CATS Technology News

Apple’s new macOS Sierra v10.12.x
Apple’s latest OS, macOS Sierra (v10.12.3), has been approved by CATS & ITS as a supported operating system for Smith owned computers. Faculty and staff with Apple computers who wish to upgrade to Sierra may do so, however, they should confirm compatibility with any software they have installed that is not part of the standard Smith image. Before proceeding with an OS upgrade, it is recommended that you backup any important files. More information on upgrading can be found on the ITS website. For further assistance, contact the IT Service Center at ext. 4487 or Note: End users will need to upgrade the VPN client to the latest version to enable off campus access. VPN client available on the Smith Software page or through the Self Service App.

Div3 Printing Overhaul Project 
CATS working with ITS deployed NEW printers throughout the CSC in July and August 2016. Quick take away is that CATS reduced the number of shared network printers currently deployed throughout the CSC by about half. Other benefits of this project is that the iPrint printing queue system has been deprecated and the Pharos pay-for-print system was upgraded to version 9 and reimplemented on the new printers to handle all student printing. The ultimate goal is one unified queue system for all of campus in 2-3 years. Please see the CATS Printing page for more details.

Windows 10
Windows 10 is now the standard OS from Microsoft. Almost all CATS supported computer spaces and classrooms are running Windows 10. CATS has been testing Windows 10 for the past year. So should I upgrade? As most end user won’t be able to upgrade their Smith owned Windows computer themselves this shouldn’t be an issue.

Office 2016
Office 2016 is available on campus for all Smith-owned computers, both Mac and Windows. Use the Self Service app on macOS to upgrade. Stay tuned for information on how to upgrade Windows.


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