Like it Russell. I think the only issue would be no one has the required 14 days off at Christmas to full do all that is needed!
Difficult to answer your question fully, as there are so many cost factors to consider.
1. We charge the parents US$1500 for the laptop, software application package, 3 year warranty, case and undercover software.
2. We also charge a yearly technology fee about US$500
3. The cost of the network and backbone structure/servers is difficult to calculate.
4. Training of staff - some cost are included paid for by Apple. On top of this we pay US$4000 per year.
5. My time and costs to write the policies, documentation and presentations.
6.I have a crew of 4 technical staff with an excellent technical manager.
7. The cost of the shop on campus and helpdesk is contracted to our Apple supplier at about US$1000 per month.
Not sure if this was helpful. I can provide more details after the xmas vacation by direct email if required.
An interesting read, and I'll be showing this to my Head as an example of how much work would be involved to implement such a scheme. If you don't mind me asking, how much did this scheme cost and what was the percentage you expected parents to pay? Just looking for rough ballpark figures
yeah, theres a section to add words etc for blocking.
My question would be; how does it deal with Cyber bullying? Can you block or flag keywords, phrases, etc? We've got a transport rule in place on our 2007 box that blocks these and has on a number of occasions brought to our attention incidents of bullying and other activities that we can then deal with.
Well this is what I thought, maybe i'll put it forward again and see what happens! I know Googles privacy statements etc are very comprehensive in saying they do not look at the data unless asked to by the owner. I'd have thought under DP that would be fine.
Originally Posted by Darryl_Wilcox Apparently our school is not allowed to use Google apps due to the fact that the data could be stored on a data centre abroad, and allegedly this stops us under data protection. Is this correct? I don't think that's correct. There is nothing in the data protection act that makes a differentiation between servers in this country or abroad. Just that they must remain secure.
I've been deploying Windows 2003, SLES, PGP Universal Server (a Red Hat variant) and NetWare on Xen. Both in the fully and para-virtualised modes. It's not difficult to deal with, and we've been quite happy with it.
There is some documentation on how to make proper fail-overs from one Xen host to another, but I've found that the SuSE documentation and instructions are easier than the CentOS and Ubuntu ones to get hold of. It's part of "Enterprise" I suppose rather than the d-i-y guides that sometimes come out of the other stables. I know we have to pay for SuSE and Red Hat, but the extra enterprise parts are in my view worth paying for, partially because of the more considered release and support cycles.
Live @ edu is something we are looking to possible run in teh place of Exchange 2010 so is anybody here is running it and willing to have a chat?
Apparently our school is not allowed to use Google apps due to the fact that the data could be stored on a data centre abroad, and allegedly this stops us under data protection. Is this correct?
Google Apps is screaming fast - especially GMail and Calendar
Google apps seems easier, better.
Yeh the webmail system is actually pretty good. I particularly like the fact it doesn't have any adverts.
You can of course use an outlook client with it as well but I haven't got this far with my testing.
I think where live@edu has had most success in schools, has been where the school is implementing email for students as a new feature, where no previous email system exists, rather than moving an existing mail system to the cloud.
I have not used it personally, but a friend and ex colleague of mine has transferred his school over to this already. Not sure on the performance issues, but isn't it very much like having a conbination of OWA and hotmail, both of which because they are HTML based (in presentation) are quite limited!
Thinking this was a popular product I would expect there to be a nice forum or blog for Live@edu...
Outlook Live Answers does the trick for me..
i did the same times 50 phones!
Splicecom kit is blinking good!
i walked around school, found phones in places i never knew existed - even found a payphone!
it helps me because i can check all the installs one by one and yep i did get the wired looks too
Thank for the post. I would like to hear more from you. Best of luck. renamer
Nice idea - didn't think of that, guess I'll take a look. But, crikey, what a load of hassle!
Put all the exam users in a distribution group. Use transport rules that prevent that distribution group from sending or receiving e-mails.