So, it is the time of year where we pull out the mops and gaffa tape and patch things up.
The question is, how much do you have planned this holiday?
Here is my work load/the things being done over the holiday involving me:
Refurb main computer room, including 34 new computers
Refurb secondary computer room, including 10 new computers
Create third computer room, including 34 new computers
Get rid of existing 3rd computer room (rip out cabling)
Have multiple new fibre's installed in various places to replace substandard cat5 links and wireless links
Implement a new phone system using asterisk and heartbeat
Refurbish our administration office (complete recable)
Move my office down into the admin office
Refurbish bits of 2 class rooms to make a couple of computer clusters (12 new machines)
A new proximity card access system is being installed, which I will have to set up for use
Produce ID cards/proximity cards for all staff
Reorganise server cabinet so I can lock it and also fit the new kit in.
Have a smartboard installed in our art room
Various other bits and pieces
Reimage all computers in school to ensure they have all the software they need on
Do some work on all staff laptops to remove copyright infringing software and ensure they are up to date and secure
Move all my bits and pieces stored around the school into my new store cupboard.
I've probably missed something...
But that lot is all going on in the holidays with my having a week off in the middle.
refurb 2 IT suites to accomadate 44 Apple iMacs 17"
12 core fibre from server room to cabinet to accomadate new apples
Install 18 machines into new library. All over cat5 and store rackmount PC's in our data centre
rip out office and install more data electrical points, put in shelving and worktop for new work area. To accomadate new technician starting in September.
setup new SAN Bloc and migrate data from old server to this server
Get backup server up and running again
Install AV equipment, smartboards and Pixie pro controllers in various classrooms for room changes
Install all new software on machines and then send images out to all the IT rooms and create a few packages
Tidy up our IT technical area on the school web site with more pictures hopefully
Move cabinet from floor to wall and reroute cables.
plus managing all these projects and ensuring all deliveries arrive and chase up those damn suppliers
We are rebuilding our entire domain. The people (who shall remain nameless) who originally built the domain, used a single label domain name!
Installed admt v3, to help migrate all the users from the old domain to the new domain. This has been a great tool, and almost reminds of the good things that MSN do Tool even migrates the users password We are redesigning the groups so will be scripting copying the file permissions to keep security as we want it on group/users.
In theory we could have renamed the domain, but have been looking for an excuse to rebuild the network from scratch
Also changing our network kit from Cisco to 3Com.
Setting up 47 new laptops for staff.
Above is on top of our daily duties, so going to busy
Setting up 60 new laptops
Installing new 3Com WX1200 based wlan in one block
Migrating user data to new server
Upgrading email system and moving it to a new server
Rebuilding Squid server (its not happy)
rolling out 35 new dual core pc's
moving into our new office
rolling out our two new quad core pc's!
creating network cables about 100!
and then on the 3rd of august off to india FOR 3 WEEKS to see family then nip down to goa for 5-10 days... oh computer free days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if you folks can spare a few minutes you can have a look at the hotel i am stayin at.... techies salaries need to be increased! so that we can stay in more lavish surroundings
Install our new services server (helpdesk and other stuff located on it)
Rebuilding all workstations
Create office 2003/2007 packages.
Rejig/add on printers
Lots of software
Get software licenses on our inventory
Oh, I missed something - implement video conferencing in our school and 3 of our feeder schools, including replacing old switches with new managed ones, sorting out cabling, and installing 42" plasma screens and the VC units.
Going to Tenerife tomorrow -and after that - officially nothing but in fact I am getting 21 machines off a fellow Edugeeker which are twice as fast as ours - so I need to collect them and sort them out with XP
Which doesn't sound like much but I am not supposed to do anything at all in the holidays.
Figure out how to deploy Office 2007 via GPO!! 8O :?
Create fresh build with up-to-date software
Rebuild WSUS, Intranet & Exchange Servers
Get RM to rebuild SuckAssMaker Server
Strip out all network patch cables and tidy them up!!
Create Yr7 users and move exisiting users up a year.
Clear out File Server & shift software Repository onto new 2TB NAS
Update GPO's as needed.
Probably a few other jobs will crop up but thats the main gists of things..