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    Heres the email I got,

    "We have been advised this morning that before completing the SIMS .net August upgrade you need to check with the Exams Officer that the OCR Nationals Base Data has been set up for Sept 07 and the results have been entered BEFORE the August upgrade is completed.
    This is because the August upgrade changes the levels structure for Sept 08 and prevents the results from being entered."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Heres the email I got,

    "We have been advised this morning that before completing the SIMS .net August upgrade you need to check with the Exams Officer that the OCR Nationals Base Data has been set up for Sept 07 and the results have been entered BEFORE the August upgrade is completed.
    This is because the August upgrade changes the levels structure for Sept 08 and prevents the results from being entered."
    This was done due to conflicting information given by Capita, typically the helpdesk were stating one thing and the specialists stated another.

    We are still not releasing the upgrade until schools are able to confirm that the basedata has been applied, as one of our site may have to roll back to May, apply the basedata and then upgrade again

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    I got back from holiday to find our not too considerate LEA had put ther August updates on the server without letting the IT dept know, so came in to find people panicing as there were problems for us.

    The main one being the Exam Administrator has found all her exams doubled up, it will not let her work on them and tells her to delete one of each enty. LEA currently running a patch to hopefully fix this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTNUT View Post
    I can confirm that I have done the August Upgrade this morning and "touch wood" all seems to be OK.

    I was told that we had to have this for our A Level results as the Exams Organiser had to be upgraded otherwise we would not be able to do the analysis.
    They lie!!!!

    We didn't upgrade and everything worked fine for us, and our SMT like their statistics, analysis etc.

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    I;ve heared it's only a few of those rare exams that need the Aug'08 release, i've not heard which ones, so I can only recommend Aug'08, personally, do it, if you don't and it goes t1ts up, you know what to do, go beg to your LEA to give ya a hand :P Lol, no, just install Aug'08 and try again.

    Glad everyone's hasn't had too many problems importing. On the grand scale of things, it hasn't been too bad. Not heared of anyone ripping there hair out etc, still I guess they would still be busy

    Well done to anyone who rushed to install August and anyone who didn't and it worked, it might be worth getting a lottery ticket, or perhaps that should be for those you rushed to install August and it worked ok

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    It's one of those things - 50-50 choice I literally flipped a coin and it came up tails which meant I didn't install it

    As I said - spoke to the HT and exams officer and we all agreed to try it without the update and if it didn't work then it just meant an hour or so delay putting it on. (assuming no backup restore was needed ).

    Not so easy to do it the other way around

    From what I gather most of the effects were for NVQ type results and those in Northern Ireland.

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    I am still deciding whether or not to apply the August release. There haven't been any real horror stories from early adopters but there's already a known issues list on support.net

    What's an admin to do?

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    Justy found the August update sitting on our SOLUS 2 server.. quick phone call to our SIMS guys and now waiting for them to remove it until next week!!

    Last thing I need is that being downloaded/applied the day the exam results come down!!

    If they don't remove it and I find its been applied I can see the LEA's IT Services being stormed en masse tomorrow by irate teachers, staff and NMs/Techs!!

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