SalamanderSoft at BETT 2017

PrintIt’s that time of the year again, and BETT is again upon us, starting Wednesday. This year we are again exhibiting as one of the members of the Microsoft Partner Village. This has been expanded over its launch last year and is now bigger than the main Microsoft stand.

Over the course of the show, the entire team will be rotating through and we would love to see as many of you as possible over the 4 days. Our rota is below, but feel free to just drop by and say hello and chat about our products and recent developments. Some of the items we are showcasing are:

  • Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync including our utility for uploading data
  • Use of Office 365 as a learning environment
  • Office 365 user and group creation and maintenance, licenses, photos, timetables and more.
  • One Note Class Notebook provisioning and use.
  • G-Suite user and group creation and maintenance, licenses, photos, timetables, sites, drive, cloud print and more.
  • Google Classroom including guardian support
  • Active Directory user and group creation and maintenance and more.
  • SharePoint as a learning environment including class & subject sites, OneNote creation, blogs and more..
  • Write back of usernames, email addresses and user defined fields into your MIS. Also creation of SIMs system users.
  • Support for the above for all UK MISs including Capita SIMS, RM Integris, Progresso, Facility CMIS, iSAMS, WCBS Pass & 3 Sys, Bromcom, Arbor and many overseas ones


If you can’t make it to BETT, then afterwards we will be running a series of webinars going into more detail on our products, full details are below. Otherwise if you want to speak to us about anything, then just contact us as normal.

We hope to see you in Excel later this week,


Additional Details:

Stand Location : Microsoft Partner Campus Stand C300, next to the main Microsoft stand

Partner Collaboration Session

Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync

Thursday 1330 – 1400

Come to the theatre in the Partner Village and learn about how to use Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync.


All of the team will be there present over the four days. If you want to catch up with anyone in particular the rota is

Richard Wednesday to Saturday
Jon Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
Darren Friday & Saturday
Stuart Thursday to Saturday
Kris Wednesday & Thursday
Gareth Wednesday & Thursday

Please feel free to drop by and say hello and find out about our latest developments. We won’t all be on the stand all the time so if there’s someone specific you want to meet please email and arrange a definite time.

Post BETT Webinars

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint and Office 365

A look into how Salamander SharePoint can support Teaching and Learning through SharePoint, MS Classroom and Class Notebooks in Office 365.

Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT

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Tuesday 7th March 2017 @ 1400 – 1500 GMT

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Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory

A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support your automated provisioning needs.

Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 1300 – 1400 GMT

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Getting the most from Office 365 with Salamander Products

An overview of how Salamander Products can help you get the most from your Office 365 tenant and the products available with it.

Tuesday 21st February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT

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Making G Suite Administration easy with Salamander Active Directory

A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support Administrators as they manage their G Suite Tenancies inside schools.

Wednesday 1st March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT

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Supporting Automated Provisioning for Multi-Academy Trusts and enterprises

A demonstration of how the Salamander Products can support the provisioning needs of expanding trusts, including provisioning for Active Directory and Office 365 from multiple MIS systems, and how our products can scale to meet your needs.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT

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SalamanderSoft Active Directory Now Supports Google Drive


I am pleased to announce that Salamander Active Directory now supports Google Drive. This means that we can provision folder hierarchies and share them automatically for your users.

For example you might want every student to have a folder for every subject they take which is shared with their teachers. As with all our integrations it is all completely configurable so it’s just limited by your imagination and what works for your school.

So whatever school management system you use, whether it is SIMS, iSAMs, Progresso, PowerSchool or any of the others we support we can now integrated it with Google Drive.

If you are an existing customer and would like this set up please email, otherwise for more information please email

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Job Vacancy– Autumn/Winter 2016

Support Consultant – Home Based, £20,000 – £28,000, Closes 13/11/2016

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 support consultant/technician 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, G Suite 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.

This is a hands on technical role.

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 G Suite / 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 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.

If you would like more information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Jon Atkinson,

First interviews will be conducted via Skype Video Calling w/c 28th November 2016.

It is hoped that the successful candidate will start w/c 6th February 2017

Closing Date

The closing date for Applications is midnight on Sunday 13th November.

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Guardians and Parents in Google Classroom Now Supported By Salamander Active Directory

96x96_yellow_stroke_icon1x_thumbGoogle Classroom has just launched a new feature to support parents and guardians – blog post. This will allow Google Classroom to share summaries of student work with parents. They can receive daily or weekly email summaries of student work and class announcements, allowing them to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the classroom.

We’re pleased to announce that we have added support for this to Salamander Active Directory, allowing it to automatically invite your students’ parents to Google Classroom, rather than an administrator needing to do it for each student. We can also remove parents from classroom if they stop having parental responsibility. This will work whether you use SIMS, Facility, iSAMS, Pass or any other MIS.

If you are using Google Classroom and Salamander Active Directory and would like to implement this then just email support and we’ll get it set up for you. Note, you will need to make sure that your contact information is clean and up to date before using it.

For more information on how we can create classrooms directly from your MIS/SIS please email,

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OneNote Staff Notebook Creation with Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

onenoteIconAfter the success of OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft introduced OneNote Staff Notebooks. These have a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information, and a collaboration space for everyone to work together, all within one powerful notebook. There’s a getting started guide available at

Now, as with the OneNote Class Notebook, Microsoft have released an API to allow partners to automatically create them. I’m pleased to announce that we have now added support for creating and maintianing Class Notebooks to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

This means that we can automate the creation of Staff 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 Staff Notebooks with no manual intervention required by staff– they can just get on with teaching and enabling teaching.

We can create the Notebooks in several different locations:

  1. In the Staff OneDrives.
  2. In SharePoint 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

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Support for updated OneNote Class Notebook API by Salamander Active Directory

ClassNotebookRecently Microsoft updated their API for OneNote Class Notebooks to add more functionality. Read more at the Office blog:

Teacher Only spaces, Collaboration Space lockdown, subgroup creation and more with the new Class Notebook API updates

I am pleased to announce that we have now added support for this new functionality to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint. This includes:

  • Teacher only content spaces. These can be added to existing as well as to new class Notebooks.
  • Deletion of notebooks, sections and pages.
  • Adding section groups, sections and pages.
  • Copying sections and pages from other notebooks.
  • Permissions. The ability to set permissions on notebooks, sections and section groups. These can range from allowing anyone to edit, through read only, to not even being able to see it is there.
  • Option to send or not send the Welcome Email message when creating class notebooks.
  • Create class notebooks in languages other then English.
    If you want any of this functionality adding to your current set up please email If you are interested in creating Class Notebooks directly from your MIS, whether it is Capita SIMs, Progresso, iSAMs, RM Integris or any other MIS/SIS please contact us at

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