Summer break is around the corner!
That means it’s goodbye to the 2016-17 school year! It’s been an amazing year full of new challenges, adventures, learning opportunities & more. While this is generally the ‘busy’ time of year for our tech team, it’s also an opportunity to vacation, explore the great outdoors & enjoy that awesome weather!
To ensure our staff who will be working in some of our schools over the summer keep updated, we’ll be both posting online & emailing to advise of any possible outages. This is the only time of year our team has the opportunity to make those ‘big’ improvements we weren’t able to do during the school year. We’ve got a lot of exciting new upgrades planned to help further our growth of mobile devices, including iPads & Chromebooks. Additionally, we’re furthering our support to strengthen our BYOD (bring your own device) policy. This translates into a more efficient network, faster speeds & quicker access to the tools you need to get the job done!
We hope, above all, everyone has a wonderful break. Remember to get outdoors & make some memories. We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!
-The SD64 Tech Team
With news of ransom ware late last week hitting big systems and corporations around the Globe, our team investigated the possible impact on our district and servers.
It’s been advised to our team from the Ministry to implement a series of updates on our servers around the district to ensure the latest vulnerabilities have been patched. Additionally, we’ve taken precautions to ensure our datacentre & school firewalls are also running the versions of Wildfire (built in anti virus) & security policies to protect against attacks like this.
As always, we encourage all users to regularly update their passwords for their personal accounts, email and online resources. Additionally, never click on links from senders you do not recognize. We encourage our staff to keep their antivirus updated – and to inform our tech team of any concerns they may have.
After what seemed like a project that never ended, our district has finally transitioned our last site Windsor House and completed the transition to our Next Generation Network.
For those of you who’ve been following our journey, this marks a large milestone for our team in having all our school sites upgraded to a faster, more reliable fibre network. The journey hasn’t been without hurdles & challenges, but we’re pleased to be on the other side.
For those who haven’t followed our journey, or have no idea what an ‘NGN’ is.. it’s been a nearly two year process to upgrade our school sites from their aging ADSL internet connections to fibre. Additionally, new hardware & configurations now allow our tech team to use sophisticated monitoring tools & remote diagnostics to assist. This also allowed us the chance to master plan and built a brand new datacentre that securely houses our servers that run our whole network.
We’re very proud to have finally crossed the finish line and move into newer projects. Who knows what the future will bring!
-The tech team
In playing with some of the capabilities of our new datacentre during late summer, we saw an opportunity to move to a new ‘local’ platform hosted right here on Salt Spring turf.
So, without further ado.. *drumroll* Our new SD64 HelpDesk! Although it’s still very much in beta/testing.
Our hope is that our users will have access to resources and information faster by having things hosted locally – and remove reliance on third parties hosting our websites halfway across the globe.
We’ve got a long road & lots of work left to do.. but we’re excited to see what happens over the next few months as we develop this new platform.