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TheScarfedOne

Writings from an IT Manager / Consultant in Devon. Current projects include HyperV, System Centre Products, Group Policy, App V, Sharepoint, Forefront Products, Remote Desktop, Thin Computing and Academies. Questions welcome.... . Follow me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne

  1. Inside SIMS and its development - an interview with the Team

    by , 28th April 2013 at 07:13 PM
    So, back at the end of January, I got the opportunity to sit down with a number of the key people behind SIMS, namely Jon Wood, Graham Cooper, Ben Jones and Phil Neal.

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    Above - Phil Neal (MD); Graham Cooper (Head of Product Strategy)

    This follows my article on SLG; and the hints at what was to become the Spring 2013 SIMS.net release.

    It was refreshing to get to speak so candidly with the ...
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  2. HyperV Clusters

    by , 17th February 2013 at 08:01 PM
    Some of you may have read from my previous Microsoft School Blog posts that I run a HyperV Clustered network. This consists of 3 HyperV Hosts, running Server 2008 R2 (considering when to upgrade to 2012)... with the VHD server data files located on a SAN.

    This allows me to use the Failover Clustering feature to manage the resilience of the network.

    This week; I came across an odd problem.

    I was getting ready to do some maintenance across the system - ...
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  3. Capita SIMS Developments for 2013 - SIMs Learning Gateway

    by , 30th January 2013 at 11:10 AM
    A departure from my normal blog topics to something even more relevant to a lot of schools than my normal writings.

    Introduction
    SIMS is a School Management database, written and supported by Capita Education Services. 6 months has passed since I was invited to join Capita at their Annual Conference to see and write about forthcoming changes, as well as report back on the year (and ask the awkward questions from the community). In this post, Im going to pick up on SIMS Learning ...
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  4. Intranet and Extranet SSO and Usability Project - Part 2

    by , 27th January 2013 at 05:07 PM
    This post is a continuation of my battle to compelte a cohesive intranet; and some more ramblings about Sharepoint. Its turned into a monster of a project this one. The external single sign on (SSO) was a breeze - thanks to Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) - but this presented an issue - internal or external, you would be faced with a logon screen. Not ideal - internally we wanted a double SSO which would use your Active Directory logon session to SSO with the TMG HTTP session.
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  5. 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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  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Setting Printers through Group Policy...an 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 ...
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  9. Exporting SQL Logons

    by , 15th August 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Another diversion from my usual blog posts - but this one came out of necessity, when I had issues with my SQL databases for SIMS and FMS. Many of you may know that FMS has its own "SQL" logins, as does SIMS - but at least with that, you can set it to use Windows Authentication.

    Anyway, my problem - I was greeted by FMS with the lovely "Cannot rollback atomic" error whenever logging in. It turns out this error (after some digging) has lots of causes - none of them ...
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  10. Network Managers Event - 11th July 2012

    by , 7th August 2012 at 12:32 PM
    On Wednesday 11th July, I was pleased to be able to welcome collegues from the Plymouth area to a “pilot” meeting – where we could discuss and collaborate on the various challenges we faced. We were also fortunate to be joined by a number of industry specialists to offer their advice and details of emerging trends.

    The event started with Paul Harris, from the Micrsosoft Schools Business Team. Paul opened with the advert for Microsoft Surface – and that is the new Microsoft Surface, ...
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