Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pilot Software Virtualization Opportunity for Faculty

Image of a globe surrounded by many computing devices connected to it via a straight line.
Did you know Ferris has a pilot virtual desktop system that allows students to log in from almost any computer and access Ferris-specific software titles typically only available in computer labs? Now is the time to submit your requests to add software titles to the virtual desktop.

Requests are due to the Technology
Assistance Center by July 15, 2014. Software will be tested for virtual desktop system compatibility by July 31, 2014.

What does "pilot" mean?

"Pilot" means this is a small-scale experiment to learn if the system is feasible. After the pilot program, further discussions will take place to determine if the organization should move forward with a larger scale implementation of the system. Student feedback is important. Students may provide feedback via the "Send us your feedback" link at http:\\www.ferris.edu\vdi.

How do I submit my request?

Call the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) at 231-591-4822 or email them at technologyassistancecenter@ferris.edu with information about the software you would like to try to virtualize. Requests for new software on the virtual desktop are due to TAC no later than July 15, 2014. Someone from the TAC will contact you to coordinate your request. 

What software is currently on the virtual desktop?

A list of software already available through the virtual desktop system is available at the following link: Virtual desktop system software

How do students connect to the virtual desktop?

Instructions for how to connect to the virtual desktop system are available at http://www.ferris.edu/vdi

What are the requirements for adding a software title to the virtual desktop system?

The software must be owned by the University and have current licensing available before it can be included on the virtual desktop system. Not all software can be “virtualized.” Technology Assistance Center staff will work with you to find out if your software title is able to be accessed from the virtual desktop system.

Who can use the virtual desktop system?

The virtual desktop system was created to provide an alternative way for students to access computer lab software. IT Services wants to provide students with access to this software when and where it is convenient for them. At this time, only students can access the system and use the virtual desktop.

The support from faculty and the use by students of this system will determine future considerations for an enterprise system.

For more information, go to http://www.ferris.edu/vdi