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. The solution saves the college an estimated £40,000 a year in staffing and operational…

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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 Terminal Services/RDS Work @ Home / Home Use Programme Student…

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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 – and the benefits that…

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Your complete guide to virtualisation

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, managing their workload, or improving their network…

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The TechNet Springboard Tour – free event in Reading on 1st November

The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager’s best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things like Windows 7 deployment. At last, they’re…

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Kingston University starts virtualising the desktop experience for 25,000 students and staff

I’ve just been reading a press release from Quest, about Kingston University’s project to to give staff and students virtual access to their university desktop and learning resources from any location, on a wide range of devices, at any time. With 23,000 students, and 2,000 full-time staff to serve, their project is aiming to create…

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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 college systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to your MLE, but it is becoming…

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Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for education

There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual colleges have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services – and at the very least, services which absolutely rely…

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