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SCS Windows Projects

Looking to the future.

SCS Computing Facilities has several projects slated to begin this year that will enable the unification of authentication processes to use our Andrew ID and password for our Windows computers, improve the scalability of our services, and position us for future network growth.

This is a significant undertaking that will involve the synchorinzation of projects that will address security, address and mitigate End of Life (EOL) operating systems, and simplify login and permissions for our computing community.

Windows Projects in 2020

Windows 7 End of Life

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. Extended support (which offers critical security patching) ended January 14, 2020. SCSCF has stopped building new machines with Windows 7 for some time, upgraded (via rebuild) many by attrition to Windows 10 and has now begun identifying those remaining on Windows 7 for switch to a supported operating system such as Windows 10.

If you are currently running Windows 7 on your supported computer, feel free to submit a ticket to us to assist you in moving to a supported operating system. If you do not reach out to us, you will likely be contacted by our project team later this year.

If you have a computer that meets the system requirements for Windows 10, you can opt to have us rebuild it via our CASE request system. Please note that more than minimum requirements may be needed for improved performance.   

Critical Windows 10 Version Upgrades and EOL Builds

Microsoft has made a planned shift to major version upgrades via update packages. Releases of Windows 10 will be replaced with major build updates and Microsoft then places earlier, older builds in an End of Life (EOL) timeline. We strongly recommend that Windows 10 users maintain their Windows operating systems patched and up to date with the latest builds. 

Currently, Microsoft Windows 10 build version 1809 is the latest, with on-going support for enterprise and educational institutions until May 11, 2021.

Build versions 1507 (initial release of Windows 10), and 1511 are EOL and no longer supported. Buld version 1607 reached EOL on April 9th, 2019 and build version 1703 on October 8th, 2019. It is important you update to new and supported builds of Windows. If you need assistance, SCS Computing Facilities is happy to help with this process, please submit a ticket

Windows Server 2008/R2 End of Life

Microsoft Windows 2008 Server / Server R2 Service Pack 2's mainstream support ended on 13 January 2015. Extended support ended on 14 January 2020 (For Service Pack 2). 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 was replaced by Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 with Windows Server 2019 (released November 2018), being the newest version available. 

We encourage you to upgrade to a supported version of Windows Server along with considerations of replacements for versions such as Server 2012 which ended mainstream support in October 2018 and is now in its extended support schedule. We are in the process of evaluating applicable project servers and communicating with those contacts accordingly. 

Windows Versions No Longer Supported By Microsoft

Still running an unsupported Windows version such as Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 8?

With ever-mounting security risks, issues pertaining to reliability, and the absence of patches or updates to mitigate both, it's best to move to a supported operating system as soon as possible. 

We can assist in finding a new computer that can meet your needs, along with an SCSCF-supported operating system. Contact us today!

SCS Domain Change (Migration)

Working in conjunction with CMU Computing Services, we are currently in migrating all SCS managed and domain-bound Windows computers from the SCS Windows domain, to an SCS-managed portion of the Andrew Windows domain.

Our migration project team will reach out to you if and when your computer is scoped for changing to the Andrew domain. An evaluation of your system and additional considerations will be evaluated prior to making the change. If you have other computers you use or manage, you can bring those to our attention for appropriate coordination at that time.

Updated Windows AFS Access Options

We have identified some alternatives you can use to access AFS from your Windows computer. Please note that alternatives such as OpenAFS and Network Identity Manager are no longer installed on SCS computers.