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    we have about 20 macs and 1 xserve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby View Post
    My current school has 3 suites of them, and only one on my team knows anything about them. Real problem.
    Learn? It's what we did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSteve View Post
    Learn? It's what we did.
    Well obviously yes. But that assumes I have an interest in MAC. In truth I don't!

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    I don't have an interest in Project Management ... but have had to learn. Sorry if that sounds harsh.

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    Give them a chance. You may find that you like em.

    Once you start to work out their little quirks they're not that bad to manage. Yeah there's some issues but then they aren't really network client in all honesty. Work through the issues (as you do with anything), find the workarounds and then you may end up feeling like you've accomplished something. It's a great feeling resolving a problem when you don't really understand the system. Hell, I've been doing it for years

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    PRINCE2 Practitioner certified since 2007. Paid for out of my own funds, and a week of my holidays. Never smegging used it!!! Done loads of projects before and since!

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    Your probably right. Same old problem though. School want it fixing now, now, now, not when I've figured out what I'm doing. Google here I come!

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    Well we are all here to help. Any issues just give us a nudge

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    We've just put in our first mac suite, i've never had any experience of them before this and although i still think they are massively overpriced, i have to admit i'm enjoying using them. Not setup correctly yet just using a locked down guest account i have yet to get the mac mini setup to do it.

    As for moving the entire school over to them, i can see some plus's but not sure they outwieght the cost.

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    I recently went to an "all mac" school, however they are running lots of windows servers , so kind of pointless. but yeah!

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    I've got a primary which only has 3 Windows PC's left on SIMS. I get the feeling the old PC's will be getting put out into classrooms soon though. All the macs do dual boot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubbi View Post
    I've got a primary which only has 3 Windows PC's left on SIMS. I get the feeling the old PC's will be getting put out into classrooms soon though. All the macs do dual boot though.
    Would you have an idea of how often the machines boot in to Windows Vs Mac?

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    I look after a school with 86 imac's and 32 macbooks all running snow leapord and vmware fusion to force the teachers to use the mac side more than the windows side only problem is i only have 3 hrs a week to support them didnt have any knowlage of Mac's before they were installed im just learning as i go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky_Dicky View Post
    Would you have an idea of how often the machines boot in to Windows Vs Mac?
    You can check this in the bootpicker system preference. It gives you statistics on the choice of each OS.

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    This is a great thread guys, good to hear about your experiences. Personally, my feeling is that whether you approve of Apple OS X or not, it's here to stay. Same with Windows. They are both good, solid operating systems and neither is likely to kill the other off any time soon. For most domestic users there's no real difference - the stuff you do on a computer at home works fine on either platform. Yes, one is better than the other in certain specific roles - that's why different industry sectors prefer one or other platform. For that reason we owe it to our young people to make sure they know how to operate both. I would worry if an all Mac school was never booting up into Windows, in the same way as I worry when I see a school with an "anti-Mac" policy. And I totally agree that there's no point in buying a load of Macs and then not offering teaching or IT Support staff any training in how to use and administrate them. That's just doomed to fail. Good training is available though, if you have the time and the budget.



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