Here our resident Microsoft guru, Ryan Godfrey, shares his advice for upgrading your organisation to Exchange 2013…
Exchange Administration Center (EAC): The GUI-based EMC (Exchange Management Console) and the Web-based ECP (Exchange Control Panel) have being replaced by a single Web-based UI allowing administrators to manage Exchange from any browser interface.
According to the Department for Education (DoE), IT in schools is increasingly being integrated to help enhance the student learning experience so the IT infrastructure, applications and services must be more reliable and secure than ever before. Furthermore, as technology advances, and the end users become more vocal, schools need to consider new ways to meet their needs.
Zombie virtual machines (VMs) are those that are no longer being used, but still reside on the system somewhere, sucking the life out of your virtual infrastructure. Deleting a VMware definition from vCenter doesn’t delete the VM itself, and with unused templates, abandoned images and outdated VM backup snapshots lying dormant in your storage, it’s possible that you don’t even know they’re there.
IT has a key role to play across all areas of your business; identifying areas for improvement, ways to optimise your operations, where to reduce costs and how support your business plan.
Traditionally, IT managers have had the huge task of supporting a number of different systems, which could involve monitoring lots of sporadic components, troubleshooting issues and searching for ways to save money.
Lync 2013 delivers support for 1080p HD resolution for video conferencing so participants have a sharp, clear display. Lync 2013 uses the standard video codecs like H.264 SVC to provide compatibility across a broader range of platforms and devices, and provide greater flexibility in terms of how video is delivered. Continue reading →
Bradford Networks, an organisation that has been at the forefront of network security in the education sector since 2000, recently commissioned a survey of 500 institutions in the education sector to gauge attitudes towards bring your own device (BYOD). It may be great for enabling new ways of learning, teaching and collaborating, but BYOD presents a number of challenges for the IT department, with security remaining the number one concern.
Based on extensive experience developed from helping over 600 educational institutions, Bradford Networks recommends the following best practices when developing a BYOD solution: Continue reading →
Laptops, tablets and smart phones are now commonplace in our daily lives. There’s a variety available on the market and everyone has a preference. Once upon a time these devices may have been used primarily for personal use, but now we expect to use them anywhere, in everything we do to make our lives easier. It’s this expectation that has driven the trend towards bring your own device (BYOD). Continue reading →
According to EduGeek, an educational ICT forum, an average secondary school has 12 servers and this can be quite costly. A server will cost approximately £3k, plus electricity and maintenance costs, it takes up space and needs replacing every few years.
I have been a Business Development Executive at Foundation for nearly two months now, so I suppose I am ‘officially trained’. This post didn’t exist before I started, which means I didn’t exactly have a defined job role or procedure. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; there’s nothing worse than starting in a role where you are replacing a member of staff and end up being constantly compared, especially for someone like me who is fresh out of university with no real experience in the big wide world of work. The hardest part of starting this job has been learning and understanding what ‘business development’ actually is, so this is my interpretation so far. Continue reading →
Summer has come to an end, and schools have started a new term, highlighted by the mad rush of activity within the IT department to get things ready and ensure everybody has a consistent, productive IT experience.
The activities that cause IT departments pain at the beginning of term are numerous, often compounded by the fact that staff have had their laptops at home over the summer, meaning that these devices generally haven’t been receiving updates or anti-virus definitions for nearly two months. Cue the complaints about machines being slow and taking hours to upgrade or apply updates.