Fordham IT August 2016 Update

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August Email Update

Ahh… August!

1. Fordham Mobile Go
Fordham Mobile Go, the University’s new app, helps you stay connected like never before. Gain access to great features that will make your campus experience more efficient and keep you informed. Access email, course schedules, registration, grades, a directory, and other information you normally access via My.Fordham.edu. Also, get important notifications pushed to your device. The app is available to download from the Google Play store for Android and from the iTunes store for iPhones

We recently added a link in the app for the campus shuttle schedule. Other features coming soon will include a link to the Ram Van reservation site. Read more about the app.

2. Free Microsoft Office 365
Available August 15: Fordham University now provides Microsoft Office 365 free to all current faculty, staff and students. Download and install up to 5 copies of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access on your personal Mac or PC. (Do not install on a University-owned computer.) 

There is no cost to use this valuable resource, and the software will remain accessible on your device while you are an active employee at Fordham.

To access, look for the Microsoft Office 365 channel at My.Fordham under “My Apps” on your Student, Faculty or Employee tab starting August 15. To download, follow the link in the channel.

3. WebEx for Online Meetings
All faculty, staff, and students will soon have access to Cisco’s WebEx, a powerful tool for virtual meetings via video or audio. Use WebEx to hold classes, webinars, and office hours. Also host meetings and interviews, conduct town halls, and more. The platform launches August 18. Trainings and user guides will be available. More details.

4. New Online Security Training
Our new UISO online security training course aims to educate Fordham students, faculty, and staff on how to protect themselves from cyber threats and attacks. The course, “UISO_Employees: UISO Security Training for Employees,” is located in Blackboard, under My Organizations. This video-based course replaces the previous online security course. For an overview, read this blog post.

5. Virtual Desktops
This summer, as part of the computer equipment lease replacement process, we are deploying VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) thin clients in the libraries, the podiums in classrooms on the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, and selected departments. These devices come fully equipped with the software normally installed on a University-owned computer. For a full description of VDI and more information, read this article on Fordham IT News

What is a thin client?
A thin client is a desktop terminal with no hard drive. All features typically found on a desktop PC, including applications, data, files, memory, and so on are accessible, but they are securely stored on a remote server 

Test a thin client
Check it out! We have thin clients for you try at Lincoln Center in room 309 or visit the lobby of Dealy Hall at Rose Hill.

6. El Capitan and Windows 10
It is now safe to upgrade your University-issued Mac to Apple’s El Capitan operating system (OS). The new OS has been determined to be compatible with all Fordham applications. Read the instructions for preparing your machine for the upgrade.

It is now safe to upgrade your personal computers to Windows 10. For University-owned equipment, Windows 10 will be installed with new lease replacements and new acquisitions only. Currently deployed, University-owned computers are not scheduled for an upgrade at this time. Read more about upgrading on at Fordham IT News.

7. Faculty Software Requests for Fall
This task is probably behind you, but in case it isn’t, here’s your final reminder for 2016: Submit your request for the software you’d like installed in the computer labs or smart classrooms for the fall semester today! Requests may be made for new applications, upgrades, special set ups, reconfiguration and/or additions to existing software. Proof of legal purchase and adequate licenses or copies of the software are required. An ITAC representative will contact you to work on the request.

To make your request, call IT Customer Care or use their online request service, the Tech Help tab (when prompted, search for terms such as “software,” “smart classroom,” or “computer lab”), located at My.Fordham.edu.

Best wishes for a grand August and we’ll see you in September!

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