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  1. Changing Ranges...

    by , 16th April 2009 at 10:56 AM
    For some reason, our College (with around 1800 students) was only allocated a relatively small number of IP addresses - and DHCP has been moaning at me for the past 3 months about it!!

    Chatting to our RBC got us a new range, not an extension sadly, so time to get ready to move everything. FUN FUN FUN

    :: 20 Servers
    :: 80 Waps
    :: 60 Printers

    On to the job
    As our kids have decided it is fun to reset the printer settings ...
  2. Forefront... Defender's Big Daddy!

    by , 9th April 2009 at 09:16 PM
    I said in my last blog about us deploying Forefront over Easter, and its all pretty much done... ahead of schedule!

    Before I get into it, a bit of blurb about what it is...

    What is ForeFront Client Security (FCS) then? This is a client/server solution that helps scan and remove malware (virus, spyware, rootkit, Trojan...) in client and server operating systems. This is a new product from Microsoft. It uses WSUS 3.0 for distributing i installation and definitions.
  3. Jobs for Easter

    by , 3rd April 2009 at 11:20 PM
    Some of you may know about my fairly big plans for the Easter, but here is an idea of some of what we get up to...

    1. Our network range is moving (thanks IFL!!)... so 20 servers to change IP settings, a load of switches and a load more WAPS! Roll on when I have a better WLAN system!! Mark (over at NetCTRL)... Im still hoping, I know we've not spoken in a bit!

    2. Sharepoint is getting the two big updates from Feb. Also, putting the Podcast Kit for Sharepoint on, ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.

  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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  
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
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