test comment!!! wooo!!!!
Just been in contact with APC, support have been helpful but it would appear that the particular model of UPS only has 2 years warranty and has now expired. But, how nice, they can offer me a 20%-25% discount if I upgrade to another model. Disappointed that an Enterprise level bit of kit is only covered for 2 years.
Not sure on the XenServer shutdown times, I remember when we first set them up and ran the original script while testing and shutdown only took a few minutes.
I've sinced removed the UPS from the equation; can't trust it and have piggy backed the server onto another UPS that has plenty of capacity and have now double checked all my scripts.
I just wrote on the forum about using APC smartups and Hyper-v.
When hyper-v shuts down it takes about 30mins to close all the virtual machines for some reason. I'm still wondering if thats enough time for the hyper-v machine to shut down before the power runs out.
We allows staff to access it, but disallow access to students. We have also developed an internal youtube like system that hosts videos that staff need to access. This seems to be the most flexible route, but can require some additional work!
It's been a while since anyone posted to this blog post, but with version 3100 of Impero released and a 3103 update released how are people getting along now?
We have had the Nrs system for 12 months now,it works very well with parentpay and biometrics . The frontend and backed are excellent with even our catering manager being able to work about 90%. Hardest thing ,we had to do was setup menus which took an afternoon.
One that springs to mind,years back when I worked for royal mail, I was delivering a powerpoint presentation to staff and managers on an ancient meaty proxima projector. I had finished the presenation for the day when I went to the back of the projector and flicked the power rocker switch. As I had done that, the whole sorting office was plunged into darkness. After a pregnant pause, i uttered the words "Oh Sh!t" as all the sorting machines ground to a halt and everyone was evacuated.
The guilt finally lifted when after investigation, that across the road, where a hotel was being built, a JCB digger had gone through our mains cables at exactly the same time as me switching off the projector.
The keys took a fair bit of abuse during removal but went back so easily. I broke one clip and the key still still worked so kudos to Dell for building a fairly robust keyboard.
I cleaned out my keyboard at work over the Christmas holiday as I could see dirt inside it and that irritated me. Funnily enough I'd wager it was the exact same model Dell keyboard. It was unpleasant, but not anywhere near as manky as yours though CAM
I must say that I was surprised how well all the keys clipped back in and at how the feel of the keyboard didn't change at all (keys all travelled the same as before and so on).
After doing mine I was inspired to do a colleagues and "accidentally" popped some of the keys back in the wrong places.
haha an oh dear what have I done moment. I need to teach myself how to setup VLANs soon I know the concept of what I need to do but I haven't done it before.
I found the 'reactive' part of the depression to be a lot of poo, it doesn't go away it just gets more manageable. Similar situation to yours (not a competition or anything) and found 8 months later since the events happened the pain isn't so bad and the anger is subsiding.
Change helps and at least you have lots of that to look forward to with moving out, plenty to focus on.
I went a tech conference at local university, and one of the topics was Windows 7 migration. In fact, that university itself was a microsoft case study for that migration. Attach is link Microsoft Case Study: Windows 7 Enterprise - Villanova University
I'll post the most important facts I learned from the Villanova's presentation later. Hope this helps
We deal with lots of schools in our local area and have been doing Windows 7 deployments since last summer. We have encountered few issues as most software developers we have spoken to have updated versions of products which we have obtained for free. This includes 64bit windows as 50% of our deployments have been at this level. If you speak to most software companies they are pretty good as they would rather give you a free/cheap upgrade than lose you completely (and various other schools as the deployments increase).
I've just been having this conversation with the IT coordinator at one of my schools. She seems to agree, so hopefully the school will start asking for Win 7 machines which will force the need to enable the server infrastructure to cope with it.
You are right, I think that much of the pickup of other products like MacOS is because it is not competing with a modern equvilent but rather the 8 year old XP as people are unwilling to upgrade. All these revoloutionary features that people quote as reasons to switch exist in he modern equvilents of what they are actually using now but they just have not got around to upgrading it.
The newer OS is more reliable and cuts support costs, even if there is a reinvestment nessisary for some legacy tripe on balance it will probably be much better in the long run to move towards an upgrade.
will post up my win 7 staff and student gpos tomo
Cheers for the input guys. Will be posting up some progress in the next few days.
Almost have a base image done and a plan of attack
I'll be doing this in one primary fairly soon (next two or three months).
Have 25 W7 laptops going onto a 2003 domain in another primary in a similar kind of tmescale. Then another school looking to move to W7 / Server 08 R2 in about 12 or 18 months.
I'd love to do the lot in one great sweep, but it isn't going to happen.
I'll follow this blog and chip in along the way if I can.
edit: good luck sysman
Had some cold/flu or other on and off for around 6 months now. Its getting ridiculous.
i spent all of last summer on my win7 deployment, image was okay, it was the GPO's that got me and having to use WIM's...still using 2k3's for our dc's (the boss is worried about updating AD for a 2k8 dc move - he did it once from 2k to 2k3 and it failed...he doesnt understand that it was a long time ago). we managed with the use of a 2k8 R2 server with WDS to deploy one image across the whole site, so that is worth putting into your thoughts.
I used my win7 pc as a KMS server - works fine.