Why Migrate? • Decrease Frustration in the Classroom with Technology • Log-in Times are too Slow • Too Much Lost Instructional Time • Too Long of a Wait to get Problems Resolved • Too Many Names and Passwords to Remember • Provide a Platform for 21st Century Classroom Technology • Education Portal - “Launching Pad” – What is a Portal ? • Single Sign-on for Applications • Fully Integrated Microsoft Server and Desktop Environment • E-mail Platform that is most commonly Used
Why Migrate? • Increase Energy Efficiency • Growing Number of Servers Means More Power Needed • Project will reduce number of “Physical” Servers • Increase percentage of Classroom PC’s that can be Powered down • Increase IT Efficiency • Current Novell Architecture is Fractured and Broken • Need to Decrease the Amount of Work Orders • Improved Server Management Tools • Shorten Trouble Ticket Response Time • Less Time Driving to the School to “Fix” Issues – Remote Support • Better Control of Network Printers The ultimate goal is making technology work for the student and not against them by providing the student with an environment to learn and grow by removing the impediments of technology. – IT Director in southern GA
The Future Richland One Classroom • Simple and Easy Interface for Launching: • Instructional Applications • E-Mail, Calendars and Announcements • Home Folders • Digitized Textbooks • Single Sign-On to Applications • Eliminate need to remember passwords • “Anytime, Anywhere” Access • Built on Non-Proprietary Industry Standards • District Is Not “Locked In” To Third Party Support • Open Architecture to Allow for On-going Development • Microsoft SharePoint Web-Based System • Automated Account Provisioning • User Logon Accounts are Created, Deleted, Moved in near Real Time • Students and Teachers Can Log-in to the Network “Day One”
Richland One Partnered With CSI • CSI’s Methodology • Performs Discovery and Design Phases PRIOR to Starting a Project • “We do NOT Show Up On-Site and Start Installing Software…..” • Plan and Test, then Plan and Test Some More • Phased Approach • Break Down the Project into Smaller and Measurable Phases • Flexible Timeline to Accommodate Testing/Other School Activities • Focus on Resuming Services Quickly at Schools • Entire School is Not Without Service During the Entire Migration • Migrate Labs and Media Center first, then Student and Teacher PCs; Front Office last • Two - three day site migration for each school is the goal • Allows the District to Use Contractors Only when Needed
CSI Has Done This Before…. Many Times There is NO Substitute for Experience and CSI Has Assisted Nearly 30 Carolinas School District’s Migrate from Novell to Microsoft . Here are just a few of them… • Lexington School District #1 - SC • Pickens County Schools - SC • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - NC • Wilkes County Schools - NC • Beaufort County School District - SC • Spartanburg School District #1 - SC • York County Schools - SC • Chester County Schools - SC • Anderson School District #1 - SC • Caldwell County Schools - NC • Horry County Schools – SC • Rock Hill School District #3 - SC We are NOT successful unless applications work and the schools can get back to using technology to teach their students.
Once the Migration is Over • Quicker Logon Times • “Goal is less than a minute” • PC Desktops Provide Only Required Software • Increased IT Responsiveness • Remote Control and Remote Support Saves Time and Money • Group Policies to Manage Desktops, Printers, Power, etc.
Tentative Migration Phases • Phase #1 – Mar-May 2011 • Main Project Planning, Preparation and Installation • Phase #2 – Jun-Jul 2011 • Migrate High Schools Summer 2011 • Phase #3 – Oct 2011-Mar 2012 • Migrate Middle, Elementary, and Administrative Sites • Phase #4 – Apr-May 2012 • Migrate entire district to Outlook for Email