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    Success!!!

    4 weeks later after:
    - repackaging or debugging every software package used in the school
    - fixing problems a la Granada Learning (and not killing anyone)
    - fixing permissions and missing file issues that plagued us for the last 2 years.
    - getting GPO to actually install everything in order
    - fixing the [expletive] issue with IE proxy setting and folder redirects
    - figuring out how to deploy shortcuts successfully to ALL USERS
    - fending off "is it safe to use everything yet?" queries without death a calling
    - surviving a major power surge

    I rebooted a clean machine, joined it to the net, and watched with baited breath as it installed everything as it should.


    I can now say that I need a drink... but damn that learning curve was steep... Anyone else need some abused mental mountaineering kit?

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    Re: Success!!!

    Way to go!

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    Re: Success!!!

    I always find that the one you test works fine...... it's the ones you don't test that go wrong!

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    Re: Success!!!

    You do know of course something else will break with the next bout of updates dont you ?

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    Re: Success!!!

    Your confidence is awe inspiring...

    Thanks guys.. and yes I posted that deliberately to encourage the lurking gremlins to come out to play... and lo... Granada Learning sodware (yes that's deliberate! :P) has come out trumps with their Logo stuff...

    Oh how I lurv it so...

    :P

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    Re: Success!!!

    Is that a CC3 or Vanilla network?

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Is that a CC3 or Vanilla network?
    WinServer 2003 SP1 vanilla...

    Until now it's been a case of locally installed software, ghosted and then permission fixes applied.. but that was taking forever especially when trying to install new software at various times so we're now able to deploy everything to a fresh nilla XP install.

    Havent' worked out the joys of RIS yet but that's next on the list.

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by contink
    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Is that a CC3 or Vanilla network?
    WinServer 2003 SP1 vanilla...

    Until now it's been a case of locally installed software, ghosted and then permission fixes applied.. but that was taking forever especially when trying to install new software at various times so we're now able to deploy everything to a fresh nilla XP install.
    Ah right, OK... glad we have CC3

    Havent' worked out the joys of RIS yet but that's next on the list.
    Hehe, good luck :P

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    Re: Success!!!

    We moved away from CC3 this summer but with Ghost, Deepfreeze and WinInstall LE I can do everything and more than the CC3 system did however sometimes it was nice to be able to say its RMs fault something isn't working instead of mine lol! Having said that the hardware support from RM was fantastic (still is we have two RM servers left that are now doing the imaging!)

    Logo? You could use MSW Logo until you've sorted out the Granada software it's already in MSI format I believe?

    Wes

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    Re: Success!!!

    MSWLogo is discontinued though isn't it? The team started a new project called FMSLogo, which you can get from sourceforge.

    http://fmslogo.sourceforge.net/
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/fmslogo

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    Re: Success!!!

    There was still a place to download it. But I'll certainly have a look at FMSLogo!

    Thanks

    Wes

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    We moved away from CC3 this summer but with Ghost, Deepfreeze and WinInstall LE I can do everything and more than the CC3 system did however sometimes it was nice to be able to say its RMs fault something isn't working instead of mine lol! Having said that the hardware support from RM was fantastic (still is we have two RM servers left that are now doing the imaging!)
    heh heh...

    Yeah it is nice to be able to pass the buck but then it's also nice not to have to wait on someone else to pull their thumb (or is that their head?!) out of their butt and fix an issue.

    Logo? You could use MSW Logo until you've sorted out the Granada software it's already in MSI format I believe?
    As it goes that's not my major problem now... what's caused the upset is that Logo and Draw both require the Java 1.3 runtime which my experiments to date seem to indicate doesn't work too well when it's installed along with Java 1.5 RT...

    Given that GL aren't going to update their software ([irony]I know, I was shocked too... [/irony]) I may just go for a scripted install with silent switches to be done with it rather than an MSI repack which just isn't playing nice.


    Thanks for the other Logo suggestion though... Now if only we could find a textease replacement and I'd be laughing..

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    Re: Success!!!

    What's textease?


    ....ahh right found it (the wonders of google lol)

    Openoffice, Movie maker2, audacity and a few serif packages would be an equivalent?

    Wes

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    Re: Success!!!

    I seem to remember repackaging Textease without any problems...

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    Re: Success!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    I seem to remember repackaging Textease without any problems...
    ROFLMAO...

    Ah the problem there wasn't the repackaging it was the jaw dropping, floor removing, and budget trashing figure that Softease want for a site license...

    In short, £1k was way over the limit for something that quite frankly isn't THAT good!

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