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  • 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: Webinars for school network managers - coming up this month

    We've had about 300 attendees so far for the first three webinars for school network managers, and we've got five more coming up on System Center for network management, and then Richard is changing the topics and we're heading towards some cloud-services for network management (intrigued?). Here's the...
  • 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: Upcoming Live Meetings - System Center in Education

    After the success of the last few Live Meetings, with over 100 attendees at each, the ' System Center in Education ' series Continues with a closer look at each of the products and what they mean to Education Customers. They have been scheduled as a series in advance, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings...
  • 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: Windows 7 deployment advice for school network managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • Blog Post: Planning migration to Office 2010

    This year, we’re on schedule to launch almost one new product every week. Of course, if you like discovering new technology, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re managing a big network of computers for other people – which is most of you reading this blog – then it also comes with challenges! But...
  • Blog Post: Understanding how Windows 7 improves secure remote access for staff

    With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to schools systems, from home or other times when they are away from school. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to your learning platform, but it is becoming increasingly...
  • Blog Post: Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

    We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs , the Partners in Learning Network , and the main Microsoft UK Education website ) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people within a school. Within our small team we’ve got...
  • Blog Post: Windows InTune beta – something to put on your ICT strategy roadmap?

    After writing the summary this morning on the cloud-based services from Microsoft, it’s now out of date. This afternoon we’ve launched Windows InTune as a beta. At the moment this isn’t available in the UK, so I’m including it on the blog so that you can think about its place in your future ICT strategy...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 6 – Stop buying every laptop

    Part six of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Okay, the first five tips have concentrated on the idea of you making a ‘switch’ in the way that you do things. Tip 1, on virtualisation, is saving Wootton Bassett School over £80,000 over...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 7 Direct Access to connect teachers to your school network securely

    Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of schools who have implemented Direct Access . Direct Access allows you to setup your staff laptops so that teachers can always have secure access to your school network wherever they are, but without forcing them...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking enhancements for education

    I’ve just finished reading the whitepaper about networking enhancements that are included within Windows 7, which are especially powerful when combined with Windows Server 2008 R2. Although I’m not the most technical person in the team, it made sense to me, and a couple of key features jumped out at...
  • Blog Post: A question of security

    I was at a conference yesterday (sadly covered by Chatham House Rule so no juicy snippets) which looked at security of public sector ICT systems, and there was a session which was about malware. Although it was delivered in a matter-of-fact deadpan way, it left me feeling just a little bit nervous (and...
  • Blog Post: Churchend Primary School goes virtual

    John Hardstaff, from entrustIT, dropped me a line to let me know about the changes that Churchend Primary School, in Berkshire, have made to their ICT system recently. The first quote from Nic Allen, the school’s ICT Co-ordinator was so typical of the low-level frustrations experienced by some schools...
  • Blog Post: A Virtual Desktop?

    entrustIT is a Microsoft Gold partner, based in Hampshire, who have introduced a model of managing ICT in schools which helps primary schools to cope with the challenge of providing a flexible ICT system, without having to have IT technicians on tap 24 hours a day. In a nutshell, it is a service where...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: System Center 2007 - Making IT management easier

    I know it's half-term next week for most of us, but just in case you’re thinking of catching up on some of the things you don't get round to in term time, this Live Meeting could show you a way to change that. (It’s bliss isn’t it, when the corridors go quiet?) Happening at the usual time of 3.30pm...
  • Blog Post: ICT up close and personal

    Following on from the BETT exhibition in London, one of our partners, RM are taking their show on the road. Between now and March, RM staff (and their very big truck) will be taking to the roads around the country, to visit schools, colleges and local authorities - giving you the chance to see some of...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Reducing those hidden costs – a new way to deploy applications

    Taking place online at 3.30pm on Thursday 31st January, this session will discuss some new approaches to deploying applications to your students, teachers and administrators desktops using the new features that Windows Server 2008 has to offer. During our time at BETT earlier this month, one of...
  • Blog Post: Ergo's BETT Competitions

    One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are going to run at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their prize draw to win either a fully implemented secondary school VLE based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway...
  • Blog Post: Thin Client, Rich Client or hybrid?

    This isn't for everybody - it's a technical guide, written primarily for IT staff - but I've posted information because I know that it will be of interest to people involved with BSF, and some schools and local authorities have implemented some of the technologies described, and the case studies could...
  • Blog Post: Would You Like To Know Even More About Unified Communications?

    Exchange Tour Unplugged 2007 24th October - 5th November 2007 Reading, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Maidenhead, Warwickshire & Glasgow This isn't for everybody, but if you are involved with running the ICT in a big or multi-site secondary school, the technologies underlying this could...
  • Blog Post: Online file storage - Windows Live SkyDrive

    500MB of free online storage that can be private, shared or public. This has been coming for a little while, and then when it arrived, it was initially only for users in the US. But now, it has been activated for customers in the UK. And this has some really useful applications in education. SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: The Free Microsoft TechNet Management Summits - June & July

    I've just learnt that we've scheduled some more of these free events - the Microsoft Management Summit - which are aimed at senior IT managers in the UK Called " Are you in control? How to manage and secure your infrastructure ", they are free single day events in Manchester, Glasgow and London. ...
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