Using Windows 7 DirectAccess to connect staff to your college network securely

Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of educational establishments who have implemented DirectAccess. DirectAccess allows you to setup your staff laptops so that they can always have secure access to your college network wherever they are, but without forcing them to use a…

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Direct Access

The TechNet site has a growing series of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for all kinds of areas – virtualisation, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Online Services and the Optimised Desktop. The one that jumped out as me was the IPD Guide for DirectAccess in Windows 7. This is especially useful in colleges, where you…

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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 –…

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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 through to January, it’s going to be…

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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 IT teams, however you probably…

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Newcastle event next week – Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking

Jonathan Noble has let me know that there are still plenty of spare spaces at the free event at Newcastle University next Wednesday (the 8th), which will be looking at Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 for education. And the agenda includes DirectAccess, BranchCache and XP Mode – all mentioned earlier in the week….

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TechNet June Virtual Conference – useful technical content at your desk

This year, all across education, people are finding it more difficult to justify a day off campus to attend events. So this year, we’re going to come to you. Right to your desk. Via the wonders of virtual conferencing. On the 19th June. Although all of the materials will be available to watch afterwards, via…

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Virtualisation Unplugged at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Virtualisation is all the rage, and as a result it is gaining attention across the whole public sector, including education. Originally focused on consolidating resources in the data centre, virtualisation now has applications across the spectrum: driving down costs, improving responsiveness and reducing carbon emissions — with the potential to dramatically improve productivity and reduce…

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What do you do when students arrive with their laptops?

Here are two problem statements I heard from a college recently: Our staff and students expectations are rising – they expect us to provide them all with a laptop and we simply can’t afford it. We have a problem that students (and staff) arrive on campus with their own laptops, and are expecting to connect…

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Unlocking the Secrets of Darwinian Research at Cambridge University

It’s always pleasing when the work of education establishments is held up as a shining example of best practice use of technology. And it was pleasing last month, at the Windows Server 2008 launch event, that there was a fascinating insight into the way that one of the research teams at Cambridge University is using…

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