Salamander Active Directory can now manage events in your SIMs Diary

We have just completed adding functionality that allows Salamander Active Directory to manage events in your SIMs Diary. This allows it to create and update events from another source such as a shared Outlook calendar without you needing to re-key the events into SIMs. The events are given a specified category to ensure that they are self contained and the process does not affect other events. This also allows you to synchronize multiple sources into your SIMs diary.

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If this is something that you would like implementing in your Salamander Active Directory set up then please contact support@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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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 support@salamandersoft.co.uk. 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 info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Salamander Active Directory now has support for Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync

edu_112X112_classdash_icon_color_en-USAs Microsoft Partners we have been working with Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync (SDS) for a while and are working with a couple of pilot schools in preparation for the release of the preview.

Now the preview is available we can now announce our technical support for them.

This includes the management of the SDS specific attributes for users, Office 365 groups and the creation and updating of Classrooms from your MIS data and Local Active Directory. This can be done without any of the data going via the US data centres. This is from any of the MIS/SIS systems we support such as Capita SIMs, Facility, Progresso, iSAMs, RM Integris etc.

There are however, caveats about the fact that some of the data used by Classroom and SDS is stored within the US, notably any manual CSV uploads for SDS and the assignment data for Classroom. As such we would not recommend that you use these for live data until they are generally available for the UK market. If you want to use this functionality then as Data Controllers, you will need to ensure that you are happy that some of the data goes overseas into US data centres. [Update: As from January 2017 all data is kept in the EU data centres.]

If you do want to go ahead, then we have developed our SDS import so that it avoids the data going via US data centres and so can safely create the SDS groups, Once the SDS groups have been created then you can use Classroom, however as the data for the assignments is still stored in US data centres, we cannot recommend using that except for a pilot with test data.

If you have the preview and would like more information about getting it configured to synchronize with your local Active Directory and MIS just drop an email to support@salamandersoft.co.uk if you are an existing customer, or info@salamandersoft.co.uk for new customers and we’ll be in touch.

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Salamander Active Directory now supports creating and maintaining Office 365 Unified Groups

Unified Groups are a fairly new cross-suite feature in Office 365. They are designed for quick and easy collaboration and each member of a group can participate in conversations, schedule meetings, share files and notes and even initiate a Skype for Business voice and video call for urgent real-time decisions. It’s a bit like a light version of a SharePoint team site, but with more Exchange capabilities. Microsoft is really pushing their use with tooling for them in Office 2016 and a cross-platform mobile app. Moving forward I think that Microsoft will be tying the group functionality into more of their current and new products.

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Group conversations in Outlook 2016 and in the Outlook Groups mobile app.

I’m pleased to say that Salamander Active Directory now supports creating and maintaining Unified Groups. This means that we can create groups based on your data in your MIS, whether it is Sims, Progresso, Integris, iSAMS or any other. You could for example have all your classes created as groups for class level collaboration areas, either on a global basis or limiting to years or subjects. Or maybe you want staff based groups for departments or subjects. As with all our functionality it’s completely configurable and we can set it up exactly how you want it. Just email support if you want to look into getting it enabled on your installation.

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