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  1. budgester's Avatar
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    Have a look at some splicecom kit.
  2. GREED's Avatar
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    Even better when I have to administer these exams where they use an external email client!
  3. RichardGumbo's Avatar
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    I have to comment on a blog as part of an I.T assignment so am doing just that. Sorry to be a nuisance. As you were...
  4. zag's Avatar
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    Yep 3 days in now and this has made our network so much more secure and fast.

    Great improvement.

    I check it once a week and add the few mac addresses that are new. I just gives me so much more control.
  5. RichCowell's Avatar
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    I discovered this solution elsewhere, but it works perfectly, and well worth implementing! Took a while to trawl through initially and get all the various devices added to the list, then it's just a case of checking every so often as they bring in new devices...

    Dead simple, ideal solution!
  6. Mark_martin's Avatar
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    I don't have a clue what your on about but I need to comment on a blog so this is your lucky day.
  7. simpsonj's Avatar
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    Just a heads up that when I tried to use this, my DCHP server no longer gave out IP addresses. A strong possibility that I messed up somewhere along the line, but thought it worth a mention.

    Also worth mentioning is that this capablility is inbuilt into Windows Server 2008R2, so I might shift my DHCP server onto that...
    Updated 12th November 2010 at 05:48 PM by simpsonj (Typo!)
  8. simpsonj's Avatar
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    Very useful, been meaning to look into this problem before it gets out of hand!
  9. Jamman960's Avatar
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    Wonder if it supports wildcards, if so and you don't have any other apple hardware knocking about you could get away with banning their OUI ranges- IEEE Registration Authority - IEEE OUI and Company_id Assignments

    I'd guess some of the other devices may use other popular nics that could conflict with genuine machines
  10. FN-GM's Avatar
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    Also if your running out of IP's change your lease time this will help. Ours is set to 8 hours.
  11. OK_Elena's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    I am not sure about whether you are aware of the work being done by the OU and others through VITAL.AC.UK. It may be worth you having a good look.
    Thanks! Really worth of having a good look.
    It will take time for them to build community... It is really a long term project. You can create your own course and then request administrators for approval. Who are they?.. No profiles, no information... The project is governmental. Will it be possible for them to create really democratic community?

    I believe it is much better to create community first, motivate folks to share information, then several recognized experts create Expert Group. And noone asks who they are and wonder why these folks decide. Further not just Experts Group, but community recognizes the member as an expert and give possibility to sell courses. Is it OK for commercial projects only?
  12. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    I am not sure about whether you are aware of the work being done by the OU and others through VITAL.AC.UK. It may be worth you having a good look.
  13. garethedmondson's Avatar
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    @KWestos - yes I agree with you there. The best way to avoid this is never to install the client on a server. Just keep the server software for the server and use a desktop machine to control it.

    @FragglePete/@Fatmas - It is an excellent product I agree. We have not been give .53 yet but I agree with you that the support is excellent and updates come regularly.

    Gareth
  14. KWestos's Avatar
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    Just be wary of the policies!!!! We created a policy to shut down the pc's at pre-determined times. But I mistakingly scheduled it for there and then and it shut the server down (luckily it only had impero on it). Every time I booted up the server - it shut down. There was absolutely no way into the server except safe mode and then manually deleting the entry from the xml file. It's a bloody nightmare. Granted I should never have 'mistakingly' ticked the enable schedule now in the frirst place
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    I should have said and do agree that from what I've seen, the support has been excellent.

    As Pete touched on, a fix has been tried this morning so fingers crossed they are close to the solution.

    It's annoying the problem occurs at all as it has become such an important part of our job within the school. The ability to monitor the network, block inappropriate sites, content and language and to remotely control computers makes it worth what we pay, this is why we are so desperate for a fix.
  16. FragglePete's Avatar
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    We've been using Impero from V2 for coming up for three years now and it has been a fantastic product; worth every penny as it resolved a number of issues we were having. As soon as word got out at how sophisticated the monitoring was, things settled down. It was amazing how a few detentions (and letters home) backed up with evidence to show them (and their parents) brought the kids back in line.

    V3 had to be re-written from the ground up for Windows 7, and yes its had its problems, but as I've mentioned their support team are very responsive, very professional and will deal with any issue like they are with us at the moment. The latest version we have v3.0.53 feels so much better but just a small issue at the moment which they have identified and are fixing.

    The issue we've got we can work around by tweaking Impero when a user logs in and as a result with have decent Internet speed and monitoring (with a couple of elements disabled), but Impero have already contacted me this morning with a potential fix which we're trying. I have every confidence in Impero and will continue its use as I know its backed up by a decent team who won't just fob you off with an excuse.

    Pete
    Updated 29th October 2010 at 11:51 AM by FragglePete (Added a bit more as I ran out of time earlier!)
  17. john's Avatar
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    Interesting, they are pushing hard for sales at present, I may just mention I have heard of some issues, what's occurring with them as I don't like the sound of the problems.
  18. OK_Elena's Avatar
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    Thank you for inspiration, GREED! I started new thread on "New Project Ideas Thread". Will see more opinions and thoughts.
  19. ful56_uk's Avatar
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    Completely agree, there support has been first class
  20. FragglePete's Avatar
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    Lets be fair to Impero here, the support has been excellent. The guys from Support remoted in today and spent a good half hour looking at the issue and believe they know what the issue is. Hopefully a fix will be forthcoming.

    Pete