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QUOTE: C-Touch Remote

by Dave | September 12, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 1 - Quote Requests
I’m looking to purchase 3 replacement C-Touch remote controls. If you are able to help, please include postage to the Isle of Wight and get in touch. Thank you....
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QUOTE: CD-R Discs

by Dave | September 12, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 1 - Quote Requests
I’m looking to purchase: 300 x Blank CD-R CDs I’m happy with the following Brands: VerbatimMaxellPhillips If you are able to help, please include postage to the Isle of Wight and get in touch....
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QUOTE: iPad Mini 4 x 2

by Dave | September 11, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 1 - Quote Requests
I’m looking to purchase 2 x iPad Mini 4 with: 128 GB Wi-Fi Space Grey Wrap Around Case (Black) Please include postage to the Isle of Wight.  If you are able to help, please get in touch. Thank you....
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Upgrading from Papercut NG to MF + Embedded App

by Dave | July 27, 2018 | Exclusive content, Site-1
iIt may be appropriate or necessary for your local copier partner to install the embedded components for you. You could potentially risk upsetting the configuration of your copier.After purchasing Papercut MF, I’ve now received the Papercut MF install file....
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WIndows 7 to Windows 10

by Dave | July 26, 2018 | Exclusive content, Site-1
The following screenshots are the process used to upgrade a Windows 7 Enterprise installation to Windows 10 Education. This process is to assess compatibility with existing Windows 7 installation applications and to test any tweaks that may be required...
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PaperCut: Upgrading from NG to MF

by Dave | July 10, 2018 | Exclusive content, Site-1
iOPEN PROJECTAfter many years of using PaperCut NG, I will be migrating to PaperCut MF to utilise off-the glass monitoring. Whilst the MF licence has now been purchased and obtained, switching on the MF features was not as quite...
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SIMS 2018 Summer Release

by Dave | July 9, 2018 | General (FTV), Site-1
Posts in this seriesINCIDENT: #9115 - SOLUS 3 - Tolerance not metSIMS 2018 Spring ReleaseThe SIMS 7.182 and FMS 6.182 Summer release is available. Normally Via: http://www.capitaess.co.uk/home/index.asp However it has appeared in Solus 3 before the website....
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QUOTE: ALTARO Backup Solution – RENEWAL

by Dave | July 6, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
iRenewal required by 12th July 2018I’m looking to renew my ALTARO backup solution again for another year. Please quote for a renewal of 4 Hyper-V Host servers, each with UNLIMITED, to be upgraded to UNLIMITED PLUS for Continuous Data...
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QUOTE: Apple iPhone / iPad charger

by Dave | June 20, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
iCLOSEDI’m looking to purchase an Apple branded charger for an iPhone / iPad 1 x Lightning to USB cable (1m) 1 x Apple USB Power Adapter Please include postage to the Isle of Wight. Thank you...
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QUOTE: Wireless Microphone & Base Station

by Dave | June 19, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 2 - Quotes pending signoff
iQuote deadline: 26th June 2018I’m looking to purchase a wireless microphone for my school hall (that may occasionally be used in the field) for events. I’m looking for one that doesn’t require a licence, however understand that better models...
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QUOTE: Papercut NG/MF

by Dave | June 18, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
Posts in this seriesQUOTE: Papercut NG/MFPaperCut: Upgrading from NG to MFiORDERED 29/06/2018I’m looking to renew my existing Papercut NG update assurance as well as purchase Papercut MF (Multi-Function) for two copiers in addition. Papercut NG – Upgrade assurance 500...
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QUOTE: IPads & Slim Windows PC units

by Dave | May 18, 2018 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
iCLOSED - Items orderedI’m looking to purchase some new kit for My Early Years Foundation Area. Please quote for: 5 x iPad mini 4 devices Space Grey 128 GB storage 5 x Wrap around cases 1 x Charging unit...
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Installation of Apple TVs into the classroom

by Dave | May 16, 2018 | S1-Project, Site-1
After the purchase of Apple TVs to go into the classrooms, I finally got round to installing some of them. I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t come with HDMI cables, but it did throw me slightly when I noticed a...
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Synology DS1815+ (No Power) – My Story

by Dave | May 3, 2018 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
The story begins in March 2018 after a minor unplanned power outage. The following days refer to actionable days, not an actual timeline. Day 1 The UPS attached to my DS1815+ unexpectedly died, and what should have been a...
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SIMS Profiles 2017-2018

by Dave | April 6, 2018 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
End of Year reports have opened early this year, with so much going on, giving teachers early access to Profile Entry will hopefully ease the load. Similar to previous years I’m using Capita’s SIMS Profiles. I’m keeping the same structure...
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Deploying Microsoft Monthly Security Updates (MMSUs) without WSUS or Windows Online Update Service

I’ve been using a local WSUS server for some time, but recently it has been giving me some issues, and staff laptops are being used more at home to VPN in which is not really enabling the WSUS server...
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SIMS Parent Lite app helps schools comply with the new GDPR data requirements

by RSSFeed | January 27, 2018 | General (FTV), RSS, Site-1
Included within your SIMS annual entitlement fee, the SIMS Parent Lite app helps schools comply with the new GDPR data requirements https://www.capita-sims.co.uk/products-and-services/sims-parent-lite-app … Click here to continue to the original article Source :https://twitter.com/iw_dave/status/957297455611162625 Author : (@iw_dave) – From : https://twitrss.me/twitter_user_to_rss/?user=IW_Dave...
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NComputing Host rebuild.

by Dave | July 31, 2017 | Site-1
I’ve been using NComputing for a few years now; it has saved costs regarding workstation purchases, as well as giving a standard setup across multiple end users. The setup uses 1 host machine and up to 100 devices (dumb...
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Phonics Threshold for 2017 is…….32

by Dave | June 26, 2017 | DfE, Site-1
These materials are published to help teachers and pupils become familiar with the phonics screening check, and to enable teachers to score their pupils’ performance once the check has been administered. The 2017 phonics screening check threshold mark is...
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time.windows.com NTP server seems to be sending out wrong time

by Dave | April 3, 2017 | General (FTV), Site-1
time.windows.com seems to be sending garbage to clients. Code: ntpdate: ntpdate 4.2.6p5@1.2349-o Fri Apr 10 19:04:04 UTC 2015 (1) server 40.68.115.144, stratum 16, offset -0.335147, delay 0.03069 Confirmed by twitter: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&…s.com&src=typd I’d suggest using uk.pool.ntp.org on your DCs for...
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[Incident] Legacy Exchange Server – MTA Stack not starting.

by Dave | March 21, 2017 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
This morning (21-03-2017) I was notified by a member of staff that they couldn’t get to their emails. A quick survey of the land indicated that My Legacy Exchange users were the ones with the issue. After logging in...
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[Incident] Sophos ES1000 appliance is failing to start a critical process

by Dave | March 18, 2017 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
Monitoring systems have detected that your Sophos ES1000 appliance (SERVERVSEMAIL.) is failing to start a critical process and should be investigated by Sophos Support. Services that may be affected are: – Administration Web Interface – End-user experience Please reply...
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Sophos Central – My 30 Day Trial

by Dave | March 17, 2017 | Review, Site-1
17-03-2017 Signed up to Sophos’s 30 day trial of Sophos Central With my Sophos licencing coming up for renewal in the next 90 days, I’ve heard some good things about Sophos Central, a new online product from Sophos, so I...
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Prep. AD Users.

by Dave | March 17, 2017 | Site-1
As with most regular tasks, it is better if it can be automated, and that is why I wrote a script that would import pupil information, to update or create user accounts into Active Directory, in this case, a...
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HAM KS1 to current Milestone Tracking Grids

by Dave | March 13, 2017 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
Today (Monday 13/03/2017) I was tasked with producing Tracking Grids for year groups as they currently stand in their Milestone 2 position. What was slightly more awkward to figure out, was how to report their current position based on...
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SIMS Profiles 2016-2017

by Dave | March 13, 2017 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
As with earlier years, I’m full steam ahead with my “End of Year” reports to parents using Capita’s SIMS Profiles. Last year I headed them all under EOY-2015-2016, this year I’ve done the same, with the addition of RE (Religious Education) but...
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Are you tracking your interventions effectively? | Capita SIMS

by Dave | March 6, 2017 | General (FTV), Site-1
SIMS Interventions is a new module within the SIMS core suite that allows schools to track all of the extra resources that you put in place to support progress monitoring and improve student outcomes. It allows schools to see...
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SIMS Teacher App (re-launch)

by Dave | February 15, 2017 | Site-1
About a year ago the school was using SIMS’s Teacher APP, well I say using, it was installed on all of the iPads but the staff didn’t seem to use it; However circumstances have changed, and with the school using...
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Sophos in Education

by Dave | February 13, 2017 | General (FTV), Site-1
Educational institutions benefit greatly from the latest networking technologies. These technologies make the learning experience richer for students, but also come with a new set of risks. As more and more students, faculty, and administrators bring multiple devices to...
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BETT 2017 Visit

by Dave | January 20, 2017 | General (FTV), Site-1
So who do I plan on visiting this year? Whilst this list is in alphabetical order; it is very unlikely that I will visit them in that order. I will, of course, be stopping off at any other stand...
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Spring Census 2017

by Dave | January 19, 2017 | Site-1
iAutumn 2016 SIMS Upgrade required.Census Date: 19-01-2017 In order to complete the Census, I needed to get SIMS up to Autumn 2016; unfortunately, I had to delay the update by some weeks until internal prerequisites were completed. I also...
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QUOTE: iPad Mini 4 and Case

by Dave | January 10, 2017 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
I’re after yet another iPad. 1 x iPad Mini 4. 32GB – Black or White. WI-FI Only. 1 x Griffin TurnFolio for iPad Mini 4 Black case. If you are able to quote, please get in touch. Thank you...
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How to set up your own programme of study grades – SIMS Assessment Manager Blog

by Dave | January 9, 2017 | General (FTV), S1-Assessment
The programme of study marksheets are SIMS version of assessment without levels. Each statement from the national curriculum is available for teachers to assign a grade. Until the autumn 2016 release of SIMS schools have only been able to...
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New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment – News stories – GOV.UK

by Dave | January 8, 2017 | General (FTV), Site-1
Schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices this year could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a new deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS). CCS will then work with suppliers to...
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Google Expedition – Coming to the Isle of Wight

by Dave | January 6, 2017 | Exclusive content, Site-1
My school has been pencilled in for a visit from Google Expedition on January 24th 2017. This could potentially see every child from Year 1 to 6 experience something amazing through a virtual reality field trip. I look forward to the confirmation. VIA:...
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Win7 Blue Screen caused by Fltmgr.sys (KB3177467)

by Dave | December 16, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
This morning I came into several machines ditching to “BSOD” (Blue Screen Of Death) moments after logging in. Unfortunately this wasn’t limited to Workstations, one of My Client Servers was hit as well. The final message before rebooting was “Fltmgr.sys”....
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SSL Certificate for Parent Portal

by Dave | December 15, 2016 | Site-1
The SSL-Certificate for the Parent portal is once again up and running. It took a little longer to get it in place and working as expected, however, it’s now working a treat. Like with most things computer related, things...
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Online Payments – Revisited

by Dave | November 18, 2016 | Site-1
Posts in this seriesParentPay - Getting ready.Online Payments - RevisitediSolution purchased, follow My progress to going live. I am once again revisiting Online Payments. Next week I will be calling the following suppliers for latest prices and offerings: SchoolComms...
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Quote: Broadband Provision

The school is looking at renewing its current broadband provision: Leased Fibre Line 100/100 speed 1GB bearer No admin fees to increase speed mid-term 1:1 contention ratio 6 Dedicated IP addresses No limits, restrictions or caps on data usage...
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MIS Autumn 2016 Upgrade

by Dave | November 10, 2016 | Site-1
iSIMS Autumn 2016 Full Release (7.172.36) - Now available to download and installTasks: Downloads available via SOLUS 3. (07-11-2016) Confirm which downloads are available and plan deployment sequence. SIMS Autumn 2016 Database only (3.62.574) SIMS Autumn 2016 Full Release...
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Quote: ELMO L-12iD Visual Presenter Visualiser

by Dave | October 14, 2016 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
I am looking to replacing a faulty EMLO Visualiser, I have my eye on the following: ELMO L-12iD Visual Presenter Visualiser HDMI IN/OUT VGA IN/OUT Delivery to the Isle of Wight. If you are able to quote it would...
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QUOTE: 2 x iPad 4 Mini devices with cases.

by Dave | October 5, 2016 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
iSpecification updated 06-10-2016 @ 22:40 due to EOL of the previous specification.I am after some more iPad mini devices. Please quote for: 2 x iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB – Space Grey 2 x wrap around cases – supplier discretion. Delivery...
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CPD: Twitter

by Dave | October 4, 2016 | S1-CPD, Site-1
Today I will be providing parents of the school, CPD on Twitter. This will involve: Downloading and installing the Twitter App Signing Up Following My schools Twitter Account Tweeting Replying Re-Tweeting Updating their profile....
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Shrank SQL Server Database Transactional Log File

by Dave | October 2, 2016 | MIS, Site-1
Shrank My SIMS TLF from: 15,993,536 K to 00,001,024 K a decrease of 99.99% While I was at it, shrunk My SIMS DB File: 1,845,632 K to 1,799,522 a decrease of 2.5%...
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IT equipment in schools: to lease or not to lease? | Schools Week

by Dave | September 27, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
iThis is why I don't lease equipment.Access to high-quality IT equipment is not equal in schools. If you’re part of an academy chain, you’re likely to be able to get a good deal and buy what you want. Single...
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InPrint 3

by Dave | September 20, 2016 | Site-1
I’m currently looking in to this for SEN, but could well be handy for the rest of the school. Create symbol resources in minutes using an impressive range of desktop publishing features. InPrint 3 is an essential tool for...
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IE11 and YouTube HTML5

by Dave | September 9, 2016 | Site-1
I’ve been having a problem with playing YouTube videos for months, some machine play okay, some do not. I’ve narrowed it down to those machines with IE11 When playing YouTube, the “Spinning Wheel” just goes round and round and...
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INCIDENT: Dropped laptop.

by Dave | August 5, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
Unfortunately another laptop has taken a tumble; This one was stashed in a cupboard at the back of the classroom.    ...
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Home Access Plus (HAP+)

by Dave | August 1, 2016 | I.T. Thought Grabbers, Projects, Site-1
I've been keenly watching HAP+ for some time now and it's something that I'd like to introduce here. Project Description Home Access Plus+ Project, working with educational technicians to allow home access to files and other resources by just...
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QUOTE: 6 x iPad 4 Mini devices with cases.

by Dave | July 22, 2016 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
i - Ordered; Thank you to all suppliers for their quotes.I am after some more iPad mini devices for delivery the first week of September. Please quote for: 6 x Apple iPad 4 mini devices – 64gb – black....
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EOY 2016 – The final countdown.

by Dave | July 11, 2016 | Site-1
September 2016 Monday 5th Development Day - Teaching Staff. Tuesday 6th Development Day - All Staff. Wednesday 7th Pupils return. Photo by zizome (Pixabay) No, I'm not talking about Brexit, I'm talking about the end of the academic year 2015-2016. Tasks: Active Directory...
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MIS Summer 2016 Upgrade

by Dave | July 4, 2016 | Site-1
iSIMS Summer 2016 7.170 now available. (COMPLETED). Scheduled install 01-08-2016Tasks: Downloads available via SOLUS 3. 01-07-2016 Confirm which downloads are available and plan deployment sequence. 04-07-2016 SIMS Summer 2016 Database only (3.62.489) SIMS Summer 2016 Full Release Includes SIMS...
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INCIDENT: Login/Usage issues

by Dave | July 1, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
iToday was My transition day, where pupils move up a year to spend a day with their new teacher and classroom. On my arrival just after 7:30am, I was side tracked by a new member of staff...
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Data Returns (KS1 – TA and Phonics)

by Dave | June 30, 2016 | Site-1
Today I have successfully submitted: KS1 Teacher Assessments and Phonics 1/2 Marksheets: Focus Assessment Marksheet Entry KS1 A. Teacher Assessments 2016: Year 2 KS1 B. P Scale Data Entry 2016: Year 2 Phonics Screening Year 1 2016: Year 1...
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Data Returns (KS2 – TA)

by Dave | June 30, 2016 | Site-1
Today I have successfully submitted: KS2 Teacher Assessments Marksheets: Focus Assessment Marksheet Entry KS2 A. Teacher Assessments 2016: Year 6 KS2 B. P Scale Data Entry 2016: Year 6 Return CTF: Routines Data Out CTF Export CTF KS2, Year...
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INCIDENT: SIMS Profile locked out for single Registration Group. [Resolved]

by Dave | June 27, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
i - Remove the teacher from Supervisor for that class under Pastoral Structure, Save, and add them as the new Tutor Teacher and Save.Photo by WDnet (Pixabay) Wednesday 22-6-2016: I stumbled on to a puzzle half way through entering comments for a...
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SIMS Profiles 2015-2016

by Dave | June 26, 2016 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
As with earlier years I am full steam ahead with “End of Year 2016” reports to parents using Capita’s SIMS Profiles. There was a possibility that I may have used Hampshire’s reporting to parents tools, however due to My own internal deadlines...
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Data Returns (EYFSP)

by Dave | June 23, 2016 | Site-1
Today I have successfully submitted: Foundation Stage Profiles to the Local Authority Marksheets: Focus Assessment Marksheet Entry EYFS Profile 2016 : Year R Return CTF: Routines Data Out CTF Export CTF Early Years Foundation Stage Data (FSP)...
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2016 assessment and reporting arrangements: PDF format versions – Publications – GOV.UK

by Dave | June 23, 2016 | Site-1
2016 assessment and reporting arrangements: PDF format versions From: Standards and Testing Agency First published: 12 October 2015 Last updated: 25 April 2016, see all updates Part of: National curriculum assessments: guidance for local authorities PDF format versions of...
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INCIDENT: Outlook is unable to connection to the proxy server mail.domain.com (error code 18) / Email delayed & Undeliverable

by Dave | June 23, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
Issue: 1 There is a problem with the proxy server’s security certificate, the security certificate is not from a trusted certifying authority. Outlook is unable to connection to the proxy server mail.domain.com (error code 18). This message appears in...
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Windows Image Refresh

by Dave | June 22, 2016 | Site-1
Photo by Awesome Wallpapers My latest deployment of Windows is gradually being installed onto pupil laptops; the main reason for this is to bring each machine up to speed with the latest software versions and all the required windows updates. Whilst...
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INCIDENT: Paused Printing – Printers offline.

by Dave | June 20, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
This morning  a few of My staff were stumped when printing. All jobs where entering the queue as “Paused”, and when “Resumed” vanished from the list and never materialised. I remoted into the Print Server where My PaperCut server resides, to find...
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Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 & Windows 10

by Dave | June 15, 2016 | Site-1
Posts in this seriesToshiba Satellite Pro C850 & Windows 10WIndows 7 to Windows 10iOfficially, Toshiba has not released any Windows 10 driver support for the C850 series and therefor support would be limited. This said, the problem described with...
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Unable to mount the WIM, so the update process cannot continue. [SOLVED]

by Dave | June 15, 2016 | Exclusive content, Site-1
Photo by AllanW (Pixabay) I’ve tried to rebuild my boot images for MDT for a while, but keep getting stuck with the below error message. Originally I thought it was the anti-virus protection software getting in the way, but...
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DfE Keystage Returns

by Dave | June 15, 2016 | Site-1
2016 is the first year that the DfE requires End of Term KeyStage data to be returned with the new assessment codes. Previous years have seen data returns sent as Levels, however since this is the first year without...
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Removing the “Do you trust this printer” message box

by Dave | June 14, 2016 | Exclusive content, Site-1
Image from: Dave.harris.uno Similar to Dave Harris and his article on the issue, I also receive the same message “Do you trust this printer”. As printers are installed by script this can get annoying, especially during GPO and MDT deployment. So...
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Section 7: Phonics screening check – 2016 Key stage 1: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) – Guidance – GOV.UK

by Dave | June 13, 2016 | DfE, Site-1
iWeek commencing 13th June 2016.The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.The check consists of 20...
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Keyboard shenanigans.

by Dave | June 9, 2016 | Site-1
Photo by OpenClipartVectors (Pixabay) So I’ve progressed through My pupil laptop O/S refresh with My latest build. However one laptop was giving me issues with my password. On a closer look, I noticed why....
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HP PW PRO 477DW – Trial

by Dave | June 1, 2016 | Exclusive content, Reviews, Site-1
I've always said I'm a "Laser" person, my experience with ink printers in the past has never been a good one, they either run out of ink way too soon, dry up or smudge and smear when you touch the...
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PBX Tidy

by Dave | May 23, 2016 | Site-1
Posts in this seriesPBX TidyQUOTE: Components for Telecoms tidy.iThis post will be updated as progress continues.My existing PBX needs re-wiring; wires around the man PBX have become unruly over the last few years as additions have bulked it out. So...
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Summer Census 2016

by Dave | May 19, 2016 | Site-1
Today was the Summer Census for schools. [19-05-2016) It was a short one this time, although that should not fool you, each one is collecting information automatically, so you need to make sure you’re ready in advance. It is common...
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Secure Access issues (DFE)

by Dave | May 18, 2016 | Site-1
On Friday I  experienced some issues with the DFE’s Secure Access website. Login successful Forced to change password Forced to select one of several unique passwords Confirm password change Website hangs Original password fails to work New password fails to work Request...
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School procurement: Microsoft memorandum of understanding

by Dave | May 17, 2016 | General (FTV), I.T. Thought Grabbers, Site-1
The new Memorandum of Understanding where the Microsoft pricing is decided is now going to be entitled Education Cloud Transition Agreement. The main focus of this agreement is that over the next three years schools will still benefit from the discounts...
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QUOTE: Components for Telecoms tidy.

by Dave | May 12, 2016 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
Posts in this seriesPBX TidyQUOTE: Components for Telecoms tidy.iThis RFQ closes Monday 23rd May 2016. Expected Delivery Date is 25th May 2016.I’re planning on tidying up My telecoms cables and will need the following components to make this happen. If you...
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Troj/POSAgen-A

by Dave | May 12, 2016 | Site-1
Had this little Trojan appear on one of my servers yesterday. Virus/spyware ‘Troj/POSAgen-A’ has been detected in “C:\WINDOWS\system32\lanst.exe\FILE:0000”.  targeting Point Of Sale (POS) systems i.e. malware stealing track data directly from memory of the systems involved in processing of...
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OneDrive and Proxy

by Dave | May 5, 2016 | Site-1
Posts in this seriesOneDrive and ProxyMicrosoft OneNote syncing issues behind a web filter.Proxy – Does Microsoft have a definitive list of URLs that are associated with OneDrive that I should allow through My proxies? – Stack Overflow *.lync.com *.microsoftonline.com *.microsoftonline-p.com...
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An important technical update from 3P Learning

by Dave | May 3, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
The blog post contains important information about changes to the technical requirements of 3P Learning products. Be sure your school’s IT administrator is aware of these new requirements in order to continue to be able to access all areas of My resources. Whitelisting...
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@2SimpleSoftware #PurpleMash

by Dave | April 29, 2016 | Review, Site-1
Today I had a visit from 2Simple, they gave me a demonstration of their award-winning cloud product called “Purple Mash”. (Sounds like a name for a local house band). I have several titles from their back catalogue, and Purple Mash is...
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Email Analysis

by Dave | April 29, 2016 | Site-1
I thought I’d share some of My email analysis reports. My email delivery is certainly on the increase, especially when it comes to rogue connections. Thankfully I’re able to thwart those rogues. These screen shots are for the last...
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Trusted Certificate Authority

by Dave | April 28, 2016 | Site-1
I started to get error messages about “un-trusted certificates” when browsing sites and checking email. I’ve had it for a while but it has now got to the point it is an epidemic. Originally I just got staff to accept it...
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HAMs to POS Conversion.

by Dave | April 26, 2016 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
I’ve spent a good few hours today converting My Milestone 1 and 2 data from Hampshire’s Assessment Model to Capita’s Programme of Study. As I’re not ready to do a direct conversion from Components to Descriptors yet (that’s a...
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Assessment shift – “Programme of Study”

by Dave | April 25, 2016 | S1-Assessment, Site-1
i***** IN PROGRESS *****  When the government decided to switch to assessment without levels, they gave each school autonomy to choose their own assessment scheme and method of recording. Apart from the disarray and lack of assistance with direction, I...
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YouTube Video Does Not Start

by Dave | April 22, 2016 | Site-1
So I’ve had this problem for now over a week with no sign of it getting resolved. As far as I am aware, there have been no updates to My Firewall, Filtering or...
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CTouch alignment and calibration.

by Dave | April 22, 2016 | Site-1
Received an interesting problem this morning. A teaching student came to me saying that there was a problem with the mouse in the classroom, that it was jittery and couldn’t do anything. My immediate thought was that if the...
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INCIDENT: Exchange Store Service

by Dave | April 17, 2016 | S1-Incidents, Site-1
This morning while checking my email (yes, on a Sunday – I know), I noticed that I hadn’t got any new email in my inbox. Bizarre I thought, I normally get at least 5 or 6 status updates each day....
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QUOTE: Sophos Complete Security Suite – Renewal

by Dave | April 15, 2016 | Site-1, Stage 3 - Expired Quote Requests
iRenewed 10-June-2016 - Thank you to all suppliers for their quotes and input. I am planning to renew My existing “Sophos Complete Security Suite” which expires June 2016. ENDUSER PROTECTION, WEB, MAIL, ENCRYPTION, 100-199 USERS –...
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MDT: Failure (5627): 50: Run DISM.exe

by Dave | April 14, 2016 | Site-1
This message has plagued me for a while now when trying to deploy Windows 10 via MDT 2013, however I’ve found a solution to my problem. I’m using MDT 2013 Update 2 and although I have ADK for Windows 10...
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Microsoft OneNote syncing issues behind a web filter.

by Dave | April 13, 2016 | Site-1
Posts in this seriesOneDrive and ProxyMicrosoft OneNote syncing issues behind a web filter.Adding these URLs to my web filter solved the problem. onedrive.live.com login.live.com docs.live.net office.live.com onenote.com officeapps.live.com...
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MIS VHD Increase

by Dave | April 9, 2016 | Site-1
Over the last few days I noticed My MIS’s VHD was running a tad low on disk space, nothing drastic but something to keep an eye on, then this morning (Saturday) I got an alert email to say the...
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BT Local Business Visit

by Dave | April 6, 2016 | Site-1
Had a visit from BT Local Business last week. Mainly the conversation was around replacing My existing Panasonic PSTN PBX with an in the cloud version. Whilst a voip system is something I’ve looked at since 2009, I’ve always...
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One Drive capacity shrinks to useless 

by Dave | March 25, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
Absolutely disgraced with Microsoft on this one, this is bad form, this means that My rollout of Office 365 was pointless.  The amount of free storage is changing. OneDrive Important changes to OneDrive I want to inform you about...
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MIS Spring 2016 Upgrade

by Dave | March 24, 2016 | Site-1
My upgrade to Spring 2016 for SIMS, FMS and Discover is scheduled for 31st March 2016 Normally the upgrades can be triggered manually because I have experienced problems with automated upgrades in the past, however I’m determined to put some faith into...
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These are not the “seagulls” I’re looking for.

by Dave | March 23, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
“Tap tap, tap”. Well at least they’re not going to “huff and puff”....
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Fake Microsoft Support Calls

by Dave | March 16, 2016 | Site-1
I had a phone call today that got my hackles up. The so-called “Microsoft Support Team” calling to fix a problem that my computer has reported to them. The person on the other side was certainly didn’t have a...
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SkyPE – Supplier only a “Stone” throw away.

by Dave | March 15, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
Had an interesting experience today talking to a potential new supplier. Not content with the tried and tested technology of a wired telephone, Stone’s CSM and myself had a Face to Face conversation for just over an hour using Skype. This...
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Mathletics Login

by Dave | March 11, 2016 | Site-1
  Mathletics have made changes to their site causing issues with the login process. Pupils and staff can enter their details except nothing happens when you click “Let Me In”. I’ve been pointed towards www.3plearning.com/tech/mathletics after a phone call to...
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Monitoring extracurricular activities is now child’s play with the new SIMS Activities module | Capita SIMS

by Dave | March 11, 2016 | Site-1
Staff can automate many tasks, such as quickly assigning students to each activity and electronically distributing consent forms. As the system is online, students are able to sign up to a club from any device with internet access and...
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Copiers Phone Home

by Dave | March 10, 2016 | Site-1
Like most things these days, technology is attached to the internet, and My photo copiers are by no means any exception. They now have the ability like E.T. to “Phone home”, except it’s not a phone call – it’s...
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UPRN (Unique Property Reference Number) for Pupil’s Address

by Dave | March 10, 2016 | General (FTV), Site-1
The UPRN is voluntary for this Census, but will mandatory for 2017/18 Censuses. Via: https://myaccount.capita-cs.co.uk/forums/thread/sims-census/2eb22287-f0e5-e511-a7d4-0050568b7785 What is a UPRN? A Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) is a unique alphanumeric identifier for every spatial address in Great Britain and can be...
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