If you've read my blog at all you know one of the things I love the most about working with Education customers is the breadth of solutions. Some of the best software that supports the first pillar is actually written by our customers within Universities. Here are three must haves:
Paint .NETDeveloped at Washington State University. I was lucky enough to visit the school earlier this spring and came away with a new perception on mobility. This is a very powerful graphics program that I use almost exclusively over other programs.http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/
3D JournalDeveloped at Cornell. I actually just learned about this, it was the motivation for this entry. This is one of the coolest applications I have seen of the TabletPC. Not only does it detect and render objects, it can apply theoretical force.http://ccsl.mae.cornell.edu/research/sketch/
ChempadDeveloped at Brown University. This is my favorite Tablet PC demo because I secretly love the study of chemistry. This application allows you to draw a molecule and then render it in 3D.http://graphics.cs.brown.edu/research/chempad/home.html
I doubt this is anywhere near the end of the list. If you know of others, I welcome comments.
I've been working with the University of Iowa for a few years and have had the pleasure of meeting some amazingly intelligent and successful people. Just a few of those people were among the Enterprise Client Management team, lead by Chris Blasen. Chris was recently featured in Windows IT Pro magazine discussing how after they decided to offer Systems Management Server (SMS) as a service, they overcame the challenge of spreading the word on campus and encouraging others to take advantage of it.
Windows IT Pro
Since the article was released Chris has received Email from businesses and other Universities that reached out to compliment the site and ask for advice on building something similar. What the Iowa ECM team has done that is so radical is building out animated training that not just explains, it shows the user how SMS is configured and how it would be used. There is also thorough documentation to define how they setup the server and the process a department would use to get on board.
Their site is also a great resource if you have plans of building an SMS site with delegated permissions to University departmental IT pros. Iowa has really done a nice job building a delegation model that is reusable in a higher education environment. Feel free to contact me directly or leave a comment if you would like more information.
You can also see a video featuring the University of Iowa SMS project:University of Iowa streamlines its system management (Windows Media, 5.6 MB)
Yesterday a guide was posted to TechNet that provides guidance on integration of UNIX systems with their Active Directory environment.
Windows Security and Directory Services for UNIX Guide v1.0
From the guide:
This guide shows you how to achieve implementation of five significantly different end states:
End State 1. UNIX clients use Active Directory Kerberos for authentication but continue to use an existing UNIX-based data store for authorization.
End State 2. UNIX clients use Active Directory Kerberos for authentication and use Active Directory LDAP for authorization.
End State 3. UNIX clients use Active Directory LDAP for authentication but continue to use an existing UNIX-based data store for authorization.
End State 4. UNIX clients use Active Directory LDAP for both authentication and authorization.
End State 5. UNIX and Windows infrastructures remain separate: UNIX clients use UNIX-based Kerberos for authentication, Windows clients use Active Directory Kerberos for authentication, and a cross-realm trust enables UNIX and Windows users (if the cross-realm trust is a two-way trust) to access services in the other side.
Ever hear someone ask if they could get a copy of Office 2007 to test? Now you don't have to actually install Office to try it out.