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Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Server 2016
Is it time to upgrade to Windows 10 for your school?

Yes absolutely. all NS Optimum school networks run a templated Microsoft schools network configuration. This template can be easily adjusted and is constantly adapted for changes within Microsoft software and schools ever changing requirements.

Since Windows 10 first arrived in the UK, NS Optimums technical team delved in to see what had changed, what issues they could foresee in a schools environment and set about making changes to our schools installation template to see if Windows 10 was a viable & reliable operating system for schools to use.


http://www.nsoptimum.co.uk/windowsupgrade.html
The main hurdles to overcome over and above the work we had already done with Windows 8 (!!) were some inherent printing issues and a way of removing and/or replacing tiles on the start screen so that irrelevant programs (such as xbox & news feeds) or inappropriate content were not shown on startup.

Our new schools template overcomes all of these issues and we started rolling out our first Windows 10 networks into UK schools in August 2016.


What network management is included?

NS Optimum has been supplying installing and supporting IT networks in schools since 1995. Over this time we have developed a set of configurations and management tools to suit every school from small primary to large secondary and multi-site academy or college environments. These, combined with Microsoft SCCM (System Centre Configuration Manager) or by using just some of the elements within SCCM, we create the perfect vanilla network management tool set for each school we work with depending on their preferences and technical capability. NS Optimum schools network management tools include:
  • NS User Manager - an easy to use system that links with active directory to import users and setout naming policies for network users.
  • Secure Desktop - a configuration to prevents users accessing desktop or network settings. This can be opened up on staff laptops if required.
  • Remote Network Access - a combination of licensing and configuration that allows authorised network users or groups of users to securely access the schools network from home or anywhere via an internet connection.
      • setup can offer access to full network software and files or just selected areas.
      • users can access this from any device (iPad, Windows, Android, Chrome)
  • Device Image Deployment - for primary schools we recommend a basic setup of WDS with MIS scripting tool for deploying Windows and other software to devices across the schools network. This makes the system much easier to manage for schools with less IT technical support. However secondary schools may wish to consider a full SCCM deployment.
  • Microsoft SCCM Services -  this is a full set of management tools designed by Microsoft to assist with all areas of network management. NS Optimum are seeing SCCM being rolled out into secondary schools and colleges mainly and often to schools moving away from RM CC4 networks to offer a full range of network management to dedicated onsite technician teams. SCCM services include:  
      • Policy Infrastructure
      • Service Window Manager
      • CCM Scheduler
      • State System
      • CCM CI SDK
      • DCM Agent
      • DCM Reporting
      • CI Agent
      • MTC
      • CI Store
      • CI Downloader
      • CI Task Manager
      • CI State Store
      • Content Infrastructure
      • Software Distribution
      • Reporting
  • File Quota - this is to put a cap on storage capacity of user accounts to stop unnecessary build up of data. Whilst some schools have a specific need for this, we are finding that with hard drive capacity increasing and at a very low cost, file quota is much less of a requirement now.
  • Print Quota & Print Release - these can be incorporated into your network so that users do not print excessive amounts. a lot of schools are now moving over to managed print solutions with print release (which NS Optimum also provide) as this makes it much easier for the school and users to take control of their printing whether just one sheet or a large batch. Schools are making huge financial savings with NS Optimum managed print.
  • Data & Network Backup + Disaster Recovery - included in our services are tools for taking network and data backup. The exact solution depends on the schools backup policies and requirements from cloud backup, DPM server based backup, local backup with removable tape or full off-site disaster recovery solutions.

With an NS Optimum schools network upgrade, you can take advantage of as much or as little as you like, everything is vanilla meaning it is not locked down or bespoke software so can be configured and upgraded by any competent technician.

An NS Optimum Windows 10 network is a flexible IT network that will grow and adapt with your school, academy or multi-academy trust.

Please call 01926 745608 to discuss your schools Windows 10 network upgrade or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk and take advantage of our free advice, free onsite surveys and free quotations.

We look forward to hearing from you.






Safeguarding your pupils has always been a priority for schools but more recently there is a focus on safeguarding measures to incorporate the schools fast evolving IT / ICT systems covering both external internet usage and internal network use.

How information is accessed:
school devices / BYOD / static or mobile devices

What content is accessible:
block everything? or allow access but track activity so that appropriate action can be taken (disciplinary or educational).

Prevent Duty compliant broadband:
Schools Broadband with built-in Prevent-Duty compliant filtering & reporting.

Monitor & report user activity:
not just online but off-line across the network. Cyberbullying, self-harm & radicalisation isn’t just an internet problem so web filtering may NOT pick up on it - that is where internal network monitoring and reporting (products such as Impero and Policy Central) come in to play to offer reports and instant alerts to your safeguarding officer on unusual activity.

Physical safeguarding mechanisms:
door access security, intercom entry, visitor management & CCTV IP Surveillance.



To discuss your schools IT safeguarding concerns, call NS optimum on 01926 745608 or email info@nsoptimum.co.uk








We have a fantastic Clevertouch interactive LED Screen offer for you which will save your school a total of £300.00 + VAT from our already discounted education bundle price.
  • Full Installation Service
  • FREE Training
  • FREE Disposal of Your Existing AV Hardware
  • £100 Trade-In For Old Projectors*
  • Includes Wall Mounts, Cables & Accessories
Just £2,149.00 Fully Installed

**CLEVEROUCH SPECIAL OFFER - Finishes 31st May 2016 and Includes**
*Trade-in applicable with the purchase of 2 or more Clevertouch V Series LED screens

Contact NS Optimum today on 01926 745608 or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk for an official quotation.







Black Friday - Interactive LED Screen Deals for Schools


Whilst some UK retail outlets are moving away from the idea of Black Friday for various reasons, we are starting to see a LOT of school specific IT products coming in a ridiculously low prices, not only for Black Friday but now for the whole week running up to Black Friday. I'll keep you posted of the latest deals as best I can...

Here's a taster to get started with - all orders must be placed and shipped this week (installations can follow at a later date as required).
  • SMART 65” Interactive LED with SMART Notebook  - just £1999 normally £2,499 (SAVE £500 this week)
  • SMART 70" Interactive LED with SMART Notebook - just £2699 normally £2,999 (SAVE £300 this week)
  • VIVIDTouch 65" Interactive LED – just £1399 normally £1699 (SAVE £300 this week)
  • VIVIDTouch 65" Interactive LED with SMART Notebook – just £1599 normally £1899 (SAVE £300 this week)
  • BENQ RP 790 79” LED Screen - just £2999– normally £3499 (SAVE £500 this week)
  • BENQ RP 790 79” LED Screen with SMART Notebook - just £3199 - normally £3699  (SAVE £500 this week
The price drops are valid for this week only whilst stocks last - orders must be received this week



Please email or call 01926 745608 to get a quotation - screens can simply be delivered to the school or installed as part of a full install package. please ask for pricing and installation options. 

See NS Optimum reviews from schools across the UK that use our services and have shared their experience.

 prices above exclude VAT and delivery





Lenovo B50-80 Core i3 SSD Laptop - JUST £237 (for schools)


For a limited time only, NS Optimum have an amazing offer for schools on the Lenovo B50-80 laptop with SSD drive and Core i3 processor.

£237.00 ex VAT - SAVING £113.00

Upgrade to Windows 10 at no extra cost - or downgrade to Windows 7

Call 01926 745608 or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk to place your order









NS Optimum are an ICT and A/V product, service and support provider to UK schools and colleges.

Please contact NS Optimum on 01926 745608 or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk to discuss your schools ICT and A/V projects, we will offer advice, surveys and quotations as required to assist you.

A list of our latest promotions and offers follow, however please do contact us as prices and promotions are always changing. Please also check out our reviews and recommendations pages where schools and colleges that work with us have told stories of their experiences using NS Optimum.



Latest Offers:
 


ROBUST, RELIABLE & FLEXIBLE COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS

NS Optimums range of PC’s are robust, reliable and come in a range of different styles from ultra-small NUC PC's to all-in-one computers, SFF desktops and everything in between.


As part of NS Optimums ongoing commitment to schools & colleges we’ve expanded our range, lowered prices and increased specifications across the board to meet current requirements. NS Optimum computers have recommended specifications for primary schools, secondary schools and for curriculum, staff or admin usage, however all PC's are built to specification so we can provide exactly the specification that you require if you let us know.  

Value for money – As with all NS Optimum school IT solutions, we always aim to offer all-round value for money. for PC hardware these considerations include:

  • lower pricing - our PC range is aimed to suit almost every budget whilst not compromising quality.
  • long lasting - all NS Optimum PC's are robust to withstand the day to day use and abuse experienced in schools.
  • Well supported - NS Optimum computers come with a flexible collect and return warranty. This means that we pay all postage costs for collecting and returning faulty hardware as well as all parts and labour. Our flexible approach also means we can send replacement parts to the school for the technicians to swap if preferred as this increases the turnaround for faulty hardware ensuring the schools always have minimal hardware downtime.


Please click here to view our latest offers and call 01926 745608 or email me to place your order or for a full quotation.







RUCKUS WIRELESS IN SCHOOLS
NS Optimum have been installing wireless systems into schools since the technology became readily available. Over that time there's been some significant changes, from teachers bringing in old home wireless routers to run their single wireless laptop, to schools being flooded with hundreds of wireless devices all fighting to connect to a wireless system that is creaking at the seams.

To keep up with the ever changing demands on a schools wireless network, NS Optimum have partnered with many manufacturers (such as Meru, Ruckus, Netgear, HP and Cisco) over the years ensuring that we can always offer wireless solutions that are relevant to each and every customer, their specific requirements for the system and there different physical surroundings, from steel framed modern buildings to old historic buildings with extremely thick stone walls. Each scenario posing its own set of problems to overcome.  

For the last two years Ruckus wireless for schools has risen to the top of the pile for most scenarios. It's investment into technologies such as Beamflex and ChannelFly offer faster bandwidth to each user and reliable connections that work every time, even in the most demanding of environments. Even schools with a high density of wireless users say that they now have a system that the teachers can rely on every time.


To discuss your schools wireless requirements
Please contact NS Optimum on 01926 745608 or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk

  • school wireless mapping and surveys if required
  • full installation service including data and electrical cabling as required
  • secure guest access configurations
  • onsite and remote support service


 






Promethean BUY 3 GET 1 FREE on Interactive LED Screens (October 2015)
Replace your old classroom interactive whiteboards and projectors with interactive LED screens and take advantage of a much clearer and brighter picture wherever you are in the classroom.
NS Optimum supply, install and support nearly all manufacturers of interactive screen but predominantly work with Promethean, Clevertouch, Smart, VividTouch and CTouch.
This latest offer from Promethean gives your school a free interactive Promethean ActivPanel-2 with ActivInspire software with every 3 screens you purchase + free 5 year warranty + free wall mount and cables.
NS Optimum have extended this LED screen offer by offering buy 3 get 1 free on installation of these screens.
PLEASE CALL 01926 745608 or email sales@nsoptimum.co.uk to take advantage of this offer.

http://www.nsoptimum.co.uk

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