Consumerisation of IT in Education: Opportunities with Virtualisation Technologies

Continuing with our Consumerisation of IT in Education series of posts, virtualisation technologies can also help organisations embrace CoIT. Virtualisation technologies provide us with the ability to run applications or full school desktops on a wider range of device types and operating systems. Presenting Software to Users Microsoft has offered Session virtualisation (aka presentation virtualisation)…

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Saving money with Microsoft Hyper-V

Overview More and more schools are starting to look at server virtualisation as a way of reducing cost, through hardware and energy savings. Since 2008, Microsoft’s virtualisation solution Hyper-V has been included as part of the Windows Server operating system, and is therefore a cost-effective yet powerful solution. In this session you will hear first-hand…

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Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College. Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft Windows 7 a move that has…

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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 change runs as smoothly as possible…

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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…

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System Center for education – webinar recordings from end of November

At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When…

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Free Microsoft ebooks – feed the geek inside you

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook. I’m still working my way through it on my Kindle – I’ve got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It’s been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I’d never understood about…

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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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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, managing their workload, or improving their network…

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An Education in ICT Efficiencies – a Dimension Data event on the 3rd November

Over the last few months, I’ve been focusing on cost savings with ICT – you’ll have seen many of the posts. But talking about saving money with ICT, and actually doing it, can be two different things. For example, knowing that you should be virtualising your servers to reduce cost is fine, but it would…

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