Limited Troubleshooting Support for Personal Devices

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This document outlines how the help desk should handle issues regarding supporting personal hardware.

All support tickets for personal hardware will need to be created and supported by the help desk. Limited support will be provided by completing basic troubleshooting and diagnostics.

This includes:

  • Laptops and Desktops
  • iMacs and MacBooks
  • Docking Stations, Monitors, and Peripherals
  • Mobile phones and Tablets


The help desk should communicate directly to the users that limited support can be provided for personally owned devices, the Help Desk will assist by providing the below troubleshooting steps. Escalation of the request to Computing Services can be performed. If additional support is needed Computing Services will direct the user to contact their hardware manufacturer for additional support directly if needed.

The following basic troubleshooting steps can and should be performed when any of the above hardware is having issues:

  • The device should be power cycled and/or rebooted to ensure all device resources have been refreshed.
  • If the machine or device is frozen locate and hold the power button for a minimum of 60 seconds until the device has powered down and then have the user power on the device and attempt to use the equipment.
  • The help desk can check and confirm if any updates have recently been loaded on the workstation that may be pending a machine reboot to complete the installation.

The following should not be performed on any personal machines:

  • Upgrading or downgrading of any Microsoft or Apple operating system.
  • Removing and/or reinstalling any licensed software such as but not limited to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.
  • Other software such as antivirus, games, or manufacturer-issued diagnostic utilities.

Regarding the troubleshooting of issues related to personal docking stations, monitors, peripherals, mobile phones and tablets. The basic functions of unplugging the power cable and/or power cycling the equipment will be the acceptable troubleshooting necessary.

We do not want to perform any updates for devices operating systems such as mobile phones or tablets. The steps involved in completing these kinds of updates require a more extensive timeframe to be available to successfully be completed.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the FDU Director of Computing Services Peter Mannarino via email

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SAMI Support Public Request Form

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The SAMI Support portal requires a valid NetID and password, along with DUO multi-factor authentication, for access. Upon entry, users can create new tickets, review open or closed requests, and explore the IT Knowledgebase for solutions to common issues. Access the support portal using the button below:

SAMI Support Portal

If you need to open a request and cannot access SAMI Support for any of the reasons below, please complete this request form to contact the Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC). A member of the IT support team will assist you via phone call or email.

  • I do not have a valid University issued NetID
  • I am not able to authenticate through DUO
  • I have not set up my DUO account
  • I am a vendor without a University issued NetID
  • I am an admitted student
  • I am a newly hired employee or adjunct
  • My FDU account is locked
  • I need my Net ID password reset and have already attempted to do that through


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SAMI Support Public Request

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Software Request Guidelines for University Computers and Computer Labs

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Departments wishing to obtain software, whether it is for use by the department or to be installed in the FDU computer labs and/or FDU Anywhere, should plan appropriately to provide adequate time to acquire the software and make it available to users.

The following steps should be used as a guide when planning to obtain software for instructional or business use:


Plan a minimum of 3 weeks for a contract review before a PO can be processed. See contract review requirements and order process by visiting the link at the bottom of the page.

  1. Selection of product
  2. Creation of Purchase Order (PO) and approval by department/dean/chair
  3. Technology review and approval by OIRT
  4. New vendor processing, if necessary
  5. Contract review
  6. Software purchase and delivery to FDU
  7. Software preparation. Plan up to 60 days to allow for items such as:
    • Creating configurations for FDU’s needs and environment
    • Setting up license servers or other required systems
    • Integration with other systems (e.g., Single Sign On)
    • Testing mass deployment (if for the computer labs)
    • Integration with FDU Anywhere (if needed) assuming the software is licensed and approved for VDI enviroment
  8. Testing and confirmation of proper functionality by the requestor (instructor)
  9. Final installation on computers


Even if the software has no cost to FDU, per the Office of the General Counsel and the Contract Review Policy, if the software requires you to agree to terms and conditions, it’s an agreement that must be reviewed

Please begin by completing the Computing Services – Lab Reservation & Lab Software Request (Faculty & Staff NJ Only)

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