Features of the CLSE for Windows

  • The CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) for Windows currently uses 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Software applications are launched through an on-demand service called Cloudpaging.
  • Students log in using their University of Michigan (U-M) uniqname and UMICH password.
  • The CLSE for Windows is available in many locations across campus.
  • Computers are managed, monitored, and patched regularly for security.
  • The operating system and software versions are updated each year during the Summer term.
 

 

Operating System

The CLSE for Windows uses 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10, which is optimized for launching CAEN-licensed applications via the Cloudpaging software-on-demand service.

Logging In

CLSE for Windows Login Screen

Students log into the CLSE for Windows using their U-M uniqname and UMICH password. This is the same username/password combination that is used to access many other campus services, such as Wolverine Access and MWireless.

All computers in CAEN labs are dual-boot, so students may need to reboot to select the CLSE for Windows.

Location

Computers running the CLSE for Windows are available in many locations, including CAEN student computer labs, learning centers, and departmental instructional labs. They are also available in campus-wide locations such as the Duderstadt Center, the Wilson Student Team Project Center, and certain residence halls.

It is also available remotely via the Windows Remote Desktop Service.

Software Library

The software library bundled with the CLSE for Windows includes a large set of engineering-specific applications covering a wide range of disciplines, as well as productivity applications. All software can be accessed from the on-demand service called “Cloudpaging.”

Launching Software via Cloudpaging

Cloudpaging is a software-on-demand service that allows CAEN to easily deploy software for Microsoft Windows, on-demand, to computers around campus. Most applications are no longer installed locally on CLSE computers, or available in the Windows Start menu by default. Instead, each time you log into a CAEN Windows computer, you will be presented with the Cloudpaging web page listing the available software titles. Instructions on launching software using Cloudpaging in the CLSE for Windows are available in our Knowledge Base, and the video below:

Online File Storage

A student’s files can easily be stored online in their Windows Home Directory, and can be accessed from every CLSE computer. This allows student to log in anywhere the CLSE is deployed and immediately begin working. Data stored in Windows Home Directories can be accessed remotely, and is automatically backed up regularly.

Access to ITS AFS Personal Storage is also available over the network.

Security

Security settings and best practices from information technology experts across the University have been employed. The operating system and any applications that are vulnerable to attack are patched in a timely manner to mitigate vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise the system. Windows Defender anti-virus and anti-malware software is installed and automatically updated daily to protect users from known threats. Other features, such as Cortana, are specifically configured to address privacy.

Deployment & Management Infrastructure

Behind the CLSE for Windows is a sophisticated infrastructure comprised of an array of technologies such as Active Directory, Microsoft Deployment, Systems Center Configuration Manager, application virtualization, etc. Together these technologies facilitate the creation, deployment and maintenance of the CLSE for Windows which in turn leads to a better product.

Updates

The CLSE for Windows undergoes a complete update each academic year to ensure that it is delivering the applications and features students need for their coursework and non-commercial research. Along with the software revisions and updates, other changes are made to improve performance, support, and the overall user experience.