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Distributed Technology Services prepares classrooms, labs, and kiosks for academic year

DTS fall academic

During summer 2017, Distributed Technology Services worked hard to prepare classrooms, labs, and kiosks for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Building upon last year's preparations, DTS' A/V team individually inspected 279 classrooms across campus to ensure that they are ready to support the pedagogical needs of faculty and students. As part of this effort, team members checked multiple aspects of the rooms, including all A/V functionality, lighting, furniture, carpet, and room clocks. The team reported facilities-related repairs to Plant Operations and the school's administration, and DTS team members cleaned or replaced keyboards and mice. Additionally, the team upgraded 30 rooms—including two of the largest lecture halls on campus, the School of Engineering's Featheringill 134 and the Law School's Flynn Auditorium.

DTS also reimaged 808 classroom, lab, and kiosk desktop systems in eight schools. This process involved lifecycling approximately 25 percent of the systems, cleaning mice and keyboards, and validating all software packages specific to each school or unit. Additionally, DTS and Desktop Engineering migrated the Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management's ancillary systems and student-use systems to VUIT's virtual desktop infrastructure.