CLUG Notes February 7, 2007
Attendees: Amy Shigley, Anthony Lewis, Brandon Zimmerman, David Wilkinson, David Winney, Elmo Hunter, Gisela Dicklin, Jessica Wallace, Judy Forth, Julie Jackson, Mike Yocom, Misty Cline, Paul Bladek
- We will not be not deleting student accounts and data at the end of this quarter.
- We will be keeping student accounts and data from quarter.
- The long-term goal is to be able to keep student accounts for 1 year after students leave. These students would still have access to Blackboard to get information or make up any incompletes. Students will not have local logon access to the computers in the computer labs when they are not currently enrolled. This should be in place for fall quarter 2007.
- Once above is implemented, passwords for ACS accounts will expire every 120 days.
NEW/UPDATED SOFTWARE FOR SPRING QUARTER
- IE 7 - It will be important that testing occur on any application that works in conjunction with IE
- Integrated Accounting
- Peachtree 2006
- Adobe Reader
- Science – several titles
- Visual Paradigm
- Visual Studio 2005 SP1
We will send out notices about software testing later this week. If anyone is unable to test during the test period we can make arrangements to have testing done during the following week or two.
Why is testing necessary?
- There are several new or updated software titles this quarter.
- ACS can install software, but are not experts in the majority of software and do not know the specifics of how the software will be used in lessons.
- Software install locations can change quarter by quarter and there may be other software in the software image that could cause a conflict. Conflicts are not the norm, but we would like to prevent the potential for lab downtime during the quarter.
- Operating system and software updates would cause conflicts. Again, conflicts are not the norm, but we would like to prevent the potential for lab downtime during the quarter.
SUMMER QUARTER SOFTWARE
There is a one week break between spring & summer quarter. CWU is also in session during this time. These two factors greatly limit our ability to re-image labs. Therefore we are requesting no changes in software if at all possible. We will not send out software request packets for summer, instead we will send out a letter outlining the limitations, but explaining that we will definitely work with departments if a change in software is necessary.
MS OFFICE 2007
- When are publishers moving to MS Office 2007 books and when do the labs need to roll out MS Office 2007?
- CLUG members did not feel that there was a compelling reason to move to MS Office 2007 for fall 2007. There is also concern that students will not have MS Office 2007 at home for homework.
- If MS Office 2007 is needed in the labs for fall 2007, ACS would need to know during spring quarter 2007.
- CLUG felt that it would be a good idea to wait and not roll out MS Office 2007 for fall 2007.
- Jessica will follow up with the individual departments to verify that MS Office 2007 is not needed this fall.
- This topic will remain on the agenda for upcoming CLUG meetings.
- There is no current plan to move to MS Vista in the labs. We will not make the move until it is necessary for instruction.
- ACS has begun testing MS Vista and so far has found that the following applications
are not Vista-compliant:
- Peachtree 2006 – The publisher is reported to be working on a Vista compliant version
- ACS will continue testing Vista
- Once we have a better idea when Vista will be needed we will need assistance from departments with testing to determine what will and will not run on MS Vista. We will also need assistance from departments in obtaining any updated department-specific software.
- This topic will remain on the agenda for upcoming CLUG meetings.
- What is it? The Learning Commons (LC) is a one-stop study-shop that combines research, IT and learning support services under one roof to enhance the student experience. The physical location of the LC will be in the Library on the 3rd floor of Lynnwood Hall. Phase 1 will include combining the computer lab in the main area of the 4th floor of Lynnwood Hall with the computer lab in the main area of the 3rd floor of Lynnwood Hall. This will combine the services provided in both locations into one central location.
- When might it happen? Phase 1 should be in place for the start of fall quarter 2007.
TECH FEE REQUESTS
ACS’ Tech Fee requests are first reviewed by the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). TAC’s recommendations are forwarded to the Tech Fee Management Committee (TFMC) who will consider the recommendations in making their final funding decisions. TAC’s has made initial recommendations but they still have some decisions to make before forwarding them to TFMC.
Tech Fee requests submitted by ACS – in no particular order
- Replacement of computers in MLT 212
- Replacement of computers in ALD 101
- Replacement of computers in ALD 102
- Purchase of RAM for computers in ALD 101 and/or ALD 102 if the computers are not replaced.
- LCDs for up to 9 computer labs
- Swap drives for ALD 101 and/or ALD 102 if the computers are replaced.
ODDS & ENDS
How much storage space is ideal for each student (if we have persistent accts)?
- Current limit is 100 mb. Very few students have ever hit the limit. We will monitor storage space and make a decision after more information is gathered.
Do students still use floppy disks? PC World announced that it will no longer stock them once they run out. The standard computers that ACS orders do not come with floppy drives by default.
- At least 4 classes still use floppy disks. Some students still turn in projects on floppies. There is no immediate plan to order computers without floppy drives, but there may come a time when we have little choice.
Do instructors see a demand for DVD burners?
- No, although it might be nice to have them on instructors’ computers in case students need them.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Is it possible to have MS Office 2007 available via Citrix?
- Yes, although it won’t be available immediately. I will let you know when it is available.
If MS Office 2007 is made available via Citrix for a particular user, can they still use MS Office 2003 via Citrix?
- Technically this is possible, but there may be a licensing issue. We are still looking into this.
Is it possible to make Peachtree available via Citrix?
- It should be possible to make Peachtree available Citrix. Rod’s team will look into this.
When is the campus going to MS Vista?
- Right now there is no compelling reason for the campus to move campus desktops to MS Vista and there are no immediate plans to go to MS Vista. There are a few laptops coming in with MS Vista.
Is Office 2007 available via Home Use?
- It will be, but is not currently available. The Helpdesk will let me know when it is available and I will let CLUG know. It looks like it may be late April or early May when it is available.
Where is the link to the MS Office 2007 test site?
- Demo: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HA100484691033.aspx
- Test drive: http://office.microsoft.com/enus/products/HA101687261033.aspx
- You will need to register and provide your e-mail address for this test drive. You can test tons of actions in MS Office. I just tested creating a rule in MS Outlook and some complex formulas in MS Excel.