Just to follow up on Maria's point of students having administrative access to computer systems ... can I just say "DON'T DO IT!"
Students, even trusted ones, should not have access to a domain administrator (or equivalent root) account. The access this can give to the variety of data is scary. If you do have students working with or for you then they should be given delegated access, and you should make sure you are able to audit what they have been done, to protect them from accusations as much as to restrict what they can do.
In reply to AntP, I applaud your zeal to look at new systems but have to ask you to think carefully about why you need Macs rather than anything else you have access to. If you search on the 'Net you will find lots of Mac advocacy arguements to help you and these will also give you an idea of why there are many reasons not to make the move. Adding 15 macs and a mac server (even a Mac Mini) will take around 3 months to prepare for, a week or so to roll out, a few months to iron out the problems (and there will be ... there always are with any change of technology) and this is before you get involved with user training. You are looking at a year really. Start planning now to have them for next September.
As for the staff at your school ... be open with them. Point them over here and they can find people who have setup and worked with both systems. There is nothing wrong with trying to help to find ideas ... they are only likely to get a tad annoyed if you are *telling* them what to do without having the full picture about why the school makes its choices.
Originally Posted by j17sparky
i only said mac mini's because we currently have extremely crappy computers in both the art and m.s departments, and tbh noone else (-me) will try doing any serious video editing, its just that currently everyone uses windows movie maker which is terrible runnin over a network. the main use would be for imovie, photoshop and dreamweaver. and dont start saying that you can do that on a pc because you have not been on the compu:)ter s at my school.
a) So you want the school to buy Macs just for you? Cant see that happening.
Originally Posted by Antp
b) Any movie application will run terrible on a network. Although apple would disagree with me, macs arnt magic. They cant make a network faster than it already is.
c) Your school has not invested enough money in their computers. If they cannot afford to buy adiquately speced PCs why is it that you think they will buy Macs given that Macs are 2-3 times more expensive?
Like i said there are cases for buying Macs but i am not going to tell you what they are. If you dont know why you need something then you dont really need it.
A) why do you think that tey are for me only, im not the only person that gets frustrated when using photoshop etc.
B)Yeah they spend £400 on the current computers, and most movie editin software is crap ona network but using movie maker is even worse. and macs do run a hell of a lot better when editing.
C)Thats why i said Mac mini which cost around £400
a) you said you are the only person who would do serious video editting. *Looks at startmenu* Yep, theres photoshop CS3 on my windows PC, i knew i wasnt imagining the fact it is multi-platform.
Originally Posted by Antp
b) please re-read my post, but tbh you dont seem asthough you understand enough of how networks work to grasp that it doesnt matter that much what software or OS you are using.
c) Mac Minis are £400 without a monitor, without a 3-5 year warrenty, without software, and will not last 3-5 years in the "factory spec", you will need to upgrade them. They are more expensive than PCs and will actually be less able of doing the tasks you want due to the fact they are not designed to do media editting.
Look, your NM is not just being awkward. Please if you are serious about this go do some research, repeating your answers several times doesnt make them any less ficticious.