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    New Suite.

    You may have noticed that I have not been around that much over the past month. The reason being I have been installing a completely new suite whilst at the same time moving our network over to three new servers running server 2008. Also relocating the servers to a new air-conditioned room far away from my office. (the quietness is deafening, I never realised before that my external HD had a fan that would come on intermittently!).

    You may have been aware that SCL was doing a edugeek deal some months back, 2.5 Ghz dual core PC's with 2 gigs of ram and a nice TFT for £300. Well we ordered 50 of them. I equipped the new suite exclusively with them and replaced all the class pc's with the same boxes.

    What a difference! I cannot praise SCL and Dan W enough, after all the hand holding and help. Out of 50 pc's I have only had one refuse to boot, and that was because the memory had shifted, which is hardly surprising. So thats 50 sub £300 pcs with no failures.

    I have also been supplied with a number of spares in case of mobo failure, since there is nothing worse than having a single PC with a non standard mobo.

    All kit arrived on time and worked can't say fairer than that.

    Oh and here are some pics.






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    Excellent, good job.

    Ben

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    Wow thats a nice big IT Suite!!! Good work!!

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    That looks stunning mate. Good Job.

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    Excellent Job and wiring aswell pat on the back for SCL aswell
    Last edited by mrtechsystems; 10th October 2008 at 11:07 AM.

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    Thanks ICT_GUY - glad you are happy! That suite looks really up together, cracking job

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    Thanks everyone, its amazing how hard it is to do this stuff on your own.

    Things I have learned.

    Unpacking 50pcs can take 5 - 8 hours

    Moving 250kgs of servers switches and cabinet can be hard work.

    Moving 1.5 tonnes of PC's from one side of the school to the other is something I don't want to do again any time soon.

    HP supply their top end severs with CD drives despite the server software coming on DVD's


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    @ICT_GUY:
    Firstly excellent job Suite looks really good the only thing i would change is the seating as we have been informed by our H&S exec that the chairs have to rotate to save twisting the spine with a fixed gas lift up and down for personal height adjustment for viewing the screen at the correct height.

    Just an observation not being picky as all looks really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Thanks everyone, its amazing how hard it is to do this stuff on your own.

    Things I have learned.

    Moving 1.5 tonnes of PC's from one side of the school to the other is something I don't want to do again any time soon.
    I can sympathise. Had to shift a ton of kit down a flight of stairs myself... next time I'm calling in reinforcements!

    Just out of interest, how much did the benching cost? Tried to get some quotes in at short notice over Summer and couldn't get anybody in to even have a look (other than one company that wanted a completely ridiculous sum).

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    I can sympathise also one of my first major IT jobs I did at my old High School was moveing 32 old school (read heavy with CRTs) computers from an upstairs lab to the other side of the school. Then carrying the 32 new computers up the stairs and doing the unpack. Luckily they did let me use the school van to get them to the other side of the school but its still tough going doing it all in a short period of time.

    The new suite looks really good and massive in comparision to any of the school based labs that I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busybub View Post
    I can sympathise. Had to shift a ton of kit down a flight of stairs myself... next time I'm calling in reinforcements!

    Just out of interest, how much did the benching cost? Tried to get some quotes in at short notice over Summer and couldn't get anybody in to even have a look (other than one company that wanted a completely ridiculous sum).
    Came as part of the refurb, two rooms knocked into one, wiring, benches, air con, server room & aircon, 36 pcs, rack, switches & servers. Total cost 40K ish.

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    Fantastic job, and the cab's nice and neat. Like it

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    How have you hidden the cables?

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    Ooh - we've just outfitted a new ICT suite with SCL's all-in-one PCs:



    18 all-in-ones running Windows XP and with two network connections and eSATA ports apiece.

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    oooh nice pics!

    May get SCL to quote us!
    Been asked to get quotes to revamp 2 of our ICT Suites! though I'm pushing for all 4 ICT Suite!

    Amazing what OFSTED can do

    each suite has about 31 PCs so it'd be about 124 if i can get them to do the other 2 as well!

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