Faculty New Computer Information - Summer 2016 Roll

We are requesting information that will help ITS select appropriate computing equipment for your office and optimal installation times. The computer will be installed during this summer. Please take a few minutes to carefully fill out the online Faculty Computer Response Form by Friday, May 6, 2016. If you would like help filling out this form, please contact the Technology Help Desk to arrange for a consultation.

What does this mean for each faculty member?

This summer we will install a new computer in faculty offices on campus. We need help from you to determine the specifications for the machine we will be delivering to your office. Please review the six Computer Configurations shown online before completing the Faculty Computer Response Form.

What will happen to my documents and data?

The new systems have hard drives that may be smaller than your current hard drive. Please remove unused software installed on your current drive, after making your own backup. To ensure all of your necessary Luther files are copied to the your new hard drive, please remove personal document, photos, music, etc. This will also save resources on your new drive and time wasted copying files that aren’t necessary.

What software will come with the new system?

The new systems will automatically be loaded with the standard software that we provide to offices on campus. This includes Firefox, Chrome, Citrix, Media Players (Quicktime, Windows Media Player) and various utilities for managing computer files. Note, at this time we are anticipating Microsoft Office 2016 and Adobe Creative Cloud will be installed on faculty and staff computers beginning with this summer's roll; we'll know more by the end of May.

Software available on faculty PCs '15-'16 (PDF) | Software available on faculty Macs '15-'16 (PDF)

Software available on faculty PCs '14-'15 (PDF) | Software available on faculty Macs '14-'15 (PDF)

What software will be available in the labs on campus?

Lists of software currently in the labs are available for your review. Note, at this time we are anticipating Microsoft Office 2016 and Adobe Creative Cloud will be installed in the labs prior to Fall 2016; we'll know more by the end of May.

Software available on our PC labs '15-'16 (PDF) | Software available on Mac labs '15-'16 (PDF)

Software available on our PC labs '14-'15 (PDF) | Software available on Mac labs '14-'15 (PDF)

What about printing?

Personal and Workgroup Printers are not upgraded as part of the summer faculty roll. Beginning with the 2008-09 budget year, Personal printers are considered departmental equipment and not centrally supplied by ITS. Instead, ITS, the Document Center and Ricoh will work with departments to ensure a suitable number of appropriate Workgroup output devices (printers, copiers, etc.) are available for general department use. For details on these policies, see Digital Document Output, Personal Printers and Workgroup Printers.

What training is available?

Training information, including mini-videos from Lynda.com and online materials, is available at https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/.

When will my computer be installed?

At this time we are planning to start installations Tuesday, July 5 and finish by Friday, July 22. We need your help determining the optimal time for your installation. Please indicate your date preferences on the Faculty Computer Response Form and submit it by Friday, May 6, 2016. ITS will contact you with a specific date for your install. Preferences for dates will be given according to the date forms are submitted.

What else do I need to know about my new computer?

When you receive your new computer, you will receive a QuickStart Guide to help get you up and running fast. See the following, depending upon your platform.

Windows 7 Quick Start Guide (PDF) | Mac OS X Quick Start Guide (PDF) | What's New 2016 (PDF)