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Computer Lab Software Guidelines
- Software to be installed in a lab for the start of the semester must be completely delivered (media and licenses) to the appropriate IT person no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester. In the case of downloadable media, the credentials necessary to download the media must be delivered to the appropriate IT person no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester.
- Software delivered in the 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester or the first week of the semester will be installed in the labs by the 3rd week of the semester (pending lab availability).
- Software delivered later than the first week of classes will be installed for the beginning of the next semester.
- Software must be fully licensed.
- No trial software will be installed in labs.
- When software is installed in a lab it must be licensed for all computers in the lab, and not a sub-set. We image labs all at once, so all computers within a lab will be configured identically.
- The exception to this is software that uses a network license server. With a network license server, the software is still installed on all computers within the lab, but the license server checks out licenses to each PC as the software application is launched. This allows us to still install the software on all computers in the lab even if there are fewer licenses purchased than machines in the lab.
- Only one version of a software package, typically the current version, will be installed on the computers in any given computer lab.
- Any custom installation instructions should be communicated at the time the media and licenses are delivered. In absence of instructions regarding custom installations, a "standard" or "typical" installation will be performed.
- When delivering the software and licenses, instructions should be provided as to which lab(s) the software should be installed in. It may not be possible or practical to have every software package in every lab.