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    Hello, all.

    (I posted this in the general forum Introductions thread, too)

    I'm relatively new here. I'm an IT Manager for a public school district in southern Florida, USA. I manage a staff of 13. We provide support for nearly every technology product (if it plugs into the wall or connects to the network, we're expected to support it), including around 7,500 desktops and laptops, 100+ servers, 20+ telephone systems, and all of the software that runs on those systems (including business-side apps like Exchange and hundreds of instructional apps) and all of the networks that connect those systems.

    Staff breakdown:
    * 5 break-fix techs (for all 7,500 desktops)
    * 1 system admin (Windows servers, Exchange, VMware, SAN, backup)
    * 1 network specialist (all apps, printers, a/v, you name it)
    * 1 network engineer (network guru, WAN, LAN, VOIP, wireless, UHF radios, structured cabling)
    * 2 telecommunications specialists (network wiring, light lifting on the VOIP systems)
    * 1.5 help desk people
    * 1.5 computer operators (print jobs from AS/400 - one operator works on the help desk)

    Technology Breakdown:
    * Desktops: business class HP desktops running XP SP3
    * Edge servers: Windows 2003 R2 on HP DL380 G5+
    * Core servers: same, as well as HP C7000 blade chassis with BL460c blades running ESX 3.5.x, connected to a NetApp 3050c SAN
    * Network gear: mostly HP switches
    * Wifi gear: Aruba
    * VOIP: 3COM NBX and VCX
    * Web filtering: St. Bernard iPrism
    * Spam filtering: Cisco IronPort
    * E-mail: Exchange 03 SP2
    * Databases: various, including SQL 2000, 2003 and 2005, MySQL, Sybase and other smaller databases tied to instructional apps
    * Security: McAfee, Juniper and Tipping Point
    * Backup: NetApp SnapMirror, IBM Tivoli
    * Desktop Management: LANDesk Management Suite (with Security Suite), small islands of Deep Freeze, Hardware independent imaging (via LANDesk and other 3rd party tools)

    I hope that's not too much information for an introduction.

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    Hello EduGeeks!

    My name is Juan.
    I'm a former student of the place where I work. Started working here, right after graduation in 2007. I'm now the Jr. Network Admin for a middle/high school in California. Still going to school and learning as I'm going. Thanks in advance for the support!.

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    Welcome to edugeek from the UK

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    Cool

    Hello all, I've been a net admin for most of my 10 year career, but the job I currently hold is the first in the education sector. It's been strange and fun, but mostly frustrating.

    So... Hi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaeret View Post
    Hello all, I've been a net admin for most of my 10 year career, but the job I currently hold is the first in the education sector. It's been strange and fun, but mostly frustrating.

    So... Hi.

    Welcome to edugeek Jaeret

    The frustration is much the same this side of the pond too...

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    Daniel in San Antonio

    Hello Yall (Kinda what's expected) My name is Daniel and I live in San Antonio Texas. I am not a Teacher nor any type of expert on anything. I am just someone who was wanting to learn more, and I found this site while searching for other users of a program called Bright Spark.

    On a different note, THANK YOU for being a Teacher. Had it not been for you or people like you, I would not even be able to be typing this.

    THANK YOU !


    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielUS View Post
    Hello Yall (Kinda what's expected) My name is Daniel and I live in San Antonio Texas. I am not a Teacher nor any type of expert on anything. I am just someone who was wanting to learn more, and I found this site while searching for other users of a program called Bright Spark.

    On a different note, THANK YOU for being a Teacher. Had it not been for you or people like you, I would not even be able to be typing this.

    THANK YOU !


    Dan
    Welcome Aboard Dan glad to have you here bud

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielUS View Post
    Hello Yall (Kinda what's expected) My name is Daniel and I live in San Antonio Texas. I am not a Teacher nor any type of expert on anything. I am just someone who was wanting to learn more, and I found this site while searching for other users of a program called Bright Spark.

    On a different note, THANK YOU for being a Teacher. Had it not been for you or people like you, I would not even be able to be typing this.

    THANK YOU !


    Dan
    I've got family in San Antonio, awesome.

    Will have to have a beer when I'm over there next October (yeah because it's such a small place )

    Welcome to Edugeek fella.

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    I'll add my welcomes as well. I've always been interested in learning how the ICT in education works over in America. Hopefully I'll get some information from here.

    I always wanted to go to America to work in schools but instead got married LOL.

    Gareth

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    Hello all,

    I just stumbled on to this site tonight. I would like to say thank you for an incredible site.

    I am the one and only tech guy in a small school of 200 students in western kansas. Looking forward to rubbing shoulders with other school tech personel.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by techidave View Post
    Hello all,

    I just stumbled on to this site tonight. I would like to say thank you for an incredible site.

    I am the one and only tech guy in a small school of 200 students in western kansas. Looking forward to rubbing shoulders with other school tech personel.

    Dave

    glad you like the site. look forward to seeing your around the forums and collaborating on any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techidave View Post
    Hello all,

    I just stumbled on to this site tonight. I would like to say thank you for an incredible site.

    I am the one and only tech guy in a small school of 200 students in western kansas. Looking forward to rubbing shoulders with other school tech personel.

    Dave
    Welcome!

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    Welcome to the bright new faces.

    Have a seat and a hobnob... oh wait, still out of those...

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    Hi

    Hi,

    I work for school district in PA doing help desk.

    Gareth, I've always wanted to work in the UK, doing IT :-)
    Last edited by TheITCrowd; 28th January 2010 at 04:29 AM. Reason: gramatical mistake

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    Welcome to all
    I've always wanted to go to look at some schools in the US (hint!)
    Do you think my bosses would pay for a 'fact-finding mission'???
    Anyone else wanna come?

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