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Early testing of Windows 10 in our environment and prepare a staff build

  • Description: Build an image based on Windows 10.
  • Current Status: Completed
  • Estimated Timescale: Jan 2016
  • Estimated Staff Allocation: 0.6 FTE

Update SCCM 2012 servers to provide extra support for Windows 10

    • Description: Patch servers to provide Windows 10 support
    • Current status: Completed
    • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016
    • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Begin a test evaluation of SCOM to collect ACS data from Managed Windows 7 Desktops

  • Description: look at the practicality of using SCOM in our environment
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Feb 2016--Sept 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Deploy SLED 12 to Managed Linux computers

  • Description: Update SLED to version 12
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Feb 2016--Mar 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Remove old versions of JAVA from Managed Windows 7 desktop computers

  • Description: New version of JAVA install without removing the old version. The old versions may represent a security issue so need to be removed.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: May 2016--Jun 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Update SCCM 2012 servers to provide extra support for Windows 10

  • Description: Patch servers to provide Windows 10 support
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Create a single boot image for Managed Windows 7 Teaching computers

  • Description: Update the Teaching computer build and remove the neccessity for dual boot
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Feb 2016--Aug 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Test and Deploy SLED 12 SP1 to Managed Linux computers

  • Description: Update SLED 12 to service pack 1
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: May 2016--Jun 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Windows 10 test build evaluation in ITS

  • Description: Patch servers to provide Windows 10 support
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016 - Oct 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.3FTE

Update the Student image with new versions of built in applications

  • Description: Update the student image with new version of built in applications
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jun 2016- Aug 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.5FTE

Update the Staff image with new versions of built in applications

  • Description: Update the staff image with new version of built in applications
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016 - Sept 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.5FTE

Update other ITS provided images with new versions of built in applications

  • Description: Update the Training, Teaching, Engineering, images with new version of built in applications
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016 - Oct 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.5FTE

Reimage workareas remotely

  • Description: Reimage workareas remotely where possible
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.5FTE

Implement the Local Administrator Policy Solution (LAPS) to IT Services

  • Description: Automatic password changes for the computer account. LAPS provides management of local account passwords of domain joined computers. Passwords are stored in Active Directory (AD) and protected by ACL.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Oct 2016
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.2FTE

Turn off SCCM 2007 infrastructure

  • Description: Ensure that no-one is using SCCM 2007 and turn off the infrastructure.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Oct 2016 - Mar 2017
  • Estimated staff allocation: 0.5FTE

Release Microsoft Office 2013 to the Managed Windows 7 Desktop

  • Description: Release Office 2013 to the Managed Windows 7 Desktop
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Aug 2013 -Apr 2017

Test and build a BitLocker solutions for Windows 10 laptops

  • Description: Test BitLocker for a deployment on all new ITS Managed Windows 10 laptops
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Sept 2017 - May 2017

Test and deploy SLED SP2

  • Description: Update the Linux desktop to SLED SP2

  • Current status: Completed

  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2017 - Apr 2017


Provide Windows 10 staff image

  • Description: Prepare a Windows 10 image that will be suitable for staff desktops and laptops
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2017 - Apr 2017

Provide Windows 10 student image

  • Description: Prepare a Windows 10 image that will be suitable for student workareas
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2017 - Apr 2017

Provide Windows 10 laptops for Departments to Test

  • Description: We have four of the advanced models of laptop imaged with the new Windows 10 staff build for Departments to try. We are also allowing a first look at a staff build on a Surface Pro 4.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2017 - Apr 2017

Initial testing of Centos as a replacement for SLED

  • Description: We are considering a replacement and there are staff in ITS with experience of Centos, so it makes sense to at least take a look at it

  • Current status: Completed

  • Estimated timescale: Feb 2017 - May 2017


Turn off App-V 4.6 infrastructure

  • Description: Once all App-V 4.6 applications are converted to App-V 5 turn off the olld App-V 4.6 infrastructure
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jul 2016 - Apr 2017

Update Windows 10 staff image

  • Description: Update the Managed Windows Desktop 10 staff image for the next Academic year
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Update Windows 10 student image

  • Description: Update the Managed Windows Desktop 10 student image for the next Academic year
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Creation of the ITS Linux Desktop using Centos as a replacement for SLED

  • Description: Create the ITS Linux Desktop using Centos
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Apr 2017 - Aug 2017

Update task sequences and test new Dell models

  • Description: New Dell desktop and laptop models available
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Retire the Moka 5 service

  • Description: Inform staff that the service will be withdrawn in 3 months time, then withdraw it.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Apr 2017 - Aug 2017

Create a new Engineering build

  • Description: Replace current Engineering build with updated versions
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Sept 2017 - Oct 2017

Deploy the new CENTOS Managed Linux Desktop to A0.01 workarea and Mathematics

  • Description: Replace current SLED desktop with CENTOS desktop
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Sept 2017 - Dec 2017

Implement a hardware check for computers wanting Windows10 that have TPM 1.2

  • Description: Microsoft are standardising on TPM 2.0. As a result we have implemented a hardware check in the Managed Windows 10 task sequence so that will it stop the process if the computer does not have TPM 2.0. and notify the technician.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Sep 2017

Implement DeskAlerts to push mesages to student computers in workareas

  • Description: Use DeskAlerts software to push messages to student computers
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan-Feb 2018

Move the current Linux printing service away from LPD

  • Description: The printing team are upgrading their Safecom printing structure and LPD will no longer be supported. This impacts our Linux desktop service and an alternative way to print will need to be implemented. There are two options: IPP and SMB. Both have their own difficulties to overcome.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Feb-Jun 2018

Release Windows 10 to staff

  • Description: All new Managed Windows desktops should be installed with Windows 10 build from January. We may retro-fit to relatively new computers providing that a driver pack for Windows 10 exists
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2018

Release Windows 10 1703 to staff on Managed Windows 10

  • Description: All Managed Windows 10 desktops should be upgraded to the 1703 Windows 10 build. We will begin with the update in the Thursday maintenance window and a voluntary option from Software Center, but it is likely we will eventually have to force it on those who haven't upgraded.
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Jan 2018- Mar 2018

Monitor application usage of selected central applications using SCCM

  • Description: Use SCCM to monitor some application usage. Make reports available to licensing manager
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Nov 1017 - Mar 2018

Add in the ability to have an Enhanced Pin applied to encrypted computers on request

  • Description: Use MBAM and group Policy to apply an enhanced pin option to BitLocker encryption on Managed Windows 10 computers when requested
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Feb 2018

Provide a VDI image for Engineering

  • Description: Use VMware to provide a virtual Engineering desktop for Engineering students
  • Current status: Completed
  • Estimated timescale: Nov-Jan 2018 (actually available 21/5/18)