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  1. Outlook 2013, Office365 and winmail.dat attachments

    by , 9th October 2014 at 04:30 PM
    We moved over to Office365 and Office 2013 this summer and all has been good so far.

    One of our governors complained to me recently that important documents sent from the Head and the Bursar were not coming through but just an attachment entitled 'winmail.dat'. Further investigation lead to the fact that she uses an iPad for reading e-mails.

    Further investigation has led to this website: How to stop Office 365 sending those pesky winmail.dat attachments - Dear Geek - it ...
  2. Office 2013 & KMS Activations

    by , 30th July 2014 at 09:16 PM
    This Summer we're rolling out Office 2013 ready for September. We've been using a KMS server like most schools to activate Windows and Office 2010 - these generally have been without issues. With Office 2013 you have to first install the Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack, and this has a nice GUI which has you entering your KMS key for Office 2013 and activating it for you. I did this sometime ago during the various months of testing I've done.

    Like Windows activations, ...
  3. Ease of Access - Full Screen Magnifer

    by , 29th November 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Haven't blogged for a while, but like too when I get one of those 'I didn't realise that' moments.....

    We've got a number of Visually Impaired kids here at the school, who make use of the Magnifer built into Windows 7. I've got them in a seperate security group which switches on an extra folder in the Start Menu giving access to the Ease of Access tools. Always thought it worked well, select magnifier and a docked version of the application runs. However, I was informed today that ...
  4. VOIP'd up!

    by , 26th January 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Monday was the big day for us this week; we've switched over on Friday afternoon to our new fully IP based system consisting of a Splicecom Maximiser 5100 Call Server supporting 118 phones. So far, so good with it all appearing to be working well and recieved well by all staff.

    It has however been a long time in planning; with support from the community on here as a whole I felt it only right to detail my experience over the last few months.

    I've been fortunate that ...

    Updated 9th February 2012 at 10:37 AM by FragglePete

  5. Getting Ready for VOIP continued....

    by , 17th December 2011 at 01:07 PM
    So, I've got all the VLAN in place ready for VOIP, just a few tweaks to be done to servers and stuff but nothing major. I'm still trying to nail down the exact QoS configuration but I've put that ball in the court of the supplier for now . I've got a 10 more Switches with PoE on order in places where we don't have the capacity.

    Further discussions with the supplier states that the system needs to be able to Multicast, and with the Softphone feature on the desktops PCs it looks ...
  6. VLAN a go, go !

    by , 7th December 2011 at 07:42 PM
    I had one of those moments today; the mist cleared (only slightly) in sorting our network out with a VLAN ready for a VOIP implementation.

    The various posts here on Edugeek once again proved valuable, and I'm chuffed to bits that I've got it sorted to a certain point (have yet to tweak various Server gateway addresses).

    Next step later on down the line is to start segmenting the next work into logical parts but need a NAT box of somesort to do that correctly.
  7. It's all getting terribly complicated!

    by , 16th August 2011 at 09:34 AM
    One of my Summer tasks has been to get SIMS migrated from our ageing server onto a new Server. I've gone down the route of hosting it on a virtual machine based on a XenServer Host. First impressions are all good so far.

    In all the planning of this and arranging for Capita to do the migration, you suddenly realise how many other systems feed off your SIMS database and these too need either migration or re-configuring. These include simple things like the Frog SIMS Extractor right ...
  8. Upset UPS

    by , 6th May 2011 at 04:30 PM
    Had one of those days today that we all dread as technicians/network managers. Walk into the office this morning and pounced upon by various members of staff shouting "No one can log on!"

    Into the Server room and all the servers apart from one is switched on and running. The main DC which also houses the CSE Database is dead as a dodo.

    Initial indication would be a power failure, but no, all others UPS' are running and not reporting an issue. Power ...
  9. IT Coincidences

    by , 21st April 2011 at 12:06 PM
    There I was, thought I'd have a go at implementing a VLAN on the Core switch yesterday. Just to prove the concept and make sure I've got it clear in my head what to do. I telnet into the Switch and start tweaking some settings, next thing I know connectivity to the Internet Stops.. What have I done? I look at the steps I took, and all seems well. I then revert all the settings back to their initial settings and still no Internet.

    Quick phone call to SWGfL and it would ...
  10. Working in a School should come with a health warning!

    by , 22nd March 2011 at 08:08 PM
    I've been in my post now for just over three years; I'm loving the job but there is one thing I've noticed since I started here.....

    I seem to be suffering from higher than usual amount of colds, sniffles and other such horrible things. Normally, I wouldn't take more than a day off per year due to some sort of sickness, but since being here I feel like I'm taking more.

    I guess its working around all these little darlings that does it. But, I just seem to feel like ...
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