This page provides an overview of the 'Managed XP PC' build which features Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2007 and a new secure way of storing data. The ISS Managed BuildCompatibility Troubleshoot
The Microsoft Windows XP PC build is 'managed' and differs from unmanaged builds in the following ways:
- all data (e.g. Word Documents) are kept on the network filestore (aka H: Drive).
- using 'H: Drive' for data means that people's files are available from other locations and from replacement PCs. This will reduce the 'downtime' after hardware failures
- H: Drive will backed up on week day nights - this will increase the security of University data.
- List of Core & installable Software - the XP build has a standard set of 'core' software which includes Microsoft Office 2007 and Symantec Endpoint Protection. The Managed XP build also has a range of installable software packages.
- the updating of Windows and the updating of Symantec AntiVirus is managed centrally, reducing the amount of work that the PC owner needs to do and reducing the threat from viruses.
The changes mean that many users will not have to logon with administrative privileges - this will decrease the threat from viruses and Spyware.
Is my Windows XP PC 'Managed'?
Help and Documentation
- Your Managed XP PC (in PDF) - a booklet is available to train people how use the new system.
- Synchronising Files on a Managed XP PC (web page) - this page is aimed at people who have just got the 'Managed XP PC' and want to understand more about Synchronisation.
- About H:/(username's) Documents - all documents should be kept on H: Drive in a folder called H:/(username's) Documents
What To Do Before You Get a Managed XP PC
You are going to get a 'Managed XP PC' - how do you prepare? This is what you do:
- gather all your data together into your 'My Documents' folder.
- take an 'audit' of the programs that you run on your PC.
Gathering Data Together
On the Managed XP PC and data and documents are kept in one system of folders underneath 'My Documents'. If you have documents hept in named folders off C: or in other places it is a good idea to mobve them so that they are under 'My Documents'.