TCC begins a “phased rollout” of Windows 10 to more than 3,000 computers across all campuses during the 2017 Winter intersession in a project that should wrap up before the Fall 2018 semester begins.
The sheer scope of installing a new operating system on thousands of computers system-wide requires the rollout be phased in to ensure compatibility with all devices, said Brusse James, assistant director, IT Support and Network Service.
“With 3,000-plus devices that need the upgrade, scope of the implementation is large,” James said. “A phased approach will allow us the opportunity to gather all relevant application information and test accordingly before we install the update on a group of machines.”
TCC’s fleet of computers is being updated from Windows 7, for which Microsoft’s mainstream support ended in January 2015. The lack of Microsoft support means that users cannot stay with Windows 7 even if it is preferred.
“Basically, Microsoft is now forcing the move,” James said.
More than 90 percent of TCC computers are Windows based, with a few hundred MacOS machines on campus as well as some Linux devices in classrooms for instructional purposes.
“As part of the project plan, we are working with TCC’s training department and our local Microsoft representatives to schedule and/or make available training for users to learn about the differences and features Windows 10 brings forth,” James said. “TCC has been moving to a more cloud-based offering over the past few years (examples: Office 365, Skype for Business, OneDrive, SharePoint).
“Windows 10 seamlessly integrates with these products to provide the user with a more complete, enhanced experience and allows TCC to implement future technology more efficiently.”
Updates to the college’s fleet of computers support subcomponent 5.A.1 of the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation, which states “the institution has the technological infrastructure sufficient to support its operations.”