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The information presented below sets out Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS Standards Architecture, the current suite of standards associated with Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS based platforms for staff and student IT services.

This standard is implemented as part of the Student Desktop Service (SITL) within centrally-managed IT laboratories and also is the basis of the Supported Staff Environment (SSE) operated by Digital Services.

IT Workstation Standards Architecture (revised November 2022)

The following information sets out the current suite of hardware and configuration standards associated with Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS platforms for staff and student services.

These standards are implemented as part of the Digital Services Supported Staff Environment (SSE) and also the Student IT Laboratory (SITL) desktop service within centrally managed IT areas.

Devices must be procured from University vendors, registered on the University’s corporate device management platform(s), accessed via a registered user account and be subject to lifecycle management.

The current and minimum hardware specifications for Windows desktops and laptops as well as Apple devices are detailed in the links below.

Devices must be configured in accordance with current standards /guidelines in terms of the management platform and core software profile. Details are found in the links below.

Device Governance

Device Hardware Baseline Specifications

Device Operating System Specifications

  • Windows – Desktops (on-premise)
  • Windows – Laptops
  • macOS - Apple

View Device Operating System Specifications

Device Management Platform Configuration

  • AD/SCCM - Windows – Staff and Student Desktops (on-premise)
  • Intune - Windows – Laptops
  • Jamf Cloud - macOS - Apple

View Device Management Platform Configuration

Device Core Applications profile