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Headlines for the Week of November 9, 2009

A message from the CLC department:

To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling (312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones)
or sending an email to We are located in suite 540 if you would like to stop by our offices.

Notes and Policies for Exams

  • You will be required to complete the entire SofTest download/installation process while you are logged into the Chicago-Kent network using your CK user name.  There are two reasons for this.  First, your Chicago-Kent network account must have full permissions to do anything on your laptop.  The easiest way to check that this is the case is to complete the entire download and installation process (including registration and qualification) while you are logged in to the Chicago-Kent network.  Second, you must be able to access the file server drives on the Chicago-Kent network.  If you cannot properly log in to the Chicago-Kent network, you will not be able to open your exam files.
  • Due to the above mentioned permissions requirements, you cannot borrow a laptop from a fellow student to take your exams
  • Due to the requirement of accessing shared network drives, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Windows 7 Home Premium will not function for taking an exam on your laptop at Chicago-Kent.
  • Chicago-Kent does not support any form of wireless networking for exams on computers.  All connections should be "hard-wired" with a standard Ethernet network cable.  You are responsible for supplying your own Ethernet cable when taking an exam on your laptop.
  • Taking an exam on a Mac computer is allowed only if the Mac is "natively" running Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows XP Professional via Apple's "Boot Camp" feature.  Mac computers running one of these operating systems for exams are subject to the same network configuration, hardware, and software requirements as a standard Windows-based PC.
  • For students wishing to pursue taking an exam on a Mac, it is your own responsibility to acquire an authentic licensed copy of Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows XP Professional.  It is also your own responsibility to have the Windows operating system installed and running on your Mac computer before contacting the CLC for any exam-related computer assistance.
  • As of November 2, 2009, Apple does not support the use of Windows 7 with the Boot Camp feature of their computers.  Chicago-Kent will not support the use of Windows 7 on a Mac for taking exams until Windows 7 is officially supported by Apple.
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion for Mac will not function for exams.  For the same reason, the "Windows XP Mode" feature found in Windows 7 cannot be used for taking exams.

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SofTest Compatibility with Windows 7

As of October 30, 2009 ExamSoft has certified the SofTest exam-taking program for use with Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.  The required networking functionality for computer-delivered exams at Chicago-Kent requires either Windows 7 Professional edition or Windows 7 Ultimate edition.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 have been certified as being compatible with SofTest.

Please note that the SofTest program will not function for exams at Chicago-Kent if the program is running within any form of a virtualized operating system.  This includes the Windows XP Mode functionality of Windows 7.

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CLC loaner laptops for students must be returned by November 16th

All CLC loaner laptops issued to students must be returned to the CLC Help Desk by the close of business on Monday, November 16th in order to begin preparing the computers for emergency use during final exams.

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Revised Web Hosting Policies

Chicago-Kent has revised its policies for web hosting.  Chicago-Kent’s web hosting policies can be viewed online at

Web pages and multimedia must conform to the file naming conventions as outlined here,

Requests to store multimedia on any Chicago-Kent server must be pre-approved.  A form for requesting storage space can be found on the CLC’s web site at

Failure to follow these new policies will result in web pages and/or multimedia being removed from the server without notification.

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Reminder: Apple Computer Support & Services Documents

The CLC has created support & services documents for configuring Apple computers to the following resources (Wireless, Folder Shares, Printers & Mail). Follow the links below for a basic guide to assist you with various options available to Apple users.


For questions or concerns, please contact the CLC help desk at or 312.906.5300.

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Network Maintenance Schedule

Chicago-Kent's Internet Service Provider (Illinois Century Network) backbone maintenance window is on Fridays from 2:00am - 7:00am.  During this maintenance window it is possible that the Downtown Campus building may experience intermittent Internet connectivity.

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Latest McAfee DAT file as of 10/29/2009 is sdat5785


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