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Writings from an IT 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. Customising Sharepoint

    by , 10th March 2009 at 11:13 PM
    Firstly, thanks to all the people who have contacted me after my last posts on Sharepoint. I was expecting "some" interest - but have had a bit more than I bargained for!!

    Anyway - as there is such a desire for more info on it, and getting it set up in Schools, I thought I would try to put pointers out there on the way we have done things here.

    So - first question, yes we use MOSS on top of WSS. WSS is free, MOSS is not. However, it depends what you want ...
  2. Acer and their support

    by , 26th February 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Ok - a bit of an odd one here! I wasnt originally going to blog any more today - afterall I have been quite active after a quiet spell!!!

    However, I came across a forum post giving Acer a bit of a bashing - and had to get involved! No - not in that way.... to support them. A few years ago, I never thought I would say that, but hey - they've pulled it off.

    Acer support used to be dire sometimes - but they turned the corner about 3 years ago.

  3. Managing Printers

    by , 26th February 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Ok - standard problem - managing your printers, or more to the point printing wastage!!

    How many times do you go to an IT Room and see a pile of wasted prints. If you are lucky - they might have tried to hide them in the bin - but most of the time they are just scattered all around the printer.

    So - we used to be an RM system (some people will have seen my posts on "How to move away from RM..."), which had a built in Print Credit system. It was ok ...
  4. Sharepoint Extras

    by , 26th February 2009 at 02:25 PM
    Ok - following this mornings post, Ive had a couple of questions about some of the webparts and solutions you can see in the screenies. People have also been asking what others I recommend.

    Here we go, and of course - thanks go out to the people who write these...

    1. My Documents (Salamander)
    2. My Sites (Salamander)
    3. SmartTools (CodePlex)
    - What's New
    - Enhanced Site Actions
    - Copy Paste Action
    - Dock Navigation ...
  5. More about Sharepoint

    by , 26th February 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Thanks to the guys who PM'd me and commented on my last entry about our use of Sharepoint. Yes, I know I didnt post any screenies of it - and I will now be putting that right. There was a method in the madness though - I was in the middle of re-branding. Playing with the Master Pages and CSS to "de-Sharepoint" it a bit is fun! No really... it is!

    Right... down to business, and to answer a few of the questions I have recieved in a general way.

    1. Layout: ...

    Updated 26th February 2009 at 09:41 PM by TheScarfedOne (Making the layout architecture a bit clearer - master/subsite relationship)

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How are the rest of your schools connected?-portalzone.jpg   How are the rest of your schools connected?-staffportal.jpg  
  6. Playing with Sharepoint

    by , 9th February 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Ok - for those on the forums that have seen my discussions on Sharepoint, you will know I am a bit of a fan. Alright... more than a fan!

    We started using Sharepoint 3 years ago - and frankly, couldnt live without it. Our basic layout... top level "landing site" for general news, information etc for all users. Below that, Staff, Students and Visitors (we use this for our primary schools - Year 6 coming into Year 7, as well as our MFL links). Inside Staff and Students are ...
  7. At home with Windows 7

    by , 31st January 2009 at 06:39 PM
    After messing with Betas of Vista (urgh..... shudder shudder)... the arrival of the Win7 beta DVD on my desk was put off somewhat.

    Well... after all the reading of the various blogs ( mainly - cheers Paul), I dared to give it a roll. Impressed doesnt even come close... under Vista betas, I was expecting a fight with drivers. Nope - all there! Its quick too - very quick, not just in installation - but full use. In fact, after a week, Im using it as my primary ...
  8. SCCM 2007 - RIS and GPSI on steroids!

    by , 31st January 2009 at 12:15 AM
    Finally got my hands on this new toy! After starting off with USB Network boot pens, some fancy scripts and an XPCD share complete with a shed load of unattend files - moved onto RIS two years back. Its been working really well, but its about time we lost the one remaining Server 2003 box.

    Time to look at alternative ways of getting XP out there, as we arent quite ready for Vista (in fact we will probably skip it in favour of 7).

    So - went on the hunt for setting up ...
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