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    Future plans for school IT?

    I'm currently updating a lot of documentation and found our old ICT future strategy document. It is very old (2002) so I thought I would try to knock up a new one.

    It contains a list of every aspect of ICT that we have at the moment but the hard bit is trying to decide what we should be trying to do in the short term, 1 year, and the long term 3-5 years.

    I'm thinking...
    • Managed wireless
    • Open source software alternatives
    • VLE options
    • Online reporting
    • Netbooks in trollies, more of them or alternatives - Ipads anyone?
    • Virtualisation - of which I know nothing


    The list is not complete so what is everybody else thinking about, what have I missed?

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    Well, we have -

    • VLE Underway
    • Helpdesk (Spiceworks) on the horizon
    • Halfway through Virtualisation
    • Data Network/NAS/SAN for the summer (and completing Server Virtualisation)
    • Multiseat Computer (desktop virtualisation) maybe happening
    • Terminal Server for the Admin team
    • Moving to Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers
    • Answering the MS Office/OpenOffice question
    • Moving to Windows 7 next year
    • Need a new Room Booking System
    • New MIS going in over the next few months
    • Website needs some work doing


    That's about all I can think of for the time being. Certainly not looking at managed wireless unless it's a) forced on me and b) paid for by someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Well, we have -

    • Moving to Windows 7 next year
    Oops forgot about that one!

    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    That's about all I can think of for the time being. Certainly not looking at managed wireless unless it's a) forced on me and b) paid for by someone else.
    I think I'll have to go down this route for our inbound laptop trolleys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    Open source software alternatives
    I'd go for a web-based word processor instead of MS Word.

    Netbooks in trollies, more of them or alternatives
    Are projectors cheap enough to replace laptops as use-anywhere displays?

    Virtualisation
    Of what? Servers or workstations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    I'd go for a web-based word processor instead of MS Word.
    David, you want to swap schools? You must have the best ratio of tech savy teachers anywhere in the country.

    If it doesn't have MS on the label our IT teachers don't know how to use it. Then again even with MS on the label the rest of the faculty struggle. Oh hum, back to chalkboards, TV's and VHS tape for us then!

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    @dhicks
    I'm actually asking you about virtualisation on this thread Converting Physical to VM

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    *other than Office and creative suite, pushed open source/ free software quite well (allows poor or rich kids to use same software at home)
    *This year moved away from CSE and gone vanilla (windows 7), been quite successful, lastly moving to servers to R2 shortly (Staff have been asking to upgrade!). New website and sharepoint intranet, updating documentation (didnt have any when started!) and actually got the backups working! and new sims server (apart from Backup server, all xenserver'd)

    *Next year replacing staff laptops with Stone NT200's (14.1" and 1.6kgs!) plus remote apps (ie SIMS) if Internet works better plus more IT in the classrooms

    *Year after replace student laptops with something similar to NT200s, move exchange from 2007 - 2010 and another DC possibly

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    You must have the best ratio of tech savy teachers anywhere in the country.
    No - my answers to the questions above were on the somewhat theoretical side, what actually gets put in to action depends on the thoughts and discussions amongst our senior management team, who might have factors to consider that I don't know about.

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    I have done a "Red Bus" document (even the headteacher knows it as that!) and it contains EVERY shred of info needed to run the network. The document actually spans about 20 pages, and is updated everytime something is either added or taken away from the network.

    Since my overhall of having fibre put into the ICT suite its been quiet on the update front, but its worth having it.

    My document covers

    VLE (Admin log in, how to add classes (including screenshots), managing classes, how to add pupils etc).
    Admin Server (Password, ADUC, DHCP, Print Server etc)
    Curriculum Server (As above with admin server, only minus the DHCP),
    ISA Server
    Ruckus
    Layout of ICT facilities (Computer names etc - Diagrams included)
    Layout of fibre backbone across the school etc. (Diagrams included)
    Layout of wireless infrastructure (Diagrams included)

    Recent upgrades to Win 7 and Server 08 R2

    Plans to build and roll out another W7 suite.

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    How do you get that much info into 20 pages!

    My network operations manual that includes all the diagrams, copies of all the configs, a fairly detailed "how to" section designed for a junior tech, and a trouble shooting guide runs to just over 100 pages!

    I currently updateing the server/admin system manuals, and they too will be weighty tomes!!

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    When you are one of 3 tech savvy person in the school, you have to dumb it down as much as humanly possible.

    I would be interested in seeing yours though, PM me?

    Carl

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    Unfortunatley a lot of it is restricted as it contains passwords and proprietry info. I'll have a look when I'm in the office to see if I can have enough left to send if I cut out all the sensitive bits!!

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    that would be fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I have done a "Red Bus" document
    Yep I have to do that too, just getting the Strategy one through first then on to my "Emergency Handbook"

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    Plans here involve:

    * Finish Ruckus rollout
    * Introduce a new 'electronic merit system' in collaboration with another school
    * Improve terminal services (either via switching to VDI or by improving how applications are loaded onto different servers. (ie. put SIMS.net on a dedicated 64 bit terminal server etc...)
    * New building, so all the requirements that will need to go in there.
    * I also have a desire to move to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, but when is a different issue.
    * Change the IP subnet for the school from a /22 to a /20 (completely different range)
    * Introduce a new caching system. 1 cache for our school network, and 1 for our guest wifi.



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