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The Managed Cluster Service (MCS) used to be called Public Workstation Facility (PWF). It provides a network of computers available for use by members of the university where you have immediate access to your data (DS-filestore - each user is given a filespace limit of at least 500Mb). However, you can also access this filespace from elsewhere, for instance from a College room or from home, for more information, please click Here.

Academics are strongly recommended to use Dspace as a repository for their public files (of scholarly or heritage nature). The deposit guide may help you to decide it is worth depositing your academic material in the university's archive.


For further information about the MCS software provision, locations, opening hours etc., around the University, please click Here.


Printing Facilities (DS-Print)


The printing facilities offered by Desktop Services are available from any computer connected to the Cambridge University Data Network or beyond, subject only to the individual user having authority to use a particular printer. DS-Print printers are available in Managed Cluster rooms in the Computing Service and many other University Institutions.

Printing on the MCS is handled by the Common Balance system, which means you can print from any MCS computer in any computer room and you should not need to purchase more credit, provided that printer is also on the Common Balance scheme. Printers on the Common Balance scheme are marked as such on the printer list. You will find that printing to these printers costs a varying amount depending upon the institution for which payment is by pre-paid credit.


At Caius you will find the following printers and prices:

Queue Name Location Description Cost
Cai_HR_1_BW Harvey Road hp LaserJet 4200 5p per sheet of paper
Cai_HC_BW Harvey Court KONICA MINOLTA bizhub 40P 5p per sheet of paper
Cai_CB_BW Cockerell Building KONICA MINOLTA bizhub 40P 5p per sheet of paper
Cai_CB_Col Cockerell Building KONICA MINOLTA bizhub C35P 20p per side


To send documents to a DS-Print printer, you need to install a suitable client program on your own machine. Until recently this was the iPrint client, but this facility has been replaced by PaperCut, for which support and instructions are available in the link below.