DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UPDATE
The Department is actively working on preparing for the release of Microsoft Teams for the department. Currently there is no release date but it is progressing with limited pilots happening within Central Office, which will progress to a pilot in schools.
Microsoft Outlook Mailbox Size
The Department recently took advantage of its Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and increased size of all Outlook mailbox’s from 2Gb to 20Gb. This was done as a silent release and not communicated to staff. Recognition to Ian Rintoul at Orelia PS who was the first to log a service call (the morning after the change) discovering the upgrade.
School Network Redesign
The Department of Education is investigating improvements for the re-design of school networks.
The current school network design was created in 2008/2009 and has been very stable for a number of years. The underlying design is now becoming dated and does not easily support the types and volume of network access required by current and future users and systems.
A project has been initiated for this body of work and is currently in the information gathering phase.
The timeframe for NBN to disconnect all copper services including PSTN and ISDN services determines when the existing analogue phone service needs to be moved to an alternate technology, NBN is planning for this to be sometime before the end of 2022.
Where PSTN services are being disconnected these may be replaced by NBN services as an interim measure until TCCCP can be deployed. Where ISDN services are being disconnected (as part of Telstra obligations to NBN) and there are site issues that cannot be resolved before the disconnection dates, a hybrid solution of PABX and SIP may be implemented, subject to the age of the PABX.
At some point in the future the hybrid solutions (currently in about 60 schools) will need to be replaced by TCCCP as the PABXs will become unmaintainable.
School Internet Gateway (SIG)
As part of the Schools Internet Gateway (SIG) stabilisation works, there is a requirement to migrate the Zone Based Firewall (ZBFW) configuration from a School's WAN Router to the SIG with an objective to resolve some ongoing issues.
This will not only allow for consistent ZBFW configuration across all sites but also address a number of outstanding problem records; this will also prepare the SIG as an Integrated Services Router replacement.
- SIG Zone Based Firewall Pilot Phase 7 - The project aims to develop and integrate improvements to School Internet Gateway (SIG) configurations at 20 pilot schools, embedding further functionality and improvements into the Zone Based Firewall (ZBFW) configuration.
- Cyberhound integration with Fortigate - The integration work for Cyberhound is being addressed in a separate body of work but is dependant of the rollout of the ZBFW, currently Shenton College is trialling this functionality.
Approved Network Devices
Testing has commenced of the 9000 series wireless access points. At this stage there is no plan to make them available to schools to purchase as they are incompatible with our network infrastructure (Wireless Lan Controller) and upgrading our WLC would result in the loss of support for the Cisco 1142 & 3502 models (approximately 13000 devices).
For now the Cisco 2802 is the department preferred device if schools are looking to purchase
What version of Windows 10 should schools be running?
More info here: https://ikon.education.wa.edu.au/-/upgrade-to-the-department-windows-10-image-in-schoo-1/
ICT SOE Fundamentals
This workshop has been developed to assist school staff responsible for maintaining the ICT network in their school.
The day is conducted in a computer lab with two participants sharing a computer. It would be advantageous for two people from one school to attend to investigate and analyse their school data.
Gives school leaders, and staff responsible for local management of the ICT network, the skills and information needed to administer their network. Provides a foundation in the ICT tools to enable the management of the school ICT environment, which includes management of internet bandwidth.
On completion of the workshop, you will be familiar with the tools used in the management of a school ICT network environment.
Including - DAM group memberships, SSS Management of network and computers, Internet filtering with the School Internet gateway (SIG), ICT Dashboard overview, Data Centre and ICT Customer Service Centre Tour, ICT Future Directions
This workshop has been developed to assist school staff make decisions around deploying and managing iPads in a school environment.
iPad Deployment & Management – Overview / Presentation of the different components - Apple School Manager, Mobile Device Management and the different deployment models.
Apple School Manager, Features & functions, Enrolling & Upgrading to Apple School Manager
Device Management, Mobile Device Management considerations, deploying school-owned shared iPads, Deploying school-owned 1:1 iPads, BYOD considerations, Content Caching
Adds, Moves, Changes and Network Diagrams
This module covers the Adds, Moves, Changes process that allows school staff to initiate and manage changes made to the school ICT network.
Staff will attain the practical application and understanding of the standards required to update school network diagrams using Microsoft Visio; attendees are requested to be familiar with this product prior to attending.
On completion of the module, staff will be authorised to modify and submit their school network diagram in conjunction with the departments AMC process.
The first session for this module is on 18/9/2019 - https://plis.det.wa.edu.au/?EventID=29078
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