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Vol. 15, #23 - May 25, 2010 - Issue #781
School's out for the summer - but when does IT get a vacation?

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • School's out for the summer - but when does IT get a vacation?
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Customer Feedback
  4. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  5. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • A dynamic, web-based Active Directory identity management solution!


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Editor's Corner

School's out for the summer - but when does IT get a vacation?

Hi All, this is a special version that is brought to you by our sponsor Namescape

A public school system IT Manager recently commented that school was a great place to work once the teachers and students left for the summer! Now that the classrooms are empty, IT can get to work on planning and implementing new software and systems for the next semester.

All educational institutions, whether public or private, and at any grade level, face similar IT issues. The inherently transient nature of the student population and substitute teachers requires flexible, yet extremely secure identity management policies.

Provisioning and de-provisioning students, faculty and staff becomes a perpetual process of creating, maintaining and terminating accounts - sometimes within a span of only a few days. And for schools that grant temporary or guest accounts (to substitutes or library users, for example) the sheer volume of users precludes efficiently managing the process manually. And wouldn't it be incredibly useful for teachers to use enrollment data to generate a complete class roster including a photo of each new student prior to the start of a new term?

Password management could be the single largest IT issue for educational customers. When students are using computers in the classroom or lab, forgotten passwords result in downtime for both students and teachers. Allowing the instructors to reset student passwords would save countless calls to the help desk, but you wouldn't want to assign administrative rights to every instructor.

School may be out for the summer, but there is still work to be done.

The Education IT Summer Syllabus:
  • Secure provisioning to create high volumes of student accounts at the start of a new term
  • Role-based access that allows IT to securely delegate provisioning responsibilities to HR and faculty without assigning unnecessary rights
  • Strong data integrity controls to assure that student profiles are created consistently and accurately
  • Flexible password reset solution that allow faculty or staff to vouch for a student and reset their passwords without a call to the help desk
  • Web-based directory of students, faculty and staff that can utilize groups to generate rosters by class year, major, dormitory residence or membership in a club or organization - while saving print costs and supporting Green initiatives

http://www.wservernews.com/100525-Education-Case-Study

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Quotes of the Week

"We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." - Jonathan Winters

"Failure is an event, not a person. Think of failure as 'it' and not 'me'." - Jeffrey Gitomer




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Tech Briefing

Customer Feedback



"This is the key point - we often fail to measure student productivity in the same ways that we measure employee productivity....We are wasting a student's time and a parent's resources if we allow a student to sit idle because of a lost or forgotten password, which can easily be reset securely and immediately using my Password."

Rob Hough, Directory of Technology Services
Christian Academy School System
Serves 3,000 students from pre-K through 12

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"rDirectory's web-based directory for students, faculty and staff has saved us tens of thousands of dollars in printing costs."

Independent Boarding and Day School
1,100 students, grades 9-12
220 faculty and staff

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"The ability to get the lists of login times and dates - mPowerTools paid for itself just by getting that information. I just don't have time to go through AD and figure it out manually."

Director of Technology Services
Public Schools System
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WServerNews Fave Links

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