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    Summer Hols Work

    That time is nearly here, summer hols. When teachers and student leave us for six weeks and the real work begins.
    don’t know if most or any of u work the hols but I can tell this one is going to be hard been putting together a summer job list and probably got enough to last a year never mind 6 weeks and I keep adding to it. Here’s just a small selection.

    Replace Print server
    Replace ISA server
    Final phase wireless network
    Rewiring science and FT
    Video editing suite
    a load of software
    Move offices
    New technician starts
    Oh and develop the new learning platform

    What’s everybody else got planned? Beside a well earned break.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Replace sims server
    Replace ISA server
    Second ISA server
    Reimage all client
    Package and deploy all applications after client refresh
    squidguard/dansguardian server
    Retire old mail server
    Implement exchange for all users, configure profiles for mandatory profiles.
    New year in Sims.net
    New year in bromcom
    Migrate web server
    New antivirus deployment (symantec -> Nod)
    Reconfigure Mac server for AD integration
    Reimage Mac clients
    Organise cabling for 3 main areas of the building
    rewrite ICT policies
    backup firewall
    implement layer 3 vlans and routing

    Any other things I can't remember off the top of my head

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Move all staff PC's to correct domain
    Create new image for Pupil PCs
    Rebuild Intranet & File Servers (and poss DC)
    Import 1200 users into AD - can at least just ipen excel and click "add users" - then deal with any duplications
    Remove 150 CD/DVD/FDD drives
    Replace ISA Server with Dansguard or Censornet
    Install & Config Moodle
    Finalise new Group Policy structure for kiddies
    Train new ICT Technician

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Remove entire network, hardware, servers, office and relocate to new building.
    Once in new building unpack 50-ish new PCs' and set them up, after I've ensured the relocated kit is working correctly.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Re-do entire Art/Music suite and redeploy old machines to Admin staff.
    Rebuild two ICT suites
    (for me only) Organise handover documentation for new staff member
    A general tidyup of rooms, paperwork, network, etc
    Reinstallation of Bromcom 'Winfolder' (new version) across all staff PCs (easy, thank god)
    New student / staff creation (on network, Sims, Bromcom, Truancy Call etc etc)
    Probably other stuff that a) I have forgotten and b) I don't really care about...

    Well, that's all I have planned. I daresay the NM has much less...... ;-)

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Jake and ME have to do........

    Re-wire Head of year block
    Re-wire Music
    Install New swipe Card door security system.
    Install/build 5 Disaster Recovery Servers
    Install backup external Cat5E Links to buildings
    32 unit room upgrade
    Re-Clone 400 units
    Work on VLE
    Install NEw Admin Fileserver
    Install New Exchange Server
    install 5 new machines in Music
    Get installed problamatic intranet software
    Fix Spector
    Install Norton Corporate 10
    resuite 3 rooms inc. install of IWB and Projector -we do this in house.
    look at Mandatory Profiles
    upgrade remaining fibre links to Gigabit
    Replace 200 CRT's with 200 TFT's
    and probably loads of other things I have forgotten.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Ultan and myself are going to:

    install a network cable into each classroom
    Recable at least one computer room, maybe more depending on time
    Install cabling in new computer room
    Install extra network cabling in server room
    Add wireless link to sports hall

    Along with the usual reimaging of computer rooms and other miscellaneous maintenance tasks

    While that is going on, our VLE is allegedly going to be installed and if I can pin down the ICT coordinator some new projectors will be as well.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    I need to:

    Build admin RIS image
    Modify curriculum RIS images
    Reimage all admin & curriculum machines
    Build new Success Maker server
    Rebuild 10 iMac's for Success Maker
    Fix problem in user profiles
    Build & install firewall/proxy
    Change IP range
    Finish building website
    Link OSX mailserver to AD
    Add new students
    Look for holes in new AUP (SMT created)
    Build machine for OCS and install
    Network documentation
    DRP
    Software/Licensing audit
    Convert iMacs to webkiosks
    Build new admin machines
    Plan & cost replacement network - create proposal
    Finish modifying MRBS - Roll out
    Implement helpdesk
    Upgrade to SSPR 2.1

    But as I'm not contracted for the summer hols, my list is more likely to be:

    Find book
    Find tree
    Read

    Unless I can get the school to authorise some overtime

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    It looks like I've got it easy compared to everyone else :

    install an LTSP network - 2 servers, 30 thin clients
    chuck out a load of junk
    go on holiday

    and thats it!

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    And you all think you've got it hard:

    Day 1: I've got to discover electricty, harness it, create the national grid ......
    Day 2: Invent the transistor, make the first semiconductor, write an operating system .....
    Day 3: Create the worlds first telephone, unleash a telecoms revolution, setup the internet across the world...
    Day 4: Have a nap
    Day 5: Setup the principals of currency, develope democarcy, implement free education for all the countries children ....

    Then in the second week I need to make a time machine to go back and do all that.

    Rest of the hols i'm free (time machine)

    For all thos python fans out there

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Electricity !? Oh...how we would have loved to have to discover electricity. Back in our day, we had to pay them to let us discover fire, then we would work on other research for 25 hours a day, for tuppence a year, come home where our fathers would beat us to death with a chainsaw and dance merry hell on our graves

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Puttin me feet up, I'm term-time

    *awaits onslaught*

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Not a busy Summer this year... did the big stuff last year.

    Amongst other things I have to:
    * Replace most unmanaged switches for managed switches
    * Hang the Bluesocket APs on the walls
    * Do a little bit of computer configuration
    * Build a server
    * Move some server roles about to spread the load
    * Tidy up a bit

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Two jobs...

    1. Throw servers out of window
    2. Throw client machines out of window

    Woohoo! Then no more things can go wrong!! No computers, no problems (for me anyway).

    We are designing a poster for my office door that says: -

    "Before knocking, please check the following:

    - Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    - Are you sure it is plugged in?"

    While taken from "the IT crowd", I think it will cut my work by 50%, haha.

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    Re: Summer Hols Work

    Quote Originally Posted by Disease
    Jake and ME have to do........

    Re-wire Head of year block
    Re-wire Music
    Install New swipe Card door security system.
    Install/build 5 Disaster Recovery Servers
    Install backup external Cat5E Links to buildings
    32 unit room upgrade
    Re-Clone 400 units
    Work on VLE
    Install NEw Admin Fileserver
    Install New Exchange Server
    install 5 new machines in Music
    Get installed problamatic intranet software
    Fix Spector
    Install Norton Corporate 10
    resuite 3 rooms inc. install of IWB and Projector -we do this in house.
    look at Mandatory Profiles
    upgrade remaining fibre links to Gigabit
    Replace 200 CRT's with 200 TFT's
    and probably loads of other things I have forgotten.
    Wow! Why don't you set up your contracting business. You seem to do alot more of sparky stuff then alot of techs.



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