Rollout of Adobe Acrobat XI to Staff Service

We are planning to rollout Adobe Acrobat XI to the Windows 7 Staff Service according to the following schedule:-

19th August – ITS
24st August – Support
26th August – External
2nd September – Schools 1
7th September – Schools 2
15th September –  Smart collection to mop-up stragglers

If you have further questions or queries please contact IT Services via or telephone 01509 222333.

Suggested Sites on the Windows 7 Service

We have noticed that every time a users logs into a different computer a new ‘Suggested Sites’ folder is created in ‘Favorites Bar’ of IE11. Since we do not display the ‘Favorites Bar’ on our Service, most users are unaware of this fact. This is a result of the interaction between ‘Suggested Sites’ and ‘Folder Redirection’. The simplest way to rectify issue this is to turn off the ‘Suggested Sites’ feature via Group Policy.

This change will be applied to the service on the following schedule.

19th August – IT Services: Staff and Labs
24th August – Support: Staff and Labs
26th August – All Staff and Labs

If you have further questions or queries please contact IT Services via or telephone 01509 222333.

New Task Sequences Available for Macs

The following additional task sequences have been advertised:

  • A task sequence called “Windows 7 Service – 2015-16 Live for Macs” has been advertised to the “all known and unknown computers” collection.
  • A task sequence called “Windows 7 Service – 2015-16 Live Common for Macs” has been advertised to the All Labs collection.

These include fixes for the Windows deployments on Macs which occurred due to multiple partitions having different drive letters to expected.

There is no harm in using these for the PC’s and laptops but please try to run the correct one for ease of reporting.

Rollout of Sassafras K2

On Tuesday 8th September, we will begin rollout to the Staff Desktop Service of the Sassafras client.

This is required to allow the university to comply with licensing terms for some of our enterprise wide software.

The installation will occur silently with no reboot required. The software has minimal overheads, so this addition shouldn’t affect the normal operation of machine.

The staged rollout will occur between Tuesday 8th September and Monday 15th September. Any machine not switched on during this time will receive the software when next used. Sassafras is included in the latest staff image, so newly deployed machines will already have the package.

If you have further questions or queries please contact IT Services via or telephone 01509 222333.

Windows 7 Service -2015-16 Live and Labs Common Task Sequence Change – Image Failure due to Corrupt Package

The issues which resulted in the Live, Common and Exported Task Sequences failing at the ‘Check for Minimum Hardware Requirements step has now been resolved. Test builds this morning have been successful.

It is now safe to commence building systems on the Windows 7 Service


Please contact the IT Service Desk on or see the End User Computing team blog

Windows 7 Service -2015-16 Live and Labs Common Task Sequence Change – Image Failure due to Corrupt Package

Changes are required to the Live, Common and Exported Task Sequences.

The following task sequences have been changed:

  • Windows 7 Service – 2015-16 LIVE
  • Windows 7 Service- Labs Common Core Image 2015-16
  • Windows 7 Service – 2015-16 LIVE TEMPLATE

These changes are required due to a corrupt package in the Task Sequence called ‘Check Hardware meets Minimum Requirements’


You will be unable to image Windows 7 PCs or Macs during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.


If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk via<> or on extension 222333.

Software allocation to ITS labs – urgent

Please can you let us know via the software request systems ( which labs require the software you previously requested to be installed.

The following applications have not been requested for any labs:-

Vendor Application Name Version OS
TechSoft 2D Design Latest Available Windows
(Unknown Vendor) 3D Printer Software (TBC) Latest Available Windows
Autodesk 3DS Max Design 2014 Windows
(Unknown Vendor) A.D.P 5.1 Windows
Biovia AccelrysDraw 4.1 Windows
Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud Windows
Autodesk Alias 2014 Windows
Google Android Studio android-studio-bundl Windows
Google Android Studio Latest Available Mac
Apple Apple Motion Latest Available Mac
OpenSource Arduiono IDE Latest Available Windows
Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 Windows
Autograph Autograph Latest Available Windows
avidigitiser AVI Digitiser Latest Available Windows
Axure Axure-RP Pro 7 Windows
Basic Micro Inc Basic Micro Studio Latest Available Windows
Parallax Basic stamp editor Latest Available Windows
Kistler Bioware Latest Available Windows
Vicon BodyBuilder 3.6.1 Windows
ARM C51 uVision IDE Latest Available Windows
Tech Smith Camtasia 8.x Windows
CCS Candy Latest Available Windows
CCS Candy QTO Latest Available Windows
ACD/LABS Chemsketch 2015 Windows
Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio 4 Windows
Crocodile Clips Crocodile Technology 6.1 Windows
CST CST Studio Suite Latest Available Windows
ADePT Design Suite 1.4 2014 R2 Windows
DesignBuilder DesignBuilder Windows
DesignBuilder DesignBuilder 3.x Windows
RS Components Designspark PCB Latest Available Windows
Sedimetrics Digital Gravelometer Latest Available Windows
Autodesk DWG Trueview Latest Available Windows
Google Earth 7.1 Windows
Adobe Edge Animate Creative Cloud Mac
CCDC enCIFer 1.5.1 Windows
EERE EnergyPlus 8.3 Windows
Enthought Enthought Canopy Latest Available Windows
US EPA EPANET 2.00.12 Windows
Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro Latest Available Windows
Dr Steve Tarleton (Chem Eng) Filter Design Software Latest Available Windows
Apple Final Cut Pro X Latest Available Mac
ATMEL FLIP Latest Available Windows
Fullproof Team Fullproof Suite Latest Available Windows
Fullproof Team Fullproof Suite Latest Available Windows
Heinrich-Heine-Universität D� G*Power Latest Available Windows
Sgrillo GE-Graph 2.2.21 Windows
GenX GenX 2.3.6 Windows
GenX GenX Latest Available Mac
Geogebra Geogebra 4.03 Windows
Gephi Gephi 0.8.2 beta Windows
GitHub GitHub Latest Available Windows
OpenSource GNU Octave Windows
Gnuplot gnuplot Latest Available Mac
Gpg4win community Gpg4win 2.2.4 Windows
ATM Grid Algebra Latest Available Windows
Contiki Instant Contiki 2.6 Windows
Autodesk Inventor 2014 Windows
(Unknown Vendor) ITEM Game Player Latest Available Windows
JASP JASP Stats Latest Available Mac
JASP JASP Stats Latest Available Windows
Oracle Java SE Development Kit 8u_45 Windows
ARM KP51 uVision IDE Latest Available Windows
National Instruments Labview Latest Available Windows
Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud Windows
SKP LiveWeb Latest Available Windows
New Wave Concepts Livewire 1.3 Windows
Linear Technology LTSpice Latest Available Windows
PTC MathCAD 14 Latest Available Windows
ARM Mbed Serial Driver Latest Available Windows
ARM MDK-ARM uVision IDE Latest Available Windows
CCDC Mercury latest Windows
AWR Microwave office Latest Available Windows
MikTex Project MikTex with TexNicCenter 2.9.4503 Windows
Centre for Multilevel Modellin MLwiN Latest Available Windows
Monark Monark Latest Available Windows
Autodesk Navisworks 2015 Windows
Vicon Nexus 1.7.1 Windows
Notepad++ Team Notepad++ 6.7.4 Windows
NS2 NS2 Latest Available Windows
OpenStudio OpenStudio Latest Available Windows
OriginLab Origin Latest Available Windows
dotPDN Paint.Net 3.59.0 Windows
New Wave Concepts PCB Wizard 3.7 Windows
Open Ergonomics PeopleSize Professional 2008 Windows
CHAM Phoenics 2014 Windows
Polar Polar Precision Performance Latest Available Windows
Vicon Polygon 3.5.1 Windows
Polymath Software Polymath Latest Available Windows
Asta PowerProject 12.5b27 Windows
Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Windows
Pro-Curo Pro-Curo Latest Available Windows
ETH Zurich Processing MODFLOW 5.32 Windows
IUCr publCIF 1.9.18 Windows
Python Community Python Latest Available Mac
Python Community Python Python x64 3.4.3 Windows
OpenSource R for Statistics 2.13.2 Windows
OpenSource R Studio 0.97 Windows
Autodesk Revit 2015 Windows
SAP SAP GUI 7.2 Windows
Computers and Structures, Inc. SAP2000 15.2.1 Windows
SAS SAS Educational Analytical Suite Latest Available Windows
Siesmsoft SeismoArtif Latest Available Windows
Siesmsoft SeismoSignal Latest Available Windows
George Sheldrick ShelXL with ShelXLE latest Windows
SiliconCoach SiliconCoach Latest Available Windows
Simul8 Simul8 with Statfit 2014 Ver 21.0 Windows
Simventure Simventure 4.8 Windows
Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2014 Windows
Microsoft Skype for Business Latest Available Windows
IBM SPSS 22 Windows
ISEE Systems Stella 10.0.6 Windows
Kern Technology Group Task Architect V3 Windows
Analytic Technologies Ucinet 6 Windows
IES VE-Pro Latest Available Windows
Visual Paradigm Visual Paradigm Latest Available Windows
VMware VMware Player 7.1.0 Windows
University of Waikato weka 3.6.12 Windows
ReSoft Windfarm Latest Available Windows
FP Complete WinHugs Sept 2006 Windows
Design Simulation Technologies Working Model 2D 9 Windows
EMPIRE Xccel Latest Available Windows
Crocodile Clips Yenka 3.4.2 Windows


The procedure for requesting deployment quite straightforward:-
1.Login to
2.Click on the button labelled as “Request software location”
3.Select the Operating System required
4.Select the application from the drop down list
5.A list of labs where the application has already been requested will appear
6.Select “Request lab(s) for this app”
7.A table of labs will appear
8.Click on the tick box next to the labs where the software is required
9.Click on Submit
10.An acknowledgement dialog will appear

Thank you for your assistance

SCCM Maintenance

Please can all Lab Managers review and delete any images, backups and packages from SCCM. As all Labs need to be reimaged this year, any data from previous years should be removed. This maintenance is key to ensuring we have enough space for the 2015-2016 lab model.

  • Delete Source Backups from \\sccm-store\backup
  • Delete Source Wim Images from \\sccm-store\images
  • Delete Image packages from the SCCM Console.
  • Delete old custom Task Sequences from the SCCM Console.
  • Delete Source Applications \\sccm-dbase\apps\Windows_7\SAPS – 3rd party packaged app
  • Delete Application packages from SCCM Console.

The EUC Team advise deleting the packages and task sequences first, as the deletion wizard will find any advertisements and prompt for their deletion .

Can I get more information and help:

Contact the IT Service Desk via or on extension 222333.