Windows 7 and 8, as they come out of the box are often changed. Computer vendors apply value-added utilities and customize the look-and-feel of the operating system to optimize the experience for their clients. IST has done the same thing for PCs in Academic Support departments. Many changes are made for security reasons, others are for usability. This document attempts to:
Inform clients as to what changes have been applied to their workstations and
Help you decide to agree to have these changes applied to your workstation.
SCCM is an important part of our infrastuture now. It has a presence in several faculties and is very important in Academic Support. Among other things, it is used to deploy:
Antivirus delivery and monitoring
...just to name a few.
It is desireable to apply policies remotely, whenever possible, because:
It is a fast easy way to apply a change to large groups of PCs
It reduces concern that some PCs may not have some settings applied
It provides consistency for clients
To view the changes that affect a workstation when it becomes “managed” click:
Not all changes can be applied by domain policy. Others are important enough that they should apply whether-or-not the PC is connected to the network. This Quick Summary List of Changes lists most of what we modify locally on a workstation in Academic Support in Nexus before delivering the PC to the department.
For a complete listing of all changes IST applies to an Academic Support workstation, for security and usability reasons see the document entitled: How to Configure Your PC to Academic Support Standards.
Lastly, these links are included for completeness. Windows XP has its share of security concerns. This web page identifies some of them. It also graphically displays a few of the more basic usability changes we’ve applied.
To see some of the Concerns IST has with Windows XP Out-of-the-box, click here.
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Created by: Manfred Grisebach. July 29th, 2005. Updated December 12th, 2014