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General Computing Labs for Students

Building Room Hours
Leahy 117 Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closed during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. Open during snow days or any other non-scheduled University closings. Public Affairs will send out notification should our labs be closed outside of these hours. 

 

Special Computing Labs for Students

Please check with your department if they have a specialized lab. 

 

Lab Computer Software

All computer labs have a standard set of software available. Our Guide to Software on Campus Computers page explains the software that is installed on computers in every lab. 

Lab Computer Software Configuration Management

Most lab computers have a software configuration management feature that works to keep the computer in good working order. Each time the computer restarts, its configuration is returned to a known good state. Anything that was changed or stored on the local hard drive is removed.

This means that you must not store your files on the local hard drive of lab computers, as the files will be removed when the computer restarts.

Instead, you should store your files in your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area, or on removable storage such as a USB flash drive. Students may purchase USB flash drives in the CUA Bookstore or at any computer or electronics store.

Automatic Software Maintenance

Microsoft Windows computers in the Leahy Users Area perform automatic software maintenance either from 1:45 to 3:45 am or from 3:45 to 5:45 am daily. Please check the signs in the Users Area to determine the schedule for the computer you are using, and plan your computer work accordingly.

Lab computers that employ software configuration management, including those in the Leahy Users Area, undergo automatic software maintenance for a two hour period between 3:45 and 5:45 am. This allows operating system updates to be installed, antivirus patterns to be updated and other software changes made. You cannot use the computer while maintenance is being performed.

Several minutes before the maintenance begins, you will receive a pop-up warning message. When you receive this warning message, you must immediately save your work to your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area or to your removable storage device, as the computer is about to restart for maintenance. If you stored files on the local hard drive of the lab computer, those files will be lost.

The best practice is to always work from your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area, or use a removable storage device; and never store files on the lab computer hard drive.