Interesting item this. My previous place used first initial, last name, and the last 2 digits of the year they would leave if they were to stay through to the end of 6th form, so Graham Reed and I leave in 2012 would be: greed12. Emails were the same alias. Not amazingly obvious what these details referred to, but not hard to remember either.
I wasn't aware you could do that with Dell...
at the college the kids login with there user ID which is first initial, last name and then D.O.B so like jbloggs12399 but then as the email goes through our network the name is stripped and we used to have it go out as just email@example.com but now it goes out as a random string as we can see through mimesweeper for example firstname.lastname@example.org seems to work well.
everytime an E-mail is sent internally though we can see what number generated to the account that sent it so the email would come through to us as email@example.com but only us on the inside can see that.
so to anyone outside the campuses through out the whole network, wont see any real identity as to who sent the e-mail.
Alot of the older students however like 16+ dont use the interal system and use Yahoo or Hotmail but thats another story....
Number 2 if your using Dells can be done remotely as well using their management suite iirc.
Some new news on the blog Looking Ahead: 2011 - UK Live@Edu Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Still nothing on sharepoint integration but the refresh looks good
Very interesting and verr detailed.
Trouble is they are all good ones that need doing regually to be proactive rather than reactive in a school
Well i would never suggest you do all of the list you would choose one of the list
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.