An Overview of the Faculty Computing Environment
The Pitt-Johnstown faculty desktop program provides all full-time faculty a new PC every three years. These PC’s will be compatible with all existing software, and comparable to PC’s used in the student computer labs. Personal printers and speakers are not supplied by this program and are to be requested from your departmental funds.
Faculty PC’s now operate under a management system designed by Information Technology. Please note the following:
- The system is based on Windows XP. It is Microsoft's up-to-date "business" operating system and it offers some particularly attractive management and security features for us, i.e., it facilitates our ability to perform data backup, remotely install software, and fix many desktop problems via network connections.
- Due to enhanced power saving features, the monitors will automatically power down after 20 minutes; the CPU/hard drive after 2 hours. (Clicking the mouse or space bar will restore both.)
- PCs are to be left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! - this permits upgrades, repairs and automatic data backup to be conducted overnight. The procedure to be followed nightly is to sign-off the machine by selecting "Shutdown" from the "Start" menu, and then selecting "Restart" from the available list of options. This procedure insures that no other user can access your data.
Log-On Information, Passwords & Security
After pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, your initial Log-on screen will ask for the following: (all small letters)
User Name - generally your last name or last name, hyphen, first initial (ex. smith, miller-j)
Password - managed by you, specific to your desktop computer
Log-on domain - all Windows XP users are using a new network domain (upj-itus)
The username referenced here is specific to your machine. It is not necessarily the same as your Pitt network account and email name.
The password referenced here is also specific to your machine. It is not necessarily the same as your Pitt network password or e-mail password.
You can change your machine password at any time by pressing ctrl-alt-del to access the Windows XP security screen.
If you forget your machine username or password, contact our support desk at x7755.
You must log-on the new upj-itus network domain to access your upgraded machine.
To prevent other users from accessing your machine during the day, log-off properly as described in section one of this handout, or temporarily turn on password protection by pressing ctrl-alt-del to access the Windows XP security screen, and selecting "lock computer". Do NOT use the “LOCK COMPUTER” feature as an overnight security measure.
Information Technology can only insure virus protection, data backup and recovery of your data if you:
- Do not turn your computer off overnight
- Properly log off you computer every evening be selecting “Shutdown/Restart”
- Store your data files in the “My Documents” folder
By default, your machine is setup to print on your divisions’ networked, faculty desktop printer. If you also have a personal printer you may have to put in a help ticket to have it connected.
Personal Computers are supplied to faculty and staff to support the business of the college and should not be used to download and store copyright protected materials. Computers found to contain music and movie file sharing applications such as Grokster, Morpheus, Kazaa, iMesh, Bearshare, Winmx, Gnutella, etc. will have it removed immediately.
File Management and Backup
Our system allows for unattended, automated, remote backup of all data files. This backup is performed nightly. These backup files are on a secured server under IT’s administration.
The only files that are backed up are the ones saved in the "My Documents" folder on your desktop. We have setup your applications to save there by default. (Within this folder, you have complete control of the folder and directory setup.)
Files that are stored outside the My Documents folder on your hard drive will not be backed up.
Files that are stored on the desktop (the visible icon area of your screen) will not be backed up.
No application software is backed up. Should your machine need rebuilt, it will be done with the standard Pitt-Johnstown desktop image that includes the software listed below.
Software provided in your initial machine configuration
Your PCs is being delivered with the following applications licensed and installed:
- Windows XP Operating System
- Internet Explorer
- Current Version of Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Front Page and Publisher
- Acrobat Writer - for reading / creating .pdf documents
- Aladdin Zip and Unzip - for file compression
- Virus Protection
All additional faculty software can be found at the new website: http://software.pitt.eduThis website contains the collection of software licensed for faculty use by the University. Any additional software you wish to use on your computer must be a departmental or personal purchase, and must be properly licensed for use.
Faculty can now download software through a user-friendly web interface (this web site replaces the old “package command manager”). The KeyAccess program and Java plug-in referenced in the download directions are already on your machine. Follow these directions to download additional software.
- Go to the website http://software.pitt.edu
- Click on the Connect button, and log-in with your Pitt (e-mail) account name and password.
- Select Faculty Computing Software and click Go.
- Select a vendor or a category of software and click Go.
- Click the hyperlink for the software you want to install.
- If it asks you for a name and password a 2nd time, enter upitt-users\ in front of your account name. (ex. upitt-users\gresko or upitt-users\eckenrod)
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation.
Faculty may request additional software for the desktop program or student computer labs at the website http://technology.pitt.edu/software/get-software.html
The lead-time for new software introduction is generally 6 months from the date of the request. Keep this in mind if requesting software for use in an upcoming semester. May 1st is the fall term deadline, Oct 1st for Spring term.
The Pitt-Johnstown Information Technology Department assumes no responsibility for software installed on your machine outside University licensing agreements. In the event of disk failure of corruption, we will restore your machine to its original software configuration and restore all data from your last, successful backup routine.