The Mess of Managing Printers through Group Policy

This is a subject I have written about numerous times before. Here are the previous articles: http://nzschooltech.blogspot.com/2009/01/mapping-printers-and-drives-through.html http://nzschooltech.blogspot.com/2008/08/pushing-printer-settings-to-client-pcs.html http://nzschooltech.blogspot.com/2008/02/using-loopback-policy-to-set-per.html Here is a brief history of managed printer deployment options in Windows: Prior to Windows Server 2003 R2, administrators mass deployed printers to workstations using logon scripts (VBScript etc). WS2003 R2 introduced Print Management via Group… Continue reading The Mess of Managing Printers through Group Policy

SMS Integris (Omnis) Compatibility on Windows Vista and Windows 7

My previous articles on this subject are published here and here. Our site experienced considerable difficulties in making School Management Systems’ Integris 6.90.xx function successfully on Windows Vista even though the vendor does not have a history of problems. The majority of difficulties to date are on 32 bit Vista systems. We do not have… Continue reading SMS Integris (Omnis) Compatibility on Windows Vista and Windows 7

Ministry of Education renews Microsoft Schools Agreement for 2010-2012

The NZ Ministry of Education has renewed the Microsoft Schools Agreement for New Zealand schools for 2010-2012. Whilst I have yet to see the agreement, it continues the trend of these agreements and will provide welcome continuity for school administrators and IT staff. The new agreement provides effective transitions for most existing software packages whilst… Continue reading Ministry of Education renews Microsoft Schools Agreement for 2010-2012