SCHOOL ICT NEWS BULLETIN No 164 - 08/06/2010

Published by Children’s Services


Fronter VLE End of Year Roll Over

A reminder to all schools who are due to carry out their MIS end of year roll over in June, please will you read through the documentation produced by Fronter to help you through this process.  Schools must turn off their Fronter MIS integration before carrying out the roll over within the school MIS or this may cause issues.  Schools should then read and carry out the steps contained within the start of year process documentation and videos.  Once the process has been followed the Fronter MIS integration can be switched on again.  Please see below for links to the resources to help with the Start of Year process:

MIS deactivation guide and Start of Year process guide: http://frontersupport.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=28&Itemid=11⟨=fronter

Start of Year Process Videos (scroll to the bottom of the page): http://webfronter.com/help/vol92_en/#Courses

(Please note Fronter refer to the end of year roll over as the start of year process)

Author: Liam Parker

New Functionality available in the Fronter VLE

The frontpage tool has been improved by adding these new features:

  • Page background colour selector
  • Container configuration tool
  • A linked content copy for Fronter pages

 

A PDF explaining the new functionality can be downloaded here: http://www.frontersupport.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=89&Itemid=11⟨=en

Author: Liam Parker

Network Managers Event 15th June

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled as the main speaker has had to pull out at the last minute. This will be re-arranged for the next event, due in October. Apologies for the late cancellation. News updates on the other agenda items will be placed on the Network Managers’ Forum.

Author: Jenny Tallent

Configuring a Blackberry for Norfolk’s NSIX exchange

A help sheet is now available detailing how to configure a Blackberry to access the Norfolk NSIX exchange and pick up your emails:

http://www.eficts.norfolk.gov.uk/Email/blackberry/Configuring_blackberry_for_email.doc

Author: Liam Houseage

Windows Operating Systems Update

Windows 95 / 98

Microsoft has stopped their support for this product, so ICT Solutions can only offer reasonable endeavours support on these products for those customers who still have it installed on their PC’s.

Windows NT Server

Microsoft have stopped their support for this product, so ICT Solutions can only offer a reasonable endeavours support on this product for those customers who still have it installed on their Servers.

Windows 2000 Server

Microsoft are stopping their support for this product from 13th July 2010, we will continue to support this product on a reasonable endeavours basis.

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008R2 Update

You may be wondering why as an authority we haven’t released Windows 7 yet? We have been and are currently evaluating and extensively testing the Windows 7 environment both 32 & 64 bit to ensure compatibility with the current recommended curriculum and non curriculum software installed within schools, including:-

  • Standard Product Set – Full functionality
  • Anycoms – Amending scripts
  • Star Accounts – Full functionally
  • Winsuite – Not compatible with Windows 7 and Server 2008, we have to replace with the use of Windows Group policies
  • Server 2008R2 – Requiring new policies and procedures
  • Peripheral devices are dependent on the manufacturers support
  • Asset Manager – Not compatible with Windows 7 64bit.

Once this testing has been completed we will be looking to release Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 both Admin and curriculum usage from September 2010 for schools.

Pilots are being run from mid June in 3 schools in the County to ensure that you will receive a fully functioning stable curriculum and non curriculum ICT provision once we offer the new products from September.

Author: Steve Everitt

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