DCC Meeting Notes – 08 December 2010
Rhode Island Hall
ANNOUNCEMENTS – Chris Grossi, CIS
Marc Doughty in CIS Software Services completed the setup of all USB keys intended for automated Windows 7 installations that were provided by DCCs at the previous meeting; these have been returned by campus mail. Please provide any feedback while using them to Software_Services@brown.edu.
The Novell-to-Windows File Services migration project is rolling towards implementation, more information will be presented in January. For now, it will be useful for those departments using Novell-hosted files to ‘clean house’ within their files where possible; a smaller amount of data will make for simpler migration.
The Google Transition project is winding down and has been very successful. The recent migration from Brown’s internal MX to Google’s went smoothly. There are still a few legacy Proofpoint digests popping up here and there; this is thought to be due to spammers caching Brown’s former MX, where Proofpoint is still operating for now.
The Google Apps Steering Committee will soon be re-tooled to serve as an ongoing advisory/governance group to direct the adoption and support of the many Google Apps services that are becoming available, such as Picasa, Google Earth, and others. If you are interested in serving on this body, please contact Geoffrey_Greene@brown.edu.
Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac will be released formally in the early Spring semester, most likely in February. If you need access the the installers for these applications before that time, please contact Software_Services@brown.edu.
Adobe Licensing is in a state of transition as CIS has recently learned that the existing Brown license does not allow students to run Brown-licensed Adobe commercial software such as Acrobat Pro and CS4 on personally-owned computers. CIS is very aware of the importance of these products to students and others at Brown, and are doing everything they can to work out the best solution to bring Brown’s use of these products into compliance with the licensing agreement, and preserve access where possible. Many details still remain to be worked out, but as early as Spring 2011 students may need to run these applications from a commercial student license, which is more affordable than full commercial prices, but still is not free. Students are and will continue to be able to run Adobe products on Brown-owned computers in computing labs and clusters. CIS will send additional communications to the community throughout December and January.
Dell representatives presented their roadmap of the Latitude and Optiplex model lines, as well as some information about their consumer tablets and other devices.
Our new Dell outside sales representative is:
And our Dell Technical Contact is: