Thank you both for your responses it would be nice to hear from the other side someone who is not using Virtualised sims!!! Anyone out there??
In the ended up using word pad and blocked office using software restriction policies.
The reg edit should disable the Capitalisation of each paragraph, everything else is handled by the GPO, including disabling spell check via the proofing tab.
There's a bit in one of the links that mentions adding a lot of numbers to a GPO, these numbers are aspects of Word and its GUI, which are then disabled.
I'll double check when I'm back in on Monday, but I'm 99% certain the GPO worked and spell check couldn't be turned back on.
Did the above reg edit but you could still check spelling by going into it in the proofing tab. Does yours do this please?
The only way I've found is via the exam profile, so I logged in with each exam account (We only have 6 where this is necessary), unticked 'capitalize beginning of table or cell' option, and logged off, saving that setting.
In the future, I 'll make a mandatory profile and assign that to student accounts.
The other option would be to make the word options settings change as admin account, export the registry, and then carry out he following:
'Only little snag I had, there is NOTHING which turns of Auto Capitalization ‘at the beginning of a table or cell’ under the auto formatting in Word Options. The only way around this is to modify HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Data manually. This is a nice big binary value. Fun stuff!.. Using comparison software, I checked the value on/off and compared two registry exports. My code writes six 0′s disabling this.' Taken from the third link.
Then assign the registry edit as a GPO.
Non are particularly 'clean' solutions, but they should work. If anyone finds a neater way, I'd love to hear it.
Did you find a way with the capital letters please?
@SYNACK: I agree with what you say, and given the entertainment devices in a modern home I think this new approach is suitable for many households now instead of going down the media PC route.
I still think that a decent media PC is viable, especially if you are starting out with no satellite, internet capable tv/device/Blu-Ray then then it can be a very cost effective and cheap way of rolling all of these into one. Mine, for example, needed a lot of work to bring it up to speed as it had no HD freeview or sat tuners and the graphics card was getting creaky.
It also suddenly occurs to me that I should have included some advice for anyone making a media PC as some new 'gotchas' have sprung to mind. Don't buy an expensive case with displays/screens. You will never use or look at them and your box will live too far away for you to keep going close up to see what is going on anyway. Do try and get a nice low profile HTPC case though as it does look good Make sure your case is fitted for IR. Small wireless keyboards are all well and good but involve a lot of messing around when trying to pause a movie!When you buy a tuner card, whether it be terrestrial or satellite, ensure it is Windows Media Center compatible, and not just Windows. I brought a card which claimed to be HD for satellite but turned out you had to use their own media center (bundled) which was awful.Buy an all-in-one (sat and terrestrial) tuner card if you can. It will save you cash later on.Make sure you fit the best passively cooled graphics card you can afford as well. Not just for video playback, but you may just want to do do 'some' gaming later.
These are all garnered from my own personal experience but I'm sure there will be more to add later, but at the moment, that's it
Poor MediaPC, I agree that they were great and that their time has passed. The advent of smartTVs with DLNA and little android media sticks / RasberryPis has moved the requirement from by the tv to a back cupboard somewhere. I have been using a media server with DLNA and a decent home network for a while now. Its just decentralising it meaning you get your media on any TV rather than just the one.
Personally I just moved the media centre to the back room and using WMP's DLNA sharing but W7's DLNA does not cope with mkv. I had a low power Atom board so banging a few drives in was basically the equivalent of a NAS anyway.
This is one place where Samsung TVs way better, or LG ones as Sony only really supports one video format now, Sony DRM evil++.
awesome article, very nice write up... any chance of taking a peek at those docs?
Have run the SIM's Server on Virtualised Server for around four years as above on citrix xen and same 4 vcpus and 4gb ram same as pablo007 I have only ever seen it been touched if I try to run some really heavy Reports I have designed and trying to extract masses amount of data during the day when everyone is using it, but to be honest no one really noticed and to be honest think this would be the same Virtualised or not knowing SIM's Reports but was easy to spot because of the Virtualisation Console.
Easy to Monitor Performance.
Easy to Snapshot before Sims upgrades.(makes me slightly less nervious with SIM's upgrades just roll back)
Better fault tolerance and redundancy.
Easier to ugrade more RAM or CPU's.
To be honest can't really think of any.
We have just had 7 of the philips 65" screens fitted - they are coming out to install a firmware patch to add freeze functionality (they haven't done this yet). Careful with the weight of these each one was over 70KG.
Look fantastic in the classrooms and teachers suddenly are using touch in every lesson!
Indeed it is
The only difference being the repeating of the shutdown command on the hour for 8 hours, which helps when students turn the PC back on, or were still logged in when the initial shutdown command had been sent.
Very similar to my blog post here: Shutting down machines with Group Policy Preferences - Blogs - EduGeek.net
I think the issue here is with running simsinst ? I felt certain that was phased out and you now had to run plain old infrastructure setup ? could be wrong, in any case you need either sql express or full blown sql (recommended).
speak to capita re: the passwords etc I know them but not sure I should post them here.
Hi there we have run sims on a virtualised citrix xen server for four years and its never missed a beat. 4 vcpus, 4gb ram. highly recommended here..
On our 3 site system I only replicate static drives, resources, apps etc. Everything is mapped to DFS, but nothing users can change is replicated.
They are all linked on here now... but i will put a summary blog post up with them all on
eduofficer - invest in some screen wipes and give them a good clean. You might find the calibration issues clear up. Also check that there is nothing stuck around the frame as this sometimes causes problems too.
Interested in comments by LeightonJames - if any else has these screens are they also experiencing problems - we are having screen freeze and callibration problems....
Worked perfectly here on my virtual test machine, rolled out to desktops to face trial by students!