MMM Minutes 12/2/99

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
December 2, 1999

Present: Rich Bennett, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Carol Drum, Barry Hartigan, Dot Hope, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Erich Kesse, Ann Lindell, Tom Minton, Betsy Simpson
IR Purchases
  1. Shipment of 20 Cows has just arrived.
  2. Cows are missing soundcards, as soon as they arrive, the machines will be distributed.
  3. Distribution list has not been established yet, but these are destined to replace dumb terminals, 75's & 100's.
  4. The warranties on 75 & 100's are expiring.
  5. We are negotiating with Digital for wiring projects in Documents & elsewhere.
Student Signons
  1. Student signons are set to expire at the end of December.
  2. If you need a signon to be continued past that date, please advise the Systems Department via Syshelp.
  3. The majority of student signons are never even used. Students leave, and we are not informed.
  4. A reminder will be sent out to Middle Managers list.
Networked CD Outages
  1. There will be CD outages while the CD ROM server is being upgraded.
  2. The server is old, so whether or not it will come back up after the upgrade is unknown.
  3. What would be a convenient time for the potential outage? Between Christmas & New Years.
  4. We'll try to increase the number of users as well - it's currently set at 250 and unable to be enhanced.
Keeping Work Stations Current
  1. Microsoft has recently released a slew of patches. All liaisons have been informed to make sure users are doing the critical updates.
  2. Go to the start menu-windows update-product updates-then check the list of critical updates.
  3. Sometimes there is a rush on downloading after new upgrades are announced. If it seems to be taking an extra long time, then try again later.
  4. There is one upgrade that has to be downloaded alone, not in conjunction with other patches.
  5. The MS product upgrade site should be checked at least once a week.
  6. Virus updates should be done separately from the MS updates. Should check the McAfee site once a week.
  7. We've been lucky here in the Libraries - we've had very few cases of virus infiltration.
  8. Liaisons are reminded periodically to keep work stations updated.

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Last updated December 3, 1999
by Debra Harris