DCC Meeting Notes – 09 February 2011
Update: CIS has released a detailed Morning Mail message with a full summary of the changes in Adobe licensing.
Petteruti Lounge, Faunce House
Audio recording of the meeting available.
ANNOUNCEMENTS – Chris Grossi, CIS
Adobe CS5 installers have been released on February 7 on the CIS Software site (Windows & Mac). Due to new license agreements, CS5 cannot be downloaded by students. Faculty and staff will be able to run CS5 off-campus using the Brown VPN.
VPN and campus residential networks will no longer support running CS4 after February 25. If any faculty or staff want to run the CS suite via VPN after this date, they must upgrade to CS5.
Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac are now available for installation. These versions are not compatible with Brown’s licensed version of EndNote X3. Users of EndNote X3 should not upgrade Office at this time.
CIS is piloting Cloudpath, a web-hosted solution to easily configure Brown-Secure wifi access on Mac OS X/iOS/WinXP/Vista/Win7/Android devices. Testing is ongoing at the moment, Android devices in particular are not yet working as expected with this service. Cloudpath hopefully will move into production soon; more information to come.
Some early migrations from Novell department file services to the new Windows file services have begun, including Public Safety and CIS. Departments using Novell services will be contacted to schedule migration times.
SPSS19 will be released this month. CIS encourages all SPSS users to upgrade as early as possible, particularly users of SPSS 16 which may need to be removed from Brown’s license servers by June 2011.
Dell should have the new Brown-specific Windows 7 disk image soon to offer on new PC purchases of standard models.
Matlab is being utilized very heavily this semester. It is up against the limit of the 295 licenses that Brown currently holds. This is being analyzed to find the best way to manage availability.
ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS – Pat Kinghorn, CIS, DCC Liaison
The Computer Store has a deal with Apple through March 20. Through this time, if we can aggregate purchases of Apple hardware in batches of 30 pieces or more, we will get a 4% discount. Contact Pat or the Computer Store if you are interested.
PRESENTATION – Mike Pickett, CIO
Mike presented on a variety of topics, with emphasis on the updated IT Strategic Plan, the recent governance audit, and a newly-forming IT Leaders Council. Slide decks available. This group will help make/influence IT decisions and ensure that central and departmental IT efforts are coordinated where useful. More information is available in the slide deck. Mike has asked the DCC community to provide a representative to this group. Interested individuals should contact Pat Kinghorn by Friday February 25.