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Horizon Client Update

Dear Colleague

We are currently preparing for the imminent expanded roll-out of the Horizon system.

As part of this a new Horizon Client has been deployed to all compliant corporate desktops and laptops. Some device models will be forced to reboot once the install completes.

The new client has a refreshed interface, and prepares your device to take advantage of new features we have enabled on the system.

In the coming weeks departments will be contacted as we re-commence a replacement programme, upgrading your Desktop PCs to new Thin Client devices to offer a superior desktop experience.

Thank You – Network Services

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Video Update from the Principal

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Moodle VLE 2021/22 Roll-over

Dear Colleague

The Learning Technology and IT Teams are currently working on finalising the roll-over of the college Moodle platforms for the next academic year. New upgraded sites will be available for the start of term. With new features and increased usability. Carrying out work on the previous years sites should not be done, with the new sites available shortly, with your previous courses carried over.

Key new features include:

Improved Grading

SMS Integration

Any questions on this should be sent to [email protected]

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Important: 2021/22 Staff ID Card

Dear Colleague

As per normal end of year procedure, 2020/21 ID cards will deactivate on Saturday 31st July 2021.

New 2021/22 ID cards will be available for printing and collection from Monday 2nd August. From Centrtal Campus reception, or Visitor/Staff reception at Cadbury Campus.

No action is required by staff to activate new cards, activation will happen automatcially within 30 minutes of printing on all systems.

Thank You and have a great summer break – Network Services

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Heroes of the College

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Principal Q & A

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Duo Security

Dear Colleagues

Thank you to those have have completed their enrolment onto our MFA system Duo.

Please if you have not yet actioned, complete your enrolment as soon as possible.

Cisco AnyConnect (VPN) has now joined our Horizon Virtual Desktops system in being Multi-Factor protected, so you will need to complete enrolment to access this system.

Thank You – Network Services

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Success at Sandwell

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Free Antivirus for staff devices!

Dear Colleague

We are now offering free antivirus software for staff on their personal devices. This will help you secure home devices and potentially help you save on your personal antivirus costs.

If you would like this service, please submit a support request on the helpdesk asking for this, and the software will be made available for you.

Thank You – Network Services

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Horizon Reminder

Dear Colleague

Please be reminded to check out and use Horizon Virtual Desktops. Horizon will be replacing Cisco AnyConnect (VPN) in the medium term so we encourage you to begin your transition. The benefits of use also span into your on-site work as well as much improved performance and security.

The Horizon desktop application offers the best experience, and is already available on your college laptop, look for ‘VMware Horizon Client’ and the following icon:

The desktop app can also be installed and used from personal devices: download from here.

You can also access via the web on any device, available from the college apps page, website, or here, mobile apps are also available, search ‘VMware Horizon’ in your app store, and use the server address ‘horizon.sandwell.ac.uk’

Again you can request a dedicated machine via the helpdesk.

Thank You – Network Services