Information Technology Services

Minimum Networked Non-Standard Equipment Requirements

Standards pending approval by ITPC

Workstations, running either Windows, Unix, or Macintosh operating systems, must conform to certain minimum standards in order to operate effectively on IPFW's network. Equipment not meeting these standards cannot be expected to perform or be supported by IT Services in the same manner as standard campus machines. This document serves to specify these standards exclusively for:

  1. personally owned workstations,
  2. donated computers/printers, and
  3. devices purchased from non-approved vendors

with a particular emphasis on their ability to operate on our campus-wide network. However, no single specification can fully anticipate the true minimum needs of each user. That will depend on the unique software and peripheral applications expected to run on a workstation. Many configurations will need to exceed those listed below in order to provide an effective workstation.

There are two contexts defining "non-standard" equipment. The first involves the personal or donated equipment connected to the campus network, i.e., equipment not purchased with campus funds that is intended to be used on the campus network. The second category is computing devices purchased with university funds from non-approved vendors (i.e., devices that have not been confirmed compatible with the complexities of our networked environment). If you intend to network such workstations, printers, laptops, tablets, etc., each must meet the specifications below. The standards include CPU, memory, operating system, and off-campus support considerations.

  • Equipment needing to run networked software must be the property of IPFW to fulfill licensing agreements; IPFW ownership of the station is not required for accessing the Internet/Web.
  • Equipment must meet the current minimum requirements of a networked machine (see Minimum Networked Equipment Standards).
  • Equipment must be from a vendor that provides a non-chargeable support contact (i.e., someone that can be contacted when technical support is needed).
  • Workstations must be capable of network or remote booting (PXE) with an Intel or 3Com network card.
  • Windows workstations should run Windows 7 and Macintoshes should run OS X.
  • Printers to be placed on the network must be business-class machines with an internal print server that is flash upgradeable and compatible with Novell NDS and Unix LPR.
  • Workstations must also be business-class machines, not systems designed for home use.
  • All workstations will need to be upgraded to the highest level of critical patches before they can be placed on the campus network.