Project Portfolio

Working in education IT support usually involves working on solo projects or small teams, resulting in exposure to a wide range of technologies and skills. Below is a selection of notable technical projects I have planned and undertaken; click on any image for more details of each project.

Automatic Backup of User Folders with Google Drive Sync

Automatic Backup of User Folders with Google Drive Sync

July 2015: All Windows laptops and desktop assigned on a 1:1 basis were automatically configured to store the standard user folders inside the folder synced by the Google Drive desktop sync application.
Windows 8.1 Whole-School Deployment

Windows 8.1 Whole-School Deployment

February 2014: The entire computer provision at Crosfields School was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. Reception was overwhelmingly positive with the help of structured training and school-specific customisations.
MailChimp for School - Parent Contact

MailChimp for School - Parent Contact

December 2013: A bespoke synchronisation application to automate management of MailChimp was implemented to assist Crosfields School's marketing department with managing bulk email contact with parents.
School Reports Improvements

School Reports Improvements

October 2013: Back-end improvements to the basic school reports system in use at Crosfields School, to solve key problems of user concurrency and off-site availability.
Site Wireless Network

Site Wireless Network

July 2012: A secure, robust, and high-performance wireless network to be installed on site for curriculum use and staff BYOD. A Ruckus Wireless solution was implemented to provide coverage to all required areas of the school.
Assembly Hall Audio/Visual Refit

Assembly Hall Audio/Visual Refit

August 2011: A new HD projector was fitted to the school's assembly hall, along with a fixed display screen, touchscreen wall-mounted computer, and ceiling speakers to provide even sound quality throughout the hall.
Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education

June 2011: Google Apps for Education was implemented to provide pupils in Years 5-8 with school email addresses for the first time, and to provide centrally controlled access to Google cloud services.
Server Room Design

Server Room Design

April 2011: A new server room was constructed within the existing network office to enclose the main server and networking cabinet, including both cooling and environmental monitoring.
Migration from RM CC3 to Windows 7

Migration from RM CC3 to Windows 7

August 2010: The entire Crosfields School network was migrated from RM Community Connect 3 to a plain Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7, managed in-house by IT support staff.
Crosfields.com School Website

Crosfields.com School Website

January 2010: An interim school website was created in-house using an open-source theme framework that allowed the school to keep close to its existing layout, while significantly improving the look of the site on a minimal budget.
Staff & Pupil Intranet Portal

Staff & Pupil Intranet Portal

November 2009: A bespoke, dynamic ASP.NET portal allowing multi-user editing, pulling data from multiple sources, and including facilities for online room booking, fault reporting, pupil password resets, and more.
Staff email migration to Microsoft Exchange 2010

Staff email migration to Microsoft Exchange 2010

November 2009: Crosfields School's staff email was migrated from a limited hosted Exchange 2003 system to an on-premises Exchange 2010 server, complete with secure Outlook Web Access for offsite access.
Disaster recovery backup system

Disaster recovery backup system

August 2009: An automatic disk-to-disk backup system using Microsoft Data Protection Manager with iSCSI storage, with end-user recovery made available so that users could restore their own file backups at will.