CLASSE Computer Request Form
Please plan ahead!
A typical computer deployment takes about a week
. Please also familiarize yourself with our computing policies
This form must be filled out by a CLASSE member.
If you are currently using a CLASSE-managed computer that will be replaced by the new computer, please prepare for the migration by moving all locally stored files to central storage
. Don't forget about application data that may not be on your desktop. If you need help with this, please let us know in the comment field below.
After submitting the form, you should receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive any confirmation, then your request was not submitted successfully. Please try again or email email@example.com
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- Operating System
- CLASSE does not support Windows 8.
- Windows 10 is available for use on new computers at CLASSE. Only the 64 bit version is supported.
- The primary version of Linux supported by CLASSE on desktop systems is 64bit Scientific Linux version 6. Scientific Linux v7 is in the process of being rolled out on all new desktop hardware. Systems running v6 are considered for upgrade to v7. Scientific Linux is a preconfigured version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- CLASSE cannot support computers with more than one operating system installed: neither dual-boot nor in a VM. Remote access to computers running other operating systems is readily available.
- If any other computer configuration is required, it must be discussed with the CLASSE IT Director. We do not have enough staff to be able to support many different types of computers and software.
- When Needed
- In order to appropriately schedule the computer, we must know the date when the computer is needed. "ASAP" is meaningless: it means different things to different people.
- It usually takes about a week to configure the hardware and software correctly. More time may be needed if there are special requirements. See Requesting New Computers
- Intended usage
- In order to determine the system configuration, we need to know how it is expected to be used. Reading mail, browsing the Web and accessing remote systems are not as demanding as designing hardware with Ansys and AutoDesk Inventor. Most software development must be done by accessing appropriate servers, not on local desktop systems.
- Standard Linux Software
- In general, all CLASSE Linux systems have access to the same set of packages that have been chosen to work for almost everyone. If one argues that a missing package is useful and productive, we will try to push it out for all the systems and make it part of the standard. Anything that is not installed as part of the Linux distribution (for example, Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, various compilers, etc.) can be accessed from /nfs/opt/. For more information, please see LinuxSupport.
- Standard Windows Software (this links to a detailed list)
- How long will the computer be needed?
- Knowing the length of time a computer is expected to be needed will help us to decide if, for example, a particular previously-used computer will be an acceptable match. Older computers will be unable to run future operating systems. Many already are unable to run Windows 7 or 64bit SL6.
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