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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Disable spell and grammar check for Office 2010

    by , 10th December 2012 at 10:30 AM
    It's that time of the year again when I have to start looking at disabling spell check on Word for various Mock Exams. If only Wordpad had headers and footers, I wouldn't need to go through this every year...

    Anyway, having updated to Office 2010 over the summer, my previous group policy objects aren't going to work with Office 2010, so time for a new way of doing things.
    First of all, I'll credit the website where I got the info, and feel free to follow them rather than my ...
  4. Pro's and Con's of SIMS implemented as a virtual server

    by , 10th December 2012 at 09:45 AM

    Basically we are looking into getting SIMS and we are wondering if anyone has any experience of running SIMS on a virtual server, Pros and Cons?

    The server we will be using is a file server will this cause any issues such as overloading?
  5. Windows 7 shutdown through Group Policy Preferences

    by , 6th December 2012 at 05:20 PM
    Shutting down Windows 7 has been a bit of a bug bear, with some PCs refusing to shut down, or settings not quite working the way I wanted them to. In an ideal world, I wanted a situation where computers would attempt to shutdown at 3.15, and only stay on if someone was using it. The PC would then wait until 10 minutes after it had gone Idle, then shut itself down. In reality, the first part usually worked fine, the second part, not so much.

    My preferred method of shutting down is ...
  6. System Centre... playing with Service Manager

    by , 30th November 2012 at 11:26 PM
    Ok, so I think people who follow my work often will know that Im a bit of a fan of the whole System Centre thing (yes - I know ive spelt System Centre properly, not the American "Center" that gets used everywhere!).

    You see, Configuration Manager - formerly Systems Management Server has always been a winner for me; but the real power now comes if you extend the stort by combining the elements of the suite together. System Centre is designed so that its components share information ...
  7. YouTube for Schools ISA setup

    by , 30th November 2012 at 11:29 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Ok everyone using ISA/TMG i can help you!

    1) Install this program: - Run that on your ISA server installing just the "Headers modifier" section (requires the firewall service to restart during install, so 60 seconds loss of internet connection!)

    2) Go to Configuration > Add-ins > Web filters and go to the properties of "Headers Modifier" > Parameters > Add

    3) Name the rule
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  8. Ease of Access - Full Screen Magnifer

    by , 29th November 2012 at 01:19 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 ...
  9. Setting Printers through Group encore... (and the death of Scripts)

    by , 21st November 2012 at 10:25 PM
    Well, I know its been a long time since my last published blog post! The truth is Ive been working on a few for a while now - but just never got round to finishing any of them.

    Heres the first of my next batch... a return to an earlier thread of posts, originally related to Printing on Remote Desktop.

    First, a bit of background... traditionally, most systems will be set up to map printers via a logon script. The script typically checks a machine name and adds the appropriate ...
  10. Codeacademy and Google Chrome Frame

    by , 14th November 2012 at 10:32 AM
    After reading last months PC Pro, I wanted to investigate and see if it would work with our teaching.

    First issue with codeacademy is that it doesn't like IE and flatly refuses to play ball with it. One option is to install Chrome across the site, but I'd had issues getting Chrome to play ball with my network before, and wasn't too keen on trying again. So I choose option 2, install Google Frame. Installing it locally was easy, but a network install could prove ...