I must agree with the thoughts of many on PAT testing..............................Keep the barstools out of the server room!!!
Problem is i wish i had a server room! I would if we did but its ac primary and space is a premium so it comes lower on the list and its historic in the fact that the networks just evolved from a simple.pc with a share in w98, to just being replaced by a server and by then all cables are in place and the servers home is just beneath a workbench. 3 out of my 4 schools are like that, the other which is also getting a new server at half term has a 6' cabinet which atbleats keeps everything central and safe. So on the pat testing side sometimes dont get any warning its being done, and dont know how i stand with it being near pupils and not in a secure room. On the one with a cabinet did manage 5 years without a test! :-)
fingers and toes.
Pat testing Cronies arrived at School this am without warning !! unplugging everything in their path
if you have a spare 1/2 decent workstation is it worth running disk2vhd every few days so if need be you can quickly virtualize it to keep it going
I can highly recommend Kell if you need a small server cabinet which will fit in a corner or under a desk. Should keep the cables away from testers/kids, fully lockable, and pretty quiet (mine has a screaming Dell 1550 inside and you can barely hear it).
run disk 2 vhd on the pc you want to virtualize and save the resultant vhd somewhere like a network share usb hdd etc
install some ms virualization tech on a pc be it virtual server virtual pc or enabling hyper v on a 2008/2008r2 box
create a new vm and point it at a local copy of the vhd you have created as its hard drive.
boot it up and try it main stumbliung point ive found is pre sp2 2003 boxes need service packing really as soon as opr the virtualization tools dont work (definately true of hyper v not 100% on vpv/v server
TechSupp (9th February 2011)
Thanks, i'll look in to that.
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