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  1. OldFox's Avatar
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    Firewall blocking port 80? What O/S? +SPs? When static IP did you enter manual DNS? Test using NSLOOKUP. Does PING resolve text based URL? Assuming Internet is available...
  2. zag's Avatar
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    6 months later and we just moved all the admin staff over to SSD drives.

    The 40gb value drives cost £62.99 and are perfect for client PC's.

    Virtually all the staff have commented on how quick their machines are these days and seem very happy.

    I have a few of the newer 200mb/s drives in testing but there is no difference in day to day usage in terms of speed so will be sticking with the tried and tested Intel-v drives for now.

    We've got 55 of them deployed now and not had a failure yet, another bonus.
  3. zag's Avatar
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    When I first started in a school I was ill for 6 months constantly, but havn't had a cold in 5 years now.

    I guess the immunity built up
  4. john's Avatar
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    Agreed, my techy would agree on that as well, he came to us from Industry and has found himself, despite having young kids himself, that you get more sniffles and feeling pants within the school than out of it

    You soon build up immunity to it, my advice when you feel it coming, 1000mg Vitamin C tablets in a pint of water, that soon helps boost the immune system
  5. CAM's Avatar
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    I hate borrowing stuff.
  6. john's Avatar
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    Could you not have grabbed something from the school canteen and paid them the following day? I know I could in ours
  7. Edinlondon's Avatar
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    I'm guessing your not in London. The RBC there (London Grid For Learning) seems to be the only one in that region with their act together. Good prices and services.

    If you do go alone. Make sure you are capable of managing both your network and connection. I've seen plenty of schools connections ruined by network admins not quite knowing enough to do the job properly.
  8. zag's Avatar
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    Yeh they do offer more but in our situation is probably even more reason to move as we don't use many of their "extra" services

    - The VLE they supplied(netmedia) was awful and useless, no one ever used it as far as I know
    - The web filtering is poor and slow (I'd rather go for the best solution around, especially as I can't virtualize cachepilot right now)
    - The line monitoring is indeed good but we've had a fair few outages due to DNS servers going down, or router problems. In essence all it really means is the provider talk to the LA first instead of me being able to do it.
    - Email virus scanning seems inconsistent and I would rather have more control over the process, with office 365 that should be out of my hands anyway, but in a good way
    - I have no interest in the LA intranet anymore, it just made things harder to find from my experience
  9. CAM's Avatar
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    Good luck! Do hang around and you can always chip in with the private sector viewpoint.
  10. CAM's Avatar
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    Bear in mind LA services will be more then just supplying you with capacity. The grid I am connected to offers the following:

    - Web Filtering
    - Redundancy for reliability (both seperate line and seperate power supplies, both of which have been used recently!)
    - Connection to the LA IT Support Intranet which in turn has a lot of resources from upgrade notifications to e-Safety
    - 24/7 monitoring for connection failure
    - Attendance to the LA server farm within an hour on-call if something does go wrong
    - Access to VLE, Filtered and virus scanned Webmail, MIS Integration and other services

    If you change providers, can you supply the same things that your LA is supplying? Especially the on-call and redundancy sections.
  11. saihaynes's Avatar
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    Interesting, let me know how you get no also looking at moving away from the LEA/Grid

    Sai
  12. zag's Avatar
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    I just leave it open for all, seems to work ok in our school
  13. SwedishChef's Avatar
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    Best tool i found was, Password Policy - Stronger Windows Passwords | Specops Password Policy there is a free basic version available.

    I also found a "feature" regarding the message box that gets displayed if you try to change to a password that breaks the policy, it seems to allow the default domain setting to take precedence, we had to turn on complex for our whole domain in order to get the correct box displayed, on groups with and without complex enabled.
  14. januttall's Avatar
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    i have played with the normal asterix configuration on a ubunto machine and its verry versatile and once you have a user working it just simply a case of copying there config and changing the finer details such as extention number the onlything i had an isue with was the codex used by the software virsions of the Voip but it was just a simple addition of one line saying that it does come with a web interface ready for changing settings however i havent used it
  15. john's Avatar
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    Ah not just me then, I came home yesterday to 10 of them on the matt for all my domains expiring this month and a lot of emails from friends who are confused Silly people although I didn't notice the envelope until you pointed it out otherwise I could have had some fun with that
  16. timbo343's Avatar
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    I have seen it been done on training videos, it seems straight forward to me, just have to remember to goes on groups of users (security groups) rather than OUs.
  17. john's Avatar
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    Ah another Conf goer! I'll pack in the morning don't leave Yorkshire till after lunch Plenty of time to get down to Reading.

    Safe trip to Reading Look forward to catching up in the evening.
  18. vikpaw's Avatar
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    Ohh, them's some bad apples.
    Thanks for blogging, will save me making the same mistake, though i think we are planning on installing it as the non-standalone option, part of a future cluster or whatever it's called.
  19. azc's Avatar
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    I thought it was going to be that the C in "c:\" was in lower case. I've only ever seen it capitalised.
  20. jamesb's Avatar
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    That one's probably easier in a way - you could always just run the GetUsageData for each web object, import that into a data table and filter users with another foreach which looks through the user IDs from the report and creates a subset of the data based on your criteria.

    In fact that would be a lot easier than the method I'm currently looking at - I may have to look at doing the same thing myself rather than trying to hammer a custom receiver into the setup.

    For quicker building of a reporting app to do it, you could always grab Lightswitch. Currently it's in beta and looks pretty powerful.