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The Computer Officers provide a Managed Workstation service, which provides a configured version of Windows or Linux. There are a number of benefits to using a Managed Workstation:

  • The operating system is set up to integrate with many other Department services, such as Admitto (which provides a common Departmental authentication mechanism)
  • The health of the computer is automatically reported to our monitoring system, (this has allowed us to detect when hard disks are developing faults and replace them before data is lost on many ocassions!)
  • Commonly-used applications are made available (see the individual pages for the different operating systems listed below for details)
  • The Computer Officers ensure that security patches and antivirus updates are routinely applied
  • Group fileservers can be made automatically available as network drives
  • The Computer Officers can offer a much higher level of support, because the computers have been configured in a standard way
  • In the event of needing to reinstall the computer (due e.g. to hardware failure), the computer can be quickly reinstalled

We strongly encourage all groups in the Department to use this service wherever possible. For more details, please see one of the following pages:

System status 

System monitoring page

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