More about Missionary Desktop
I’m also a FHC director. We’ve had some issues with young elders rearranging our computers. There is a lot of talk about the missionary desktop, but what exactly does it do? How will it help us? How does it change our computer access from our use to their use and back again?
@JaNice Rabiger Taylor Brett "tagged" this over into the FHC Technical Support (North America) group quite appropriately - the experts are there. I'm also wondering if you're aware of that group? It's a private one, and it seems that for some reason there are a number of FHC Leaders (formerly called FHC Directors) that also don't know about it. Also, do you know about the wonderful monthly Zoom meeting they hold for FHC Leaders, stake technology specialists, and related callings, hosted by two of the senior tech support missionaries for FamilySearch? It's truly interactive, and mostly driven by our questions, followed by their expert answers. There are no "dumb" questions, since invariably the person asking one is not the only one that doesn't know the answer - a real treasure trove of information presented in a manner that everyone can understand in order to better manage our FHCs. The meeting is actually held three times in the same evening in three different time zones (Eastern, Pacific, and Hawaii) in order to accommodate almost all FHC-related people (including stake tech support). The meeting hosts (same as the FHC tech support group administrators) are also among those that developed the Missionary desktop in order to keep the FHC computers as fast and user friendly for FHC visitors as possible. (There is also a FHC Consultants group here as well. Though "Private," you can find it on a search of groups and can request membership yourself.)
If you're not yet a member of the FHC tech support group, you'll find many other things carefully laid out in a list of resources for those of us associated with FHCs. And if needed, we can get you an "invite" that will get you in. There you'll find all sorts of "secret" information that was never really intended to be secret, but that just hasn't always been well known. The group is only a few months old, and has become one of my two most appreciated FamilySearch Community groups.
The Missionary Desktop is an independent Desktop designed for Fulltime-Missionaries. It gives them a desktop to use for missionary work being done in a family history center. It is password protected and gives them the ability to install additional non family history center tools and programs so that they can better function and fulfill the assignments give them by their mission president without interfering with the Patron or Administrator desktops. This means that they no longer need to know the administrator password nor should they. It also means that they would no longer be rearranging or adding things to the patron desktop. They would have their own username and password, set by the family history center leader, and they would have ample hard drive space to perform their assigned duties as missionaries without infringing on the family history center computer setup.
It follows the guidelines presented in the article "sharing the family History center" and the article on "Missionaries in the family history center". To that end we have created a tool to install and configure the missionary desktop on family history center computers. You will find the link on this page.
The use of the missionary desktop need approval of both the Stake President and the Mission President.1
@JaNice Rabiger Taylor
I am "Tagging" this general 'Question' of yours, to the 'Group' being "FHC Technical Support (North America)", in this "Community.FamilySearch" Forum, where the topic of the "Missionary Desktop" is extensively discussed; so that, the members of that group can answer/assist you.
@FHC Technical Support (North America)
Yes, I am a member of the Tech Community. I submitted my question within the community email, however from there it was sent to the FS General questions and directed back to you. The buttons are tricky! I was writing from my phone. It is much easier from my computer. I see that you posted the answer to most of my question to another with the same question. Thank you1