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    SIMS LANID - Is it required and how do I know?!

    Hello,

    We currently have a LANID Environment Variable on each workstation where SIMS.net client is installed. However, I have heard rumours about it not being needed anymore. Please can you tell me if this is true and how I can check to make sure that it is no longer required before I stop assigning it.

    Thanks.

    J.Worth.

    P.S> Is the LANID Environment Variable from the DOS days....?

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    Blimey - theres a blast from the past! Yes, you are right - the LANID is from the good old DOS days, and as far as I know is now retired. @vikpaw or @PhilNeal can you confirm?

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    ^ You're correct. It isn't required.

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    What he ^ said.

    Was from the old days of SIMS Launcher and beyond - so if you're using some antiqated modules for whatever reason, then you might need it, but you can be pretty sure no-one apart from maybe 1/2 people in admin will even remember launcher.

    Six years ago, we had 2 machines with it, mine and bursar, as there was some old reports module in there, and old personnel but that was it.

    Word from the horses mouth: SIMS Launcher Module NO ID

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    Definately something from the past!

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    but some times still needed for schools who archived data when moving into sims .net and sql. I had to set up a secondary school last month as a pupil who left in 1995 had applied for a job and the employer wanted some details from the school.

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    We still set this up on a single PC in my last school, as they liked to refer back to the old data in the ancient software. Much to my annoyance every time they opened it and it played that sound...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj View Post
    but some times still needed for schools who archived data when moving into sims .net and sql. I had to set up a secondary school last month as a pupil who left in 1995 had applied for a job and the employer wanted some details from the school.
    The data would be held else where.

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    We still set this up on a single PC in my last school, as they liked to refer back to the old data in the ancient software. Much to my annoyance every time they opened it and it played that sound...
    Wonder why they didn't think to migrate it then?!?

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    [QUOTE=matt40k;839450]The data would be held else where.


    Problem was that the dates fell between our unitary split and it is quicker to do it via launcher than to request the data from the LA.

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    Yer, yer, you just wanted to break out that 1.44MB USB floppy drive!! What was the data they were after out of interest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Wonder why they didn't think to migrate it then?!?
    Because doing so would have meant having ancient data in a new system... They didn't want that.

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    Exam results, exams taken and dates that confirmed dates that the person was at the school. This was for a person who had left school in 1995!!!!

    Personally I didn't really understand the need for this unless they were applying for a very secure role

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj View Post
    Exam results, exams taken and dates that confirmed dates that the person was at the school. This was for a person who had left school in 1995!!!!

    Personally I didn't really understand the need for this unless they were applying for a very secure role
    Or just got out of jail and you were the only reference.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Or just got out of jail and you were the only reference.......
    HOw dare you sir that is a slur on the good residents of Portsmouth..

    although knowing the school there could be an element of truth there

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    To be fair this is a pretty standard request by many employers. We have data going back to 1990 in our system but only really on-roll and basic name info. If they want exam results from that far back
    we may have them in paper records, but we just refer them to the exam board web sites. Most employers or colleges these days will want to see the original certificates, and if they can't provide them
    they have no option but to contact the exam boards.

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