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  1. pablo007's Avatar
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    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.
    regards
  2. pablo007's Avatar
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    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..
  3. mavhc's Avatar
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    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.
  4. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
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    They are all linked on here now... but i will put a summary blog post up with them all on
  5. LeightonJames's Avatar
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    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.
  6. eduofficer's Avatar
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    Interested in comments by LeightonJames - if any else has these screens are they also experiencing problems - we are having screen freeze and callibration problems....
  7. simpsonj's Avatar
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    Worked perfectly here on my virtual test machine, rolled out to desktops to face trial by students!
  8. bondbill2k2's Avatar
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    Distributed this using an .msi and GPO without any issues for use of codeacademy.com, worked great!

    Offical guides can be found here
    Chrome Frame Administrator's Guide - The Chromium Projects
  9. Miscbrah's Avatar
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    Ooh smashing! How did this go??
  10. CAM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK
    Surprisingly quick to get it up and going, I've spent days trying to get various flavours running on certain laptops. Haven't tried lately though.
    This has been the quickest yet for a usable machine, just getting bogged down in the little details now.
  11. SYNACK's Avatar
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    Surprisingly quick to get it up and going, I've spent days trying to get various flavours running on certain laptops. Haven't tried lately though.
  12. X-13's Avatar
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    Cool story, Bro.

    I really mean it.
  13. oxide54's Avatar
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    its really good for read only stuff. like software distribution shares and mandatory profiles.
  14. zag's Avatar
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    1 and a half years later and we have all 300 computers on SSD drives including most servers.

    Still not a single failure!

    You can now also get an intel 60GB drive for £48 now.
  15. zag's Avatar
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    Excellently timed Blog post, I was just about to ask about peoples experiences with DFS, there is indeed a lot that can go wrong!

    I'm going to build 2 identical file servers and do a simple scheduled xcopy each night. Hopefully that just means I would have to redirect the files in an emergency and have complete piece of mind I always have a backup ready to be deployed.
  16. Darylrese's Avatar
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    Anyone know how to populate the start menu rather than just the all programs menu??
  17. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Aye, it's a lovely idea but just doesn't work with that amount of use. MS's guidelines suggest it's not ideal for environments with lots of constantly changing files. It was certainly a pain when things started to back up and things started going missing - it's only down to shadow copies being enabled that we didn't lose anything in the process.
  18. themightymrp's Avatar
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    With regards your public documents folder in the libraries/start menu, there are a few guides I've seen on here that mention editing the .library-ms XML files to remove the links to public folders. Then deploying those edited files from a central share to each of the client PC's, overwriting the defaults.

    I'm glad I just read your blog actually, we were just about to start trying DFS-R to replicate students homedrives between 2 servers i.e. for failover reasons. But if the traffic generated by lots of users (thinking in the region of 1700) is gonna stuff things up I may have to do something else. I've only tested DFS with small folders and a couple of test accounts to see how it works :/
  19. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Indeed. We certainly don't have the budget for anything like a decent SAN or clustered servers. It would be nice but I've no idea how we'd ever be able to convince people of it. Shame really, DFS is a cracking idea - if only it could be made a little more modular. For instance, it'd be good to be able to install a NIC in each machine which is dedicated to DFS-R. Still, storage speed will have a large impact on how well it'd work and that remains the bottleneck. One day, maybe!
  20. SYNACK's Avatar
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    I believe the solution is clustered servers with shared storage on something like a SAN. That was the SAN should stay up and each of the cluster servers can be dropped for matinence without effecting users too much.

    I too have tried DFS-R and it causes more problems than it solves most of the time when used in a high or heavy transaction environment despite their improvements.
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