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MIS Systems Thread, SIMS .net March '09 release in Technical; I'm looking forward to the change in looks actually. The admin staff here will pick it up pretty quickly - ...
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    I'm looking forward to the change in looks actually. The admin staff here will pick it up pretty quickly - the teaching staff don't use SIMS just the webparts for attendance, tracking etc so it doesn't affect them thankfully.

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    So, other than a new homepage (which our users never touch anyway) what new features does the March release bring, and is it stable? I'm trying to decide whether it is worth upgrading over Easter...

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    Well my data is about to wing its way to Sims for its monthly visit so my opinion is a little lobsided

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    Well SIMS March Update is now LIVE! on our Network so wait for the Teachers to give it a good go today.

    This was not planned! but we had an issue yesterday where everyone was getting Fatel Error's when logging on.. done Dbupdate etc along with the help from SMIS. no joy.. so bite the bullet and just installed the March update and everything worked again!!

    :| Crazy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    So, other than a new homepage (which our users never touch anyway) what new features does the March release bring, and is it stable? I'm trying to decide whether it is worth upgrading over Easter...
    Go onto SupportNet and get the release notes, then search for March and see if there are any known-issues. IMHO it's pretty stable so long as you've got good hardware.

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    One that may be significant is that Cover 7 will now deal correctly with exams; it takes exam rooms that have been scheduled and roomed and they appear in Cover and can be covered by appropriate staff. This was the key feature missing from the first release.

    There does seem to have been fewer issues than usual on Supportnet for this release; but I can't speak from direct experience because our LA support unit havn't authorised the download yet - they are being ultra cautious with this one it seems....
    Last edited by Linfit; 26th March 2009 at 10:49 AM.

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    Has the SLG update for March been released yet does anybody know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Has the SLG update for March been released yet does anybody know?
    Next Week mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Has the SLG update for March been released yet does anybody know?
    For those of us with a hosted (at capita) solution they are patching it this weekend so we can roll the upgrade early next week.

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    Authorised for Birmingham Primaries now. Think the mirror has all the files now

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    Anyone had an issue with Exams organiser since the March release?

    Our exams lady is having major slowdown issues when trying to seat kids, takes around 15 mins to save etc.

    Checked supportnet and their seems to be a patch, but it says this issue would be fixed in the March release, but it seems we got it from the March release.

    Strange, anyways we are waiting on a reply from SIMs

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    Load of people are using SQL 2005 Express when they should have paid and got MSSQL 2005 Standard (or Enterprise).

    Basically some things in FMS are rather heavy, same with exams, census. You add them all up, shove in some like lesson monitor and you wonder why your Quad Xeon, 4GB can't run, express only uses 1 core and 1gb ram.

    My advise, check your within Capita recommend spec, note, this is the min! So if any part is below, upgrade. If you're a secondary school, look at full SQL.

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    we have full 2005 sql and it runs on all 4 procs and 2gb ram. runs like arse most of the day!

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    How much RAM you got? I would have though it would have used more.

    Oh forgot to say...

    64BIT. Assuming it's a dedi not one of this dual workstation\server rubbish. Look at 64bit, test first tho.

    64bit doesn't have the problem with deal with more the 4gb ram, and only give 2.5GB to an application.

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    We have an ongoing issue with sql process using 90-100% cpu on 4 proccessors during registration times, capitia keep looking into it etc.

    still, 100 classroom registration machines logging in and taking registers at the sametime - fun

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