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Computer Tips, Tricks, and Recommendations

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As technology evolves and new features are offered, there may be times when unwanted or unexpected things happen. This page is dedicated to providing some tips, tricks, and recommendations to circumvent these undesired circumstances.

Normalize Sound Levels – Windows

Microsoft Windows 10 automatically adjusts audio levels between different applications. This can affect the level of sounds from various applications depending on what program is currently being used. This feature can be turned off using the instructions below.

Instructions
  1. From the Sound Icon in your task bar, single right-click
  1. Click “Sounds
  1. Click “Communications” tab.
  1. Select the “Do nothing” radial button
  1. Click “Apply
  2. Click “OK
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Adjust Microphone Settings – Windows

To ensure clear and audible audio in virtual meeting applications, such as Zoom, please follow the instructions below.

Instructions
  1. Right-click the Audio icon in the system tray portion of the task bar
  1. Click “Sounds
  1. Click “Recording

Note

Not all options may be visible.

  1. Right Click on “Microphone Array” and select “Properties
  1. Click the “Advanced” and un-check “Enable Audio Enhancements
  1. Click “Apply
  1. Click “OK
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Adjust Power Options – Lenovo Laptops

Default power profiles in Windows 10 are configured to balance performance and battery life. To change these settings, please follow the steps below.

Instructions
  1. Click on Start, and then click “Settings
  1. Click on “System
  1. Select “Power & Sleep
  1. To modify power settings while the laptop is plugged in or on battery power, modify the below options

Note:

Selecting higher times may result in shorter battery life

  1. For additional power settings, such as the laptop lid and power button settings, click Additional power settings

Note

Depending on window size, this option may be located towards the bottom or on the right side of the screen.

  1. Select either “Choose what the power buttons door “Choose what closing the lid does
  1. The options below will allow modifying the effects of pressing the power button and closing the lid

Note

Setting DO NOTHING when closing the lid can lead to drastically less battery life as well as overheating when the laptop is placed inside a bag or briefcase.

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Restarting A Computer

Rebooting a device is highly encouraged as it will help keep the system running at peak performance. The benefits of a weekly reboot include:

  • Mitigate vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks by applying critical updates
  • Prevent performance degradation
  • Prevent application memory faults
  • Effectively apply system policies

To restart a device, follow the instruction below.

Tip

Make sure any open application is saved and closed before a restart is performed. This includes applications like Outlook, Word, Excel and any other applications that may be opend.

Instructions for Windows
  1. Click the Start bottom on the bottom left hand side of the task bar
  1. Click the “Powerbutton
  1. Click “Restart

Note

Clicking “Shutdown” will not always properly apply updates or produce the desired effect. Clicking “restart” is the recomended option.

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Instructions for macOS
  1. Click the “Apple” at the top left-hand side of your screen
  1. Click “Restart
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CrashPlan Tutorial

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CrashPlan is a backup agent that will back up all data on a university device under the primary owner’s profile. The backup sets can be used for restoring data to a machine, whether it has been reformatted, replaced, or compromised. This document will outline the steps needed to install, activate, and restore data to a new or existing device.

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About CrashPlan

CrashPlan Policy

CrashPlan is required on all University provided desktops and laptops to backup all University Business data to prevent data loss.

Who Can use CrashPlan?

CrashPlan is presently licensed for full-time faculty and full-time staff only. The University mandates CrashPlan for proper data security practices. If a user has personal data that they wish to exclude from being backed up, a folder labeled “Personal Documents” can be found and utilized in your “Documents” folder. This folder and its contents will be ignored by CrashPlan when your system is being backed up.

Personal Documents folder locations:

Windows PCC:\users\username\Documents\Personal Documents\
macOS/users/username/documents/Personal Documents/

Tip

If the Personal Documents folder does not exist in your Documents folder, you can manually create it and the folder will be automatically ignored by CrashPlan.

Is My Data Secure?

CrashPlan uses AES-256 encryption is used when storing your backups and can only be accessed by the CrashPlan account owner and administrators.

What is Backed Up?

All data found in a user profile will be backed up by CrashPlan.

Location of User Profile:

Windows PCC:\users\UserName\
macOS/users/username/

Warning Warning

Any data not stored in the user profile will NOT be backed up by CrashPlan. It is highly encouraged to store university business data within your user profile.

How to Install on a Windows PC

To install CrashPlan on your Windows PC, please follow the instructions below.

Note

CrashPlan is being automatically deployed to all systems owned by Faileigh Dickinson University.

Before Installing CrashPlan, you must be logged in as the owner of the machine using your NetID Credentials.

  1. Open FDU Self Service Portal for Software on your University PC
  2. Click on CrashPlan Backup and then click “Install” on the right-hand side

Note

It could take several minutes for the client to make the first connection and start the first backup.

The entire process will take approximately 5-7 minutes, depending on your internet speed. Once CrashPlan is installed, your account is automatically provisioned in the CrashPlan system, and your backup will begin shortly.

How to Install on macOS

To install CrashPlan on your macOS device, please follow the instructions below.

Note

CrashPlan is being automatically deployed to all systems owned by Faileigh Dickinson University.

  1. Locate the FDU Self Service Portal in your applications folder or locating the icon on your dock
  2. Locate CrashPlan Backup and click “Enroll”
  1. After the package installs, you will be prompted to enter your FDU email address and then click “OK

Note

It could take several minutes for the client to make the first connection and start the first backup.

The entire process will take approximately 5-7 minutes, depending on your internet speed. Once CrashPlan is installed, your account is automatically provisioned in the CrashPlan system, and your backup will begin shortly.

How to Replace or Add a Second Device

This process is used when someone will be assigned a second device and wishes to have it backed up or if the CrashPlan needs to be re-installed on the same device. Because an account already exists, it cannot be provisioned automatically. It must be manually setup either to replace an existing device or create a new backup set on the second computer.

Note

In order to proceed, CrashPlan must be installed prior to continuing, please refer back to the Install instructions for your operating system from the CrashPlan User Guide. A link is found at the bottom of this page.

Tip

A backup set is CrashPlan’s way of describing the backup configuration and what files are being backed up.

  1. Click on the CrashPlan app in the system tray (PC) or Menu bar (macOS) and then click “Setup Device
  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU NetID Portal and proceed through the FDU single sign-on process
  2. Click “Replace Existing
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  1. Click “Start” to continue with the replace existing device process
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  1. Select the device from the list you are replacing and click “Continue
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  1. Click “Select Files” on the following window
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  1. Select and Choose which files you wish to replace by placing a checkmark next to each. When finished, click “Restore Files
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  1. The next window will allow you to select how you wish to restore your files. Make your selections and click “Go
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  1. The next window will display download progress for the restore process. You can continue forward by clicking “Continue” at the bottom
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  1. The next window Downloads the Files to your device. When the transfer is completed, click “Next
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Tip

You can close this window and continue working or you can click transfer more files and repeat the steps for additional files. This will extend the time it needs to restore.

  1. Your Transfer is now complete, click “Finish
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Verifying a Backup Instructions

If you are unsure if you have CrashPlan installed and backing up your system, this quick guide will help give you some comfort.

  1. Click on the CrashPlan icon from the system tray on Windows and the menu bar on macOS

CrashPlan Icon

  1. The Progress will be displayed like in the Figure below
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Note

Depending on your backup size, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. CrashPlan will continue to run and backup in the background. After the first successful backup, incremental backups will occur.

How to Manage Backups

CrashPlan allows you to manage your backup sets. If you want to review your backup set or request assistance, please contact the Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) to initiate a service request.

How to Restore Files

Accidentally deleted or unable to find a file? CrashPlan can help. Please follow the following guidelines in restoring lost or previous versions of files.

  1. Click the CrashPlan System Tray or macOS menu bar Icon

CrashPlan Icon

  1. Left-click on the gear symbol and left-click on “Open CrashPlan….
  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU Single sign-on Portal and proceed through the FDU DUO Multifactor authentication procedures
  2. Click “Restore Files
  3. Select the device you wish to restore from
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Note

If you have more than one backup device, please select the device from where you want to restore the file from.

  1. You can select a date range from when you wish to restore from on the right-hand side
  2. Navigate to the folder(s) and/or file(s) you wish to restore and place a check next to each one
  3. Click “Restore Files
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  1. Select how CrashPlan will restore your files. Click “Go” when finished
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Note

Above are the recommended options for restoring files, this will help you find them more easily.

The time it takes to restore your files will depend on how much data is being restored, available system resources, and available bandwidth.

How to Add Backup Sets

Using CrashPlan you can create backup sets that will back up your data to additional devices utilizing a schedule. This is useful to have immediate access to critical files in the event of data loss.

This guide is only needed if you wish to have a local backup of your data.

Note

If you schedule multiple backup sets to run at specific times and the backup sets go to the same destination, ensure that these times do not overlap. This ensures good backup performance.

  1. Click the CrashPlan System Tray or macOS menu bar Icon

CrashPlan Icon

  1. Left-click on the gear symbol and left-click on “Open CrashPlan….
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  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU Single Sign-on Portal and proceed through the FDU DUO Multi-factor authentication procedures
  2. From the CrashPlan console window, click the “Dropdown Arrow” symbol next to your device name to drop down a menu, then click “Add Backup Set…
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  • The next window will be the Add Backup Set configuration window.
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Note

The “Add Set” button will be un-clickable until it is completely configured.

  1. Click “Rename” to label your backup set
  2. Changing Selected Files, click “Change”, and select the files and folders you wish to backup to a local destination
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  1. When finished click “Save
  2. Click “Change” to set your destination for your backup
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  1. Select your destination by clicking “Add Local Destination (usually an external hard drive) and click “Save
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  1. Click “Add Set” to finalize the setup and start backing up to a local location
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Your new back upset is finished and will begin backing up as configured.

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Backup Alert Email Notifications

CrashPlan will send users an email alert notifying of any incomplete backups of their devices.

  • The CrashPlan email alert will be sent from CrashPlan for Enterprise <noreply@crashplan.com>
  • The Subject line of the email will be labeled with: Critical: [Name of Device] not backed up

Backup Alert

You will receive an alert when your computer hasn’t backed up to CrashPlan for 5 calendar days. The email will look like the example below:

CrashPlan Backup Alert Email Notification

What to do if you get a backup alert

After receiving a CrashPlan backup alert email, you should locate the device the email specifies in need of backup. The CrashPlan device name will be listed in the Subject: line and Computer Name: line of the CrashPlan backup alert email. To locate the name of a CrashPlan device, left-click the CrashPlan “C” symbol icon in the Windows System Tray, also referred to as the notification area.

Tip

The Windows System Tray or notification area is usually located on the bottom right of the Windows taskbar, next to the displayed digital clock.

For macOS users left-click CrashPlan symbol icon on the macOS icon menu bar. The CrashPlan device name will be displayed in the console. Ensure the CrashPlan application displays the same name as the CrashPlan backup alert email you received.

CrashPlan Symbol Icon

CrashPlan Device Name

After locating the correct specified device stated in the CrashPlan backup alert email, force a backup of the device by performing the following:

  1. Left-click the “CrashPlan” System Tray or macOS menu bar Icon

CrashPlan Icon

  1. Left-click “Run backup now

Note

The backup may take some time to complete. This depends on the length of time since CrashPlan’s last complete backup and the amount of new data needed to be backed up.

Getting Support

For additional support, contact the Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) to initiate a service request.

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FDU Self Service Portal for Software

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The FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Self-Service Portal for Software is a a tool designed to enhance our community’s access to software and desktop related information. With the Self-Service Portal for Software, our Faculty and Staff can easily locate and install pre-loaded software onto FDU owned computers. Simply launch the portal and you will be presented with a variety of applications, each sanctioned and supplied by FDU. This portal will provide an easily searchable way to view all new applications made available to the user community, including Microsoft Teams, Cisco Jabber, the FDU VPN, and many more.

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How to Use and Access the FDU Self Service Portal for Software

Windows
  1. Locate the FDU Self-Service Portal for Software icon on the desktop and double-click it to launch the application or…
    1. Select the ‘Windows’ logo/start button on the bottom left of the desktop
    2. Type ‘FDU Self Service Portal for Software’ into the search bar
    3. Left click ‘FDU Self Service Portal for Software’ app to launch
FDU Self-Service Portal for Software on Windows Devices
  1. To install a program, click on the name of the application, then click on the “Install” button to the right
  1. A progress window will provide updates as the program is installed on your system. When complete, the Status column should indicate “Complete
  1. After the selected application finished downloading, it will automatically install and when completed, the status will show as “Completed
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  1. Open the ‘Applications’ folder and locate and click the ‘FDU Self Service Portal’ icon or…
  • Select the ‘Launchpad’ icon from the dock

Launchpad Icon

  • Type ‘FDU Self Service Portal
  • Click the ‘FDU Self Service Portal’ icon to launch
FDU Self-Service Portal for macOS Devices
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iOS & iPadOS
  1. Find the ‘Self Service Portal’ app icon and tap to launch
FDU Self Service Portal App on iPadOS

FDU Self Service Portal App on iOS

  1. Click ‘Install’ to install the requested item onto your device

Note:

The Android version of the FDU Self Service Portal will be available in the future.

Once the FDU Self-Service Portal application is open, you may then continue to select and install your desired software application. You may also access and use any self-service troubleshooting solutions that are available to you from within the FDU Self-Service Portal as well.

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How To Change Your FDU NetID Password and Display Name

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There are a few different ways to change your University NetID password. However, Computing Services strongly urges everyone to change their FDU NetID password using a provided Apple or Windows university computer.

The process for changing your FDU NetID password on a macOS device differs from a Windows device, so please follow the instructions provide for macOS computers below.

If you do not have a university-owned Apple or Windows laptop/desktop and cannot use a University lab computer, please follow the procedures described in “Using identity.fdu.edu Web Portal to Change your FDU NetID Password” below.

Please click on one of the links below for instructions on how to change your FDU NetID password:

Windows: Changing a FDU NetID Password on a University Computer

Note

You must already be logged into the machine when performing the password change process.

  1. On FDU issued laptops, desktops, and lab machines, the FDU NetID password can be changed by pressing the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” button combination on the keyboard from any screen and selecting “Change a Password
  1. Now enter the following:
    • Your old or current password
    • Type in a new password
    • Retype the new password to confirm
    • Press the “Right Arrow” button to continue

Tip

The newly created FDU NetID password must meet the complexity requirements.

Use 8 to 16 characters for your new password. Passwords must include all of the following 4 character types: Upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Allowed special characters are: ! # $ @ _ + , ? [ ] . – ) ( ` ~ % ^ & * = { } | : ? , / and a dot. Please refrain from using portions of your name or email address within the password. Please refrain from using a password that you have already used.

  1. Once this has been done, you must lock and unlock the machine once to complete updating your password:
    • Press the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” keys combination again
    • Click “Lock
    • Then log back in with your new password

Your FDU NetID password was changed successfully!

Note

Your new password will need to be updated in all web browsers with saved passwords and email clients across all devices. Examples include faculty and staff e-mail accounts synched to their iPad, iPhone, and or Android device. FDU-Secure Wi-Fi network access is also attached to your FDU NetID username and password and will need to be updated on devices that use it.

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macOS: Changing a FDU NetID Password while ON CAMPUS using a University macOS Computer

Note

You must already be logged into the machine when performing the password change process.

  1. Locate and then select the SSO extension “key” icon on the macOS menu bar
  1. Select “Change Password…
  1. Enter your current FDU NetID password into the “Old Password” field
  1. Choose and then enter a new FDU NetID password into the “New Password” field

Tip

The newly created FDU NetID password must meet the complexity requirements.

Use 8 to 16 characters for your new password. Passwords must include all of the following 4 character types: Upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Allowed special characters are: ! # $ @ _ + , ? [ ] . – ) ( ` ~ % ^ & * = { } | : ? , / and a dot. Please refrain from using portions of your name or email address within the password. Please refrain from using password that you have already used.

  1. Enter your new FDU NetID password again into the “Verify Password” field
  1. Select “Change Password
  1. When your password change is successful, you will be prompted, “Password change successful.” Click “OK” to confirm

Note

Your new password will need to be updated in all web browsers with saved passwords and email clients across all devices. Examples include faculty and staff e-mail accounts synched to their iPad, iPhone, and or Android device. FDU-Secure Wi-Fi network access is also attached to your FDU NetID username and password and will need to be updated on devices that use it.

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macOS: Synchronizing your Password on a University Computer

Note

You must already be logged into the machine when performing the password change process.

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN or “FDU VPN” software and connect to FDU’s VPN Service. If you need to install the “FDU VPN” or need instructions on how to launch the VPN Client, please follow the link below before proceeding:
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

Note

You will not be disconnected from FDU VPN after performing the NetID password change.

  1. Locate and then select the SSO extension “Key” icon on the macOS menu bar
  1. Select “Change Password…
  1. Enter your current FDU NetID password into the “Old Password” field
  1. Choose and then enter a new FDU NetID password into the “New Password” field

Tip

The newly created FDU NetID password must meet the complexity requirements.

Use 8 to 16 characters for your new password. Passwords must include all of the following 4 character types: Upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Allowed special characters are: ! # $ @ _ + , ? [ ] . – ) ( ` ~ % ^ & * = { } | : ? , / and a dot. Please refrain from using portions of your name or email address within the password. Please refrain from using password that you have already used.

  1. Enter your new FDU NetID password again into the “Verify Password” field
  1. Select “Change Password
  1. When your password change is successful, you will be prompted, “Password change successful.” Click “OK” to confirm

Note

Your new password will need to be updated in all web browsers with saved passwords and email clients across all devices. Examples include faculty and staff e-mail accounts synched to their iPad, iPhone, and or Android device. FDU-Secure Wi-Fi network access is also attached to your FDU NetID username and password and will need to be updated on devices that use it.

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Using “identity.fdu.edu” Web Portal to Change your FDU NetID Password

Adjunct professors, students, and anyone with a personal laptop/desktop/tablet device will use the FDU Identity Web Portal to change their NetID password.

If the user has an FDU issued or owned Microsoft Windows-based machine, they should always follow the procedures in Changing a NetID Password while ON CAMPUS (Preferred Method) or “Changing a NetID Password while OFF-CAMPUS.” Changing your FDU NetID password through the identity.fdu.edu Web Portal while having an FDU issued or owned Microsoft Windows-based machine could cause temporary account lockouts and should only be used as a last resort. If lockout issues occur, please open up a service request with the Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC), and they will be dealt with promptly.

  1. Open a web browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and navigate to the following URL:
  1. Click on “Account Maintenance” on the top right hand of the web page
  1. You will be redirected to the FDU Single-Sign-On login page. Enter your FDU NetID email and password in the corresponding text boxes and click “Sign In.” Complete the FDU 2fa Duo push notification to proceed
  1. Under Sign-In and Security, select “Change My Password
    • Enter your current password
    • Enter a new password
    • Retype your new password to confirm
    • When finished, select “Change My Password

Tip

The newly created FDU NetID password must meet the complexity requirements.

Use 8 to 16 characters for your new password. Passwords must include all of the following 4 character types: Upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Allowed special characters are: ! # $ @ _ + , ? [ ] . – ) ( ` ~ % ^ & * = { } | : ? , / and a dot. Please refrain from using portions of your name or email address within the password. Please refrain from using password that you have already used.

  1. Password successfully changed” will be displayed if your FDU NetID password was successfully changed

Note

Your new password will need to be updated in all web browsers with saved passwords and email clients across all devices. Examples include faculty and staff e-mail accounts synched to their iPad, iPhone, and or Android device. FDU-Secure Wi-Fi network access is also attached to your FDU NetID username and password and will need to be updated on devices that use it.

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Using “identity.fdu.edu” Web Portal to Change your FDU NetID Display Name

You also have the option to change the name that gets displayed on your NetID account.

  1. Open a web browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and navigate to the following URL:
  1. Click on “Account Maintenance” on the top right hand of the web page
  1. You will be redirected to the FDU Single-Sign-On login page. Enter your FDU NetID email and password in the corresponding text boxes and click “Sign In.” Complete the FDU 2fa Duo push notification to proceed
  1. Under Sign-In and Security, select “Change Display Name
    • Enter your New Display Name
    • Click on “Change Display Name
  1. Display Name successfully changed” will be displayed if your Display Name was successfully changed
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Purchasing Lenovo PC and Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Accessories

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The following PC laptop accessories for university-owned Apple MacBook Pro and Lenovo laptops may be purchased from our approved vendors. Please use the following PC laptop accessories list and vendor contact information below to help guide you when obtaining optional laptop accessories.

Lenovo PC Laptop Accessories

A/C Adapter for T14 or T14s Laptop

Only one A/C adapter will be provided with the new Lenovo laptops. If a user needs a second A/C adaptor they will need to order the part below. The A/C adapters for the current Lenovo laptops will not be compatible with the new models.

AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberCost
A/C Power AdapterLenovo AC power adapter (USB Type-C)4X20M26252 $54.99 from Lenovo
A/C Power AdapterLenovo AC power adapter (USB Type-C)4X20M26252$52.59 from CDW-G
A/C Power AdapterLenovo AC power adapter (USB Type-C)4X20M26252$54.99 from GovConnection.com
Prices are noted as of July 2022
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Docking Stations
AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberInputsCost
Multi-Monitor Docking StationLenovo ThinkPad Universal USB-C Dock – This model is essential for connecting more than one external monitor to up to three external monitors. 40AY0090US1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort$204.40 from CDW-G
Multi-Monitor Docking StationLenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock – This model can connect one 8K display and up to four 4K display external monitors. 40B00135US1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort288.79 from CDW-G
Single and Dual-Monitor Docking StationLenovo ThinkPad Hybrid USB-C with USB-A Dock – This model supports a single external monitor setup or dual external monitor setups, up to two UHD 4K resolution monitors.40AF0135US2 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort$252.22 from CDW-G

Single Monitor Travel Hub or Docking StationLenovo Powered USB-C Travel Hub This model supports a single external monitor setup. Features one ethernet port, one USB Type-A port, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, and one USB-C power port.4X90S923811 HDMI, 1 VGA$82.28 from CDW-G
Prices are noted as of May 2023
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Keyboards

Keyboards will not need to be replaced for users that already have them. Users that are new to the PC laptop docking station setup may want to buy a wired USB keyboard. There are no IT requirements for purchasing keyboards; however, if users want to go with a basic model, they can order the below part number.

AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberCost
Wired USB KeyboardLenovo Preferred Pro II USB Keyboard – US English4X30M86879$26.17 from CDW-G
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Mice

There are no IT requirements for purchasing external wired USB mice; however, if a user wants to go with a basic model, they can order the below part number.

AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberCost
USB MouseLenovo Essential USB Mouse4Y50R20863$18.80 from CDW-G
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Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

There are no IT requirements for purchasing an external wireless keyboard and mouse combo set; however, if a user would like to go with a basic model, they can order the below part number.

AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberCost
Wireless KeyboardLogitech MK850 Performance Keyboard and Mouse (wireless)920-008219$67.07 from CDW-G
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Monitors

Users ordering the ThinkPad USB-C Dock Gen 2 Multi-Monitor Docking Station will need an accompanying monitor with at least an HDMI connection.

For users who already have a monitor and wish to use it with one of the new docking stations, your existing monitor will need to have either HDMI or Display Port (DP) connection. If your monitor only has Display Port (DP), you will need an HDMI to Display Port (DP) adapter. Users should check their current monitor connections for compatibility; if new monitors are required or desired, please choose from the list below.

AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberInputsFeaturesCost
24″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision T24i-30 – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p) – 23.8″63CFMAR1USHDMI, DisplayPort,
VGA
Built-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$273.36 from CDW-G. This monitor is the preferred 24″ model to purchase
24″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision T24v-30 – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p) – 23.8″63D8MAR3USHDMI, DisplayPort, VGABuilt-in Camera: Yes
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$290.69 from CDW-G. This monitor is the preferred 24″ model to purchase if the Lenovo ThinkVision T24i-30, listed above, is unavailable or the user requires a built-in web camera
24″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision P24h-30 – LED monitor – QHD – 24″63B3GAR6USHDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C Built-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$421.60 from CDW-G
24″ External MonitorLG UltraGear 24GQ50B-B – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p) – 23.8″24GQ50B-BHDMI, DisplayPortBuilt-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: No
$157.85 from CDW-G
27″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision P27q-30 – LED monitor – QHD – 27″63A2GAR1USHDMI, DisplayPortBuilt-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$394.66 from CDW-G. This monitor is the preferred 27″ model to purchase
27″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision T27hv-30 – LED monitor – QHD – 27″63D6UAR3USHDMI, DisplayPort,
USB-C
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$546.74 from CDW-G
27″ External MonitorLenovo ThinkVision T27i-30 – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p)63A4MAR1USHDMI, DisplayPort, VGABuilt-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$286.84 from CDW-G
27″ External MonitorLG 27BK430H-B – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p) – 27″ – HDR27BK430H-BHDMI, VGABuilt-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: No
$160.74 from CDW-G
Prices are noted as of May 2023
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Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Accessories

A/C Power Adapters for 14-inch & 16-inch MacBook Pro
Accessory DescriptionPart NumberCost

A/C Power Adapter
Apple USB-C – Power Adapter –
96 Watt
MX0J2AM/A$63.19 from CDW-G

A/C Power Adapter
Apple Power Cable –
24 pin USB-C to MagSafe 3 – 6.6 ft
MLYV3AM/A$41.65 from CDW-G
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Docking Stations
AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberInputsCost
Single Monitor Docking Station or HubHyperDrive Ultimate USB-C Hub – This model supports a single external monitor setup. One HDMI port supports video resolutions up to 4K at 30 Hz. Featuring three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C Power Delivery port, one ethernet port, and one 3.5mm audio jack, plus SD and microSD card readers.HD30FGRAY1 HDMI, 1 Mini DisplayPort, 1 VGA$89.99 from B&H.com. This model is the preferred single monitor hub to purchase
Dual-Monitor Docking Station or HubHYPER HyperDrive Viper 10-in-2 USB Type-C Hub (Space Gray) – This model is essential for connecting up to two external monitors. This hub provides two HDMI and three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, as well as ports for Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and USB Type-C with 60W of power delivery. UHS-1 SD and microSD card readers are also present.HD392-GRAY2 HDMI$129.99 from CDW-G.
$129.99 from B&H.com. This model is the preferred dual-monitor hub to purchase
Single Monitor Docking Station or HubHYPER Hyperdrive 4-In-1 USB Type-C HubThis model supports a single external monitor setup. Supports a single 4K display at 60 Hz via the one HDMI port. Featuring two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port to deliver up to 100W of pass-through power to your laptop or tablet.HD411 HDMI$59.99 from B&H.com. This model does not contain an ethernet port
Single Monitor Docking Station or HubHyperDrive 5-Port USB Type-C Hub This model supports a single external monitor setup. Supports a single 4K monitor at 60 Hz via the one HDMI port. Features two USB Type-A ports, one ethernet port, and one USB Type-C port to deliver up to 86W of power to your laptop or tablet.HDMB21 HDMI$84.59 from CDW-G
Single Monitor Travel Hub or Docking StationLenovo Powered USB-C Travel Hub This model supports a single external monitor setup. Features one ethernet port, one USB Type-A port, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, and one USB-C power port.4X90S923811 HDMI, 1 VGA$82.28 from CDW-G
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Monitors
AccessoryDescriptionPart NumberInputsFeaturesCost
24″ External MonitorASUS ProArt PA247CV – LED monitor – Full HD (1080p) – 23.8″PA247CVHDMI, DisplayPort,
USB-C
Built-in Camera: No
Built-in USB Hub: Yes
$201.69 from CDW-G

You may also refer to the Lenovo PC Laptop Accessories – Monitors section above to make an external monitor choice selection for the Apple MacBook Pro.

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Accessories

USB Flash Drives

There are no IT requirements for purchasing USB flash drives. USB 3.0 is recommended. Users are reminded about adhering to the Written Information Security Program (WISP). No WISP-protected data may be placed on external devices without specific authorization, as indicated in the policy.

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External Hard Drives

There are no IT requirements for purchasing external hard drives. USB 3.0 is recommended. Users are reminded about the Written Information Security Program (WISP). No WISP-protected data may be placed on external devices without specific authorization as indicated in the policy.

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Printers / Scanners

For a current list of approved printers and scanners, please reach out to the Purchasing Department. Please remember that most printers don’t have USB printer cables included upon purchase.

Note

While most modern printers support wireless connectivity, wireless printing capabilities may not be enabled on any printer without the explicit authorization of the Director of Networking.

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Purchasing

FDU Purchasing

To purchase any of the laptop accessories listed above, please submit a PO to the Purchasing Department. Users need to get a quote from either vendor through the contact information below. Please reference the item numbers from the attached quotes. Unless stated otherwise, the products listed are currently available. Prices may vary. Other University approved vendor reseller information and common products that departments may be interested in purchasing can be found by visiting:

Departments should consolidate orders as much as possible. There is no additional discount for quantity. Departments should designate the ‘ship to’ to their respective department. Vendors’ contact information is listed below.

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Sample Purchase Order (PO) Quotes

Tip

View the Sample PO quotes to help guide you when obtaining your own quote prior to submitting to the Purchasing Department.

Lenovo:

Attn: Jeremiah Pope
Email: jpope@lenovo.com

SAMPLE Lenovo PO Quote

CDW-G:

Vinny Nariyani
Email: vinnnar@cdwg.com

and

Joe Masulli
Email: joemasu@cdwg.com

SAMPLE CDW-G PO Quote Page 1
SAMPLE CDW-G PO Quote Page 2
SAMPLE CDW-G PO Quote Page 3
SAMPLE CDW-G PO Quote Page 4

GovConnection, Inc.

Eric Hadler
Email: eric.hadler@connection.com

SAMPLE GovConnection, Inc. PO Quote

B&H Photo:

1-800-947-8003
newjersey@bandh.com

SAMPLE B&H PO Quote
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