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RE: [SLUG] Copying Home directories to a new server
- To: "Heracles" <heracles@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [SLUG] Copying Home directories to a new server
- From: "Simon Bryan" <sbryan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 00:07:27 +1000
- Cc: 'Slug' <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Reply-to: sbryan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hate to admit it, but I was in that position for many years, I gradually
managed to whittle down my teaching load and for the last few years I have
been full-time IT (just renewed the contract). So I can't claim that as an
However in my 'defence' we do provide an excellent service, we have had NO
virus infections or intrusions (no that is NOT a challenge!). The whole
system is up 24*7, we provide access to basic applications plus specialist
software for individual departments, we have 24*7 internet access on all
machines ( all usage is logged and excess users are slowed to a crawl) and
we do active content filtering. We provide print facilities to a wide range
of printers, we have access to users home directories via the internet
whilst at home using our AUC system which staff and studnets would not be
without anymore, staff can do their academic reports on-line using only a
web browser using php and Postgresql. We are developing an intranet /
internet web site that will be fully maintained by individuals ( they can do
their own updates in real time), we recylce older machines as Linux thin
clients and workstations. We develop some inhouse applications others we get
help on. We run a full admin package that also includes timetabling,
payroll, debtors, creditors etc (we are a low fee paying private school)on
MS SQL, the library OPAC system is available campus wide. We are setting up
our own on-site clip art collection to reduce downloads from the net by up
to 25%. One of our biggest issues is ensuring that users can 'hot-desk'
effectively - that is do anything from amywhere without breaching licence
agreements etc. On the spot troubleshooting, staff training and development
etc etc etc - just like most businesses, and we do it all in a cost
effective manner. Somewhere in there I have to also find time to be
pro-active and plan for the future.
Somedays it is like 'living in interesting times' if you know the reference
Probably best to let this thread die now.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: slug-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:slug-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx]On
> Behalf Of Heracles
> Sent: Mon, 5. May 2003 10:44 PM
> To: Ben de Luca; sbryan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: 'Slug'
> Subject: Re: [SLUG] Copying Home directories to a new server
> On Monday 05 May 2003 11:37 am, Ben de Luca wrote:
> > I guess at the heart of my reply yesterday was the concept that
> > some one being PAID to perform a task should have some idea how
> > to perform it. The answers to your questions are in almost any
> > basic UNIX administration book as some one who is paid to
> > perform these tasks maybe its worth buying one? Is this a
> > problem that you could have solved with out the list?
> I don't know about Simon's position specifically but I do know
> that I was in the position of IT manager in my school two years
> ago and was alotted the position in this manner:
> Principal "You are two periods down on your teaching load so you
> are the Computer Coordinator this year."
> So I was generously allowed those 2 hours per week to administer
> the three servers, 150 workstations, eight switches, and a CISCO
> router and onramp to the internet. It was thus considered that I
> was the PAID IT manager (as are a large number of others in the
> dept of Education). I was lucky enough to get out of the job the
> next year and another PAID IT manager took over the job to fill
> up his teaching load.
> Despite his being the IT manager as part of his load (ie. Paid for
> the job - I guess) I don't expect him to know everything.
> Surely a community such as SLUG can have enough courtesy to offer
> a little leeway to our fellow users.
> Stay well and happy
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