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  1. ICT Curriculum (Raspberry Pi) / Infrastructure - Another way?

    by , 14th May 2012 at 11:04 AM
    I work for a Midlands based technology company that has been delivering Open Source solutions for over a decade. They are a well established company with a valued ethos and I have been with them for around 10 years!

    Recently, it became obvious that there was a large percentage of Schools who did not know we existed (marketing was never something we needed to do!), with this in mind we decided it was about time we let these people know we were on their doorstep and that there was 'another ...
  2. Script to Record Computer Usage

    by , 9th May 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Just thought these scripts would be handy. It will dump logon details to a text file.

    You will need to create a share with a folder called Computers & one called users. Your users will need permissions to write to the folder.

    These are the 2 script. You will need to make one a log on script and one a log off. You will need to modify the location of your share. They are both .bat format

    Logon Script

    rem The following
  3. A Data Protection Interlude - Apple

    by , 8th May 2012 at 01:05 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    Originally posted on Grumbledook Thinks

    And so I take a quick interlude from my look at the recent Apple Workshops to think about a few queries some schools have raised in the last few weeks about Apple and Data Protection.

    When it comes to their OS X devices (desktops and laptops) Apple have had some built in encryption for some time. FileVault was introduced in Mac OS X 10.3 and used to just encrypt user files. Not a perfect solution but the introduction of FileVault ...

    Updated 8th May 2012 at 02:41 PM by GrumbleDook

  4. Excel Macro to Populate a Range based on Info in Another Area of Workbook

    by , 5th May 2012 at 01:46 AM
    Here is the input:
    Activity, start week, end week

    Based on the above info in the the first three columns of a spreadsheet, put a number or a string in the same row under the appropriate week number. So if an activity happens from week 18 (this week) to week 25, the corresponding columns would be filled with the number 1. So far I have not been able to figure out how to do this using macros. Seems pretty simple but I'm struggling since I have zero experience with Visual Basic ...
  5. Moving Jobs

    , 3rd May 2012 at 02:50 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    It has taken time for me to post this because I wanted to make sure everything was bedded down, calm and not influenced by the various emotional rollercoasters I have been on over the past week.

    Currently I am a data assistant. At the end of the month I will be a data manager in a new school with a £5k pay rise, a scale going even higher and plenty of responsibility. And my own office. I don't care how small it is, I have my own office.

    Of course, it comes at a cost! ...
  6. I totally love you, man...

    by , 27th April 2012 at 10:40 AM (And so, our story begins...)

    Following on from here.

    Our head has upped his game. No longer is he simply a pretty cool guy. Now he trolls [company] and doesn't afraid of anything.

    That's right. ANYTHING.

    We've been having issues because of one particular company [Which I'm not naming...] So our HT, instead of doing what I'm used to seeing from other heads [Which would be precisely [censored] all] he's been sending e-mails off to the company, ...

    Updated 30th May 2012 at 12:38 PM by X-13

    Random ramblings
  7. Getting scarily close to Summer and our entire new network setup.

    by , 22nd April 2012 at 09:44 AM
    I'm confident enough to say it'll work well. But there's always that little nagging doubt in the back of my mind; the bit that says OK, this was my idea and the majority of implementation and testing is down to me and me alone. If it goes wrong, I'll never hear the end of it!

    Anyway, after many successful years of CC3 (I only joined about 16 months ago, personally though) our school has decided to take the bull by the horns and update just about everything. A choice that started in ...

    Updated 5th September 2012 at 04:50 PM by synaesthesia

  8. SonicWall SSL VPN Firmware V6 Released

    by , 21st April 2012 at 02:31 PM
    For those who use SonicWall SSL VPN devices a couple of days ago a new version of the firmware was released adding some nice new features. For myself the most notable one is support for Mac OS X Lion.

    • A few more nice new features include:
    • Endpoint Control Polices. This can check if the client has up to date AV, is a member of your domain if desired
    • If you have the virtual appliance or a SRA 4200.
    • ActiveSync support. The appliance will allow you to use ActivSync without opening
  9. Exam environment configuration with Windows 7 clients in a domain

    by , 19th April 2012 at 11:18 PM
    A couple of weeks ago I posted a question regarding setting up one of my labs for an upcoming online final exam. A paraphrased summary of the question is below:

    Quote Originally Posted by HeyMerlin View Post
    I'm trying to figured out a way to configure Windows 7 firewall rules via GPO for the following environment:
    • Local account only, no domain accounts (this is easy via GPO)
    • Need access to one web server that serves the exam
    • Need access to CAS, DNS, and AD machines
    • Do not block traffic from specific machines

    Updated 24th April 2012 at 09:42 PM by HeyMerlin (Error regarding gpo preference action)

    Sysadmin , Group Policies
  10. Card Readers and Mapped Network Drives

    by , 16th April 2012 at 08:32 PM
    Just this past Easter break I was tasked with installing about 60 or so new machines in the media centers in our district. It wasn't until the end of the deployment that I discovered that mapped drives assigned via the login script weren't working properly as the card readers were taking up the letters. Moving the mapped drives higher up in the alphabet wasn't going to fly as it would affect every user on the network, and there wasn't any group policy setting that would allow you to set the first ...

    Updated 16th April 2012 at 08:35 PM by Duke5A