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Software Components

If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent some components from running.  However, there are other computer components that must be disabled. Please review the list below for some of the primary components that should not be activated in a standard desktop/workstation or other devices.  

Disable Inappropriate Windows Components

Internet Information Services (IIS)

The University does not allow locally hosted websites or web pages.

Turn off on Windows:

  • Click the Start button ().
  • Select “Control Panel”.
  • Click “System and Security”.
  • Click “Administrative Tools” and select “Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager”.
  • In the “Actions” pane, click “Stop”.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Network Services

P2P technology is most often misused to copy commercial music and video files, without the copyright holder's permission. This type of activity is illegal and violates the Copyright Law.

Use of peer-to-peer networking or other file-sharing technology is prohibited.

Illegal use of file sharing may subject the user to civil or criminal penalties beyond penalties for violation of University policy.

File & Printer Sharing

Users must disable the “File and Printer Sharing” firewall exception.

It is NOT recommended that you share files using the "File Sharing" options of the Macintosh or Windows operating systems.

The "File Sharing" option in your computer's firewall or preferences on a Mac should be disabled; this will not prevent you from moving or transferring files.