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  • 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: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • 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: How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

    The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we've used our own products within our own infrastructure - sharing their real-life experiences. This month there's a case study about the way that we've implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop...
  • 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: 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: West Hatch High School saves £12,000 a year with virtualisation

    If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about cost saving – and the ways that your ICT could contribute to saving your school money. With the pressure on school budgets, and the big investment made in ICT over the last decade, then I think...
  • 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: 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: 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: Education IT cost savings - Neville Lovett school, virtualisation, and a £23,000 saving

    In the Top Money Saving Tips post series, I wrote about various education IT cost savings – things that could be done to reduce your school IT budget, or to use IT to save money in other areas of the school budget. In all I described 14 tips, and calculated a potential cost saving over three years...
  • Blog Post: 18th May - Manage the Future - Desktop to Cloud: The best of the Microsoft Management Summit

    This event is recommended for experienced network managers, as it will focus on network management technologies, and is not specifically for education. However, I know there’s quite a bit of interest in the System Center Essentials, so there will definitely be content that’s useful to schools. The chances...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading and virtualising to save money

    The Microsoft worldwide case studies site always throws up some interesting things to read. But a couple of weeks ago I noticed that a new case study of a UK school had been published by our services team, in partnership with Dell. It’s from Lodge Park Technology College, in Northants, and tells the...
  • 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: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 5 – Switch the way you do remote access

    Part five of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Every time we release a new version of our software, and you upgrade to it, it is well worth doing a review of what extra features it includes that may be able to save you money. Typically I find...
  • 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: Saving money with your IT – Dean Close School

    Dean Close School, in Cheltenham, are in the process of rolling out Windows 7 and the latest Windows Server across their school – to 500 computers owned by the school, as well as using it to more effectively manage the 500 laptops that are brought to school by pupils. Part of the pressure for this has...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 in North Leamington School in Warwickshire

    In parallel with Gerald’s written case studies ( see Saturday’s post ) in September, I also managed to get out of the office, and visit North Leamington School in Warwickshire – with a film crew in tow. Although they’d only just opened, and they were adjusting to the new school site, they were very accommodating...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – in Tony Hart mode

    This collection of videos is very clever – as you work your way through it, you’ll see that you eventually end up with some screencasts showing particular features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But what is riveting on the journey is the way that you navigate your way around the videos – using...
  • Blog Post: Your invite to the UK Launch for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010

    UPDATE - FRIDAY 11:30 - THE EVENT IS NOW CURRENTLY FULL - BUT YOU CAN ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAIT LIST. Apparently we've had well over 1,000 registrations since we announced it. I'd recommend putting yourself on the wait list. Sorry. I'll work on a list of alternative events/webcasts to attend From now...
  • Blog Post: Slides from the Windows 7 in Education event in Reading

    We had a Windows in Education workshop at our main offices in Reading today, with about 50 IT managers and network managers. We spent the whole day talking about how and why schools, colleges and universities might roll out Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was quite a geeky day and also quite...
  • Blog Post: Windows in Education event – 21st August – new speakers confirmed

    I love it when a plan comes together, and I’m happy that two schools are going to come along and talk about their experiences of rolling out Windows 7 this summer. And they’ve gamely agreed to do that before they’ve actually found out what it’s like, as they plan to start rolling out the released version...
  • Blog Post: Free Event - Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 – 21 Aug 2009

    Although it’s a little bit last minute, I’ve grabbed at the chance to get some of our Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 brains together on Friday 21st August, in our Thames Valley Campus in Reading. It’s August, and I know that it is one of the busiest times for network managers, however you probably...
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