Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Staff Windows PC users: what to expect July 20-21

If you are a staff member using either a Windows XP or Windows 7 computer, here’s what you need to do to complete your PC’s upgrade from Novell to Active Directory (AD).

The migration will begin at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 20.  At this time, access to your G:, H: and M: drives will be disabled so that the files can be moved to AD. When you leave work Wednesday, please shut your computer down.

When you arrive the morning of Thursday, July 21, turn your PC on and log in normally.  Several windows will appear, which means that the update process has started successfully.   If you are prompted with a message asking, “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” and listing Novell Client as the program, click OK.

DO NOTHING on your PC until the computer reboots itself, which it will do within five or six minutes.  Don’t click anything, don’t type anything, don’t pull the power plug – just let the computer chug along and do its thing.

After the computer reboots, your login screens will look slightly different because Novell has been removed from your system.  Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE, then enter your network (email, 1600grand, Novell) username and password and log in.

If you see several login icons instead of a username and password window, click the “Switch User” button, then click “Other User” and log in normally.   This preference will be saved, so you’ll see a normal login screen from now on.

Your network drives under My Computer may look slightly different, but your access to the G:, H: and M: drives should remain the same.  Don’t be alarmed if directories you have created now show in all capital letters - the contents will remain unchanged. You will also see slightly different names attached to your network drives:
        
G: - GROUPS (your shared group directory)
H: - HOME (your personal user directory)
M: - COMMON (the all-campus directory)

If you have any problems, please call the ITS Help Desk immediately at 651-696-6525.  We will be standing by ready to assist you if needed.

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