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December, 2011

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    Microsoft Lync - Transforming Communications and Collaboration in Education and Reducing Costs

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    Did you miss our recent Lync in Education webcast? The recording is now available below.

    Watch this webcast to hear how Stratford College managed their Lync project starting with the initial business case, through implementation to benefits realisation. Whether you are looking to introduce instant messaging with presence, web conferencing or fully replace your telephone PBX, Lync has something to offer your institution.

    If you are new to Lync the session starts with an overview and demo to give you an idea of the functionality.

    This Lync in education webcast is one in a series of sessions we are running over the coming months that illustrate how our technologies can help institutions save money and enhance the learning experience.

    An overview of these sessions are shown below:

    Manage your IT Infrastructure from the Cloud with Windows Intune

    Tuesday December 13th, 11am-12pm

    Windows Intune is a comprehensive cloud based PC management and security solution that enables you to manage your schools remotely with no on-premise servers. In addition to remote control, policy management, malware protection and software updates the latest release now includes application deployment. Join this webcast to get an overview of the latest release and see a demo of the solution.

    https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/microsoft1/Registration.aspx?pageName=sxn5n916nkhht961

    The Microsoft Education Desktop

    Tuesday January 17th, 11am-12pm

    Join this webcast to understand what makes a modern education desktop from Microsoft

    We will look at how technologies such as Windows 7, Office 2010 and the Microsoft Learning Suite can really enhance the teaching and learning experience. We also explain how you can remove cost from the management of your IT infrastructure and improve security through technologies including MDOP 2011 (Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack) and the CAL Suites.

    https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/microsoft1/Registration.aspx?pageName=6sj0ndq1n5cpns39

    Free Software for Schools - Introducing the Microsoft Learning Suite

    Tuesday January 24th, 11am-12:30pm

    Did you know that Microsoft have a wide range of software and resources that support teaching and learning? Join this webcast for some fast paced demos which should be both fun and informative. The solution, collectively known as the Microsoft Learning Suite is also able to be installed and deployed with ease. Join this webcast to find out more.

    https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/microsoft1/Registration.aspx?pageName=wscdtf7z9wv17mnc

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    Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

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    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 from Vmware and give an overview of their migration project.  The session starts with an overview of Microsoft Hyper-V Private Cloud Solution.

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    Consumerisation of IT in Education: Security Considerations

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    As part of our on-going series of posts dedicated to the consumerisation of IT in education, we now turn our attention to the security considerations that institutions need to take on board when planning their strategy.

    When considering security we need to think about the devices themselves, the data and the network.


    Device Encryption

    Is any data going to be stored on the device, or is it all in the data centre or cloud. If there will be sensitive data, on a member of staff laptop, for example – would you consider enforcing encryption policies with a   technology such as BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker Drive Encryption is integrated into Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate Editions and encrypts the hard disk at volume level. Thus, if a staff laptop goes missing, you will have the peace of mind that any sensitive data is unreadable.

    BitLocker To Go extends encryption protection to USB memory sticks. Policies can also be enforced to ensure only encrypted memory sticks be used on campus. 

    Providing Network Access

    With the potential introduction of “untrusted” devices onto your network there are many points to consider, including network segmentation (physical or logical) and user authentication.

    A typical student might require a school PC one day to access internal systems, while the next day she might bring in her own device. What level of access will you give your student when using an untrusted device?

    Will you limit her access to external access only? Will she be able to use the same username and password regardless of which device she uses?

    You will likely want to limit the access level based on the level of trust you have in the device they are connecting from.

    Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is a solution that can provide secure access (both internal and remote) based on a number of criteria. For example a student logging on from a School PC will be able to access applications 1-5, the same student logging on from an untrusted device might be limited to one application – or have no access at all.

    Will you enforce a security policy to ensure devices meet minimum security levels, local firewall, antivirus protection etc. Network Access Protection (NAP) a technology introduced with Windows Server 2008, checks policy compliance of Windows clients and enforces security before allowing access to the network.

    Is it likely that you will have students visiting from other schools, colleges or universities? If so, how will you manage their authentication? You might consider using a service such as the JANET(UK) federation service eduroam. The eduroam service provided by JANET(UK) is a federated service that enables JANET connected institutions to offer secure network services for visitors from other eduroam-enabled institutions – without the need for guest account management.

    Alternatively, running a commercial offering, such as BT OpenZone, alongside your JANET(UK) provision could be a good option for allowing network access to non-approved devices.

    For more information on our thoughts around the consumerisation of IT in education, download our paper or view in full below.

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