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Below are the base specifications for computers recommended for purchase. However,
these specifications are subject to modification up until the orders
are placed as vendor changes are out of our control. You can request a quote using our Tracking System which lets you create quote request ticket or view the status of your existing tickets. Alternately, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your quote request.
Of note: most computers, printers, and monitors are select items available on State Contract. They tend to be business models and, as such, consumer grade devices are often unavailable for us to quote.
Finally, please remember that all technology purchases of any kind must be approved by CTS to ensure compatibility and base specifications with our infrastructure.
Mac mini Desktop
-21.5" Widescreen Display (1920x1080)
HP EliteDesk 800 G1
-23" Widescreen Display (1920x1080)
MacBook Pro Notebook
-2.5GHz Intel Core i5
HP ProBook 640 G1 Notebook
-2.6GHz Intel Core i5
Redeployment of Old Computers
CTS has developed a policy in regards to the "trickledown" of older computers as well as the purchase of new items. Check in the list below to see if your hardware meets the minimum requirements for redeployment.
CTS provides the following recommendations for your department trickledowns of older computer equipment. Please review this information and contact the CTS Helpdesk (x4444, email@example.com) if you have any questions or are uncertain of the specifications of a system.
Below are the minimum recommended specifications for old/trickledown computer hardware:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz
"Quick info" - most "silver" Intel iMacs/MacBooks or above are currently supported.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz
"Quick info" - most HP dc5800s/6710Bs or above are supported.
Both Microsoft and Apple have announced that there will be no further development, support, or security patches for Windows 3.x/95/98/NT/XP (Microsoft) and all Mac operating systems prior to OS X 10.9 (Apple). What this means to the college is that these systems are vulnerable to a malicious attack should any exploits be found in the operating system. These unsupported operating systems could be used by a malicious party to disrupt the campus network or even gain access to confidential information, the minimum specifications are in response to this concern.
Also of concern is software compatibility. Already companies such as Adobe and Microsoft are producing software that will not run on the older versions of these operating systems. Campus resources such as the web Content Management System no longer support these operating systems.
Windows 7 represents a significant change in the Windows Operating System. Windows 7 will be deployed on all new Windows computers including any that require "reimaging" for reuse or due to problems with their current operating system.
CTS offers consultation with departments, faculty and staff concerning the purchase of new equipment. Contact the CTS Helpdesk (x4444, firstname.lastname@example.org)
All computers must have a minimum of Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.9.
All computers must be purchased with a current license of Microsoft Office (included in the CTS Software bundle you will see in your quote.)
All computers will be automatically delivered to Stillman Hall for setup and installation by CTS.
All computers must have, at all times, current anti-virus software (included in the CTS Software bundle you will see in your quote.)
- All the latest OS patches to provide both security and stability for the campus network.
New computer & accessory purchase requisitions are automatically sent to CTS to be reviewed before the order is placed. This is to ensure that:
They meet the above requirements for the operating system.
They are from a reputable/preferred vendor.
Contain a minimum level of technology.
Contain the best value for the College by taking full advantage of State Contract pricing.
CTS is currently quoting Dell printers with State Contract Pricing. The pricing is extremely aggressive, the warranty is excellent (5 years on most models with on-site or exchange service), and all models are duplex (two-sided) and network capable.
CTS no longer quotes, recommends, or supports new HP printers. We are unable to get warranty service in our geographic location and would be forced to ship printers either to HP or the nearest local service provider at the College's expense. This would leave locations without a printer for weeks at a time which is unacceptable. Further, HP's printer pricing isn't as competitive as Dells and the warranty is 1/5th the duration. Finally, many of HP's newer drivers are incompatible with our existing print server infrastructure. CTS will continue to support and maintain our existing fleet of HP printers for as long as parts, supplies, and drivers for current operating systems are available.
Locally Shared Printers
CTS does not
support "local sharing" of a printer. Local sharing is where one desktop
is attached directly to a printer via a USB or Parallel cable and the
printer is shared via the computer's network connection.
Personally Owned Computers
CTS does not provide support for personally owned computers or any peripherals attached to them.