To enhance the software offerings provided to Northeastern-managed Windows computers on campus, ITS will be upgrading to a new virtual software deployment method called App-V 5.0. Computers using the standard Northeastern image, such as managed faculty and staff computers, ITS labs and select non-ITS computer labs, are impacted by this upgrade. Beginning this summer, first computers labs will be updated, followed later by faculty and staff machines.
What Is App-V 5.0 and Why Is It Important?
App-V (application virtualization) is a behind-the-scenes process used to deploy over 75% of the software on Northeastern-managed Windows computers. ITS will be updating the software used in this process to the latest version – going from App-V 4.6 to App-V 5.0 – as it offers more features and better software management. When ITS switches over to App-V 5.0, there will be no functional change to the end user. Software will still be accessible through the Start menu on a Northeastern-managed Windows computer. However, once the switch is made to App-V 5.0, there will be a difference in what software is available. After the upgrade, only Windows computers on a Northeastern-managed 64-bit image will have full access to the ITS Windows software available to the Northeastern community.
Retiring Older and Infrequently Used Software Applications
As part of this project, ITS evaluated the applications made available through this software deployment method. Both older versions and infrequently used applications will be retired once computers switch to App-V 5.0. The majority of retired software titles have a more recent version available. For example – AutoCAD 2009 through AutoCAD 2012 will be retired, while the more recent versions (AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD 2015) will be available. A full list of impacted software applications will be posted on the App-V 5.0 project page.
App-V 5.0 will be deployed in a phased manner, similar to the Office 365 project. Northeastern-managed Windows machines in computer labs will be switched first and in groups over a period of time. As this upgrade approaches, look for updates from ITS on the App-V 5.0 project page.
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