As of September Bromcom is going and we are moving to SIMS for our registration/attendance needs!
DOT ICT have been 'consulting' SMT and the Bursar with regards to the best procedure, I explain what is happening and would welcome any comments and advise!
Personally I have not had hardly any dealings with DOT ICT so I shall approach their work practices and attitude with an open mind!
During August DOT ICT will take our Admin server off site to rebuild and bring back to add as a member Server to the curriculum domain (Currently we only work on the curric domain DOT ICT and the Bursar control sorry work on the Admin domain)
Once the server is rebuilt DOT ICT will come in add the server as member to the curric domain and add all Admin PC's to it! During this process they are installing a new managed switched as well.
The next phase is for them to come in and install SIMS on teachers PC (and supposedly show us how to install SIMS)
Come September in theory all PC's and Servers should be up and running!
Our Bursar has decided that the Server will stay in the Admin section of the building, where she will manage back-ups and all issues relating to SIMS (Currently we have about 15 users, this will jump to about 100)
Also we are running Ranger on all Curric PC's, it has been advised that this not be installed on any Admin machines. Secondly DOT ICT recommend we make all teachers Power Users for the local machine as well, just wondering does anyone run SIMS and Ranger and also do we really need to make them Power Users?
No you don't need to make them all power users, all you need to do is give them full access to the following files/folders on each workstation:
and C:\sims (for workstations running finance
You will also need to give full access to the following registry key for auto updates to work:
Indeed, there is a SIMS batch files called SIMSPERM.BAT, which will grant the necessary permissions for a specified domain group (eg SIMSUSERS). The permissions are required to enable SIMS to to upgrades to itself.
If the Admin and Curric domains are part of the same forest, and the Admin domain is the forest root, then taking it away will (I'm 95% certain) have serious repercussions for any domains remaining.
I mention this because that is how I set up schools which I support.
If it is the case that the Admin and Curric domains share the same forest, and the the Admin domain is the forest root domain, then it would be necessary to retain a domain controller for that domain. This could be done using a virtual server if there is a physical server with the necessary spare resources.
Traditionally, within Northants, the admin and curriculum were 2 separate domains and often on separate physical networks, or perhaps routed through the RBC provided router. Separate Forests ... the lot.