||Q: May I make changes to
my Tech Mod paperwork?
A: No. We will need to install the computers and
printers as shown on your paperwork. Your ITSS
may make moves after Tech Mod integration.
||Q: Will hand-in/hand-out
folders be copied to the new servers?
A: No. Staff documents, T-Shared and O-Shared
are copied to the new servers. Student
documents, S-Shared, and hand-in/hand-out are
not copied. Check with your ITSS for suggestions
||Q: I hear that after my
school goes Tech Mod this summer that I will no
have to type SEC or ES in front of my user ID to
A: That is correct. The techie types would say
you are being moved to the "root" domain. You
should receive instructions about this before
the end of school this year.
||Q: Can Netbooks be used
for MAP-R testing?
A: Schoolhouse Red netbooks are approved for
MAP-R testing. Older netbooks (Dell 2100) are
not approved for MAP-R testing
||Q: What can we do to make
Tech Mod go smoothly at our school?
A: Put up the signs as requested at the Nuts and
Bolts Meeting. Make sure you take personal CDs
and flash drives when you leave for the summer.
No waxing, stripping, or shampooing during
||Q: There is only one
electrical outlet in my server closet. Will this
cause problems with both sets of servers
A: Your new file servers are very energy
efficient. When the contractor installs the new
servers, the technician will verify power
requirements and report problems to the Tech Mod
Team. In rare situations, we may ask the
contractor to not power on the new servers at
||Q: During server
installation, how does the contractor handle
trash and recycling?
A: When the contractor installs your new
servers, the technician will take the recycling
to your regular recycle dumpster. The technician
will take the trash to your regular trash room.
||Q: I have several Dell
Latitude D620 laptops. Will these run the new
Windows 7 image?
A1: For the Dell D620 (and newer) laptops to run
the new Windows 7 image, you will need at least
2 gigabytes of RAM. The D620 shipped with 1 gig
or RAM. You may order RAM by contacting Robert
A2: In most cases, your ITSS will need to
re-image any existing laptops for them to run
the new image. This process ERASES THE LAPTOP
completely, so you will want to make sure you
have a copy of any personal files you have on
the laptop before it's re-imaged.
||Q: Do I include the
cafeteria computer and printer in my numbers?
A: No. The cafeteria computer and printer will
be replaced this summer through a different
process. You also should not include a computer
for the health room. The health room computer is
owned and managed by the county government.
||Q: Will the principal's
Gateway Tablet run the new Windows 7 image?
A: No. In TMS2011 schools, the Principal Gateway
Tablet will be replaced this summer with a Dell
Latitude XT2 tablet PC. That replacement will
occur on a different schedule (date) than
regular Tech Mod. The technician will make a
specific appointment with the principal.
||Q: Will I lose all my
files when the new servers are installed?
A: No. Your files will be moved to the new
server. There is also a backup of all your files
on the AVAMAR system in the Data Center.
||Q: We have made our
printer options decisions. Should we order toner
A: No. It is possible that specific models will
change between now and when the printers are
manufactured. We will provide you with a printer
supplies list in mid-May 2011.
||Q: I have heard that kids
using N-Computing must save to a flash drive. Is
A: No. Kids using N-Computing log onto the
system with their regular user ID and password.
They can save to their home directory just like
normal. They CAN save to a flash drive, but all
four stations can "see" that flash drive when
it's inserted in the host computer.
||Q: How far can the
N-Computing stations be from the host computer?
A: About five feet would be the longest
||Q: May I keep this old
A: Generally no. Tech Mod is a replacement and
update program. With your flexible options, you
can choose how to replace those old printers.
The printers on the list to be replaced are on
that list because we do not expect them to last
four more years, parts may not be available, or
the ink may be so expensive that the new
replacement will save the school more than the
cost of the printer in ink costs over four
||Q: What version of Windows
will we have in TMS 2011?
A: Computers will have Windows 7. Servers will
have Windows Server 2008 64-bit version. You
will also have MS Office 2010
||Q: My Nuts and Bolts
meeting has not been scheduled yet. Should I
A: This summer we are doing Tech Mod at 68
schools. It just takes time to get all the
meetings scheduled and completed. Regardless of
when your meeting is, you will have three weeks
to complete the paperwork.
||Q: Which version of
N-Computing will TMS 2011 receive if we select
that as an option?
A: TMS 2011 will receive the PCI version of
N-Computing that uses a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
TMS 2010 schools originally received the USB
||Q: Will Google Earth run
A: No. N-Computing is for basic computer tasks
like Word Processing, Internet, things like
that. No video editing, no PhotoShop,
||Q: Which staff should
attend the Nuts and Bolts meeting held at my
A: Principal, Media Specialist, ITSS, Business
Manager, Building Services Manager. Some schools
include the Staff Development Teacher, Assistant
Principal, and Administrative Secretary. As the
name implies, this meeting is the "nuts and
bolts" of how the computers get installed. We
will not be discussing training or software in
||Q: If I select the
N-Computing option, will I receive furniture for
the additional stations?
A: There is no furniture available either from
Tech Mod or the warehouse. You will need to use
||Q: What printers are in
the toner recycling project?
A: Follow This Link
||Q: What are some of the
differences between Office 2003 and Office 2007?
A: Check these online