desktop computers

SAS Windows Active Directory system

SAS faculty and staff use Windows Active Directory (AD) accounts to access many network resources, including departmental shared drives (file shares) and individual storage spaces on the SAS central fileservers (U:\ drive)

Purchasing Recommendations for Desktop Computers

SAS Computing seeks to provide efficient, timely, and cost-effective support for desktop computing.

Supported Desktop Operating Systems

In general, SAS Computing seeks to support the same products that are recommended by ISC.

Supported Desktop Operating Systems

The table below summarizes what SAS Computing currently recommends and supports for operating systems. More details regarding some of the issues involved follow. Please also see the information regarding SAS Computing Hardware Support and Desktop Computer Purchasing.

SAS Desktop Computer Allocations Program

This page describes the computer allocations program for SAS standing faculty.SAS staff should contact their local computing support provider (LSP) if they have questions about the program for staff. See here to find your LSP:

SAS Computing Apple Options List

This table summarizes the standard options for new Apple computers provided through the SAS Computing allocations process for standing faculty only.

Models and specifications may fluctuate over time; please verify current offerings with the Computer Allocations Manager at (215) 898-0589 or

Desktop Computing Information for Faculty and Staff

As with other aspects of computing support, SAS faculty and staff  receive their primary support for desktop computing (desktops. laptops, and other mobile devices) from their SAS Computing Local Support Provider (LSP).  However, SAS Computing staff members from the Desktop Computing and Network Services workgroup administer a number a number of programs and manage a number of systems relevant to desktop computing support initiatives across the School, as well as set standards for supported hardware and operating systems.   

Hardware Purchasing  

The SAS desktop computer allocation program provides computers to eligible faculty and staff.  Please check with your LSP for more information about this program.

Supported Hardware for Desktop Computing

The table below lists what SAS Computing currently recommends and supports for desktop computer hardware.

Desktop Computing Security Policies and Recommendations

SAS Computing has developed a set of policies and common practices designed to maximize the security of desktop machines.

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