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    Latest Technical Roadmap

    Latest technical roadmap for SIMS has been released.
    Resource: 17910

    The support dates.

    Office 2013 support started from Spring 2014
    Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 commenced from Spring 2014.

    SOLUS2 support has been extended up until 31st August 2015 for the Independent sector.
    SOLUS2 support has been extended up until 31st March 2016 for the Maintained sector.
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    SQL2014 support for SIMS & FMS will commence from Autumn 2014.
    SQL2008 and SQL2008 R2 support have both had their support extended to include Spring 2015
    Last edited by Ghostgame; 1st July 2014 at 10:46 AM.

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    Awesome news on SOLUS 2 support, but i think the SQL 2008 support will be critical for many.
    We were just talking about this yesterday - @bossman can breathe a sigh of relief

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    It's like watching a racing car go backwards. Not like F1 where you can see obvious reasons why development goes in a different direction, but a bit closer to Indycar where they just keep tripping over their big-mac fuelled feet every year just for the sake of it.

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    Great news on Solus 2, I can dodge the Solus 3 bullet a while longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Great news on Solus 2, I can dodge the Solus 3 bullet a while longer
    You and me both - i might add 'bullet dodger' to my LinkedIn profile I'm sure countless people will endorse me

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    On the solus front...ive seen the work on 3.8, which is a massive improvement (not that 3.7 wasnt already). I had been avoiding it as well, but with the new versions - I will actually be moving to it.

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    good that they have published it, i was speaking to them last week and they had said the dates had been changed.
    the proposed changes to support net cant come quick enough

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    I'd say people should stop avoiding SOLUS 3 now and move to it - its pretty darn good. I've been using it since September and its been very stable!

    Happy about the 2008 R2 extension, as it means I won't have a sudden rush to swap to a new version come Autumn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'd say people should stop avoiding SOLUS 3 now and move to it - its pretty darn good. I've been using it since September and its been very stable!
    Agreed, it has been getting more stable with each release.

    Annoyed that they took the search functionality out of the update libriary.
    It now takes ages to find a specific patch or release to authorise to a school.

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    I'd admit that it's been some time since I last tried Solus 3. It was gawd awful. No doubt it's improved a lot since then. I'm now of a mind - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Solus 2 works for us. I'll stick with that now until a change is forced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'd say people should stop avoiding SOLUS 3 now and move to it - its pretty darn good.
    Are we using the same software?

    I've had problems with continually having to enter a user/password for every new machine I add, and random workstations not being updated for no obvious reason. Not to mention the convulted user inteface that looks like its been designed for an entire Local Authority rather than individual schools.
    I wouldnt exactly call it "good".

    I assume the reason they have extended the solus 2 deadline is that others have also had these problems.
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    Suppose the extension will give the other MIS suppliers time to catch up. Capita is stuck waiting 3 months to roll out an application fix\new feature for (almost) another 2 years!! Add the fact they can't setup contained databases (requires SQL2012 or higher) - this will allow them to store SIMS SQL logins within the database so you don't have to de-attach, re-attach the database and lose half the logins when you move servers - SQL Server 2012 Partially Contained Databases Part 1 - Contained Logins - SQL Server Premier Field Engineer Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs. I hope one of the other suppliers sent them a thank you gift.

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    @all:

    Solus 3 has been very stable here for last 3 years, we will be moving to SQL2014 shortly but on a 2008R2 Server unless I can afford Server 2012 licenses?

    Anyone know how much Server 2012 license is on EES licensing scheme?

    What do people think is the best way to license server 2012 for virtualisation? Datacentre? or Seperate standard licensing which covers 2 VMs?

    Any help would be appreciated

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Are we using the same software?

    I've had problems with continually having to enter a user/password for every new machine I add, and random workstations not being updated for no obvious reason. Not to mention the convulted user inteface that looks like its been designed for an entire Local Authority rather than individual schools.
    I wouldnt exactly call it "good".

    I assume the reason they have extended the solus 2 deadline is that others have also had these problems.
    Exactly my reasons for avoidance. Why bother when they are still 'polishing' and ironing out bugs.
    I suspect the reason for extension is that Primary Schools will not be able to put up with the major headache you have been dealing with and that is the larger part of their user base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Exactly my reasons for avoidance. Why bother when they are still 'polishing' and ironing out bugs.
    Chicken and egg. Going by that logic, you'll never progress and as you'll never start as you'll always be waiting.

    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    I suspect the reason for extension is that Primary Schools will not be able to put up with the major headache you have been dealing with and that is the larger part of their user base.
    Mmm... most primary are LA and they just do what the LA says, so they follow a standard, so once the LA has got something with their standard, it just works. Again and again. I guess it resource base, have Capita hired one person to visit each school

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