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7th November 2010, 01:01 AM #1
RM SimplyWorks To Be Relesed At BETT 2011
RM is hoping to release a new product called SimplyWorks at the BETT Show 2011 aimed at the primary school sector where a full blown Community Connect 4 network would be uneconomical.
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RM SimplyWorks Coming To BETT 2011-Russell Dyas
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7th November 2010, 07:35 PM #2
I never really saw the appeal in Multipoint (which this is based on) based on the fact that as soon as you introduce it to an environment with people familiar with computers, I suspect it would be pretty quick to end up messing up somehow. I mean, the video for MultiPoint 2010 (here) shows them doing instances of photo editing, word processing, etc, all simultaneously, and I have to wonder how much of that is actually MultiPoint running and how much of it is faked or at least fixed (log the other kids off while they show two of them working), since I can imagine that can be quite resource intensive, especially on a wee little PC like that.
I can see how it may be good in primary though, not that many primary kids are likely to be doing 2 things at once on a PC, let alone 5 or 6.
EDIT: Wait, how Primary are we talking? This thing would crash and burn in the ICT Suite of a school with people in the age range of about Year 6, and I know there are probably numerous out there that would attempt to get this thing working and then be rather disappointed when it doesn't, I knew what toner was in junior school, it wouldn't have taken me long to work out that the whole thing was on one machine and make the entire room cry out in pain from resource hoggage.
Last edited by Cue; 7th November 2010 at 08:40 PM.
7th November 2010, 08:46 PM #3
Not sure you know as much as I do about it. I suppose all depends on spec on the main server but make it a good spec machine for it to run on then shouldn't run too bad (they say running 10 machines to one server).
Can see multipoint/simplyworks useful for smaller primary schools where you are running 20 machines at very most and do not need full blown server solution. However a larger primary schools will want a more fuller network solution.
7th November 2010, 10:46 PM #4
Isn't that what MultiPoint server (or other multi-seat products) provides? You set up users and applications on one machine only, everyone just logs on to terminals to use it?
Originally Posted by russdev
7th November 2010, 10:57 PM #5
The product is based on multipoint what rm adds to it I am not sure at moment as not seen the product.
Originally Posted by dhicks
7th November 2010, 11:07 PM #6
A lot of uncessary bloated over heads if anything like a normal RM product - steer clear and save time, money , hassle and your sanity!
7th November 2010, 11:27 PM #7
Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith
This product really in my mind is aimed at a small primary school that has little or no support (quite funny really RM going back to some of the roots it started out in).
7th November 2010, 11:48 PM #8
Is it possible to connect two (or more) MultiPoint servers together so you don't have to setup duplicate user accounts on each one?
What I found particularly interesting was that only the academic edition has the ability to be joined to a domain. This cannot be done with the OEM version, which HPs ms6000 uses.
7th November 2010, 11:51 PM #9
Well, if they run with AD/DC you could link them up, I think? Not had much experience in multiple DCs, only have an independent DC. It's where I need to hone my skills the most really. But if they don't run as AD/DC then you should theoretically be able to link them up to a single domain controller, should work just fine.
What I find sad is that Multipoint isn't on my MSDN downloads list, I was quite looking forward to giving it a go, since it just uses bog standard mice, keyboards, monitors and USB hubs.
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