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DeSC Lite: a lightly-managed option that offers flexibility

The Desktop Systems Council committee is pleased to announce DeSC Lite, a new addition to the set of managed environments in The DeSC Program. The newly rebranded DeSC Standard (formerly DeSC) and MacDeSC (formerly MME) round out the set of program offerings.

The Desktop Systems Council, recently renamed “The DeSC Program,” has long provided an easily maintainable, cost-effective standard computer environment for computer systems. In the fifteen years since its start, the computing environment has changed significantly and the one-size-fits-all offering that has worked for most in the past has become less the standard in today’s less predictable and more complex computing environments. DeSC Lite was designed to offer a lightly-managed solution for the growing number of computers that are ineligible for the DeSC Standard environment.

DeSC Lite is a managed Windows computing environment for desktop and laptop computers. It provides a reduced level of centralized support and standardization, but accommodates a greater number of computer models. Any computer that can be imaged using the OIT Small Footprint Image (SFI) process and can join the Princeton domain can become a member of the DeSC Lite managed environment.

With DeSC Lite, departments can centrally-manage software distributions to faculty and staff desktop and laptops computers. Non-DeSC licensed software distributions for DeSC Lite are the same as those sent to the DeSC Standard environment. DeSC Lite program computers:

  • Receive Microsoft updates through Windows Software Updates (WSUS);
  • Include McAfee ePO and VirusScan software, and automatically receive the latest ePO and VirusScan distributions;
  • Receive the latest software distributions for software in the DeSC Lite software set (e.g. Microsoft Office, antivirus software);
  • Are members of the Princeton Domain

For additional criteria for DeSC Lite machines, see

Note that unlike the DeSC Standard environment, University Business Applications (UBA) are not guaranteed to run in the DeSC Lite environment and DeSC licensed software Adobe Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver will not be installed during setup.

The Desktop Systems Council committee oversees the use and maintenance of computers participating in all of the managed environments that comprise “The DeSC Program”. The Council serves to advise the University on standards for the managed computing environments, for institutionally owned computers.

For more information about The DeSC Program or any of the managed environments it offers, see  To contact someone about the DeSC program, send e-mail to