Part 2: An introduction to the Unitec Computing Environment

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Windows 10 Computers only
Whenever you log into a Unitec computer, you will be using a Windows 10 platform. Some applications are only available in some computer labs. All Unitec student machines have MS Office 2016 (Access, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Word), Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox installed.

Student computers operate with deep freeze, so you cannot save to the desktop or customise the computer.  We encourage students to save course work to OneDrive@Unitec NZ in Office 365. Every student is given this account.

Unitec drives
Whenever you open up Windows Explorer then select This PC, on a Unitec computer you will see the H drive. The H drive is a share drive which you have read only access to. This is divided into departmental folders and often holds exercises and assessments. Check with your tutor as to how much they use this.

Architecture and some design students see the Samba drive (a large network storage drive).

OneDrive@Unitec NZ in Office 365 is your personal network space. By default ‘Only you’ can view this. Each student has 1TB of storage space. You can see this from any computer with Internet access.  Login using  your and your network password.

Guide for Students on how to use OneDrive@Unitec NZ

Internet usage
Internet access is currently free at Unitec, however you are required to authenticate and your internet usage is logged and monitored.

Printing services
Pharos, a cost recovery printing system, is implemented in most computer labs. Students must add money to his or her ID card (at the library or copy centre or at kiosks around campus, search ‘kiosks’ on the Unitec website) before they can use Pharos. To print in a lab they send their job to the printer and swipe their card at the Pharos machine.

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