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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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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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 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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West Hatch High School saves £12,000 a year with virtualisation

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about cost saving – and the ways that your ICT could contribute to saving your school money. With the pressure on school budgets, and the big investment made in ICT over the last decade, then I think it’s a…

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Saving money – how to get started with server virtualisation

I’ve been writing quite a bit about examples of schools virtualising their servers, especially as it is one way to significantly reduce your school budgets (Wootton Basset School, West Hatch School, Neville Lovett School and Lodge Park Technology College are all saving a minimum of £10,000 a year through virtualisation). And a recent snapshot survey…

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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 schools systems, from home or other times when they are away from school. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to your learning platform, but it is becoming…

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