TS Policy: End of Life Specifications

Originally Published Oct 2009 – Updated September 2013 (Newest items in Bold)

This policy is meant to provide some clear guidelines regarding what technology will be assigned as an End of Life (EoL) asset and no longer supported after the date attached to the specific hardware, OS, or software below. An exponential increase in the demands on Technology Services makes it impossible to support everything. This will also help in planning for technology as locations with EoL devices can prioritize spending based on the policy.

End of Life assets can remain in the district however there will be no priority or funds allocated to their servicing.

Special consideration may be given to assistive technology for 1701 identified students whose IEP requires technology that does not meet the specifications below. This could possibly include conversations with the School Principal/LAT, Technology Services, and Learning Services regarding the appropriate solution.

As computer technology changes rapidly, the specifications of this policy are to be reviewed yearly by TS management and the SD60 Technology Committee.

Operating Systems (OS) that will no longer be supported

  • Mac OS 9 or older (May 2010)
  • Windows 2000 or older (May 2010)
  • Win2k Server (September 2011)
  • OS X 10.4 or older (June 2014)
  • OS X 10.5 (June 2014)
  • Windows XP or older  - We are working towards switching to Windows 7 at time of computer replacement. When replaced we will not move back to, or support Windows XP. The Microsoft EoL date for Windows XP is April 8, 2014. We expect and are finding in some cases that new software and devices are no longer going to support WinXP.

Hardware Systems that will no longer be supported

  • PC – Pentium III and older [Pentium IV, and newer will continue to be supported] (May 2010)
  • Mac – G5s, G4s, G3 computers and older (powerbook G4, ibook G3, rainbow imacs, emacs)  (May 2010)
  • Old Thin Clients (December 2010)
  • Original Macbooks - chassis with externally accessible battery (June 2014)
  • Unibody Macbooks – chassis with internal battery – After installation of desktops in Bowes and Kearney and any other WWP classroom that does not have a desktop in the district. (Tentative for 2016)

Hardware Devices that will no longer be supported

  • Inkjet printers-except drafting plotters (already in effect)
  • CRT monitors (already in effect)

Software that will no longer be supported

  • Any software that requires an EoL OS listed above (as per date listed on OS above)
  • Email Clients (eudora, thunderbird, outlook, entourage, mail etc) (December 2009)
  • Report Writer (September 2011 or as BCESIS training allows)
  • Success Maker (March 2014)
  • Microsoft Office unless needed for job functions (replace with Open Office for new hardware, or cost borne by school/dept for licenses) $25 per seat licensing available.
  • Asgard (July 15, 2011)
  • IE 5 (September 2011)
  • IE 6 (May 2010)
  • Citrix for Library Services (TBA)
  • Office X for Mac on WWP laptops (July 2014 [next refresh] or earlier depending on Operating System compatibility)
  • Apple Works for Mac (future operating systems will not support the old PowerPC software architecture)
  • IEP Central (June 2014)
  • BCeSIS (late 2015 / early 2016)

 

This policy is set to be reviewed December 1st of each year by TS and partners if they wish to share ideas.

7 thoughts on “TS Policy: End of Life Specifications

    • Certainly I agree ;)

      the policy doesn’t mean that we will get rid of these machines immediately, just that they won’t have any priority or funds for service.

  1. I am wondering if we should archive processes as well. I am thinking of things like word processing – using Google Docs instead of MS Office – email via the web instead of via a client – TLE via the web instead of on a local HD – scan to email instead of fax – … A suggestion.
    NK

  2. When a piece of hardware is scheduled to be phased out is it’s replacement automatically ordered? I am thinking specifically of the Emacs that fill Lab 109 at Bert Bowes. If these will no longer be supported next year are their replacements being ordered this year or should that be done next year?

    • BB Lab is up for replacement by the district in 2011-2012. I have limited funds though for the replacement. We will have to look at options and would be happy to discuss with you and your admin team this year regarding next.

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