MMM Minutes 6/4/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
June 4, 1998

Present: Rich Bennett, Tom Cetwinski, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Trudi Di Trolio, David Fuller, Barry Hartigan, Carolyn Henderson, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Tom Minton, Richard Phillips, Rob Roberts, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner, Carol Whitmer

Gartner Group
  1. We will have new access to the Gartner Groupís Research Components. Should be good for student research on the latest technology.
  2. The UF Gartner Group Server is scheduled to be down today & tomorrow while they are loading ELC software.
  3. The link to the Gartner Group web page is on the UF Library Toolbox. The URL may be changing soon.
  1. Over the past week, week & a half, there have been anywhere from 4-6 major networking problems occurring. Many are campus-wide problems.
  2. There has been a problem with a disruption of NOTIS autologon on the dumb terminals. Has been traced to corrupted FCLA files, it is back up & running today.
  3. Problem still exists with the frequent backing out of Deanís Menu, SAMAS & other NERDC sessions. NERDC is tracing our equipment, but the problem doesnít seem to be local. This has been occurring campus-wide.
  4. The Novell CD Servers have been dropping in and out . Could be due to some renegade servers on campus that are not configured correctly. The Athletic Department has had such a problem for about a year, we have shut them out and now part of the problem has cleared up.
  5. CORE network routers should show improvement over the next day or so.
  6. Many of these problems compound each other , most are under control as of this morning, with the exception of the SNA backouts.
  1. Telephoned yesterday, they should be in this week to do a walk-through, get IPís and set up printers. This will only be part of the installation.
  2. Current copiers will remain in place for another two or three weeks.
  3. It is unknown how the whole process will work when it is in place.
  4. Xerox has a team in place to make sure there will be Ďlowerí model copiers in place for the disabled. Specifications will be met, they will be ADA compliant.
Public Access Work Stations
  1. After numerous meetings, a decision has finally been reached on the control of public access work stations. There will be two separate VLANS at two separate locations: a restricted & non-restricted work stations.
  2. The restricted work stations would block out the major email sources.
  3. We will assume that staff access will be unrestricted, unless otherwise informed.
  4. We have received the go-ahead from NERDC to proceed, we donít anticipate any problems.
End of Year Purchasing
  1. There seems to have been a nationwide shortage of wiring as there has been no cabling available for printers or ethernet. Weíve finally received some ethernet and the hook up cables should be in soon.
  2. 35 Gateway work stations are on order. Zip drives will be loaded on some of these machines. Zips drives were recently decreed to be "the official removable media of UF" by the Presidentís Office. Zip drives will soon be built into public work stations.
  3. Wiring in Preservation - Hassle with sole source at Purchasing - hope to have the money in by the end of year deadline. Walk-through scheduled for tomorrow.
  4. More memory has been received. Will distribute soon.
  5. Software requests: most items are available on our shelves - Front Page Software will require individual requests.
  1. We have received between 18-24 printers back from the public printing areas. We will recycle these back for staff use.
Switch Installation
  1. Installation is on hold until the network problems settle down. Will probably not proceed with MSL next week - the SNA log on problem is still undiagnosed - it is occurring all over campus, it just happened to have started at the time of the switch.
Remote Access PCís
  1. Remote access PCís on the 3rd floor - to be used to replace terminals. Will be cheaper to get PCís then to replace the terminals. Some control units have already been removed, vastly reducing the number of SNA ports available. By the end of the next calendar year, we hope to be rid of all the SNA terminals. Maintenance is going through the roof on the older SNA models.

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