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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Are you running Windows XP or Office 2003 anywhere?

    I was in a government medical clinic two weeks ago, where they had rolled out a brand new system for managing their customer workflow and medical records. And every single computer, with this brand new software system, was running on Windows XP. They had built a brand-new mission critical IT system on...
  • Blog Post: Identity management in the cloud (or how to avoid the need to login every two minutes)

    Many education institutions in Australia are using Active Directory for their identity management. Typically, when a new student or staff member starts, they have an account created in the Active Directory (in many cases, this is done automatically by their student management system). That then allows...
  • Blog Post: When does Windows XP support end? Less than a year

    If you've got any computers running Windows XP around your school, TAFE or university, then you've got less than a year to do something serious about it. Windows XP is more than 12 years old now, as it was launched in 2001 - and like all good things, it's coming to an end. In less than a year in fact...
  • Blog Post: What's the hybrid cloud model, and what does it mean for you? Switched On Briefings could help answer that

    In September and October, we're running a series of events – Switched On Briefings – on the ways that you can optimise your infrastructure using a hybrid cloud model. It's looking at it from a large-scale, enterprise architecture point of view, so it will be most suitable for infrastructure specialists...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune in education–a step by step guide to implementing Intune

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Windows Intune for education , and the relevance of its new features to education customers. Of course, listing a set of new features with a single bullet point probably isn't enough to help you to understand how those features would actually work in an education network...
  • Blog Post: Appreciate your network manager? Celebrate with them, it's SysAdminDay

    If you work in a school, TAFE or university, today's the day to thank your IT support team. 27th July is the official global ' System Administrator Appreciation Day '. They are the people that got your network up and running in the first place – and then keep it running. They keep you connected to, and...
  • Blog Post: What's new for education in the latest Intune release?

    Yesterday, I wrote about Intune for BYOD in education , specifically for device management in education networks. But I didn't dive into much detail about the product, and what it can do. Although there's plenty of information on the Intune website, you might be interested in reading the guide to what...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune in Education

    It seems as if we're right in the middle of a massive shift in technology in education, as we move rapidly towards 1:1 computing and a larger variety of devices appearing in classrooms and IT labs. And that's compounded by the arrival of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in education: students and staff connecting...
  • Blog Post: Reduce costs by virtualising Blackboard onto Hyper-V

    According to analysts, one of the drivers for IT changes in Australian universities services is the need to continue to drive down cost of delivering IT services. That’s not only for planned changes (eg new systems and services), but also for existing projects, where there is an opportunity to cut the...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device in education – will this workshop help with your planning?

    I know that there’s a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device in education, especially in BYOD in schools. And whilst there’s plenty of buzz, the case studies I’m seeing at the moment appear to be driven by lots of enthusiasm and innovation – and with plenty of ‘learning experiences’ happening during...
  • Blog Post: Best practices for migration to the cloud

    Every week, I hear of a new education customer who’s moved some part of their IT provision onto a Windows Azure cloud service. Sometimes it’s been the move of a complete service – like cloud-based email or collaboration tools – and other times it’s a part of the core IT infrastructure that’s supporting...
  • Blog Post: Developing education applications and services in Office 365

    We’ve already said that the full Office 365 for education service will be launched this antipodean winter , and there’s a continuing trend for education customers to move their IT services into the cloud. So if you’re a Microsoft partner working with education customers moving more...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device–what it means in education

    There’s a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device in education, as many believe BYOD is going to be an increasing trend moving down from higher education into schools. But today, there aren’t many exemplars that we can look at to see how it might work. I have come across some stuff that might be useful...
  • Blog Post: The NSW Science ESSA test - the background monitoring service

    Yesterday I wrote “ Why put assessment in the Cloud? ” about the project last year for students in New South Wales in Australia to complete the statutory Science examinations online - replacing a paper-based system that had been used for years. As well as the time-saving and paper-saving, one of the...
  • Blog Post: Weekly technical webcasts - 29 Aug-2 Sep 2011

    This year we’re offering a series of live webcasts, led by a Microsoft subject matter expert, on a range of core Microsoft products. They are not specifically designed to focus on education - and attendees will be from a wide range of industries - but I wanted to highlight the opportunity for you to...
  • Blog Post: What does a cloud data centre look like?

    Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what the ‘Cloud’ looks like. We know it means that the data is somewhere out there in ‘the Cloud’, and that means a data centre somewhere is looking after it. And we use those Cloud services all the time - whether that’s to check our email, search the web, use a social...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune gets a Tune Up

    Windows Intune is a cloud-based PC management and security service, which is especially useful for IT support organisations to provide management for smaller customers (for example, where a small school outsources the support of their school’s computers to a local IT company, because it doesn’t have...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed Australia 2011 announced

    At the end of August, it'll be time to get up to the Gold Coast for Tech·Ed, the annual geekfest that provides a chance to get up to speed with deep technology insights, and hear from some of the best technical presenters around. Having seen the team who are running this event at a number of events since...
  • Blog Post: Where's the server with your student data on? Is it encrypted?

    Somebody asked me yesterday what the differences are between the various versions of Microsoft SQL Server. Given that we have 7 different editions - in addition to the core editions, there are two free versions and three specialised editions - it's a reasonable question. The question made me think hard...
  • Blog Post: Reducing computer lab costs in schools with Windows MultiPoint Server

    I've written before about Windows MultiPoint Server and the theoretical cost savings identified by Forrester. The idea with Windows MultiPoint Server is quite easy to explain - you basically have a group of screens/keyboard/mice connected to a single computer - and each users gets a full Windows 7 desktop...
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