NZ Education Blog

Regular updates from Microsoft in the NZ education sector. Events and advice for education staff.

April, 2012

  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 for Schools

    Microsoft Lync is a new connected user experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere. For IT, the benefits are equally powerful, with a highly secure and reliable system that works with existing tools and systems for easier management, lower cost of ownership, smoother deployment and migration, and greater choice and flexibility. We have previously posted on this topic providing real scenarios in an educational context with how Lync can be a powerful collaboration tool through Microsoft's Office365 suite combined with SharePoint Online to meet the needs of students and staff. http://blogs.technet.com/b/nzedu/archive/2011/05/21/collaboration-in-the-cloud-with-sharepoint.aspx

    We'd like to share with you, the journey Botany Downs Secondary College took to provide this collaborative environment through their choice to implement Microsoft Lync on premise.

    Botany Downs Secondary College took the opportunity to move forward to Microsoft Lync:  

    "The new system gives us extra functionality and flexibility, while simultaneously reducing costs. The staff and students have all responded very positively to it." - Denise Bellette, Business Manager, Botany Downs Secondary College.

    The ageing PBX system was struggling to cope with the requirements of the busy school, so in addition to more phone lines, the school searched for a  communications platform to provide collaborative learning, web conferencing functionality, live audio visual staff and student communication. Microsoft Lync provided a cost-effective, future-proofed solution to support on-going growth and technology development, consistent with the vision of the College as a Lighthouse school in the area of ICT.

    The new Microsoft Schools agreement has the ability to deploy Lync on premise and replace the ageing PBX systems.

    For more information visit: http://lync.microsoft.com/en-nz/Pages/default.aspx

  • Microsoft orchestrates applications across a variety of PC's

    Today’s education leaders and staff are highly mobile and use a variety of means for accessing Windows and their applications. They expect the same experience no matter how they access them. Traditional approaches for roaming this experience no longer meet the needs of this new, flexible workstyle. They either require too much time and effort by the users, or don’t work well when staff roam in environments that include physical and virtual applications and desktops. To help education staff remain productive in however they choose to work, IT needs a simple, efficient way to provide users with a consistent Windows and application experience.

    Microsoft User Experience Virtualization is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across many devices, is simple for IT to deploy, and easily integrates with existing management tools.

    As part of the Microsoft Schools Agreement with the New Zealand Ministry of Education, primary and secondary schools are currently licensed for the current version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack - contact your technology provider for more information on how you can deploy this solution within your school.

    Visit here to view an article written by PCpro on Microsoft User Experience Virtualization.  

    UE-V will be available in a future version of MDOP, but you can get the beta now to see how it can help your organization. Click here to download the beta (Windows Live ID required).

    For more information on UE-V visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/mdop/ue-v.aspx 

  • Greater access and reduced costs to computers in schools with Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    We've previously posted on Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 regarding the new features available to teachers and administrators. Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is the latest version of the clever technology that allows you to share one computer between multiple students - saving money on hardware, power and IT management costs.

    It's an ideal solution when it's coming up to hardware replacement time - or where you need additional computers to supplement access for a 1:1 scheme. There are even domain join options and RDP support for enabling Windows sessions on old desktops/laptops or Mac.

    The kind of places it's popping up are in computer labs, libraries and in activity centers within classrooms or kiosk environments.

    Take a look at the multitude of reasons targeted at meeting the needs of educators and IT staff through the respective links to our datasheets.

    HP's MultiSeat bundles provide all the required hardware to setup a solution running on Windows Multipoint Server 2011. One of the best things about these bundles are the T200 Zero Clients, providing excellent streamlined plug-n-play computing connectivity – fully configured with no networking or software to load.

    Learn more about HP Multiseat bundles and other HP education offerings at http://h20427.www2.hp.com/services/education/nz/en/desktopsforschools.html

  • Education Webinars

    Microsoft NZ is running a series of webinars aimed at IT teams at NZ schools, universities and polytechnics. Run monthly in 45 minute sessions, these webinars will cover relevant Microsoft technologies in common teaching or IT scenarios.

    The list of webinars until December are listed in the "Upcoming Events" tab on the NZ education blog homepage. Please register in advance to secure your spot and pass on to your colleagues who may be interested.

    This months webinar is on: Business ready security for schools and universities. How Microsoft Forefront's business-ready security can help schools protect their assets and infrastructure. 

    April 27th: 2-2:45pm. Register Here. 

     

     

    Next months webinar is on: Optimised desktop for schools and universities. Learn about Windows 7 and education desktop solutions designed to help your IT organisation maintain security, streamline management and cut costs.

    May 24th: 2-2:45pm. Register Here.

     

  • NZ schools to receive ‘all you can eat’ Microsoft software solutions

    Microsoft New Zealand signs new licensing model with the Ministry of Education

    Schools can immediately take advantage of the Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement between Microsoft New Zealand and the Ministry of Education.

    Simple and easy to understand, the newly signed variation to the Microsoft Schools Agreement has removed traditional barriers to software licensing and is designed to provide schools with significant value for money – reducing the total cost of ownership so more resources can be focused into the classroom.

    In addition to the current core Microsoft products, schools are now able to access:

    • Unlimited Microsoft core servers (Windows, Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync)
    • Coverage for Apple Mac computers (including the use of Office For Mac and Windows OS Upgrades on school owned or leased Apple Mac computers),
    • The Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, and
    • The ability for students to access school Microsoft servers from their own personal devices.

    All schools need to re-enroll in the agreement in order to take advantage of the new additions.  Please contact Datacom for more information.

    More details on the varied Microsoft Schools Agreement are here.