for the purchasing of Cows, mostly due to all the construction activity. This next year will see less work stations, more networking being purchased. The three Cows allocated for Journalism really have no place to go right now.
Mail Servers
  1. A strategy has been drafted for management mail. LMG/MMM will migrate to a microbase client system. We should be trying to get off NERSP (NERDCís Unix box). There is also talk of the University picking up the tab for all email access in the Fall term. Will need to wait & see how that goes before changing, to avoid doing it twice. The changeover will prevent us from signing on to the NERDC mainframe computer - instead, we will log in to a mail client server on our own machines. There has been no mandate issued on a particular mail client to be used, we will look at software options by the Fall term. Friday, May 16 , John Ashcraft will conduct a short seminar on client server options. This will not be a comprehensive list - it will mostly focus will be on the client servers that on indigenous to the machines, Eudora & Netscape mail. Gary Cornwell was inquiring about the feasibility of including a message in your email defining what kind of mail you are using, what kind of attachments. The better way to deal with this would be to send attachments through the server.

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