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    Schools running MACs in the West Midlands

    Is there anyone out there in the West Midlands running MACs who wouldn't mind two of us paying you a visit to see how you do things? Specifically :
    • How you handle hardware support
    • How you handle software updates
    • Centralised management (if any)
    • Locking them down to present a corporate environment

    We have two MAC suites at the college, but we aren't getting the best use of them and could do with some pointers.

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    This is not a helpful comment, but why do some people insist on capitalising Mac?

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    Always open to visitors.
    To be honest though, everything you have discussed is handled using Apple Remote Desktop apart from imaging which is done through Deploystudio.

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    We have a suite of iMacs, a mac server and 20 MacBook Pro's. Our Mac network is still in development but will be finished after Easter if this helps? I'm located in Kidderminster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iom100 View Post
    This is not a helpful comment, but why do some people insist on capitalising Mac?
    Because certain software such as iMovie are only available on Apple devices and software such as iMovie are quite good for video editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshaq786 View Post
    Because certain software such as iMovie are only available on Apple devices and software such as iMovie are quite good for video editing.
    I think he meant literally capitalise MAC, instead of just the first letter, Mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshaq786 View Post
    Because certain software such as iMovie are only available on Apple devices and software such as iMovie are quite good for video editing.
    Haha yeah he meant saying MAC rather than Mac, no need to go all nerd rage about it

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    We're not in the Midlands but we are managing around 80 Macs using a plugin for Configuration Manager. It does inventory, software and update deployment, OSD, remote control and it can install OS X .mobileconfig profiles too.

    I'm very happy with it.

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    MAC capitalised stands for Media Access Control. Any networkable device will have a MAC address (can be ethernet, wireless, bluetooth etc) which as we know is unique. Mac with the capital M has been shortened over time from Apple Macintosh - which itself was shortened through usage to AppleMac - which was/is one of Apple's trademarks. My guess is in an effort to keep things short and pithy and also to maintain parity in some way with Personal Computer being shortened to PC rather than pc, most Mac users shortened Apple Macintosh or AppleMac to simply Mac. OK it has one more letter but it's nearly there

    However you could look at it another way because in terms of hardware, regardless of vendor/manufacturer and OS, they are all Personal Computers or PCs.

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    Thanks for the replies so far. I'll send PMs when I can get hold of the boss and try and T something up.

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    We've got 110 mac's on site and use Caspersuite and JSSadmin to manage the network.



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