Suggest some options, please.
I'm going to bundle this together, instead of making half a dozen seperate threads.
We've just had "THE MEETING" regarding what we're going to do with the network. It's been decided that we're going to look at vanilla networks, though linux is also an option.
We're also probably going to do our own 'net filtering [I got yo back, Smoothwall peeps!]
Our MIS is currently Integris, but our Finance officer is worried about it being pulled as it's bought by our LEA. [Which we pay them for.] So any suggestions would be helpful. Capita is a no-go, our HT doesn't like them.
Support-wise, we've been offered remote-only and emergency server-is-broke-get-here-now support from one company. I'm happy enough to get on with what I need to do, googling/Edugeeking if I'm stuck, but having someone to call in if it all goes Pete Tong is something I'd prefer.
But if anyone knows of other companies who offer something similar, could you let me know.
Basically, I'm looking for advice on everything. From broadband suppliers to hardware vendors. Client software, home access [plus+ :P], any server management suites [I like CC4's management console...], admin software... You name it, I'm probably looking for it.
We're also talking about virtual servers. Which I mentioned to our HT ages ago.
But no BYOD. Ok... It WAS me who shot this down. TBH, I'm not comfortable supporting Apple ATM. Not from a "I HATE APPLE" standpoint, from an experience [or lack thereof] standpoint. [I know a fair few pupils have macbooks.]
This is what we're discussing at the moment:
Broadband from BT, with a Smoothwall box for filtering. Windows 2008r2 [virtual] servers with Win7 clients [Laptops for all staff with docking stations rather than full desktops. Our HT's idea. I actually like it.] [With a second server as a OMGWTFBBQBACON emergency backup to use if the first one dies.]
MS Office software via EES.
Antivirus... No clue. Definately not Sophos.
I mentioned HAP+ for file access, but people keep talking about other things... PAID things. [I see no HAP+ costs £xx anywhere. If I'm wrong let me know, please.]
There was also talk of Linux for Schools with a Win7 theme on the clients [therefore bypassing "it's different therefore I shall complain"].
Our Admin network is currently seperate from our curriculum network, but that may change. There's been talk of it for a while, but nothing has happened. The current admin network shares would become shares on curriculum, but would only be available to specific people on specific machines. [If there's any issues that could come up from this, let me know, please.]