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Network and Classroom Management Thread, Vanilla Network - Primary School in Technical; Hi, I'm aware quite a few high schools are moving away from RM to Vanilla Networks. Can the same be ...
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    Vanilla Network - Primary School

    Hi,

    I'm aware quite a few high schools are moving away from RM to Vanilla Networks. Can the same be said for Primary Schools?

    Specifically, are any Primary Schools in Staffordshire running on Vanilla Networks?

    Thanks,

    Martin

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    I'm in a Junior school and we run a Vanilla system - not in Staffordshire though!

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    Would you be able to give me a little bit of a run down on the size of school and what you are running?

    Thanks

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    We are a Junior school with a three form entry, years 3 to 6. (so approx 350 pupils) We have two servers - main DC is 2008R2, second server is 2003.
    We have a Ruckus wireless network
    45 PCs, 45 netbooks

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    Are you a full time tech on that site or?

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    Currently support the following vanilla networks.

    Primary - 350 pupils - 1 Server - 100 Clients - 1 day per week

    Primary - 420 pupils - 3 Servers - 170 clients - 2 days per week

    Junior - 480 pupils - 3 Servers - 130 clients - 2 days per week

    Infant - 180 pupils on roll - 1 Server 45 Clients - half a day per week

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    SysMan, What tools etc do you use to manage the Infant school, do any of the staff manage usernames etc or do you do it all?

    Also what email server are you using? I'm looking at Office 365?

    Thanks
    Last edited by MartinHamilton; 24th September 2012 at 10:55 AM.

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    I support 2 Primary Schools in Staffordshire that we have removed CC4 from and gone Vanilla, now things are quick

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinHamilton View Post
    SysMan, What tools etc do you use to manage the Infant school, do any of the staff manage usernames etc or do you do it all?

    Also what email server are you using? I'm looking at Office 365?

    Thanks
    I look after it. Usernames are based on class names so unless they change not much to worry about. Same for staff 5 min job when a new member starts.

    Currently use Live@Edu for email, just planning the upgrade to 365.

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    Both my last 2 Primaries were vanilla. The first converted from RM because it was cheaper. The second looked at the cost of RM and preferred the price of vanilla!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinHamilton View Post
    Are you a full time tech on that site or?
    3 hours per day, 5 days a week

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    Vanilla here....

    Infant school 18 computers and 20 laptops.

    Junior school 22 computers and 200 laptops

    A lot easier than RM, I used to support a third school that had cc4 and the difference between the networks was incredible, The rm network was always having problems and I was constantly on the phone to RM trying to sort these problems out.

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    Vanilla Here,

    ~120 Clients & two servers. All managed by me 3 days a week (which is more time than needed for the management of the network)

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    Vanilla here in Salford.

    I was heavily involved in the 'opt-out' process, saving my own job as we never entered into any of RM's services. From all I hear locally, we are envied, because RM area nightmare.

    We have 250 kids, 1 2003 server, 100clients.

    I'm full time so have done a lot of the leg-work. Everything runs swimmingly now, with the majority of my time being taken up by teachers who can't/won't learn to do the simplest of things.

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    Vanilla here from a ranger network.

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    ~300 pupils
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