DCC Meeting Notes – Wednesday January 11th, 2012
Please feel free to download an audio recording of the meeting.
I. Announcements from Chris Grossi:
Google + integration is coming at the end of the month. Announcements to campus will be sent out. This will be an opt-in service, and it will likely be heavily used by students.
CIS is down to 2MB on the Novell system. CIS will be filing a Sys-change so that no more provisioning of Novell user accounts occurs.
CIS will be upgrading the license file on the ESRI ArcGis Server this week.
Dell is concerned about Hard Drive shortages due to flooding in Thailand. This has been affecting many PC Manufacturers. If you have any large orders to place over the next several months, contact Aaron Sherman, Brown’s Dell Representative, and he may be able to set them aside for you.
Pia O’Reilly – Sophos and Fep updates.
Near completion with the antimalware project – FEP and Sophos have been posted on the Brown Software page at software.brown.edu.
FEP automated push testing is nearly complete. The FEP push will be done on Tuesday, Jan 17th. Targeted departments will be made aware of this.
Other key milestones include:
- i. Feb 29th – DCC Completion of manual FEP deployment.
- ii. March 1-23 – SAV Server monitoring will take place.
- iii. March 30th – SAV server decommission.
The removal of SAV with the packaged FEP installer has been fixed.
Brown owned systems should be getting Forefront Endpoint Protection and Sophos for Windows/Mac, Personal workstations should be getting Microsoft Security Essentials and Sophos personal edition.
III. Card Vending Upgrade Project
Updates by Scott Thatcher – Director of IT for student life.
Brown currently has a highly distributed vending infrastructure, and much of the equipment is no longer under a support contract.
Two stripes located on the back of all Brown IDs.
Thin stripe – “Offline” stripe that holds static information ($ amount), is able to be used at copy machines, pawprints printing stations, laundry machines and some vending machines. This stripe needs to be filled at ageing CVC machines using cash or credit.
Thick stripe – “Online” stripe that has account information, which is connected to the Odyssey system for keeping track of Dining, bookstore purchases, library, and other purchases
Phase 1 of the upgrade project should be completed by the end of January.
Copy and Pawprints services will be moved to the online Odyssey system. A valueport card center will allow you to save money on a central value store.
If you lose your card, you won’t lose your money!
New value named “Bear Bucks” has been coined in an effort to spread awareness of the new system.
Phase 2 of the upgrade project is projected for the end of this summer.
Laundry and some vending will be moved to the Odyssey system, allowing access to centrally located funds from any machines that accept the card
A user portal is being developed – will eventually allow online interaction and transactions.
The thin stripe will eventually be eliminated, and the value on this stripe can be transferred to the thick stripe (Central value store)
DCC meetings will be bringing back the post meeting general discussion, provided that there is time. If anyone has a topic to bring up at the end of our meetings, please feel free to discuss!
The bookstore will be getting demo workstations and laptops soon. They will include the Optiplex 790 series, and the new Latitude E Series.
Don Rogers shared some detailed insights with us with regards to the renovations that recently took place in Metcalf building. Listen to the full audio for more details. The point to take away from Don’s discussion was, if anyone is involved in a remodeling project at brown, do your research and get in touch with facilities and media services to make sure Brown preferred vendors are performing the work!