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    Using Army-required software in OS X
    My niece is considering an iMac in the near future but needs to be sure the software she has to run for her work in the Army will be up to the task. In particular, she mentioned ActivClient (which does in fact have a Mac version available) and eSign, which is being phased out according to their support page. She wants to specifically know about using SharePoint and and signing Army and medical documents. I don't see any reason she can't do any of this in OS X, but I'd rather someone with more specific experience in this chime in. Much appreciated!

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    IMHO life a cheap Dell Latitude running Windows 7 Professional 64bit would be the go.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Hard to believe they will let her use any personal computer.

    I work for DA and we don't allow any non-govt issued and non-govt managed devices to access the official network. Guess that could vary by organization, but . . . ????
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
    Hard to believe they will let her use any personal computer.
    My first thought as well. I guess things have changed.

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    I agree with Mike. Even though I didn't work for the department of defense, we were not allowed to even bring personal computers into our work area. It was a strict government regulation because of the sensitive data that was stored on the main frames and workstations. Of course that was some time ago. I'm not sure if the same restrictions hold true or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I agree with Mike. Even though I didn't work for the department of defense, we were not allowed to even bring personal computers into our work area. It was a strict government regulation because of the sensitive data that was stored on the main frames and workstations. Of course that was some time ago. I'm not sure if the same restrictions hold true or not?
    It has only gotten worse over the years!
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    IMHO life a cheap Dell Latitude running Windows 7 Professional 64bit would be the go.
    For the sake of argument, why? This won't be strictly for Army (Army National Guard, actually). They'd use it for the typical family stuff (photos, videos) but not games. Obviously a Windows PC would work just fine, but she's willing to spend extra for something that will hold up longer and perform well for a longer period.

    Quote Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
    Hard to believe they will let her use any personal computer.

    I work for DA and we don't allow any non-govt issued and non-govt managed devices to access the official network. Guess that could vary by organization, but . . . ????
    Well it's not strictly for Army National Guard work, if that makes a difference, and both she and her husband are in veterinary school, so I guess she telecommutes for her Army work while in school.

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    That makes it a horse of a different colour.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    That makes it a horse of a different colour.
    Agreed
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    "Horses of a different color":lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    "Horses of a different color":lol
    You mean like these?




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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    You mean like these?
    MUCH better!

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    OK, back to the topic..although all the horses were interesting...She could use BootCamp to install Windows to use when she needs it for those applications. She might also be able to use either VMWare or Parallels to run Windows as a virtual machine. All of those solutions require hat she have a retail copy of Windows to install (not the OEM version) so there is some expense with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    OK, back to the topic..although all the horses were interesting...She could use BootCamp to install Windows to use when she needs it for those applications. She might also be able to use either VMWare or Parallels to run Windows as a virtual machine. All of those solutions require hat she have a retail copy of Windows to install (not the OEM version) so there is some expense with that.
    Oh I mentioned all those as possibilities. At the moment, they are looking at getting an HP desktop since they already have a monitor and peripherals. An iMac is just a bit steep at the moment, and throwing in the cost of a retail copy of Windows (if it proved to be necessary) doesn't help. I think learning a whole new platform while juggling school, work, and 2 toddlers is probably a bit much for their plate right now anyway. Thanks to all for the input.

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