Minnesota IT Products : Hardware Standards

Standard Products

Audio/Visual projectors
Audio/Visual projectors for meeting rooms and classrooms.

Computers and monitors

IP telephone systems, routers and switches
Contract information for products from: Avaya, Ciena, Cisco, Dell, Extreme Networks, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Juniper, NEC, and Shortel

Multi-function devices
Multi-function devices handle these functions: Copy, print, scan, and fax.

Rack and tower Xeon servers, in Tiers 1 and 2. 2-socket Blade servers.

Notes on Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7

On November 1, 2016, the plan was that Microsoft would no longer allow original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to factory install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  Windows 10 would be the only allowed operating system to ship with new systems.  That has been extended for one year, but Windows 7/8.1 are only available via a downgrade at the factory.

The factory downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7/8.1 may cost customers $20-30.  Consult with your reseller as you quote/order for details and pricing if you need to have machines shipped with something other than Windows 10.

Microsoft Volume Licensing

Customers with a Microsoft Volume License Agreement can avoid the extra cost for Windows 7/8.1 by reimaging the machines themselves.  They should avoid any extra “downgrade” charge by ordering systems with Windows 10.

However, customers who plan to reimage their new machines to Windows 7 will need to make changes to the BIOS.  Contact your reseller or the manufacturer for details on the changes required.

Hewlett Packard is currently offering their computers with two different SKUs.  One is for the Windows 10 configuration.  The other has those BIOS changes for Windows 7 done at the factory – so that they are “Windows 7 ready” upon receipt and are ready to reimage.  Those “Windows 7 ready” machines may eventually be upgraded to Windows 10 but the customer will need to modify the BIOS back to Windows 10 settings at that time.

Future Plans

Computers with the next generation of Intel processors (7th Generation – “Kaby Lake”) and beyond will only support Windows 10.  These machines will likely begin to appear in the Minnesota Standards in the first half of 2017.  OEMs will continue to have PCs available that will run Windows 7/8.1 after that time.  Their strategies may vary – either making the current models available as “legacy” offerings – or to allow sales of new products with Intel’s 6th generation (“Sky Lake”) processors.  Again, please consult your reseller and the manufacturer as you plan your future strategy.