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June 2012 Archives

AD SCCM: Flash, Quicktime updates

For Windows computers on Active Directory (AD), the following packages are now available via SCCM services:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.257 ActiveX (IE)
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.257 Plugin (Firefox)
  • Apple Quicktime

If AD/SCCM machines have prior versions of this software, they should be automatically updated to the new version of software. Optional installers for each package will also be available in Run Advertised programs for those that may not have it installed already. Note that to install Flash, you must close all web browser windows. For details about SCCM services see: Installing Software.

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 | Permalink

AD Policy: Screen saver

On June 1, an Active Directory (AD) policy was implemented that forces Windows AD workstations to a password-protected screen saver after 15 minutes of inactivity. This setting was part of the original QuickStart settings and is part of the University-wide security policy:

Securing Private Data, Computers, and Other Electronic Devices

This AD policy can not be overridden on an individual computer with elevated access rights or by signing in with an elevated Workstation Administrator (WA) account.

If you have questions or comments about this AD policy, please contact the ITSS Help Desk (

Posted on Monday, Jun 25, 2012 | Permalink

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.x, Symantec Client Security 3.x vendor support to end July 4

Effective July 4, Symantec AntiVirus (SAV) Corporate Edition 10.x and Client Security 3.x no longer will be supported by the vendor.

To ensure that your anti-virus protection is up-to-date and supported, you should update your antivirus to the current version, Symantec EndPoint (version 12.1) on both your University and personal computers.

ITSS will be pushing out the updated version via SCCM to University computers that are on our Active Directory service.

For other computers, you may download the latest version at:
    Symantec Endpoint Protection AntiVirus

There is no cost to University faculty, staff and students for this software.

For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk at (218) 726-8847 or

Posted on Monday, Jun 25, 2012 | Permalink

Fall 2012 Lab Software to Reflect Actual Course Use

Full access computer labs will have new software images for Fall 2012 to accurately reflect the software actually used in course work.

If you teach in a full access computer lab please:

  1. Review Fall 2012 Full Access Software to ensure that the course software you use is listed.
  2. Submit a Software Request Form before July 23, 2012, if the course software you use is not listed.

If you have any questions, please email

Posted on Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 | Permalink

#captionTHIS Day

June 6, 2012 is title="Video: #captionTHIS day" It is a day to raise awareness of the need for captioning and take action.

Captioning at UMD:

The good news is at UMD the right thing to do is becoming easier.

Learn more about and take advantage of the captioning service.

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 | Permalink 1 Comment