IST manages approximately 2000 Academic Support PCs, and helps rebuild or partially manage another 1500 faculty and podium PCs running the Windows operating system. The biggest part of having your PC managed is that it removes most of the worry associated with using a PC, and lets you focus on doing your job. So what does it mean to have your PC managed? It can mean different things depending on your PC. Academic Support desktops start with an IST-built image on them. This image, and the way it is subsequently used, has been designed:
If you have a notebook we've chosen not to replace the vendor-installed image, but rather we've designed an infrastructure that allows you to install the applications you'll need to do your job, update and secure this notebook like we do our desktops and do so all without compromising the notebook portability you rely on. Features of having your notebook managed by IST include:
For details see our document entitled "Using a Managed Notebook Computer".
Either way, the links provided here identify what it is we believe it means to have a managed PC and what we have done to modify what Microsoft, and other application vendors deliver, to best suit your personal and departmental needs.