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    Summative Tests going badly

    Hi All,

    Just to let you know my summative test sessions are going really badly as expected.

    We are running 90 users concurrently on a domain controller that happens to be the student fileserver serving 700 workstations.

    Great thing is I have a brand new dell poweredge 2950 sat in a cabinet doing nothing, I intended it to be the new fileserver which would massively releive pressure from the KS3 Testing server.

    Unfortunately i've not had time to set up the poweredge yet because i've been concentrating on rolling out the DPS clients.

    We are being ofsted inspected tommorrow, and yes we have two test sessions running tommorrow! Isnt that the most wonderful idea!


    ./ Rant over

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    What issues got with it maybe we can help.

    Russ

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    Just running very slow and having an impact on the rest of the network.

    To be honest its just the server thats not up to it, it has a Promise Fastrack Software assisted RAID (fake raid, whatever) and the disks only just manage the task of serving files during the peak hours.

    During the tests today the % IDLE time on the logical disk counter was at 0% for almost 5 mins.

    Im hoping that once i have this poweredge up and running and all of the student homefolders moved accross things will be a lot better.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We did it with 30 kids yesterday with no problems. We did 120 last year all at once and had very little problems too.

    Suppose we are lucky.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We also did 120 kids last year with very few problems, unfortuantely more and more roles have been piled onto this server due to lack of funding.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We've given up on it completely now.

    Ben

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We've just done 4 tests in the last 2 days as well, only 2 clients crashed.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We are doing it with 60 kids tommorrow.

    Last year we had OFSTED in so decided to scrap the tests for the one day OFSTED would have been in school when the tests were ran.

    Last year we had no problems putting 180 students through - will let you know how we get on tommorrow - in the practices things did seem a little slower then last year.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    Well to my relief the head has decided to not run it during today and tommorrows OFSTED inspections.

    That should give me time to apply the latest patch from RM and hopefully it may resolve some of my issues.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    Ran 4 sessions yesterday and 1.5 sessions so far today.

    Yesterday
    4x software lockup
    2x software crash

    Today
    1x software lockup
    2x software crash
    2x pupil test being automatically completed before they are even presented with the instructions screen where they can press proceed... solution, student just failed, live with it.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    AleB: my thoughts precisely.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    First ones today. Luckly got the update just before it started.

    Did not go to badly just one machine crashed but the test recovered to the right place.

    only running 30 machines and half of year 9 over 3 days.

    also running a RM network (perhaps this helps)

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    We recently went to a Vanilla network and they work so much better. Last year with RM CC3 the whole network crashed, on brand new servers and infrastructure. This year, the practise tests have been running sweet as a nut.

    Tests are being run next week (Mon-Wed) 60 kids at a time. That's the bright idea of our IT Teachers - If it fails, no time to repair it as test window is nearly closed.... Never mind, they've only had 4 months to plan it and a whole month to run it!

    We'll see how it goes but should be interesting.

    Oh, our software is on our Terminal Services box, so it doesn't get touched during the day so the software is the sole thing running on that box.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    Not had time to read all posts but update the APS with the patch released today. Otherwise you may have some students unable to log on to the second test. We had 8 out of 74 unable to do session 2.

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    Re: Summative Tests going badly

    Lost another 7 in the last session, this time to the issue we patched this morning, sadly the problem occurs during session one and that ran yesterday, before the patch came out, nice one...

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