Desktop Support Services

Computing services to facilitate Columbia's business workflow.

Core Services

  • Service consultation
  • Installation assistance for supported hardware and software (on Windows or Mac platforms)
  • Convenient software portals that provide approved software on demand
  • Automated updates (patches) to Windows and Mac operating systems and core applications
  • Periodic backups of your locally stored data
  • File and printer sharing support
  • Email configuration support
  • Setup and support of multifunctional devices (multi-printers)
  • VPN support
  • Data protection via encryption and antivirus
  • Securely-managed environment that complies with University security policies
  • University-negotiated pricing on standard equipment
  • Optional CUIT Desktop Support Flat Rate Service Model available

Service Eligibility

Please submit a ticket to the CUIT Service Desk or call at 212-854-1919 to determine if you have appropriate hardware. Please note that we do not provide support for personal computers, either given by the University or otherwise.

Standard Supported Hardware and Software

CUIT supports and recommends Dell and Apple hardware.

If you are a CUIT Desktop support customer, you can place orders for your computers via the CUIT Service Catalog

Please note that we support Dell and Apple enterprise models only.

Standard models are in stock and can be deployed in 5-7 business days typically.

If you are requesting hardware that is non-standard, you can use the non-standard catalog item. Non-standard hardware will need to be procured and lead times are dependent on vendor availability.


CUIT supports and recommends HP printers.

For inquiries on procuring in office printers, please submit a ticket with the following questions answered:

Will the printers be network or local?

What functionals will you need the printer to have? (Print, Scan, Fax, etc)

What color is required? (Black and White or Color)

Roughly how many users will be printing to this printer?

We will then spec out a printer and submit to review. 

If you are inquiring on purchasing a multifunction Ricoh printer, please navigate to the Print Services site for more information. 

Windows Software

  • Microsoft O365
    • Access
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
    • Project (available upon request)
    • Visio (available upon request)
  • Web Browsing Software
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN 
  • CrashPlan Code42 (available upon request)
  • Bitlocker
  • Malwarebytes
  • Crowdstrike
  • OnBase Document Management (installed upon request)
  • Software Center (optional software available for self-installation)

macOS Software