It has long been a Loop goal to make the upgrading of all work stations an easy and effective process.
The Software, SIM and Sample menu services were designed to meet this need.
The missing service has been a user based workstation 'building' system.
This has been particularly hard to design and implement because of the different hardware, operating systems and applications involved.
BUT we are now close.
Schools can now choose a "work station implementation process" from a developmental line.
- Crytal is a fully hosted and managed network.
- WDS or GHIST ... this site.
This service allows you to build a windows image for you schools work stations and then distribute them as appropriate from the Loop.
- Manually build individual machines as you have done in the past.
- MoE sponsored software. (Is windows going to be supported in the future or are we moving to open source?).
If/When MoE no longer sponsor software then we
could work with NMIT.
- Adobe geographic licence definition. (Makes a common licence hard to manage)
- School specific application licenses (see Software management service for the current solution)
- Multicasting is a prerequisite for this service to be ubiquitous
- Licenses need to ideally be volume licensed to
make mass (aka Loop based) activation possible.
- SmartNet schools: At this point in time this service will have to re-image using either a USB or DVD media as opposed to the automatic F12 method.
This is because the changes needed to the SmartNet system to accommodate F12 imaging are too significant
- This service is specifically for Loop schools windows clients.
- Apple: Mac workstations will most likely require
a Mac server for imaging, assuming 'netboot' will be
used to fire up the deployment program on the clients and copy the image to
their local drives.
- Linux: No demand as yet.
Extra resources need to
- To be ubiquitous it comes down to getting
multicast operation throughout the Loop.
Charles & Geoff are working on this from a national resourcing viewpoint
(aka a National Education Network funded prerequisite) but no outcome yet.
If this does’t work we will approach it from an internal service position soon
This will happen – we are hoping the next round of internal network upgrades
has multicast as standard- this would make our multicasting resourcing options
- While the expensive multicast router at the loop
edge would be good to have – It won’t really have much impact on the loop and
may not be good value for money, especially as very little (interesting)
multicast streams are out there. I’m excluding TV channels of course – but we
do have the facility to rebroadcast the popular channels ourselves.
- Windows: We should start trialing this when MDT
2010 comes out (Xmas) as this product makes things a whole lot easier for us to
- Mac workstations will most likely require a Mac
server for imaging, assuming 'netboot' will be used
to fire up the deployment program on the clients and copy the image to their
local drives. Check out DeployStudio (www.deploystudio.com)
for an example of a fantastic free deployment tool for Mac OS.