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  • Blog Post: Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

    Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Deciding on a virtualisation scenario for your school

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Here’s a look at a typical small scale scenario: You are a school with only 4 servers, one of which is your Active Directory server, maybe a setup like the one below. For this scenario you could quite...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future – Server Infrastructure ‘’System for the Future’’

      Back in January I posted the first in this series of blogs,  Building School Networks for the Future - with System Centre and Hyper-V from Stuart Wilkie, IT Manager at Marine Academy Plymouth. Outlining where Stuart started from, this second blog post in which Stuart has contributed, looks...
  • Blog Post: Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

    Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation saves big money at Wootton Bassett School

    Guest post from Gerald Haigh, freelance writer. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Blog(s). In the process of researching our forthcoming new Cost Saving eBook, I decided to catch up again with Steve Gillott , IT Manager at Wootton Bassett School . Steve, I remembered had virtualised his school...
  • Blog Post: Help your organization using Microsoft Hyper-V

    Dave Coleman from SharePointEduTech Ltd ,user and ‘guru’ of Microsoft Hyper-V Microsoft Hyper-V and virtulization, has written a guest blog post on the benefits and commonly asked questions in regards to moving your old servers to virtual servers.   I always think that it is a good idea to look...
  • Blog Post: Carmel College Virtualises Servers and Saves Thousands of Pounds to Reinvest in IT

    Carmel College wanted to reduce IT overheads through virtualisation. After finding VMware expensive and difficult to integrate, it decided to virtualise its servers with Hyper-V technology—part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system—to reduce power, cooling, licensing, and maintenance costs....
  • Blog Post: Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools (eBook)

    The arrival in 2009 of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools. This release of Windows Server included virtualisation built-in, for free. It means that if you’re already using Microsoft technology, you can work within that without adding a new layer of infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation with Microsoft®Hyper-V (New eBook)

    We’re conditioned to assume, especially in education, that a cost-saving measure will threaten the quality of what we’re able to offer. That being so, the news is more than welcome that in many schools, colleges and universities, information technology professionals are turning that assumption on its...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future - with System Centre and Hyper-V

    One of our (many) friends over at EduGeek has recently done some work with Marine Academy Plymouth taking over their systems in May 2011. We have now a series which charts the process of systems modernisation from analysis, to planning, then implementation before finally evaluation. This first article...
  • Blog Post: Primary and Secondary schools bought together with SPTA

    The IT team serving a large Academy Trust use Microsoft Technologies to realise economies of scale. They are promoting collaboration and making a significant contribution to school improvement across the Trust schools. Part of our mission in these blogs is to share the message that a well led IT team...
  • Blog Post: Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

    Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast? With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money. Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Webcast on Hyper-V 8th November recording

    For those of you who were not able to attend the Microsoft Education Webcast on Hyper-V last week, as promised, here are the links to all the slides and presentations. Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money The slides are now available here - Mark Doyle' Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with Microsoft Hyper-V

    Overview More and more schools are starting to look at server virtualisation as a way of reducing cost, through hardware and energy savings. Since 2008, Microsoft’s virtualisation solution Hyper-V has been included as part of the Windows Server operating system, and is therefore a cost-effective yet...
  • Blog Post: New academic year brings fresh new technology to Havant Academy

    I recently spoke to Richard Markey IT Director at Havant Academy , formerly Sport Staunton Community Sports College, to understand a bit more about how and why they refreshed their IT Infrastructure to meet the changing needs of their transition to become an Academy. “Good communication is a base component...
  • Blog Post: Some simple guidelines on moving to the cloud

    As more and more schools will be making the change and moving towards cloud technologies over the coming months, Microsoft want to ensure that our customers have the full support and any issues or queries during this transition. Planning, implementing and obtaining the right skills to ensure that this...
  • Blog Post: Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

    As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many schools have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a better and more...
  • Blog Post: Your complete guide to virtualisation as a free download

    Let me make it absolutely clear - I am not a virtualisation expert. But I have heard enough network managers in schools, colleges and universities talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it's very important to their ICT infrastructure - whether that's reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions...
  • Blog Post: Saving money - how to get started with server virtualisation

    I’ve been writing quite a bit about examples of schools virtualising their servers, especially as it is one way to significantly reduce your school budgets ( Wootton Basset School , West Hatch School , Neville Lovett School and Lodge Park Technology College are all saving a minimum of £10,000 a year...
  • Blog Post: Education IT savings–West Hatch School, virtualisation and £36,000

    After Wednesday’s IT cost saving story, of Neville Lovett Community School in Hampshire saving £23,000 , it seemed timely to share one more example of education IT savings – from West Hatch High School in Essex. Alan Richards, the Information Systems Manager at the school, has been...
  • Blog Post: Virtually saving money

    Virtualisation again. Just to remind you if you’re still not up with it, virtualisation is shorthand for replacing your bank of network servers with just a few, more powerful ones, each housing a number of virtual servers. And why has it suddenly become a talking point? Because although the principle...
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