General Chat Thread, Another year goes by in General; So we are nearly at the end of the school year. What did you achieve over the last 6 months?
17th July 2008, 02:57 PM #1
Another year goes by
So we are nearly at the end of the school year. What did you achieve over the last 6 months?
We got Moodle installed, went to leasing our hardware, wrote our own reporting system, replaced our main file server and put some redundancy in place for most other servers.
Next year I hope to ditch Sims completely, set-up an outside terminal server and get managed wireless off the ground.
Anyone else got anything interesting done this year? I'm now fully looking forward to my 6 weeks off!
Last edited by zag; 17th July 2008 at 03:11 PM.
17th July 2008, 03:09 PM #2
Installed some Citrix gear and thin clients hopefully to allow staff to have home access to certain content without having to physically take it off site.
We aren't allowed to lease any hardware under our LA though
No six weeks off for me though i'm afraid
17th July 2008, 03:22 PM #3
I've mainly been concentrating on getting our servers to a state where they are all running as virtual machines, with real-time mirroring so if something conks out another machine can take over. On my to do list: a domain controller! An email server! More wiring!
Originally Posted by ittech
17th July 2008, 03:30 PM #4
If only I knew! How can I have been so busy every minute of every day and not know what has been achieved? (Apart from my degree course, where I do know what I have achieved.)
Originally Posted by ittech
18th July 2008, 10:32 AM #5
Wow thats pretty cool!
Originally Posted by dhicks
I would love to get to the stage where I have fail over machines ready to go if one went down.
18th July 2008, 06:56 PM #6
One year has indeed past by, 12 months of being employed in this job for me and the techie!
In the year, we have taken the school from having no real ICT in use at all, other than crappy old laptops running local accounts and a dis-used ICT suite full of WinSuite computers, to having a site-wide wireless network, full roaming profiles for everyone with mandatory for pupils, every teacher having a laptop, every pupil having access to a PC or laptop when needed, installation of servers for profiles, work, applications, SIMS/FMS, printing, WSUS etc., strategic placement of printers to cut costs, input into lesson planning to improve ICT teaching, a projector and SMART board in every class, school ICT policies in place, DNS/DHCP fallover redundancy, anti-virus package site-wide, admin and reception moved location and SIMS/FMS migration from old server to new one, replaced a whole lot of laptops and some PCs in various locations in the school, additional wiring put in, WAPs re-placed to increase coverage...... you get the idea
It's been a busy year!
18th July 2008, 10:17 PM #7
18th July 2008, 11:32 PM #8
Since I started last September we've rebuilt the entire school (500 desktops), re-imaged 90 teacher laptops, installed 70 additional PCs, moved RM Auditor between servers for load balancing, upgraded our backup solution to a tape autoloader, redesigned our internal intranet, hacked together a customised version of Liberum as our helpdesk, moved from Easymail to Exchange + Outlook 03, fixed DNS issues, moved our library to Eclipse.NET, upgraded key programs like Flash, Shockwave, Java and Reader to the very latest versions, programmed and deployed EduSweep and AUP Informant, installed a Fortinet filter to replace our ageing Smartcache, rolled out gigabit-to-desktop to our admin PCs, packaged over 40 new applications, totally ruined someone's day by effectively blocking all the proxy sites that were running rampant, upgraded our media editing room with Mac Pros (the first Macs in the school), fixed McAfee mirroring issues, installed a whole load of IWBs, hooked up a whole building to the core network, upgraded a couple of our core switches, rewired 3 rooms completely, finally deployed Office 2007 compatibility + Office 03 SP3 site-wide and we took care of a lot of bugs while doing that as well!
19th July 2008, 09:30 AM #9
21st July 2008, 09:23 AM #10
To be honest, I cant even remember
My last few months has been taken up rebuilding our apps server after the old one died, which is something Id preferred to have not been doing
Set up a new Mac network (although thats only been in the last week!)
Installed a few new servers, switches etc. Tonnes of software. Apart from that I cant remember
21st July 2008, 09:28 AM #11
23rd July 2008, 11:41 PM #12
I'm not saying that we replaced a lot of kit but look at the sculpture we built.
(That was for 1 room)
23rd July 2008, 11:43 PM #13
How many computers? Desktops or laptops?
Originally Posted by somabc
23rd July 2008, 11:45 PM #14
90 desktops & monitors, HP dc7800 & 19" Monitors
Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester
# Intel Core2Duo processor
# 4.0GB memory (SFF)
# PCI-E graphics bus
# 3 Year on site warranty
# 160gb 7,200 rpm hard disk
PC Pro: Product Reviews: HP Compaq dc7800 Small Form Factor
Last edited by somabc; 24th July 2008 at 12:03 AM.
23rd July 2008, 11:46 PM #15
1 room with 90 computers must be a big one. Out library has 35 and that is a size.
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