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    My new place, about 400 machines all in, 1 tech and me (network manager). BSF building (ex-bsf managed contract), so infrastructure is managed by the company (ie. all cat5 runs, fibre runs, projector looms etc...), about a dozen servers, couple of dozen network switches, 60ish IWBs and projectors, half a dozen display screens, half a dozen printers. About 1100 kids, and a couple of hundred staff.

    We manage well I think!

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    Just me here. 1100 users, six servers, 270 desktops, 85 laptops, and 50 tablets, and everything that entails. Thankfully the AV side of things is done by someone else though.

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    400 computers, 100 ish staff 1000 kids, just me (part-time technician 25 hours a week term time only) and one full-time network manager. Kept very busy!

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    Me (NM) and one full-time technician. Nearly 400 computers/laptops including 4 laptop trolleys (they're sh*t), 100ish staff, 750ish students, approximate 11 servers, CCTV, Assembly/After-school AV requirements. Tiny office. In the words of the premises manager, we are unofficially responsible for "anything with a plug on it" - a sentiment which I'm sure you can all imagine how much I enjoy.

    Looks like I'm roughly in line as the last few guys that posted.

    Edit: Only recently removed school-wide PAT testing and inventory from that list too.

    Edit Edit; Include in that 25 odd printers, IWBs, sound equipment etc
    Last edited by Shuriken1; 19th October 2011 at 02:29 PM.

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    We have 600 machines 20 servers 1100 users, we have me (NM) and 2 full time Techs.

    Non BSF.

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    Two techs. ~1600 users, ~850 computers, ~15 servers and appliances and an EMC SAN.
    We're also responsible for projectors/IWB/sound equipment in all out classrooms and have partial responsibility for our Cisco VoIP system.

    It feels like we're pretty put upon most of the time, as we spend so much of our time fire-fighting, we haven't been able to develop the system or plan upgrades for the last couple of years, so everything gets rushed and we're very behind the times. --We still don't have a plan in place for Server 2k8 and Windows 7 deployment, despite mission-critical software requiring it from 2013. Eep!

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    Only me. 200ish network users, 120 desktop PCs, 40 laptops, 30 iPads, 3 photocopiers, 35 printers, 25 IWBs, 25 projectors, 7 physical servers with 2 running 12 VMs hosted locally between them, CCTV, assembly and after school funtion requirements, school bell system, VoIP, a multi-sensory room and a soft gym with state-of-the-art rubbish, school website etc...

    Unofficially I also do a data manager's job, e.g. assessment manager, marksheet entry, CASPA et al.

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    Me senior tech and 1 tech - 900 desktops clients 29 servers, too many printers a load of photocopiers and a shed load of IWB's probs about 60

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    View Poll Results: What do you think is the correct ration for Techiniicans to PC in School?

    over 50% put 1-100. So a School with 1000 kids would have 10 techies??? They would have nothing to do!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBloggs View Post
    View Poll Results: What do you think is the correct ration for Techiniicans to PC in School?

    over 50% put 1-100. So a School with 1000 kids would have 10 techies??? They would have nothing to do!!
    no a school with a 1000 pcs would have 10 techies

    it doesn't mentioned the amount of students

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    1 tech to every 150 devices if the network was poor
    1 tech to every 300 devices if the network was great

    BECTA guidelines right there (even though they are now defunct)

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    no a school with a 1000 pcs would have 10 techies

    it doesn't mentioned the amount of students
    Cheers! Not sure why I read it as students lol.

    1 to 100 devices seems a lot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    1 tech to every 150 devices if the network was poor
    1 tech to every 300 devices if the network was great

    BECTA guidelines right there (even though they are now defunct)
    Just me and we have a great network:

    We have 148 PC's (including 90 Laptops)
    27 Projector /AV installations
    10 Servers (8 Guests running on 2 Hyper-V Boxes)
    3 Xibo Displays
    10 Tablets
    A fully managed Wireless Network
    Website/VLE all managed by me
    And all of the AV is my responsibility (around 80 Cameras, Video Cameras etc)


    +40% of my time should be in the classroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBloggs View Post
    Cheers! Not sure why I read it as students lol.

    1 to 100 devices seems a lot too.
    That was pretty standard a decade ago but with so much automation now it's simply not necessary. The donkey work involved with setting up a ghosted NT4 workstation, which had to have half a dozen restarts and had to be manually told where each of the drivers was for each device, is totally different to the unattended installations of Windows 7. Although I haven't worked on a large network for a few years I'd guess that 300 devices per tech would be closer to the mark.

    Of course it depends on whether or not those techs are also having to do stuff like write code or design websites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    no a school with a 1000 pcs would have 10 techies

    it doesn't mentioned the amount of students
    5500+ students plus global students , 3 campuses within 90 mile radius, although the majority are on the main campus (only max 100 off main campus)
    at our community college we have 1500 personal computers (1000 lab and 500 staff(ws and lt)) 30 smartboards many many projectors tvs.
    Our network is great - we have two separate departments PC Services and Network services
    PC does from the wall to the user - we have 3 techs, an installer, an A/V clerk, director (me)
    Network does from the wall to the world - Network network manager(brilliant), server manager, security tech, phone tech(voip), and cable puller - there are 60 servers - which actually 2 people take care of the server manager and Director

    We all love our jobs, at least I do :-)

    we are usually backed up and it seems like it is getting worse and has seemed that way for years

    this is how it stands 1 tech to 500 workstations...sometimes some a/v and oh did not mention the ipads (30 and more to come)

    what should the PC to tech ratio be?
    Last edited by kilroy79763; 30th March 2012 at 01:45 PM. Reason: added clarification

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