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  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. 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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  5. 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 ...
    Tags: fms, sims, sql
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  6. Using SSO (Single Sign On) with Remote Desktop for Thin Clients

    by , 3rd April 2012 at 11:41 PM
    Those who follow my blogs will remember that last Summer, I set about building a single platform system - based around Windows 7/Server 2008 R2. This post deals with the final part of the jigsaw relating to the Thin Client section - powered by Windows Thin PC (aka Windows 7 lite... it runs NT6.1)

    This post follows http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/thescar...nt-part-2.html

    Introduction
    So – if you are using Terminal Server, or to give ...
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  7. Exchange 2010 - Granting write permission for calendar sharing with OWA 2010

    by , 25th February 2012 at 10:34 PM
    Ok - so from Outlook, you've been able to share your calendar with another user for ages. The problem is there haven't really been many options around automating this. Well - enter some handy new features in Exchange 2010.

    The calendar sharing feature introduced in Outlook Web App 2010 (OWA) allows a user to grant access to their calendar to another user. To access the option, click on the Share option when in the Calendar and then on Share This Calendar. You’ll then be able to select ...
  8. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4b (OS Images - Build/Capture)

    by , 25th February 2012 at 12:20 AM
    Welcome to Part 4b of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! So - on with Part b of getting SCCM ready for building your first Windows 7 image - how to deploy that (with a load of extra options and fancy stuff!) to your estate. In the mean time, if there is something specific you need, or that you think Ive missed, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne.

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  9. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4a (OS Images - Get Started)

    by , 18th February 2012 at 01:04 PM
    Welcome to Part 4a of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! So - here is probably the most anticipated post - how to get started with OS Imaging! Im going to show you how to get SCCM ready for building your first Windows 7 image - and then in 4b, how to deploy that (with a load of extra options and fancy stuff!) to your estate. In the mean time, if there is something specific you need, or that you think Ive missed, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on ...

    Updated 18th February 2012 at 01:50 PM by TheScarfedOne (Added some more sections...)

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  10. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 3 (Initial Configuration)

    by , 7th February 2012 at 10:39 AM
    Welcome to Part 3 of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! I know its taken me a bit longer to get this lot sorted, and I hope that Im covering the mailbag of questions Ive had - but if there is something specific you need, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne.

    Part 3 is going to deal with your initial configuration. Im going to take you on a whistle-stop tour to get your basic SCCM system ready ...

    Updated 18th February 2012 at 12:30 PM by TheScarfedOne

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