Computer & Desktop Support

D esktop Support provides technical support for Standard PCs, Macs, Laptops and Thin Client Computers. Computers receiving standard desktop support are managed with standard processes, tools, and policies. Remote administration tools are used whenever possible to minimize interruptions and provide faster service.

Support provided by Desktop Support Technicians include: installations, configurations, connections, maintenance, troubleshooting and/or repair of computers and peripherals. More detailed examples of the types of services provided are listed below.

Service Description

Examples of services provided:

  • Incidents
    • Hardware break/fix
    • Software support for the standard operating systems, productivity tools and utilities described below
    • Trouble-shoot problems
    • Remediate problems
    • MAC (Moves/Adds/Changes)
    • Install, move and change hardware and software
    • Configure hardware and software
  • Proactive level services
    • Ensure all devices have the recommended configurations, software versions, and most recent security protection
    • Plan, execute and maintain asset management functions for supported devices
    • Dispose safely – hardware, software and data
  • Individual Value-added services
    • Standard operating environment management through the controlled release of security patches, anti-virus updates, and other software
    • Technology Refresh Program
  • Desktop Projects
    • Support for larger IT projects that include any service provided by Desktop Support Technicians outside of their everyday scope.
    • Desktop Projects

Standard Hardware

  • Choice of standard laptop or desktop configuration
  • Full life cycle support
    • Procurement
    • Delivery and installation
    • Configuration
    • On-site break/fix and replacement
    • Level 1 technical support via UTMB Service Desk
    • Level 2 technical support via On-Site Support
    • Asset retirement, including hard drive erasure in compliance with state security standards
  • Response to customer moves/adds/changes (MAC) requests
  • Technology Refresh Program
    • Desktop/Laptop/Mac – 48 Month life cycle, replacement scheduled by Information Services. Technology Refresh program
    • Data - Refresh technicians will migrate data from the old to the new equipment as follows:
      • Copy user profile to new equipment (settings, favorites, etc.)
      • Copy data on C: drive to new equipment
      • Reload approved applications 

Standard Software

  • Standard desktop image development and support
  • Automatic refresh/upgrades of software based on minimum standards
  • Release and patch management for approved software packages

Student Desktop Support

Desktop support is provided for students on personal computers/laptops on a walk-in basis. Service is provided at the following locations during the hours designated.

Hours of Operation : Mon. - Fri. 8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.
Location : 1.115 Administration Building        

Customer Responsibilities

  • Contact the UTMB Service Desk reporting all incidents and service requests and provide an accurate description, including any error messages
  • Provide Asset Tag of device presenting the issue to the Service Desk
  • Allow desktop support remote management of devices to improve call resolution time

Hours of Availability

Desktop Support Services are provided to the campus 24 x 7. To request support contact the UTMB Service Desk at (409) 772-5200 or for non-urgent issues email

Service Response Times

 Mean Time to ContactMean Time to Repair
Emergency Priority* (On Site Patient Care)N/A1.5 BHS
Emergency Priority* After Hours (On Site Patient Care)2 BHS4 BHS
Emergency Priority* (Off Site Patient Care)2 BHS4 BHS
Off Site Patient Care After Hours4 BHS8 BHS
High Priority2 BHS4 BHS
Medium Priority4 BHS8 BHS
Low Priority8 BHS16 BHS
Moves/Adds/Changes (MACs)
 Mean Time to ContactMean Time to Repair
Emergency Priority* (Patient Care)2 BHS4 BHS
Emergency Priority* (Patient Care) After HoursN/A1.5 BHS
High Priority8 BHS16 BHS
Medium Priority12 BHS24 BHS
Low Priority20 BHS40 BHS

Desktop Support Rates

PC / Laptop / Mac
Support TypeRateUnit/FrequencyDescription
On-Campus Support$24.00Monthly 
Expired On-Campus Support$30.00Monthlysupport on devices that are 3yrs+, are no longer under manufacturer warranty and are not scheduled for refresh
Off-Campus Support$40.00Monthly 
Hourly Rate for Non Supported devices$50.00Hour 
Setup fee for Non Supported devices$100.00One-Time 
Thin Clients
Support TypeRateUnit/FrequencyDescription
On-Campus Support$16.00Monthly 
Off-Campus Support$16.00Monthly 
Tablets (Surface / iPad / Android)
Support TypeRateUnit/FrequencyDescription
Hourly Rate for Non Supported devices$50.00Hourly 

Performance and Service Level Reviews

Desktop Support Services will produce and review monthly reports identifying the performance against the existing Service Level Agreement. Metrics can be found on the Service Level Review Page.         

Desktop Support Program Participation

To receive further information regarding the Desktop Support Program please contact:

Chris Perry
Manager, Information Services
Campus Ext – 61158