I am considering starting to roll out Windows 10 in some areas of Campus to start of the process of moving away from Windows 7 which Microsoft and other Third Party softwares will soon stop supporting. The current EOL for Windows 7 is 2020, which in the IT world, can show up really quickly if we don’t prepare.
Windows 10 has a different “look” and they have changed the way that “Start” menu works and Microsoft has also changed the names of some of the Items in the Control Panel. For instance, “Printers” is now “Devices and Printers” and the “Add/Remove Programs” is now “Programs and Features“. I would suggest using the search bar to look for a control if you needing to do so. For the most part, this will be a non issue but it will affect some of the power users that are used to the old menus.
Please not that we do have some older softwares that have not been updated in a very long time (since about or before 2002, yes we are still running some that old) have stopped working over the last few years and I will imagine that there will be more that will stop working unless there is an updated version that is available.
Areas under consideration are:
Ames Information Commons
Ames Scholarly Workstations
Ames Thorpe Center
We are in the planning stages on obtaining the software and licensing requirements for our computer labs across campus. We are planning to move to SPSS 24 and Mathematica 11.1.1 as the standard versions in our classrooms. Tom Olsen and I are working together to make sure that our Faculty and Staff will also have the same versions added to their respective computers. This may require some additional RAM or an OS upgrade so if there is any questions regarding your computers abilities, please contact your Liaison for help on recommendations to submit on the Permanent Equipment Requests.
Its about time for us to start moving our Windows PC’s to Windows 10 as it has become a more mature and stable OS that we have been testing for a while now. Most of our current versions of softwares now support it. We will be looking at the Lab computers to see if they need RAM upgrades or New Equipment to start making this move. The menu’s have changed a little bit and the way you get to some things are a little different but overall it is running pretty well even on some of our older computers. We will help with the transitions and if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us to see what we can do to help with this transition.
With the efforts to Move all of our Authentication services to Active Directory, I am going to be creating a new image that is going to be deployed to CNS E201, E202, E204, and E210. I have inventoried all of the systems and I have a comprehensive list of all of the softwares that are installed. I am planning on having all of these labs imaged exactly the same with all of the softwares available in all of the labs.This will create a nice consistency so our students, and faculty will find a consistent experience across the board no matter what classroom they are in at any time.
Also, with Active Directory Authentication, we will be one more step closer to deploying our print management system, Paper Cut. This will be a huge money saving move for the University by controlling some of the printing waste that we have been witnessing around campus.
All of these Macs will be imaged with 10.11.X (El Capitan). I have installed the latest version of the softwares that are compatible with 10.11.X that we currently have licenses to have. Im sure there will be some bugs to work out but as always, please report them to 3900 and we will work to find a fix a quickly as quickly as possible.
The iMacs in the LRC in Buck have been upgraded to 10.10.5 from 10.7.5. This is very important since the older OS was not being supported by Apple, Java, Adobe or Chrome anymore. Now that the OS is up to 10.10.5, all of these are being updated and of the modules in Moodle and other websites such as YouTube and Pearson will work as they should. While I was in the LRC, I found a couple of Windows PC’s that needed attention and I did some updates on those as well. If you encounter any issues or problems that need to be addressed in the LRC, please report the problem to a lab monitor or call 3900 so they can create a help desk ticket for someone to address the issue immediately.
A new version of Finale called 2014.5 was installed in the labs in Presser (301 and 314) that was distributed by the vendor that hopefully fixed many of the bugs that were happening and forcing everyone to use 2012. 2012, 2014 and 2014.5 are all installed and available to use on all of the the computers in these labs to keep drafts in working order. Remember once a score is saved in the newer version of Finale, you have to use that same version going forward. Classroom teachers stations and offices are also being upgraded as requested. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the help desk at 3900 or create a ticket at help.iwu.edu.
We went through all of the computers in Buck 204 and updated Adobe Creative Cloud to its latest and greatest version. We also updated Java, Flash, Chrome, and Firefox on all of the computers to the latest version as well. We did some cleaning of the computer monitors and used Clorox wipes on the keyboards and mice. This room is still on 10.9.5 and is still functional on all levels. Please remember that this room has Deep Freeze and will erase all changes and anything that is not saved to the Thawspace. The Thawspace is reachable via an icon on the desktop. Please remember that anything put into this space is viewable by everyone and is cleaned out at the end of every term. We are considering upgrading this room to Mac OS over the summer. More to come on that as we know more. Also, Active Directory logging onto of the computers and a print management system is also still in the works for the entire campus.
In efforts to try to keep the old computers in CNS E204 and E210 somewhat functional, I have installed the latest version of Google Chrome and made it the default browser on the Lab User account. I had to do this since 10.6.8 is no longer supported with Java, Flash or other OS updates. Chrome is the only browser that will work on most internet sites without getting any errors due to outdated SSL certificates or outdated plugins. While in these rooms, we also installed the latest updates to Microsoft office 2011 and cleaned up the desktops by placing all of the desktop files into one folder. Xcode was also installed but since Apple make Xcode OS specific, it is an older version so be careful creating work on these computers.
These rooms will need to be upgraded over the summer to a newer OS to support newer softwares and internet protocols.