Jollity (18th February 2012)
dont forget unboxing time and Security marking taking serial numbers, this takes forever but is essential
Also allow time for sorting out printing. It can be a PITA persuading printers to behave when you are making such a radical change to the network.
Have you allowed time for sorting out compatibility of non-network peripherals that may be room/machine specific such as in science? I'm thinking dataloggers, microscopes... ?
Not sure if it clears activ primary but aslong as the drivers are compatible with both versions of the software you can.run them alongside each other.
What about your infrastructure? Have you considered wireless? Or are you going to be letting staff/students plug/unplug the network cables everytime they use the laptops? This if you have a laptop trolley to store and charge them. With the laptop trolley's, if they are going to be mobile (eg with wheels) or static, use the laptops own chargers or built in ones, then ensure that the sockets that you use can handle the power requirements (we had a laptop trolley that kept on tripping the circuit they were on, due to the amount of power it was using).
With regards to the laptop, it's not just the laptop you have to think about. It's also the warranty, alot of warranties with cover the hardware from hardware faults for 3 years, however they won't cover the laptop from accidential damage (that we see so much of in school's, if you catch my drift).
Also, if your school uses any old software, you may want to test them out first or update them. While compatibility is better for older software packages (compared to Vista), there is no guarantee that all old software packages will work with Win 7.
The time to invetigate GPO's, increase that. This is a complex area.
The points I would have raised would be:
More time for GPOs and printers
Possibly more time for creating image if this includes looking into msi creation for old software or conversely trying to find the CD for the software to install it on the machine to be imaged
Spend some time choosing a trolley - they vary a lot - get one that has customised power so that you dont have the adaptors flailing around inside the thing. Or if you do, make sure you choosed one where the adaptors are easy to get to.
IF the laptops are to stay in one place, consider a solution to fix them to the bench - I have seen a school use velcro to great effect - sounds odd but a wide strip of stick-on velcro under the laptop and a similar bit on the bench allowed for some adjustment of position but kept the laptop secure.
Thank for your suggestions everyone. Here is the current state of the plan:
- Determining most suitable, best value laptop model – requires consultation with SMT, teachers and governors – 20 hr
- Determining the best sites for the laptop trolleys, making space, ensuring sufficient power availability - 3hr
- Ensuring group policy and other settings set up appropriately for Windows 7 – 12 hr
- Setting up Windows 7 default profile and mandatory pupil profile – 16hr
- Resolving compatibility issues of SoftEase – 6hr (potentially a lot less if all works fine)
- Checking for issues with ActivInspire on our system - 2hr
- Installing ActivInspire and removing ActivPrimary – 2hr
- Preparing and training Teachers - 5hr
- Investigating alternatives to Impero - 2hr
- Installing Impero and removing Netops – 2hr
- Training teachers in using Impero - 2hr
- Testing Impero – 4hr (spread over a month or so)
- Potentially if Impero found unsuitable – installing and testing further monitoring software – not estimated
- Resolving compatibility issues with microscope and data logging software on Windows 7 - 4hr
- Unpacking laptops and setting up in trolleys – including admin time, for example for security marking and recording in asset register – 8hr per suite
- Preparing one laptop to provide image – 12hr
- Ensuring printer compatibility with new setup - 4hr
- Setting up and testing image – 4hr
- Deploying image – 4hr (largely unattended)
- Training teachers in use of laptops, Windows 7, Office 2010 – training material and training sessions – 8hr
- Additional support for teachers in use of new laptops, Windows 7, Office 2010 – 8hr (spread over multiple weeks)
- Removing existing ICT Suite, disposing of or storing machines - 8hr
- Preparing image for current suite machines for use in pre-school – 6hr
- Setting up and testing image - 2hr
- 15% Contingency time
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