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  1. How To Guide: Deploy VNC via Group Policy

    by , 23rd January 2012 at 10:19 PM
    I originally posted this in the forums, but i think it fits here better.

    I have had a few people ask how to deploy VNC via group policy. If you have a large network where you want to install VNC on a large amount of computers this would be an ideal solution.

    For this guide i used TightVNC - the website is here:

    I decide to go for TightVNC becuase

    • Easy to use
    • Free
    • Ability to hide the icon in the system tray
    • Built in
  2. Darwin Awards

    by , 21st January 2012 at 07:42 PM
    Ok... so a departure from my normal belongings - but a bit of idle (well maybe not) fun and games...

    Read, and enjoy the underbelly of society!

    The DARWIN Awards!

    It's with great pleasure that I's that time again. The Darwin Awards are out! These Annual Honors are given to the persons who did the human gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way.

    You may recall that last year's ...
    Tags: fun stuff
  3. This isn't a blog post...

    by , 19th January 2012 at 01:12 PM (And so, our story begins...)'s a BLARGH post.

    All I have to say is "SCREW YOU, DEBIAN 6.0.3!!"

    I spent this morning setting up/configuring the cluster controller [or the "head node" as my documentation calls it].

    I wired it up, without any network connection as I'm not at that stage yet.

    Stuck in the Debian disk, boots fine.
    Using it as a live disk, works fine.
    Install OS... Nope.

    For some reason it doesn't want ...

    Updated 25th January 2012 at 11:04 AM by X-13

  4. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4 (Task Sequences and OSs)

    by , 18th January 2012 at 11:57 AM
    This post is going to seem very odd - as it is Part 4 of a series, where Ive only published Part 1 so far! Bear with me, there is a reason...

    A lot of my blogs recently have covered areas I get asked about a lot - and this one came up today!

    Take the scenario, you are sending out your OS Builds to Machines, and also you are letting staff choose from your catalog of software to install themselves.

    Problem - your OS install also shows in the list, so technically ...
    Tags: sccm
  5. BETT Show - The Summary

    by , 18th January 2012 at 10:23 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    It may seem a little strange to write a summary without having written the other posts Ö but best to keep things short and sweet.

    There will be more posts, but rather than the initial splurge of activity post-BETT I thought I would share ideas, opinions, what I saw, conversations I had, etc Ö but over a longer period Ö and it also means that I have the benefit of looking at blog posts from others too Ö and this year there are a plethora of posts!

    I am pretty sure I ...
  6. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

    by , 18th January 2012 at 08:33 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    Update time.

    And a small update at that.

    Yesterday was spent upgrading the nodes and the controller, I've doubled the RAM so it now stands at 1GB RAM per node, and 4GB RAM on the controller.

    Everything else is standard.

    As the test, I'm thinking of possibly installing Quake and seeing how it runs. Lag, FPS [frames per second... not first person shooter.], graphics quality, etc.

    First it'd be installed on ...

    Updated 18th January 2012 at 10:18 AM by X-13 (Added team pose and fixed some spelling.)

    Tags: project borg
  7. BETT 2012

    , 16th January 2012 at 06:54 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Recycling bins filling up, spam folders overflowing. Yes it's that time of year again when you come into work with a bag full of leaflets and find half of them make their way into the bin. BETT 2012 is finished and the dust is settling in the Olympia Exhibition Hall for the last time with BETT 2013 scheduled for the ExCeL Centre instead.

    Click here for pciturs on Google+.

    This year saw the return of the Edugeek stand to provide tech staff with an amusing diversion in ...

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 06:57 PM by CAM

    Work , SIMS , Technical
  8. Systems Center: The Lie of Integration

    by , 16th January 2012 at 11:45 AM
    This is entirely a rant, and only tangentially instructional. It is related to the virtualization malarkey Iím doing at the moment, but wonít actually help anyone set up a similar infrastructure. It might save someone a bit of brain-ache in the future, but mostly, Iím just annoyed.

    To recap briefly: I want shiny new virtual servers in a high-availability cluster, and to do that, I have 2 beefy DL380 G7s and a single DL160 G6 to act as a physical DC and administer the VMs. Thereís ...

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 11:52 AM by sonofsanta

  9. Stage 0 - complete

    by , 16th January 2012 at 10:01 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    I've checked all hardware, chosen the OS [Debian] and the MPI [OPEN-MPI], I've got a bit of documentation so I know what I'm doing [slightly].

    But there's one thing I forgot to check...


    Which there isn't... Blargh!

    I'm still doing it though. A couple of powerstrips [and a reposition of the laptop trolley] should be sufficient.

    As usual, any suggestions let me know.

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 10:20 AM by X-13

  10. Money in Schools (ICT and generally) aka Vanity Projects

    by , 15th January 2012 at 10:23 AM
    This blog post comes courtesy of a thread elsewhere on Edugeek as well as ideas brought up from one of the schools I support.

    I'll start small. A couple of weeks ago, one of my HT's attended training at a local academy. This academy rolled out iPads for all it's pupils. Naturally he liked the look of this but with a diminutive budget, asked what I could do along the same sort of lines but for half a class.
    The logistics were easy enough, just under £6k buys 16 ipads, a dock/box/sync/charger ...