Summer Projects

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

NGN is complete!

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

Wow, it’s Fall again!

Wow, what a summer it’s been!

    To say our tech team has been busy has been an understatement! Although we all got some great Holiday adventures fit between our busy projects, we also hit a number of big milestones this summer.

First off, we have successfully transitioned all but one of our school sites to the new NGN Network. In addition, our 2 biggest sites, Salt Spring Middle School & Gulf Island Secondary, are worth noting of finally joining the new network.

Secondly, we assisted in moving & wiring our new Windsor House school site in North Vancouver. They’ll be starting their school year with a fast new network, a new fleet on notebooks & speedy Wi-Fi.

Thirdly, we worked with our partners at JAMF Software to setup our new Mobile Device Management server for our iPad users, which will allow downloading and updating of iPads to be a smoother and easier experience… more on this soon.

We also finished a number of smaller, invisible refinements across the district, including our new redundant backup system for all our servers. This will act as the new central way to protect and ensure the privacy of our district data. We’ve also optimized Wi-Fi across all our school sites, and based on your feedback, improved many of the weak spots or dead zones in classrooms. We’ve improved wiring, labeling & cooling in many of our wiring closets and server racks, as well. These changes will improve reliability & performance.

Additionally, we’ve completed work on the labs in your schools as well, ensuring updates & antivirus, browsers, etc are all working top notch.

We’re heading back into the 2016/17 school year and feeling more confident than ever – thank you to everyone for supporting us the past year and a half through these big projects. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

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