The Information Technology Department will begin the process of upgrading all faculty and staff computers to Windows 7, Office 2010, and Groupwise 8.2 as of January 2012. The average upgrade will take about an hour per workstation, and will be conducted one department at a time.
The successful upgrade of your computer will depend on your help with the following steps:
1. Make sure all of your GRCC work-related data is backed up to your J or S drive, because the upgrade involves erasing everything that is currently on your hard drive. If you’re not sure how to do this, we will show you how. There will also be a training video detailing how to do this after the Thanksgiving holiday.
2. Make sure any personal, non-work- related data is backed up to a flash drive or writeable DVD or CD. Although it may seem more convenient to store your personal data on our network, these files, which usually consist of music, videos, and pictures typically take up far more space than our work files. We simply do not have the space on our network to store them.
3. A list of software we currently have on record for you will be sent to you two weeks prior to your scheduled upgrade. This information is based on the software licensing and purchasing records we currently have on file for you. Please review and confirm the list of software for your computer. If it is not accurate, please contact Ian Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to review your software list.
4. For those of you who will have your computer replaced, be on the look out for an e-mail containing additional information regarding the types of computers you can choose from within the next several weeks.
Please don’t feel like you have to wait to start the process of backing up your files. January is approaching fast!
More information about the upgrade will be posted each week in GRCC Today through the end of the year, and periodically throughout the upgrade until it is finished. Also, once the upgrade commences, be on the look out for direct notices sent by e-mail pertaining to your scheduled upgrade time, software list, and any other information that will make your upgrade go more smoothly.
Please contact Jeff Kissinger at email@example.com or ext. 4098 if you have any questions.