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    SIMS.net Training/Test Data

    Hello everyone!

    I was just wondering if anybody knows where I can get the SIMS.net Green Abbey School training data from as I would like to test out some things in SIMS but would rather not use the "real" SIMS data and would also not like to make a duplicate of our "real" SIMS data.

    The main reason for this is that I would like to install SIMS.net on a standalone laptop computer.

    Thanks in advance,

    J. Worth.

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    I think only Capita can supply this data.

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    I'm afraid that we supply the Green Abbey training data under contract to support units.

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    It's better to use actual data as the training data is only 1 of about a million options, so it may work in training but it might not work in your actual data. Plus you have to keep downloading it, otherwise you end up with out of date data - for example, running an attendance query with months of missing marks isn't going to be much help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    I'm afraid that we supply the Green Abbey training data under contract to support units.
    @PhilNeal Is there a reason you cant release this to a couple of us for test use please? I would find this very handy for the test environment. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    @PhilNeal Is there a reason you cant release this to a couple of us for test use please? I would find this very handy for the test environment. Thanks
    It would be pretty pointless, you can pretty much guarantee it'll work in the training database as Capita's tested it, the LA's have tested it. Your best bet is to setup a test environment and have you last night backup restored onto it. That way your testing your backup solution at the same time. Bob Carswell wrote a pretty good guide about doing this.

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    FN-GM - the training database (& materials) is maintained by a dedicated team its being updated daily. This is paid for by the support team charge so it wouldn't be fair to give it away to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    FN-GM - the training database (& materials) is maintained by a dedicated team its being updated daily. This is paid for by the support team charge so it wouldn't be fair to give it away to others.
    @PhilNeal So we pay for sims and support (expensive by the way) and you wont give us dummy data for testing?

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    Again, what are you planning on testing on the data? It's most likely not going to be fit for purpose anyway.

    PS: Support team pay ALOT more then schools do. ALOT.

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    I have a stand alone laptop that I use for beta testing of SIMS when these releases are available (and when I have time!). This is maintained with a copy of our own SIMS Database, whenever I wish to do some testing.
    Why don't you follow that route?

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    It's not difficult to grab a backup of your live data and copy it over to the test environment. Probably just as easy as downloading the dummy data from Capita every 5 minutes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    every 5 minutes?
    Feels like it.



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