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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    I did vote but for XP since that is our main platform.

    10 Server 2003
    3 W2K Server
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    approx 80 W2K Pro
    approx 200 XP Pro Workstations
    approx 240 XP Pro Laptops

    24 OSX Tiger

    No linux boxes yet ... but maybe later in the year when I get chance to play a bit more with karoshi.

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    12 Server 2003
    730 Xp Pro CLients

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    12 Server 2003
    730 Xp Pro CLients
    That's a hell of a lot of servers (when you consider you aren't running Citrix or TS). You have a lot of clients too!

    How big is your place? 8O

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    1600 Kids
    150 staff

    5 buildings all linked with 1gb fibre

    2 ICT Support Staff

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    You need another member added to your ICT Support staff methinks tosca!

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    At least he has a helper!

    (1100 kids, 100 staff, 6 buildings linked with fibre, me, couple of hundred clients, 6 Citrix servers, 6 other servers)

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    ouch! that's rough Ric_

    same as me though - 300 clients but only 900 kids. And i'm starting to go under - suppose it's related to your budget - a 3 year replacement cycle would mean less work supporting - someone should chart it!

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    @mark: That's part of the idea of the Citrix implementation. Since you are technically only installing software on x number of servers, rather than x-hundred clients, it should be less hassle and less administration (I am also using enterprise edition with its magical replication).

    I'm also not exactly sure where I could put a little helper - maybe kick the IT teacher out to free up some desk space

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    @Ric_ so do you publish the whole desktop then [as I do on our Citrix system] and doesn't that leave you with very poor functionality with multimedia and high end apps such as the macromedia stuff?

    Interesting you seem to know so much Citrix config - I had a hell of a job getting into it as a newbie - and the guys that installed it had it no-where as neat as you have it! We have XPe too.

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    @Ric
    At least he has a helper!

    (1100 kids, 100 staff, 6 buildings linked with fibre, me, couple of hundred clients, 6 Citrix servers, 6 other servers)
    I need it with 730 Xp Pro clients and 12 servers...............lol

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    i was speaking to a school last week whose teachers all used macs and students all used windows pcs. how would you like that headache to deal with? lol

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    Quote Originally Posted by StuartC
    i was speaking to a school last week whose teachers all used macs and students all used windows pcs. how would you like that headache to deal with? lol
    Other than having the pain of teachers having to bugger about to create PC resources (Virtual PC would help ... but not much) it would be quite nice.

    Then again ... you could eliminate a lot of user stupidity by giving the staff Macs.

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    @StuartC: Citrix would help there too - Citrix clients are available for Mac and Windows so you could just fire off a connection to a server and have a common desktop/apps. You could, in theory, even run that old 16-bit piece of educational software from 20 years ago (which is still vital to the curriculum) on your brand spanking OS X machines!

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    Re: What operating systems do schools use.

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    Interesting you seem to know so much Citrix config - I had a hell of a job getting into it as a newbie - and the guys that installed it had it no-where as neat as you have it! We have XPe too.
    I used XPe on some of my clients at the last place I worked - it kinda sucked but I think that it was partly the way it was implemented on the Compaq thin clients (Smartmedia based storage aint the fastest to boot from!). However, it did have that nifty disk protector thing so I was able to just tell the staff to turn the things off and on if the settings got scrubbed - hence I didn't lock them down properly

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