CHR1S (17th November 2009)
For all Birmingham schools I have already made a deployable FF MSI with locked down settings, but you can also tweak these settings to suite your network
I can confirm there still isn't an update to PCE as yet as this clearly is proving more difficult to fix than initially expected, but installing FF in most cases improves the situation to an acceptable level.
CHR1S (17th November 2009)
Anyone had any news on an update yet?
They sent the patch to 20 test sites and through their testing they found an issue wityh 3 of the tests site which they were looking to fix last week.
Once this patch is successfull it will go to Link2ICT for testing..
This is what i was told last week
CHR1S (1st December 2009)
We got our test patch files today from Link2ICT. We still have a strange issue with some sites refusing to block, but I have a sneaky suspicion its to do with our Site to Zone assignment lists for flash usage. However, general browsing and use seems improved x10 over 184.108.40.206, this is on IE8 + Sophos.
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It all sounds promising, but wish we had the update now!
Today was the first opportunity I had to test the new update and so far so good. IE8 and FF 3.5.5 v2 Logistix loaded PDFs fine, however tomorrow I am testing at another site along with e-portal.
My initial tests show FF is still quicker than IE, but it is less noticeable now. Other recommendations I can share is use at least Adobe Reader 9.1 or even better Adobe Reader 9.2 as this includes a lot of security updates and is also optimised speed wise.
Remember also tomorrow - Tuesday 8th December is Patch Tuesday and Microsoft are releasing a security update for IE6, IE7 and IE8. Typically this will be published 5-6pm GMT and will be worth testing with the latest Policy Central.
We have got the update patch, (We're now on Version 3 of the patch) we were one of the schools I think that was still getting the problem. So far running version 3 of the patch on the test machines, it all seems to be working OK, no locking up issues.
Hopefully it won't be long now before this get's bundled up into a new version package to update all clients.
Well i'm not holding out on getting the update before christmas. Really poor service so far i think. I really wish i could dump PCE
I tried it on Window 7 the other day and still had issues... ie8 would hang and eventually it would come back and display the page. Firefox was fine. I've put it onto an xp machine as well, not heard back from that user yet so hopefully a good sign!
Anyone else tested it on W7?
We have some W7 clients out on our network, and have heard nothing back yet. Though I think people avoid using them! All the staff machines are W7, but we dare not put PCE back on any staff machines yet.
I heard we have another 2 weeks to wait for the patch to be released as an update Am really not happy about the length of time we have had to wait.
Is anyone using Securus at the moment? I did trial it along with PCE a few years ago and chose PCE in the end. At the time I remember Securus had a few hardware problems, have they fixed that issue yet?
Been testing with the new patches Microsoft released, still running on the 'fix' from Forensics and nothing seems to be any worse, so that can only be a good sign.
AndyNDuffy (9th December 2009)
Is this fix deployable? or have to be installed on a computer by computer basis?
ive been calling forensics each week to be told it will be "next week" or "a couple of days" for nearly 2 months now. Im ready to try anything..
We have also been experiencing internet supply problems, so im not sure 100% sure whether it is our provider or Policy central (or both)
Could i please ask (anyone):
When Policy central causes its problems, do you get a blank page with the correct title and the hourglass cirle thing spinning?
while that internet explorer is still "waiting" can you then open another instance of IE and the internet be fine with the exact same website? i.e google just hanging on the one IE, but then working fine on a newly opened IE ?? is this the Policy central bug ?
Many thanks in advance
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