Salamander Active Directory now supports sharing printers in Google Cloud Print

cloudprintGoogle Cloud Print is a Google service which allows you to add printers to your Google services and print from any internet connected device.

You can share printers with users and groups, so when you first add a printer to Cloud Print and your users are in a group, then you can easily share the printer with all your users. However, new users joining the group don’t automatically get the printer shared with them.

So we’ve added support to Salamander Active Directory to share and un-share printers in Google Cloud Print with your Google users. This will allow you to automate setting up printers as users join and leave your institution, whether you use SIMs, Progresso, iSAMs or any other MIS.

If you are using Google Apps for Education and would like to take advantage of this, then just drop an email to support and we’ll get it set up for you.

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Salamander Active Directory now supports assigning applications to users in Azure Active Directory

Inspired by a thread on Edugeek (http://www.edugeek.net/forums/cloud-services/160078-azure-ad-assigning-apps.html), Salamander Active Directory now supports assigning and removing applications to users in Azure Active Directory.

So if you are a Salamander Active Directory user you can now bulk assign applications to users without needing Azure AD Premium.

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Salamander Active Directory now support Administrative Units in Azure Active Directory

Salamander Active Directory now supports creating, updating and maintaining the membership of administrative units in Azure Active Directory.

Administrative Units are a new type of Azure Active Directory containser of resources that can be used for delegating administrative permission over subsets of users and applying policies to a subset of users. They allow central administrators to delegate permissions to other administrators or to set policy at a granular level.

For more details on what they are and how they can be used, here are some links:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/documentation/articles/active-directory-administrative-units-management/

https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Windows-Azure-Active-Directory/Introduction-to-Azure-Active-Directory-Administrative-Units

http://www.michev.info/Blog/Post/65/First-look-at-Administrative-Units-for-Office-365-and-WAAD-management

They are really a feature of Azure AD Premium, but are also heavily used by Microsoft’s School Data Sync (SDS). Typically in a school environment they will only be used by SDS, but now if you need it, Salamander Active Directory has the ability to keep them populated with your users as they move into, through and out of your school/institution.

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OneNote Class Notebook Creation With Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

onenoteIconOneNote Class Notebooks have been a hit in Office 365 for Education and are being heavily promoted by Microsoft. They have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for hand-outs, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.

Microsoft have just announced the launch of the new OneNote Class Notebook API for Office 365. I’m pleased to announce that we have also added support for creating and maintaining Class Notebooks to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

This means that we can automate the creation of Class Notebooks directory from your MIS, whether it’s SIMs, Facility, iSAMS, Pass or any other MIS. It will also add and remove students and teachers as the membership changes in the MIS.

This allows central provisioning and rollout of Class Notebooks with no manual intervention required by teachers – they can just get on with teaching.

We can create the Notebooks in several different locations:

  1. In the Teachers’ OneDrives.
  2. In SharePoint sites. Ideal if using class sites.
  3. Within the new Office 365 Groups.
  4. In a shared OneDrive.

This is all completely configurable, as are all our products, so we can configure it to whatever works best for your school. We can even automatically archive the Notebooks at the end of the year, before building a new set for the new academic year.

For more details please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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SalamanderSoft Is Hiring

Support Consultant, Home Based, £20,000 – £30,000, Closes 01/03/2016

Who are we?
We (SalamanderSoft) are a small, but dynamic, team dedicated to providing first class products and services to the Education Sector. Through our integration products for school systems, we help our customers to connect up their on-site and off-site systems in exactly the way they need to support teaching and learning as well as school administration.
As our customer base is growing, we are looking for an experienced Network Technician/Manager to help us maintain our level of support to our new and existing customers.
We also give back to the community by developing the SharePoint Learning Kit and a number of free utilities for schools.

What we need you to do
You will be joining the team to help us remotely install and support our range of products into Schools.
The main products you will be working with are our range of integration products, linking School MIS to Active Directory, SharePoint, Office 365, Google Apps for Education and other systems.
Our work is conducted from our own homes, although some occasional travel and hotel stay may be needed to allow us to meet as a team and best support our customers.

What we will do for you
5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
Expenses paid on any business travel
Support you in improving your current skills and to work with and develop new ones
The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
Paid Certification attempts

Who we are looking for
Someone with great technical skills who loves helping customers and solving problems. We’re not finished with a job until the customer is happy. You are the sort of person who will see something wrong and fix it before it is raised as an issue. This is very much a customer focussed role, and regular customer contact via Phone/Skype and email will be essential.
Although you will need to be able to work independently and with little supervision, the team is always in contact via Skype for Business, Yammer, email and phone. However, home working isn’t for everyone, some need the face-to-face contact an office gives!
With technology being such as fast moving field, we would expect you to have a thirst for knowledge and be keen to improve your skills, with a proven track record of doing so.
Although we will provide all the equipment and software that you need to do your job, you will need a suitable area for working in your home, a broadband connection and probably a kettle.

Now the boring bit
Key Skills we are looking for:
Expertise and Experience maintaining Active Directory, preferably in a School Environment
Experience with scripting Active Directory
Experience with Basic SQL Server Queries

It would be great if you had – but don’t worry if you haven’t:
Knowledge and experience of Sims.Net/Facility CMIS or other School MIS systems
Scripting Experience
One or more Microsoft Certifications
Experience working with Excel or other products for analysing data
Experience with SharePoint in an education environment
Experience with Office 365 Administration
Experience with Google Apps for Education Administration
Some experience of managing IT projects

Next Steps
If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at jon@salamandersoft.co.uk with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and community involvement would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

Closing Date
The closing date for Applications is midnight on Tuesday 01st March

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Webinars for Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

bettuklogonouk_2016lockup_1After BETT we will be running a series of free webinars going into more detail of how our products can support your needs.

To register for these or for more information please email webinar@salamandersoft.co.uk

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint

Wednesday 27th January 1100 – 1200 GMT

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint

Tuesday 2nd February 1300 – 1400 GMT

Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory

Thursday 4th February 1300 – 1400 GMT

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