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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Live@edu takes off for RM’s customers

The Live@edu service, which is our cloud-hosted email and collaboration service*, has been chosen as the standard schools email system by a growing number of local authorities and Regional Broadband Consortia. Two years ago London Grid for Learning chose it, and the DCSF highlighted the potential for £11M of savings through using it. And the…

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Tech·Ed 2010 – Download the presentation videos free

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you’ll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I know that…

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The Oxfordshire ICT Schools Annual Schools Conference 2010

Last week I spoke with Mark Reynolds, our Schools Business Manager, at the Oxfordshire ICT Conference for schools. Unlike some of these kind of events, they had a large and growing audience, partly through extending the invitation to school governors too. It meant that there was quite a mixed audience, and plenty of diverging discussions…

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The Virtualisation Hub on TechNet – getting the right planning information

The TechNet team create useful technical content for IT Managers, and their latest project is absolutely perfect for school network managers who are considering virtualisation projects ,or are wondering if they should be considering virtualisation projects. The reason that virtualisation is so important at the moment is that it can help you reduce the total…

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Controlled Assessment and avoiding hundreds of USB sticks

The external exam protocol called ‘Controlled Assessment’ is currently causing headaches for teachers and network managers, Essentially, it’s a way of letting students do coursework, in class, under controlled and supervised conditions. Work’s put away between sessions and the exam boards want evidence to show students can’t get to it. (They speak of “maintaining the…

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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, Quest will discuss…

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Edugeek marks an anniversary

I’ve noticed that the team at Edugeek have been having fun with their website logo. Today there are two different logos in use at the top of their site. One is for Children in Need. The other is to celebrate a 25th anniversary. [Hint] You can follow the discussion on the Edugeek website (and if…

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This week’s webinars for school network managers 16th-18th November

There  are a couple of webinars during this week that if you have time in your diary, come along and take a listen. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 webinar System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) lets you see how your IT system is running, from your servers right down to individual desktop computers enabling Operations…

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Microsoft Certification – Online seminars for Schools

If you read this article in the TES, you’ll know that more employers now look at experience levels rather than exam results alone when deciding on which candidate to employ, students need something to give them that extra edge.  Increasingly employers use their own tests to assess candidate capability and as experience in the work…

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