BitLocker is a feature in Windows Server 2012 (and newer) for encrypting the hard drive. Most organizations are not required to encrypt the data on the server hard drives and to my experience, very few organizations choose to do so unless they are forced to do so. Therefore, to the surprise of many of us, the Windows Event Log starts filling up with BitLocker related messages on the Exchange 2013 servers after installing Cumulative Update 7 (CU7) for Exchange Server 2013.
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In May, PCIS conducted a market survey to gather insight on the state of technology at school districts across Canada. IT Managers and Directors from over 300 school districts were invited to complete a survey. The results revealed some common issues that resonated throughout the country while some highlighted challenges unique to their particular district.
Technology continues to play a significant role in evolving the learning environment. A catalyst in driving change in teaching methods, it has given educators the ability to positively impact student learning outcomes. But with all the benefits that technology brings, challenges arise for IT administrators who must continually find ways to proactively implement solutions and resolve potential issues that advanced technology and innovation presents to them.
The top technology trends in the K-12 school segment that create challenges for IT specialists.
Sometimes a minor detail can lead into severe side-effects, as is the case in this posting. Our client installed a new piece of software, and one of the installation steps generated a rather seemingly harmless question. The installation software asked if it can be allowed to update a GPO (Group Policy object) in Active Directory (AD). The unsuspecting IT staff member assumed this was fine and proceeded to make the changes required to make the software work.
There’s been much talk about the cloud as the best solution for meeting today’s changing needs of technology in school districts. Though most IT Directors are advocates of moving to the cloud not everyone’s heads are in the clouds.
For many, moving away from on-premise storage and access is a bit unsettling. Data security and privacy is high on the list of concerns for schools especially for Canadian schools who feel uncomfortable with their data hosted across the border. Their concerns about service providers stem from possible use of data, ownership and regulation.
According to the National Consumers League, on average, children are 12 when they receive their first mobile device. With this early introduction into the daily routine, it’s no wonder they grow addicted to it and become dependent on their device. Not all parents are on the same page but with 56% of children in the US owning a cellphone, it’s inevitable that these devices make their way into schools.