Purchasing and Adding New Hardware and Software to the Network
Adding Computer Hardware You Own
Addition of ANY and ALL equipment to the Ethernet and to any of the Martinos Center machines, whether permanent or temporary, requires clearance in advance from the IT group. The laboratory is obligated to notify the MGH network manager, and coordinate the addition of equipment, which may require some time. If you are purchasing a new computer that will be attached from the network, it will speed the process to notify the System Administrators far in advance so they can obtain an IP address for it before it arrives and review the specs on your device for compatibility.
Adding Software You Own
All software used at the Martinos Center or at MGH must be properly licensed and utilized in strict accordance with the license agreement. Anyone making or using copies of any software in violation of this policy is subject to "corrective action", possibly including termination of employment.
Check with the System Administrators before installing new software on any public machines to ensure compatibility with present software.
Buying New Software and Center Site-Licensed Software
The center buys annually a large number of Matlab licenses for a network
license server at the Center. Any UNIX, Windows and OSX machine on the network
can use these licenses. For machines not on the Center network, you can buy a
standalone license from Harvard Enterpise Licensing.
A pricing list from March 2013 is available
here. Latest prices are only available online
Harvard TPS Affiliate Hospital page but access to prices requires a Harvard PIN account.
The center has a site license for McAfee antivirus. If you do have
any anti-virus software running on your Windows computer, please
contact the systems administrators as soon as possible. Check out
our McAfee AntiVirus FAQ entry.
For Microsoft Office
see this entry to our FAQ page.
Contact Janice White for details about purchasing Adobe (Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator), Endnote, and Apple software. Different licensing rules apply but a pricing guide can be found here.
More information about getting software at Partners can be found
Research Computing -- Getting Software page.
Buying New Computers
For Windows and Linux workstations our preferred vendor is Dell. Sample
configs and instructions on how to get a quote from Dell are on our
Quotes page. For Apple workstations, the best deals
Harvard Technology Services. Any other special computer buys, please
contact the IT group first before making any purchases
When your Computer Arrives
The first thing you need to do is register the computer with the Center IT Group
so we have all the information we need to be able to help you in the future. This can be
done by filling out the
registration form found here.