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Warwickshire County Council and Schools with Windows 7



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  • 1. Windows 7 in Warwickshire Anthony Lander Senior Systems Engineer ICT Development Service Warwickshire County Council
  • 2. Overview
    • About WCC
    • Windows 7 deployments in Warwickshire
    • North Leamington School
    • Challenges, successes and remaining issues
    • Top tips
    • Future Developments
  • 3. About WCC
    • Dave Banton – Network Manager of Avon Valley School in Rugby
    • Regan Costello – Network Manager of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby
    • Pete Turner – WCC Senior Technician
  • 4. About WCC
    • Approx 250 schools (30 Secondary)
    • Most of the primary schools are part of an Enterprise Active Directory (only 1 secondary – North Leamington)
    • Approx 12500 clients (XP)
    • Managed with SCCM, App-V
    • Exchange 2007 (80,000) accounts
  • 5. Windows 7 TAP
    • North Leamington School (650+)
    • Wembrook Primary (100 laptops)
    • Kingsbury High (70 netbooks)
    • Shipston Primary – 30 Macs that dual boot Windows 7
    • Ash Green – 25 x Windows 7 VDI clients
    • A number of other schools just starting to deploy (Avon Valley & Lawrence Sheriff)
  • 6. North Leamington School
    • New school to replace old school on 3 sites
    • Not a BSF project
    • ICT budget of £600K (if BSF it would have been £1.6M!
    • Big spend in infrastructure
  • 7. North Leam Infrastructure
    • 100Mb link direct to data centre
    • 2 x Cisco 6500 chassis
    • POE switches
    • CAT6
    • VOIP telephony
    • Managed wireless throughout school
    • Cashless Catering, Print, Library and Access Control via ID card
    • Designed for 1:1 ratio in the future
  • 8. Server deployment
    • NEC Flexpower (based on Intel Modular Server) 6U chassis.
    • 4 node Server 2008 R2 hyper-v cluster
    • Each node has
      • 2 x quad core CPU
      • 32Gb RAM
    • 2Tb Shared storage
  • 9. Server deployment (cont)
    • Currently running 15 servers
      • DC, PKI
      • MDT
      • SIMS
      • File Servers for pupils and staff (R2 - branch cache enabled)
      • Print (Ricoh follow me printing solution)
      • Cashless Catering Backoffice Server (ID cards)
      • Terminal Servers.....and many more
  • 10. Challenges
    • Cost
      • Deploying Windows 7 has allowed the school to use their existing computers (up to 3 years old) in the new school
    • Time
      • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has helped to speed up the deployment of the client computers
    • Change
      • 4 networks to 1, new OS, new version of Office
  • 11. Group Policy Challenges
    • Staff are issued with a laptop which can be used at home
    • Their work needs to sync with the laptop, but not sync when they log in to a desktop
    • This is achieved with WMI filtering of GPOs so that syncing only happens on there laptop
  • 12. Successes
    • School opened on time!
    • 1300 pupils and 100+ staff all using Windows 7
    • Only 2 MDT task sequences used to deploy all the schools computers
    • No negative comments about the new OS
    • All Teaching staff use SIMS Lesson Monitor as a RemoteApp via Wireless!
    • App-V extensively used to roll-out new applications
  • 13. Remaining issues
    • Start Menu – causing slow login?
    • IASO Backup software causing some problems
    • User provisioning has been problematic
    • Some user data failed to transfer
    • Need to deploy SCCM once the App-V apps are imported
  • 14. Tips
    • WMI filtering and Security Filtering for Group Policy Objects
    • Group Policy Preferences – we no longer need a login script at drives are mapped via GPO’s
    • MDT is a fantastic tool....and it’s free!!
    • MDOP – App-V is a real time saver!
  • 15. Future Developments
    • Wireless configured so that pupils and visitors can use their own laptops
    • More Terminal Servers hosting Applications that pupils can use remotely via Portal
    • Add Bitlocker to staff laptops
    • Every pupil has a device