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    1. Yes we do. We're using Ubuntu LTS on a Fujitsu RX220 1u server.
    2. N/A
    3. Me.
    4. Yes one of the junior techs does this.
    5. Yes. My boss (who's an ex-teacher) does this role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    don't forget MIS (SIMS) integration, you don't get that with an external hosting
    why can't you have SIMS integration with Moolde hosted externally? this goes against what Synergy-Moodle told me yesterday at BETT...

    comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    why can't you have SIMS integration with Moolde hosted externally? this goes against what Synergy-Moodle told me yesterday at BETT...

    comments?

    Thats fantastic news. I was previously led to believe that there were no moodle hosts who would provide SIMS integration.
    I always assumed the problems were because you'd need to expose your MIS server to the rest of the world, and it would need extra complications like secure vpns etc.

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    Define integration... it usually means a bulk upload of students from SIMS into Moodle and that's it.

    We need live integration as we we have students enrolling throughout the year, makes it much more "interesting"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Define integration... it usually means a bulk upload of students from SIMS into Moodle and that's it.

    We need live integration as we we have students enrolling throughout the year, makes it much more "interesting"
    Well we have SIMS-moodle live integration, if a student is added to SIMS then their AD account is automatically created and their courses are and SIMS timetable are automatically populated in moodle.

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    That's what we're aiming for with our install but with a different MIS system - must make a huge difference with live updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Well we have SIMS-moodle live integration, if a student is added to SIMS then their AD account is automatically created and their courses are and SIMS timetable are automatically populated in moodle.
    but you are hosting the MOODLE solution right?

    is it correct then that if you get someone else to host it then although you can have SIMS integration it will not be live and any changes HAVE to be via manual csv upload - or is it automatic - but just live - ie nightly updates such as how Uniservity work....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Bit of an open question but discussions have started again about sorting out our rather empty Moodle site and part of it involves making a decision on hosting \ development of it. So basically I was wondering for those of you with Moodle...

    - if you host internally what platform do you use, Linux or Windows?
    - if external who is yuor host and how do you rate them?
    - if Linux who manages the system, backups, upgrades etc?
    - do you have a developer of some sort to design the themes etc?
    - do you have an eLearning co-ordinator, VLE manager etc to oversee the project in general, arrange training etc etc?

    Lots of qu's I know but any info much appreciated
    1. Internal - Linux AMP (Fedora 10, Moodle 1.9.3)
    2. N/A
    3. I do - got a cron to do the mysql dump - not yet sorted out rsync - help!
    4. Me again.. though the theme was downloaded from moodle.org (knowledge-library I think its called)
    5. Me - general moodle/VLE Manager, Dep HT is also eLearning Co-ordinator

    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Define integration... it usually means a bulk upload of students from SIMS into Moodle and that's it.

    We need live integration as we we have students enrolling throughout the year, makes it much more "interesting"
    We have SIMS.net integrated with Moodle without needing to bulk upload the users - bit tricky to set up as I needed to:
    1. export pupil UPNs from SIMS
    2. export users (by year [OU]) from AD
    3. Match AD users to correct UPN (excel for this - but didnt have any fancy formulae for it which is my next task!!)
    4. Enable the employeeID field in AD
    5. Import UPNs to AD - easy with the Dovestone software
    6. configure Moodle to talk to AD - fairly easy
    7. decipher SIMS instructions for creating course and installing the SIMS.net timetable and courses!
    Worth it in the end - pupils, and staff, can now see their timetables within Moodle.. One handy feature is that it also pulls over their courses from SIMS and auto-enrols them (eg creates a course called 8x/It1 - and adds all the year 8 pupils in that class!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    but you are hosting the MOODLE solution right?

    is it correct then that if you get someone else to host it then although you can have SIMS integration it will not be live and any changes HAVE to be via manual csv upload - or is it automatic - but just live - ie nightly updates such as how Uniservity work....?

    we do host our own moodle, but I do concede that it is possible to have a live update with an externally hosted solution. I doubt many companies would be willing to provide this because most schools networks are not identical, and it could end up being rather complex to implement. AFAIK I've not seen any webparts/moodle integration - because SIMS is ASP (which won't run in linux/apache). The overnight integration of uniservity is simply because their product is sh*t and they don't know what they are doing. Once they've fleeced a few million of our schools they'll probably be able to afford to introduce live integration.

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    @CyberNerd - There is a Block/Mod available from Moodle.org: open-source community-based tools for learning for integrating SIMS Timetables which is what I used above - If using Linux, you need to have FreeTDS and php-mssql installed on it to allow PHP to connect to the SQL Server
    The process involves creating about 3 Views on the SQL Server which are then referenced by Moodle..

    You can also buy - at a hefty price IIRC - a webpart for Sharepoint from The SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) (i think! - either that or they are 2 seperate products)

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