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DeSC Laptop Information

A laptop manged in the DeSC Standard environment requires the user to take on more responsibility for their computer to ensure that it is available for distributions.  The DeSC Laptop requires more user intervention to maintain then a DeSC Desktop computer or a non-managed laptop. A DeSC Laptop is for users willing to abide by the Council rules to gain mobile computing in an environment with DeSC’s commitment to university business applications compatibility, integrity, secruity and centrally managed support.

Program Requirements:

TSM Backup Information

DeSC laptops will be configured for the TSM Personal service with a backup window from 10:30am-12:00 noon every day.  The DeSC Laptop TSM window schedule will only succeed if the laptop has a wired connection or is in a docking station. TSM server will attempt to make a connection whether the wired laptop is on a campus or an off campus network during this window.

If the server can't connect to your laptop, the server will keep trying until noon, after which the laptop gets logged as a 'missed' schedule.

If the laptop misses the backup window, your laptop will be backed up the next time the window comes around again and your laptop is using a wired connection to the network.

DeSC Laptops are only authorized to use the Ethernet port for TSM backups and restores. The wireless port that the TSM server uses for backups has been blocked when DeSC Laptops are on the campus network.

Microsoft Patches

Over a weekend that Princeton is distributing the Microsoft patches, you can still receive the Microsoft updates even when you are not using your computer. As long as the laptop is powered on, the power adapter is powering the laptop (the lid can be open or closed) and there is a network connection, your laptop will receive the Microsoft updates over the weekend which can reduce your log in time the next time you are on campus and bring up your laptop.

Please contact desc@princeton.edu or 8-6034 if you have any questions.