Retiring Windows 7 and Upgrading to Windows 10

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will officially end extended support for Windows 7. This means that bug fixes and patches will no longer be provided for machines running Windows 7. In order to accommodate this change and prevent security risks,

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Defender yes, Trend no

CLAS-IT is Removing Trend anti-Virus and enabling Windows Defender.  Since we have really good tools for monitoring Malware activity using our desktop support tool, SCCM, we are moving forward with using the built in Microsoft program Windows Defender to keep

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JAMF for Macs

What is JAMF? JAMF is an endpoint management solution that allows a central IT unit to manage Apple devices. What this means for Users is that we will now be able to better manage the University’s Assets moving forward. Currently

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Zoom Videoconferencing Software

The University of Florida has signed a license agreement to provide everyone at the university a pro license for the Zoom Video Conferencing Software. With Zoom, it’s easy to: Conduct simple online HD video and audio meetings Run on-the-fly or

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Say Goodbye to Bigfix

Say Goodbye to Bigfix UF and CLAS IT have moved away from Bigfix Endpoint Management for managing campus workstations.  Instead, we are using OS specific software and patch management systems.  For Windows systems the new system is Microsoft System Center,

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Rethinking Upgrades for Windows 10

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new way to manage and maintain the Windows operating system. Microsoft calls this new process “Windows as a Service” or WaaS.Read More

CrashPlan: Avoiding a Costly Mistake

[While I was packing up my important documents before Hurricane Irma made landfall last week, one of the things I did not worry about was making a backup of the important files on my laptop. The reason is because I use CrashPlan, and I knew my important documents were safe and secure in the CrashPlan cloud. – Ken]

 
About a month ago, one of the members of the CLAS IT team suffered a hard drive failure. No matter what we tried, we were unable to resurrect the drive – it was officially “toast.”
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CLAS and the Neverending Software Updates

Updates appear to be a never-ending thing.  It seems that every time you sit down to work, Windows will prompt you to reboot for updates, or you’ll get a prompt to close your browser because there’s an update available.Read More

Windows 10: What to Expect

There have been a few key improvements with Windows 10 from the previous versions and home users should expect a much smoother upgrade process.Read More