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    Windows 8 in Education: How to deploy Windows 8 in education


    This is part five of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide”, then “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment”, followed by “Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education” and finally “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Guide for BYOD in Education”.

    The Windows 8 deployment guide for education

    imageThis guide contains advice on how to deploy Windows 8 in education – covering the technical aspects that an IT team will need to know to easily and securely deploy Windows 8 to existing and new computers in a school, TAFE or university. There are a number of key deployment strategies discussed, including deploying standard images on every machine, and light-touch or zero-touch Windows 8 deployments. Even if you have been deploying Windows computers for years, and have a standard mechanism that you’ve used successfully for all of that time, I would still recommend reviewing the alternative mechanisms that have been developed for Windows 8, to ensure that your chosen model is still the most efficient – for both your IT team, and for your users. This is especially critical in a world where users have an expectation of more individual control over their devices, their choice of software, and their modes of use. The way you choose to deploy Windows 8 to your users is going to be one of the first decisions which could ultimately decide how happy your users are with the IT system that you provide – and that’s becoming more key as teaching staff have increasing control over their own use of technology, and whether or not they use your corporate systems.

    As an aside, I used to work for an organisation where the IT team had so tightly controlled what users did, that the impact was that users increasingly ended up building an alternative IT system through a combination of mobile devices and mobile internet services – the upshot was that IT had significantly less visibility and control of users’ activities than if they’d had given users a little more control and flexibility in the first place. And when your users are switching to using third-party web services for their day-to-day activities, you give up huge amounts of control. I’ve heard of scenarios of teaching staff bringing servers into their classroom to allow their students to use collaborative environments, because the IT system provided centrally blocks access to the apps and web-based servers they want to use. The lesson for me from this is that sometimes IT’s insistence on too much control actually leads to radically less control!

    The three primary methods for deploying Windows 8 in education

    You can install Windows 8 onto devices within your institution in many ways. Although deployment strategies for enterprise customers typically apply to educational deployments too, certain requirements make educational deployments unique. All educational environments need to provide not only for administrative staff but also for teachers and students, each of whom has special requirements for their computing environment. Historically, many education users have chosen to deploy a single image to their computers which includes the operating system, all the required application software, drivers and updates. However, the recommended strategy now is to deploy a ‘thin image’ which includes the operating system only, and then to deploy applications, drivers and updates after the initial deployment.

    Either way, you then need to pick one of three primary methods for deploying Windows 8:

    • Manual installation
    • Image-based deployment
    • Automated installation

    This deployment guide for education talks you through each option, including which tools are available from Microsoft to help you make it easier, and the factors that will help you decide between the options available. The four strategies discussed are:

    • High-touch, with retail media
    • High-touch, with a standard image
    • Lite-touch, for higher volume deployments
    • Zero-touch, for very high volume deployments

    To pick the right one, you’ll need to consider how many computers you are deploying to, where your computers are based, what skills are available in the team doing the deployment, which of the combination of free and licensed Microsoft deployment software you have/want to use, and whether or not you’ll also be deploying standard applications at the same time.

    For each option, the Windows 8 deployment guide for education then steps you through the things you’ll need, the decisions you will have to make, and the steps to take – and provides a deep set of reference materials for you to use.

    The final chapter also guides you through the tools available for managing institution-owned computers, so that you can see the benefits, limitations and requirements of each option – and so helping you with the ongoing lifecycle management of your IT systems.

    Pretty obviously, this guide isn’t for everybody – it’s really the thing that will light up the faces of the IT team as they dive down into what quickly becomes an acronym-lovers guide to IT (if you get excited about whether to choose between ADBA, KMS or MAK for Windows activation, this guide’s for you!). But the authors have done a great job of providing good overviews, without throwing too much detail too quickly; and then they have also provided reference links to much deeper detail.

    Learn MoreDownload the Deployment Guide here (PDF)

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    Microsoft Education Partner Summits in Australia – register now


    Microsoft Education Partner Summit in Australia (banner image)

    Next month we’re loading the Microsoft Education team, and a big pile of equipment, into an appropriate vehicle* and setting off on a road trip – heading out to five capital cities across the country to meet up with our Microsoft education partners and resellers. And here’s your invitation to book yourself, and your colleagues from sales and marketing, a place to spend the day with us in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth** and Sydney.

    The Microsoft Education Partner Summits in Australia are an opportunity to get deep insight into the changing dynamics of the schools, TAFE and universities sectors from the Microsoft Education team. With the schools market moving rapidly towards a devolved marketplace, and increasing numbers of institutions implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, the traditional business models of many of our education partners, and of Microsoft, is challenged by new market dynamics.

    Education is increasingly a competitive and critical market for Microsoft and our partners, with key organisations seeing the long term value of winning the institution and seeding their brand through these schools to reach teachers, students and parents. The combination of the consumerisation of IT, technology adoption at younger ages, the accelerating desire for 1:1 computing and BYOD are requiring education institutions to take more innovative approaches to learning, in and outside the classroom.

    The agenda is specifically focused on meeting the needs of sales and marketing personnel who want the most effective sales messages and strategies to win in a transformed marketplace. With traditional revenue streams being disrupted by increasingly fragmented decision making, the Education Partner Summit in Australia will focus on ensuring that you walk away with the information you need to develop an effective and profitable strategy to grow your business, with practical sales resources, and understanding how you can leverage your Microsoft relationship and the resources of the Microsoft Education business to sell alongside you.

    The day will benefit sales and marketing teams dealing with schools, TAFEs and universities. Additionally, the seminar will provide valuable insight to product marketing and development teams who are looking to identify new profitable product and service opportunities within the education sector.

    The aim is to ensure that our partners can compete effectively, and tell a differentiated story that appeals across the different levels of decision makers within education institutions.

    The day runs from 9AM to 3:30PM, and we’ve structured the agenda so that you could have some colleagues attend only part of the day (for example, for the more technically mind we’ll have a great session in the afternoon to look at Windows 8 app development for education).

    Where are the Microsoft Education Partner Summits?

    We’re going to be touching down in the south first, and then heading progressively up the country (although I thought at first that this list had been sorted from bottom to top, but then I realised it’s not quite right).

    To book yourself in for any of the events, just click on the link below:

    10th Oct – Melbourne

    15th Oct – Adelaide

    22nd Oct – Perth

    29th Oct – Sydney

    1st Nov – Brisbane

    The event is open to Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers (AERs), resellers of our OEM device partners, Independent Software Developers, any organisation with a registration on Microsoft Partner Network, or another organisation which resells, recommends, develops on, or supports Microsoft technology in education.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you next month. If you’ve got any questions, then either drop me an email, or ask a question in the Comments box below.

    * Okay, I may have to concede that ‘appropriate vehicle’ is going to mean row 37 on a domestic flight!

    ** Personally, I’m also excited about making my first ever visit to Perth, so I’m hoping the weather’s going to be bright and sunny for me.

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    Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Guide for BYOD in Education


    This is part four of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide”, then “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment” and finally “Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education

    Front cover of BYOD Devices - A Deployment Guide for EducationBring Your Own Device (BYOD) models are becoming increasingly popular in schools across Australia, especially as schools try to continue providing 1:1 access after the end of the DER programme. The strategy enables students to use their own computers or other devices in the classroom. The tightening of school budgets and the consumerisation of technology make the BYOD model attractive, but the use of BYOD programmes requires careful planning by IT, to ensure that the students can still participate fully, and to avoid disruption in the classroom, and the perils of teaching to the lowest-denominator device.

    Our new Deployment Guide for BYOD Devices has been produced to help you evaluate the different device options. Before it dives into the specifics about deploying your BYOD model, it starts with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses across different BYOD device options:

    • Smartphone
    • App-based device
    • Laptop computer
    • Tablet PC with pen

    It then goes further to analyse the considerations for different Education BYOD models, with a further look at benefits & considerations of each BYOD model:

    • School-defined single-platform laptop
    • School-defined single-platform laptop plus another device
    • School-defined multiplatform laptop
    • Student choice of laptop or tablet
    • Bring whatever device connects to the Internet

    The deployment advice then flows from these options:

    Building a secure BYOD environment – which includes physical device security, data security and access control (with some excellent links to detailed TechNet library articles)

    Building a supportable BYOD environment – including technical support, maintenance, licensing of software, security and device lifecycles.

    Preparing the infrastructure – including network security , file and print, collaboration and communications considerations.

    Learn MoreDownload BYOD Devices: A Deployment Guide for Education

    For more background, and discussion around the teaching and learning scenarios, you should also read the Microsoft BYOD In Schools white paper produced last year by my colleague Sean Tierney and Bruce Dixon from the AAL Foundation. More information here

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    Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education


    This is part three of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide” and “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment”.

    One of the challenges for educational institutions is managing the wide diversity of devices and user types. Given such diversity, establishing and maintaining a standardised technology learning platform can be difficult. Let’s face it, even with your own institution-owned devices, it may be possible to purchase some new devices running the Windows 8 operating system or upgrade existing devices to Windows 8, whilst other institution-owned devices may be unable to run Windows 8 (such as older hardware, or devices running Apple iOS or Google Android).

    Add in the complexity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, which are increasing in popularity and it can get super-complex.  BYOD initiatives allow students and/or staff to use their devices in and out of the classroom. Whilst BYOD initiatives help institutions by reducing the up-front cost of devices, they can also complicate the technology management for IT staff, and classroom management for teaching staff.

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Windows Server 2012 can remotely run Windows apps as though they are running on the user’s device – including audio, video, graphically-intensive apps – and giving them access to their own connected devices – such as USB connected scanners or memory sticks.

    Microsoft Deployment Guides for VDI in Education

    VDI for personally-owned devices whitepaper - front coverVDI for institution-owned devices whitepaper - front cover 
    To help you with your planning, and to understand the options, we’ve produced two Windows 8 Deployment Guides for Education:

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    Top ten tips for using Office 365 education


    Yep, that's James, and to prove he's British, he's taken his profile picture in a pub!Earlier this year my colleague James Marshall, from the UK, wrote 10 posts on his Education in the Cloud blog, each covering one of his top tips for Office 365 Education. He’s also helpfully summarised all top 10 tips in one handy place – which I’ve reproduced below:

    Office 365 Education is constantly evolving with new features being added, and existing features being improved; and of course, it’s free to education customers. So this Top 10 features of Office 365 for education list could soon be out of date as we add new, even better, features to it. But for now, it’s a great start:


    Top Tip #10 – Blogging in SharePoint Online

    Whether you want a class blog, or your own blog to share with your students, the blogging capabilities in SharePoint Online allow teachers and students to quickly and easily write up their thoughts, ideas and showcase their progress in a secure environment. You can even customise the look and feel of the blogs to make them more appealing for younger pupils.

    Top Tip #9 – Multiple Co-Authoring in Office Web Apps

    Working on class projects has never been easier thanks to the Office Web Apps and their ability to support multiple authors of spreadsheets and documents at the same time! Being able to collaborate on work in the classroom (and at home!) is really important and the Office Web Apps enable anyone with access to a supported browser and an Internet connection to get involved.

    Top Tip #8 – Excel Surveys

    How many times have you needed to survey your students and staff for their feedback? This doesn’t just apply to teaching and learning, but also the IT department, facilities, finance, almost anyone in the institution. It couldn’t be more simple to create a survey in Excel that can capture a variety of answer types (yes/no, multiple choice, text, date, etc.) into a spreadsheet automatically. This can be shared amongst your students and staff, or publicly.

    Student feedback is particularly important in universities. Many still spend time printing thousands of sheets of paper each year only to have to input that data back into a computer! Why not cut out the paper middle-man and use an Excel Survey?

    Top Tip #7 – Following content in SharePoint Online

    In a mature SharePoint Online environment there might be thousands of sites, files and other content that may or may not be useful to every student or member of staff. Sometimes you stumble upon a really useful resource either by searching or by accident and now you can keep track of it by following the content in your newsfeed.

    Top Tip #6 – Outlook Web App on Mobile Devices

    When a school, TAFE or university is using shared devices, such as tablets, it isn’t always possible to personally configure the applications for a particular user; this is where the web apps in Office 365 really come into their own. The Outlook Web App on mobile devices is excellent, and will automatically switch format based on the type of device you’re using whether it’s a mobile phone, tablet or full PC device.

    Top Tip #5 – Multiple Calendar Views in OWA

    This is one of my favourite tips. In the Outlook Web App you can add multiple calendars to view on one screen. This is extremely useful when it comes to planning tutorials, meetings, and other events as you can overlay many people’s calendars to see when the most suitable time would be to arrange something. No more lengthy email threads trying to work out when everyone can make it!

    There are even Microsoft partners out there who have developed solutions to automatically fill your calendar with your school timetable so that it’s available instantly, wherever you go.

    Top Tip #4 – Drag ‘n’ Drop in SkyDrive Pro

    Uploading files to anywhere in the past has always been a bit of a chore. Having to click browse, find your individual file, upload and repeat quickly becomes a nightmare. In the new Office 365 you can simply drag and drop multiple files into a documents library and see them get uploaded automatically – simple!

    Top Tip #3 – Lync Online Web Scheduler

    If you don’t have Outlook client available to you then scheduling a Lync meeting might seem like an impossible task; not so with the Lync Online Web Scheduler. Now it’s easy to configure your meeting settings via the browser. With the latest updates to Office 365 you can event schedule a Lync Online meeting straight from the Outlook Web App.

    Top Tip #2 – SharePoint Online Social Networking

    The humble # symbol probably never thought it would get such exposure before Twitter launched, but now the #hashtag is king, with @mentions and “likes” not far behind. In SharePoint Online you can use these familiar social networking features to share content and conversations with others in your class.

    Top Tip #1 – Offline Access

    I’d like to think we live in a world where connection to the Internet is practically everywhere, but speak to anyone who has been along the coast, away from a city recently and they’ll tell you that being offline is not unusual! Thankfully, just because you’re using services that are in the cloud does not mean that you suffer when you lose your Internet access. With the new Office 365 there is an offline mode for OWA, and of course the old favourite, the Office and SkyDrive Pro clients to keep you going when your connection lets you down.

    Top Tip #0 – Supercharged Office 365 Storage

    This is my bonus tip! Since putting the original top 10 tips together we’ve supercharged the storage options in Office 365. Now students and staff get to benefit from 25 GB of free SkyDrive Pro storage, with options to increase that up to 100 GB! Equally, students, staff and alumni also get their inbox quotas doubled from 25 GB to 50 GB, free!

    Helpfully, we’ve also increased the individual file upload limits from 250 MB per file to 2 GB per file, and made it even easier to restore documents. Now it’s much easier to store those important multimedia or design technology coursework files online, securely, and accessible from anywhere.



    Learn MoreLearn more about Office 365 Education, and sign up for a free trial

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    GeoGebra for Windows 8 released

    GeoGebra logoGeoGebra is an open-source mathematics app that is used on over 700,000 classroom Windows computers in Australia alone. And the developers have just released GeoGebra for Windows 8, so now there’s a touch-based version of GeoGebra for students using tablets, or teachers using interactive whiteboards in the classroom.

    Last year I completed a review of the key pieces of software installed on Australian classroom computers – it took quite a while, because there are so many different apps, and so many different school setups, but eventually I ended up with a list of software that was in the standard install for up to a million classroom computers. Whilst every single app I found could already run on Windows 8, it’s a passion for me to track which ones are also available as new Windows 8 touch apps too.

    For Australian schools, this announcement is a big one! GeoGebra is the world’s favourite dynamic mathematics software, has received numerous educational software awards, and supports STEM education and innovations in teaching and learning worldwide. And it’s very widely used in Australia across all levels of education.
      GeoGebra is award-winning free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education (from primary school right up to university level) that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at – and the app contains a built-in search function for the shared content on the website.  
    GeoGebra on Windows 8 screenshot

    Features of GeoGebra on Windows 8

    • Free to use software for learning, teaching and evaluation
    • Fully interactive, easy-to-use interface with many powerful features
    • Access to an ever-expanding pool of resources at
      There’s a massive range of specific worksheets and materials on the site, all organised by material types (worksheet, tool, collection, lesson, publication & tutorial) and by subject matter (eg slope, calculus, linear, algebra, geometry, circle, quadratic, function, triangle, equations, tessellation etc etc etc)
    • A fun way to really see and experience mathematics and science
    • Adaptable to any curriculum or project
    • Used by millions of students and teachers around the world
    • Integrated GeoGebraTube Search
    • Worksheet View for presenting materials
    • Graphics and Algebra View
    • Touch-optimised Toolbar and Stylebar
    • Powerful Input Bar
    • Fully compatible with desktop version

    GeoGebra for Windows 8 Screen shot 2

    Learn MoreLearn more about GeoGebra on Windows 8

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    Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment


    This is part two of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at yesterday’s “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide

    The use of Windows 8 on devices in education brings many new benefits, features and technology capabilities. One prominent feature is the Windows Store and the new Windows 8 apps. Educational institutions can purchase or create apps for Windows 8 that use the new user interface of Windows 8, and use these alongside apps and resources that they used on previous versions of Windows.

    I’ve noticed though that existence of the Windows Store has often raised new questions (especially from schools). The questions include:

    • Why don’t I just block the Windows Store, and not let users install any apps
    • What is the best way to deploy Windows Store apps in an educational environment?
    • Do all the apps for my students and staff need to come from the Windows Store?
    • Can I use existing deployment technologies and processes to deploy apps?

    This guide, written specifically for Windows 8 in education, offers advice on app deployment strategies, and gives you considerations to help you selecting the right one(s). It is written for IT managers in education institutions, and also to give them the information to advise leaders and teachers on the agreed strategy.

    imageSome of the decisions that you’ll need to make, and that this guide will help you with, include:

    • How much freedom is it appropriate to give on selecting and installing new apps (and should this be different for staff and students)?
    • Should my strategy be different for institution-owned and individually-owned devices?
    • If a device is dedicated to a single user, do I need a different strategy than for shared devices?
    • Who owns apps when they are bought?

    The two fundamental models of app distribution that are explained in the guide are:

    • Windows Store: using a Microsoft account, and purchasing apps using a similar model that consumers and others will use
    • Sideloading: deploying apps directly to devices yourself, without using the Windows Store

    Sideloading Windows 8 apps

    The deployment guide for Windows Store apps provides an overview of what ‘sideloading’ is all about:


    Sideloading is a process for installing Windows Store apps without using the Windows Store. To sideload an app, you must have access to the app installation files (.appx and related files), which you can obtain from the app developer (either internally or from an independent software vendor). You cannot obtain app installation files to be used for sideloading through the Windows Store.

    For apps you install by sideloading, you are responsible for validating and signing them, as sideloading bypasses the validation  requirements of the Windows Store. Also, you are responsible for deploying any app updates to their users.

    IT pros often perform sideloading by using an enterprise app store. An enterprise app store provides similar features to the Windows Store but is exclusive to an organization. You can create such a store by using an electronic distribution system, such as Microsoft SystemCenter 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack (SP) 1 or Windows Intune. An enterprise app store allows you to manage the app through the entire software life cycle, including deployment, updates, supersedence, and uninstallation.


    Sideloading allows you to deploy an app to a device, for use by all users on the device with their own individual account, or just to a specific account (for example, you might deploy a timetable app to any user, whereas you’d only make a behaviour monitoring app available to a staff user). And you can get apps for sideloading from different places – we don’t make you buy everything through the Windows Store. It’s pretty much as you do on PCs today – you can buy directly from a software company, or through a catalogue, or in an online store.

    Sideloaded apps can be deployed to devices at multiple stages (eg when you first install the computer operating system, or later in its lifetime), and using different tools (Windows Intune, SystemCenter, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or you can even use the command line). And apps can also be sideloaded onto student-owned PCs, assuming you have the right licences setup.

    The model of app deployment could be more complex than today’s model, because there are more kinds of apps, and more deployment options. The value in this guide is to explain the different processes, along with their benefits and limits, to help you to find the model that’s going to work for your users, your institution, and your mix of device ownerships.

    Learn MoreRead the full guide: “Windows Store Apps: A Deployment Guide for Education”

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    How big is the Office 365 for education mailbox?


    imageUp until last Friday, the answer to “How big is the Office 365 for education mailbox?” was 25GB (remember, that’s every education user of the free Office 365 for Education service getting a free 25GB mailbox storage limit).

    But as of Friday, we’ve announced we’re rolling out increases, doubling the email mailbox storage to 50GB. So the mailbox limit for the free plan (Office 365 for Education A2) - is 50GB, and the mailbox limits for the paid plans (Office 365 for Education A3 and A4) are also doubled to 50GB. And in addition, users with plan A3 and A4 get unlimited archive mailbox storage. Users of the free A2 plan get a 50GB archive.

    That’s an awful lot of emails your students and staff can store, and you don’t have to keep buying storage devices to keep it on.

    So now, when you’re feeling flippant and somebody asks “How big is the Office 365 for education mailbox?”
    you can just say

    “Enough… Even for you”

    Learn MoreRead the full details of changes on the Microsoft Office blog

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    Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning guide


    This week I’m going to focus on a new set of guides for Windows 8 deployment in education. So if you’re an IT manager in a school, TAFE or University, and you’re thinking about your project plans for the approaching summer break, then you’re probably going to be rubbing your hands in anticipation of these. But if you’re a teacher then this could be possibly the dullest/geekiest week of blog posts – in which case, see you next week, and feel free to ignore all of the next few blog posts!

    Windows 8 Education Deployment Guide - front cover of guideWindows 8 in Education – the Deployment Planning Guide

    So here’s your starting guide – 46 pages of detailed advice for IT managers in education institutions – to help you plan your deployment of Windows 8 in education institutions. It provides advice for all three key IT environments - schools, TAFEs and Universities.

    As it’s such a wide-ranging guide, it’s pretty tricky to write something that is specific to your institution, but there are key sections you shouldn’t skip – for example, the early section on the benefits for IT, faculty/teachers and students – that may help you to communicate with your users across your institution as your deployment starts.

    The sections in this Windows 8 Deployment Planning Guide include:

    • The benefits of a Windows 8 deployment for IT teams, faculty & teachers, and for students
    • How to purchase Academic licences for Windows 8
      Most Australian education institutions will already have licences through their EES subscription for the Windows devices that are institution-owned, and you may only need to check on licensing for student or faculty owned devices (eg under BYOD)
    • The three methods to activate Windows 8 which allow you to choose a model that suits your scenario – for example:
      • Will all your computers be domain-joined?
      • Will you need to allow for users to be disconnected from your network for over half a year (eg researchers/students/faculty who spend a year in another country)?
      • Will you have a mix of Windows 8 and Windows 7 devices
    • What considerations are there for your network infrastructure? For example you may need to make changes so that users can access the Windows Store, and advice on specific considerations for wireless networks in education.
    • Information on accessibility, to support users with vision, hearing, dexterity, language or learning needs.
    • Advice on printer management on Windows 8 is pretty critical, as you are likely to have tens or hundreds of legacy printers, and the guide provides advice on connection, drivers and security for printing.
      I visited a school that had more printers than staff, so I know that this section will be critical to everybody, and the links in this section to deploying printers using group policy and the general overview of printing in Windows 8, are key.
    • The changes in Windows 8 to enhance security and privacy provides a handy table of features, and also outlines which is in which version of Windows 8 (Tip: if you have an EES agreement, you’re licensed for Windows 8 Enterprise edition). This section also gives an overview of how to limit application access (Tip: switching off the Windows Store is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut). It also shows which security features can help you to manage:
      • Make signing in easier for users
      • Reduce information loss if a device is lost or stolen
      • Reduce the cost of replacement when a device is lost or stolen
    • Types of user account, and why you might choose different types (especially with BYOD scenarios)
    • The differential IT management considerations when you choose between institution-owned, BYOD, VDI and Windows To Go scenarios
    • How to use manage users using different multiple devices – including a comprehensive table of what kind of IT control you have in each of the key scenarios (Tip: This table is a handy way to compare Windows Roaming User Profiles to other options available today)
    • Configuration and management technology choices for Windows 8
      Historically, many education users have chosen Group Policy as the default route to manage Windows devices, but with the increasingly mix of different device types and Windows versions, it’s now a good time to compare the capabilities of managing devices through Group Policy, PowerShell, SystemCenter and Windows Intune.

    The aim of this guide isn’t to contain all the answers for every scenario, but to give you an overview, and to offer sources of more detailed information from Microsoft sites like MSDN and TechNet. It’s the first call for you if you are planning a Windows 8 deployment in education within the next 12 months.

    Next up tomorrow, is the guide to deployment of Windows Store Apps, and your options for managing what your users do.

    Learn MoreDownload the full Windows 8 Deployment Planning: A Guide for Education

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