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General Chat Thread, So Halfway through the summer... how are all those projects going? in General; Just a little thread to see how things are going for people. 3 weeks or so and the little loves ...
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    So Halfway through the summer... how are all those projects going?

    Just a little thread to see how things are going for people.

    3 weeks or so and the little loves will all be back.... so will the students

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    All projects have been successful, but it doesn't end there! Home projects now come into play, including painting and cleaning!

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    Might actually finish all ours this year which will be quite a feat as this did increase by about 30% last couple of weeks of half term and first week of the holidays as it always does I did say might.

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    Between our dept we estimated we were 30% overbooked with projects to complete by September. And so it has proved to be the case. The less important ones are already being deferred until HT and Christmas.

    We have managed to get to the situation where about 15% of them will not have been started by September. It would have been around our original 30% estimation, but we were given consent by the Head and Bursar to totally drop support for teachers during the summer period. A harsh way of dealing with things but the only way in this case.

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    Servers: Some virtualised [several more to go]
    Wireless network rework: Under way
    Station rebuilds: Started today
    Printers: New DHCP reservations created [no other work completed]
    Staff and student work: Migrated to the new virtual server.

    We have a lot of work in front of us!

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    well......

    Our main objective is done, however , the objective of the MGMT for september is rather stalled. A mass desktop deployment ~200 workstations is going to be a minimum of 2-3 weeks late into the term through no fault of ours..

    Fortunatly our own backup plan version 1 ( replace failed batteries in 153 (of 300) HP Laptops ) is almost done. After 2 years arguing with HP and them finaly not admiting fault but agreeing to send out the replacement batteries..

    Rob

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    We re doing scarily OK. Windows 8 is now completely deployed everywhere. One or two small niggles are left but mostly just have some software and users to add.

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    I think im on target but im off till end of august so wont know till I get back if i get anymore!

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    Every PC in the school (bar a few admin machines that wont need to be) reimaged - have my techs in the process of going around checking them now and installing sims/whiteboard software

    Storage for both my VMs and for data has been completely reconfigured, new raid arrays, new disk setups to improve performance and so on

    Exchange 2010 to 2013 migration done

    15 new additional managed APs installed

    New internet connection tomorrow, the switch over from our ISA/proxies etc setup should take a few days to get sorted fully, then we're on to setting up the wireless to cater for BYOD with Aruba Clearpass.



    Still lots to do, but it's getting there.

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    New domain now fully functional (Exchange 2003 > 2010 migration complete, SIMS shifted over), just got to image the remaining 75% of machines now on that front.

    Ruckus WLAN basically working (one glitch to iron out), now to put up the rest of the APs.

    Only two major tasks remaining are a couple of projector/AV installs.

    Most of the really technical stuff is done, it's now just churning through doing the clean-up.

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    Follow me print installed today, need to deploy the papercut client will do the startup script tonight for it to install when people log in tomorrow. New antivirus client installed, will remove sophos tomorrow with a script (not many Sophos clients left though). New image 85% deployed. 1 suite to build. Nagios installed for monitoring but not 100% configured yet. So nearly there. Going on holiday on Tuesday for 2 weeks so hope to get done before then

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    our main project is/was

    rebuild all 23 VDI hypervisors from XenDesktop 4 to 5.6
    Rebuild 4 Xendesktop Provisioning servers for XD5.6
    Build 4 Xendesktop DDC servers for XD5.6
    Build 2 Extra SQL and 2 SQL witness servers for Xendesktop SQL mirroring.

    Begin Imaging 1000+ devices to support XD5.6...

    It's been 7 Months testing Develpoing, Planning and when it's done it better blo....dy work , we have done pre-testing-testing, partial live testing but going whole hog in september is going to be a nerve jangler...


    Then it's onto the next project to move our mail system form a single Xen Server to a new pool of two Hypervisors. And Citrix netscaler... And other stuff.... and finishig the desktops that are late..

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    Josh - got a script to remove Sophos if you want it?

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    Josh - got a script to remove Sophos if you want it?
    That would be great! Saves me an hours work tomorrow. I'm out of the way as much as possible away from that phone!

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