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 four 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 are large enough to hold the contents of your current hard drive. Everything possible will be copied to the new drive, and your data will be moved to its proper location on your new drive. If you have unused software installed on your current drive, consider removing it after making your own backup. This will save resources on your new drive and time wasted copying files that aren’t necessary. In cases where the new drives aren't large enough, the old workstation may be sent back for faculty to move personal photos, music, etc. to other locations and the upgrade re-scheduled for a later date.
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 Microsoft Office 2010/2011, OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Reader, Citrix, Media Players (Quicktime, Windows Media Player) and various utilities for managing computer files.
What software will be available in the labs on campus?
We are still processing software requests for the upcoming academic year. Lists of software currently in the labs are available for your review. Note Microsoft Office 2007 for the PC, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, and Adobe Fireworks CS5 were installed in the campus labs prior to the start of the Fall 2009 Semester. Office 2010 for the PC and Office 2011 for the Mac will be installed in the labs prior to Fall 2011.
What about printing?
Personal and Workgroup Printers will not be updated as part of this summer's faculty roll. Beginning with the 2008-09 budget year, Personal printers are considered departmental equipment and not centrally supplied by LIS. Instead, LIS, the Document Center and IKON 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 Atomic Learning and online materials is available at https://www.luther.edu/lis/learn/. For example, if you want assistance backing up your data prior to your upgrade, go to https://www.luther.edu/lis/learn/, click on articles, click on the letter "D" and locate Data Backup Training. Training is also available on other topics such as Windows Vista (replacement for Windows XP operating system), Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Microsoft Office 2010 / 2011, and Norse Apps.
When will my computer be installed?
At this time we are planning to start installations July 5 and finish by 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, 2011. LIS 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.