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  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Centre 2012 Launch Events and webinars

    We would like to give you the opportunity to invite you to register and attend the Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2012 in May   in Manchester, Reading and London respectively. These will be our official System Centre 2012 launch events in the UK. · 8th May, Manchester (Hilton Deansgate...
  • Blog Post: Online Forms in SharePoint – Live Meeting

    At West Hatch High School in Essex, Alan Richards, the Information Systems Manager, has transformed the way the School works and 18 months ago started a paperless School project that has saved the School significant amounts of money while also increasing the availability of data to staff and parents...
  • 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: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award

    Before I leave for my holiday, I thought I would share with you this bit of news, from July, for those of you who don’t know Alan Richards, Information Systems Manager at West Hatch High School or didnt know the great award he has achieved. Alan writes regularly on his blog “ Education Technology Now...
  • Blog Post: Increase student computer access at a lower cost – Introducing Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    A little note from Richard Lane, Education Account Technical Strategist   Today, more than ever our schools and colleges in the UK are faced with dwindling budgets – and are looking for new and innovative ways to modernise and improve their teaching and learning experience. Student access to computing...
  • 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: Microsoft UK Education Live Meeting

      Overview MultiPoint Server 2011 is a Windows based solution that is designed specifically to give every student individual access to PCs. By allowing multiple users to simultaneously share one computer – and still providing a rich independent Windows experience, it is a cost effective way to get...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft bring to you more live meetings on cost saving - join one today!

    Recent changes to Microsoft Schools licensing have given schools the opportunity to not only save money, but to do more with less. Join Microsoft and selected Education Resellers as we explore how the software included as part of the Enterprise CAL can help to reduce cost and improve the teaching and...
  • Blog Post: Primary school students learning through video conferencing

    Office Communications Server (OCS) is finding new friends across the educational spectrum – aka Microsoft Lync. We’re hearing good things about it from the University of Plymouth , for example, where it’s used by academics to keep in touch with students away on work placements across the UK and beyond...
  • Blog Post: System Center for education - webinar recordings from end of November

    At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When...
  • Blog Post: November webinars for schools

    Secrets of Successful Desktop Virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When is it the right solution … and when not? Given the challenges nowadays – making the right choices is even more critical than ever. In this Microsoft Education live meeting...
  • Blog Post: Webinar recordings for download - System Center for Education

    Richard Lane, our trusty team techie, has been running a series of System Center webinars, specifically for education customers in the UK. Although we've had over a hundred attendees at many of them, I know that there are others that can't join at the time of the event. So we've now made the recordings...
  • Blog Post: Webinar on Application Virtualisation - 9th November

    On Tuesday 9th November at 2pm, Remote IT Solutions , one of our education partners, are running a one hour webinar for education establishments on application virtualisation. Given the large numbers of applications that you're supporting, across a wide range of curriculum areas, then this is one route...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2010 Live Meeting

    Just before the summer holidays, Richard Lane ran a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings for UK schools, called “ Office 2010 What’s new for Students and Teachers.” The session, which consisted predominately of demos of the Office suite, was recorded and Richard's made the recording of it available for...
  • Blog Post: Find out more about Microsoft System Center for Education - an upcoming Live Meeting webinar

    Richard Lane, who is the UK education team's resident techie is getting the bit between his teeth and running an increasing number of Live Meetings. As soon as we're sure there's enough demand, then we'll start to schedule a specific day and time each month, so that you can put them in your diary, and...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: How to deploy Windows 7 when you’re tied to IE6

    If you are one of the schools that need to use Internet Explorer 6 to stay compatible with a specific application you use, then you may find it useful to know that there are options to help you to move your ICT infrastructure forward, whilst keeping IE6 support on your network for certain users. One...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting–What’s new in Office 2010 for students and teachers

    Following on from the Deploying Windows 7 Live Meeting last month, Richard Lane (who’s our resident techie in the Education team) is hosting a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings in July. As it is a Live Meeting (or, its alternative moniker, a ‘webinar’), you don’t need to leave your desk, and no travel...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 - Best practice deployment methods

    Last week we ran a pair of Windows 7 Live Meetings " Deploying Windows 7 – Best Practice Deployment Methods to Save You Time and Money ". Over 200 people attended, but I’m guessing that there will be others who would have liked to attend and couldn’t make the time. So the Live Meeting is now...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 in schools–June Live Meetings

    Whether you will be deploying Windows 7 over the summer or just want to know more about what is involved, this one hour live meeting will give you an overview of the tools and methods available to deploy Windows 7 effectively, as well as giving you the chance to ask questions. This Live Meeting session...
  • Blog Post: Webinar - Simplifying Windows 7 Migration

    My colleagues in the Government team are running a series of Live Meetings (webinars) together with our partners that demonstrate how new technology can deliver genuine cost-savings and improve the efficiency of public service delivery. This week, it’s all about Windows 7 migration, then next week they...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 4 – Switch your communications

    Part four of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. So far, the first three money savings tips could save a secondary school over £100,000 over three years (and a primary school £20-£25,000). And this tip doesn’t shirk at saving money either, but...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Application Compatibility in education

    A last week I wrote “ Windows 7 is getting closer ”, and one of the readers on the Universities blog posed the question about Application Compatibility – their point was that they used over 450 applications, so couldn’t we test them all to check they work on Windows 7. (I’m wondering if 450 applications...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – how the other half live

    This Friday, my colleague Ian McKenzie, is hosting a Live Meeting on “Information Governance and Assurance in the Public Sector”. It’s one of a series that he’s been running, and I thought it would be worth telling you about this one because it has relevance to your challenges. And the good news is that...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Making the most of your education software

    Are you confident that you are making the best use of your education software assets? Lets be honest, licensing is not an exciting subject and can be confusing, so its no wonder that many schools don't know whether they're getting the most out of their current agreements or if they're even on the right...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: A better way to support and manage your network

    At 3.30pm on Thursday 6th March , our latest Live Meeting will be demonstrating how System Center can make your school's IT support management a more cost-effective and efficient process without compromising your infrastructure's reliability. Traditionally, supporting end users has been time consuming...
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