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Data Center Move Complete; Web Mail, Eduphoria, Web Site, and Other Services Restored

Work in the MISD Data Center continued today. All systems other than the District’s web server were brought back online last night.

The District’s web page was brought back online earlier this afternoon, also ahead of schedule.

Extreme Makeover Update: Phase II Begins at REI and SMI

 

The Extreme Makeover: High Tech Edition Project will begin at Elizabeth Smith and Martha Reid Elementary Schools in October.

Elizabeth Smith Elementary

October 4, 2010

Project Leadership Team meets with Elizabeth Smith Elementary Administration.

October 11, 2010

Reimaging of student and teacher computers begins (daytime hours project).

Promethean board installations begin (after hours project).

October 14, 2010

Projector installations begin (after hours project).

Martha Reid Elementary

October 4, 2010

Project Leadership Team meets with Martha Reid Elementary Administration.

October 15, 2010

Reimaging of student and teacher computers begins (daytime hours project).

Promethean board installations begin in the evening (after hours project).

October 21, 2010

Projector installations begin (after hours project).

Reimaging TTCC Laptops

 

TTCC laptops should be brought to school for school business and to make sure that they receive regular operating system and virus projection updates.

During the next few weeks, it will be more important for these laptops to be at school daily because of the reimaging process.

If you have a TTCC laptop, please be sure to bring it to school daily.

We do not know with certainty when teams will arrive at any given campus.

The schedule is fairly fluid, because it is dependent on the progress of the project.

Typically, we provide at least one day’s notice. Although the process is accelerating, it still requires at least two days to complete.

Reimaging Update: PER, BOR, TIM . . . and coming to your campus.

 

The technicians are working very hard to get computers reimaged across the District. The team expanded the project to include Cross Timbers Intermediate today.

The reimaging process is similar to the one used for computer deployments in that technicians visit classrooms to make sure that teachers’ data is backed up. Then, technicians reimage the computer, give it a name that conforms to a standard convention, and configure it to work with the new Microsoft environment. Also, virus protection is enhanced and the ablity of the Department to deploy software “automatically” to the computer is improved. We’ve also observed some signficant improvements in how fast the computers run.

Perry and Boren have served as sites for testing and refining some new strategies for getting this process completed more efficiently and effectively. We are grateful to those teachers and staff members for both their feedback and their patience. Testing has yielded some insight that has improved the process for other sites already. There are still computers that need attention at those two sites, and we will continue to work on them until they are functioning properly.

The purpose of an image is to reduce the amount of time that a technician has to spend working on a computer to get the end user up and running on important programs.

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Image by Brianjarvis via Flickr

That’s a challenge with campus-specific programs, because computers at each campus have to be “pointed” toward a different location on a server for those programs to work properly. The network team has developed a work-around for Fast ForWord that requires a few extra clicks. Also, programs that have only been purchased by some campuses can’t be put on an image for all schools because of licensing limitations.

Because we have standardized on Promethean equipment, we can provide that software throughout MISD. A new set of Promethean drivers came out within the last couple of weeks, and those updates will need to be incorporated into the images for the HP 6000 teacher computers.

Another important strategy is to deploy the image over the network so that, using a few keystrokes, a technician can initiate the process on one computer and move onto the next one.

Depending on the model, the reimaging process can take thirty minutes or more; we need as many computers as possible to undergo the process simultaneously.

Once we have more of a sense of how quickly the work is likely to proceed, we will distribute a schedule.

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Student Computers at Phase II Campuses

The Active Directory migration for teacher and staff computers is substantially complete.

The next step in this process is to update student computers. The most efficient way to accomplish this is by reimaging them. This will allow us to eliminate much of the confusion and many of the problems with printing, mapping drives, and running locally purchased software like the out of date versions of Accelerated Reader that are still in use in MISD.

The good news is that the new student computers in computer labs can be reimaged using a process that a technician can initiate on each computer and leave running overnight until it is complete.

Plans for student computers in classrooms depend on when these computers were deployed.

Plans for Phase II Campuses

  • Computer lab computers at Phase II campuses have the “old Novell image” and will need to be reimaged.
  • As repurposed computers return to Phase II and Phase III campuses as part of the repurposing project, they will be loaded with the new image.
  • These upgraded computers will be exchanged on a 1:1 basis with any computers in classrooms that were not upgraded.
  • Any computers that do not meet minimum specifications will not be updated. They will be salvaged.
  • Software titles owned by individual campuses will have to be reloaded by lab staff.
  • As soon as 2010-2011 instructional technology (411) budget funds are released on Thursday, this process will begin.

Student Computers at Phase I Campuses

The Active Directory migration for teacher and staff computers is substantially complete.

The next step in this process is to update student computers. The most efficient way to accomplish this is by reimaging them. This will allow us to eliminate much of the confusion and many of the problems with printing, mapping drives, and running locally purchased software such as the out of date versions of Accelerated Reader that are still in use in some MISD schools.

The good news is that the new student computers in computer labs can be reimaged using a process that a technician can initiate on each computer and leave running overnight until it is complete.

Plans for student computers in classrooms depend on when these computers were deployed.

Plans for Phase I Campuses

  • Computer lab and repurposed computers at Phase I Campuses were deployed with the “old Novell” image and must be replaced with the “new Microsoft” image.
  • Once 2010-2011 411 funds are released on Thursday, the reimaging process will begin. We will augment our own staff with outside resources in order to complete this work.

We will dedicate MISD campus support technicians to completing work orders not related to this process.

Student Computers at Phase III Campuses

The Active Directory migration for teacher and staff computers is substantially complete.

The next step in this process is to update student computers. The most efficient way to accomplish this is by reimaging them. This will allow us to eliminate much of the confusion and many of the problems with printing, mapping drives, and running locally purchased software like the out of date versions of Accelerated Reader that are still in use in MISD.

The good news is that the new student computers in computer labs can be reimaged using a process that a technician can initiate on each computer and leave running overnight until it is complete.

Plans for student computers in classrooms depend on when these computers were deployed.

Plans for Phase III Campuses

  • Computer lab computers at Phase III campuses have the “new Microsoft” image. These will not need to be reimaged.
  • As repurposed computers return to Phase II and Phase III campuses as part of the repurposing project, they will be loaded with the new image.
  • These upgraded computers will be exchanged on a 1:1 basis with any computers in classrooms that were not upgraded.
  • Any computers that do not meet minimum specifications will not be updated. They will be salvaged.
  • As soon as 2010-2011 budget funds are released on Thursday, this process will begin.
  • Software titles owned by individual campuses will have to be reloaded by lab teachers.