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  1. SIMS.net - read-only access to staff Contract details

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 12:34 PM
    Just leaving this here in case anybody comes up against the same problem in future....

    I wanted to give a member of staff read-only access to Staff Contracts in SIMS.net. (Autumn 2012 release, 7.148)

    None of the built-in groups in System Manager seemed to offer the level of access I wanted, so I created my own.

    I granted the group read-only access to staff details (by selecting "Staff" from the permissions list and clicking "Set View"). ...
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  2. ICT Tip #28 - Pinning Items to the Windows 7 Start Menu

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 11:43 AM
    This being a new blog series I figured I was meant to update on time and stick to my promises for at least another three weeks

    So, following on from last week's introduction and tip on searching the Windows 7 Start Menu, this week is about pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu for quick access: ICT Tip 028 - Pin to Start Menu.doc

    It's quick, it's easy, it's worth showing people. As ever you are free to steal, borrow, adapt and re-use, without attribution, so long as you make no ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  3. Intranet and Extranet SSO and Usability Project - Part 1

    by , 20th January 2013 at 09:02 PM
    Its been a long time since I last wrote about Sharepoint - the platform for our Intranet; but now with the rest of the ongoing projects nearing completion - I've been able to return to this monster of a project.

    Introduction
    So, lets go back to the start and show what the end goal was.

    1. Intranet Portal - containing Departmental, Staff and Student Areas. Department areas would have staff and student storage as well as news, events, discussions, blogs and all ...
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  4. ICT Tips - WinXP & Office2003 round-up

    by , 16th January 2013 at 03:18 PM
    Well that didn't take long. Someone's asked for the XP & 2003 tips before I'd even gotten into work this morning, so here you go: XP2003.zip

    Included in this little zip file are:
    • Locking Your Computer
    • Changing Your Password
    • Zooming
    • Changing Keyboard Layout
    • Internet Explorer Tabs
    • Resizing Pictures in Office (for smaller file sizes)
    • Folders in Outlook


    As before, feel free to steal, remix, adapt & share, so long as you don't start ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  5. ICT Tips - an introduction & first of many free resources

    by , 15th January 2013 at 02:37 PM
    For the past couple of years, barring a hiatus when I was too damned busy getting 2008R2 set up on a Hyper-V cluster with System Center, I've been writing up brief weekly tips and emailing them round to all our staff. Less than a page of A4 (usually), pointing out one small but useful tip for using a computer. It's a friendly way of reminding people we're here and slowly training staff without them realising I'm on a secret campaign to make them all more IT-literate.

    It suddenly struck ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta (link to XP/2003 tips)

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  6. Always two, there are... One master and one apprentice.

    by , 11th January 2013 at 12:57 PM (And so, our story begins...)
    I haven't posted a blog in a while... So, have a short bit of randomness.


    So, a while back, while at a CC3 training doodah, I started talking with one of the techs. Turns out he works at the school near to where I live.

    From what I gathered he was new to tech support, so we swapped details and I said to ask if he wasn't sure about anything* [I think I also mentioned EduGeek as well.]

    Now, I'm getting emails/phone calls every so often asking about ...
  7. Goodbye old boy - Retiring our HTPC

    by , 29th December 2012 at 10:41 AM
    Itís a sad day today. Ever since Christmas morning and the kids began to play with their new (well, second hand but new to them) Wii, it has become obvious that it was now redundant.
    The media PC, the stalwart of living room entertainment for well over 4 years has to go. To be honest, itís been on the cards since we got a Tivo box earlier in the year.
    Weíve had a media PC in the house since about 2004 when I used an old Athlon powered Shuttle PC to run Media Portal (MEDIAPORTAL - a HTPC Media Center for free! - MEDIAPORTAL) ...
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  8. Improving the Remote Desktop / Thin Client experience

    by , 26th December 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Those who follow my blogs will know that I run a Thin Client section of my network - powered by Windows Thin PC (aka Windows 7 lite... it runs NT6.1) with Server 2008 R2.

    This post follows http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/thescar...nt-part-2.html and

    Introduction
    Last time out on RDS, we set up Single Sign on, so that our users would log onto a Windows Thin PC as themselves, and changed the shell from "explorer.exe" so that instead a Remote Desktop session ...
  9. Upgrading the SCCM 2012 client to SP1

    by , 23rd December 2012 at 06:00 PM
    For those who have just upgraded to the final release of SP1 you will have found the client needs an upgrade. You can do this my one if these methods:

    1. Auto upgrade SCCM 2012 Clients
    2. Use the client upgrade package

    Step 1 would be easier, but for devices that go offline for long periods will not upgrade as well. If you use the deployment package and let the software install outside of maintenance windows it will get to all your machines better. Also step 1 will ...

    Updated 23rd December 2012 at 08:11 PM by FN-GM

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  10. Squid Proxy and Youtube for Schools

    by , 14th December 2012 at 04:24 PM
    Getting Youtube for Schools to work is something that is either easy, or an extreme PITA; which is entirely dependent upon what you use for a proxy. If you're reading this, then you know Squid falls in the ladder of those two scenarios.

    There are two ways to go about doing it: adding a custom HTTP header, or rewriting the URL on the fly. The cleanest way is using the custom HTTP header, but as of Squid 3.1 it doesn't natively support adding custom headers. You can only change existing ...

    Updated 14th December 2012 at 04:40 PM by Duke5A

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