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General Chat Thread, 1500 and two days to spend it! in General; I've just been given a little extra cash , 1500 which I was going to spend on Ranger Outpost but ...
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    Talking 1500 and two days to spend it!

    I've just been given a little extra cash, 1500 which I was going to spend on Ranger Outpost but they can't guarentee that it would/will work with Win2008 so i didn't bother. However, it turns out I had ring fenced the money and it's still there. Our budget was frozen on the 5th so this is a bit of a Brucee bonus.

    So I have 1500 and two days, what are your recommendations.

    I have print management but not remote admin, we've budgeted for NetOP or equivalent next FY. Wireless is fine and so are my switches. I wouldn't get away with a plasma screen and I have Digital Signage.

    Thanks in advance,
    Martin

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    buy yourself a new computer , monitor? or get one of those keyboards where you can personalise the keys

    anyway... ucum! ... upgrade some machines that might be a little on the *put in bin* side.. if you have any.

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    an R&D enviroment.

    one server, a couple of clients and build a test domain.

    Great for things that you don't wanna try on the live network for fear of breaking stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by BooBoo View Post
    I have print management but not remote admin, we've budgeted for NetOP or equivalent next FY. Wireless is fine and so are my switches. I wouldn't get away with a plasma screen and I have Digital Signage.

    Thanks in advance,
    Martin
    Look at ABControl as well. Might give NetOP a run for their money. Clients are free and you only pay for the ABTutor Control licences. Buy 10+ and they are 125 each. Had a Demo at BETTS2009 and it's now here waiting to be installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabeaver View Post
    Look at ABControl as well. Might give NetOP a run for their money. Clients are free and you only pay for the ABTutor Control licences. Buy 10+ and they are 125 each. Had a Demo at BETTS2009 and it's now here waiting to be installed.
    this ^ and you'll still have loads of cash to play with.

    I'd be investing in some IT office goodies that would make my job easier...

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    Buy yourself a "test machine" of the latest type, printer etc to equip your office.

    Or just get some more machines/monitors as standby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BooBoo View Post
    So I have 1500 and two days, what are your recommendations.
    Buy hardware, more computers - software you can get for free. You could get maybe 10 netbooks for that much, or a bank or two of half-a-dozen thin-client machines to put in the back of a classroom.

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    Spares... laptop hard drives, keyboards, optical mice, something that you've always thought would be useful but never been able to demo...

    New screen, keyboard and mouse for yourself..

    A phone that says "have you tried turning it off and then on again".. Ok, ok... so getting ahead of myself.. Skies the limit I reckon

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    Web Filtering?

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    Easy

    Easy!

    A "Research trip" to Silicon Valley, that just happens to divert you through Napa Valley with a few days in Southern California just for good measure.

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    You could buy an iPod. Or a low-spec Mac.

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    why not improving your network? Memory, hard disks, virtual machines, security solutions... you might have a need somewhere... :-)

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    U could get 5 2nd hand blade centres from ict-direct. that's like 70 servers equivalent. bet they'd last you for ages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mburland View Post
    Easy!

    A "Research trip" to Silicon Valley, that just happens to divert you through Napa Valley with a few days in Southern California just for good measure.
    Ha ha i agree ^^

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    I wouldn't go with ranger outpost. I would go with sonicwall SSL VPN. If can do everything outpost can do and much more. It can make a secure connection to a terminal server etc.

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