St. Dominic School in Northfield, Minnesota, received a donation of computers to enhance their technology lab. However, the computers did not have consistent software, operating systems, or functionality and did not communicate well with the school’s existing server. Additionally, the devices took 10-20% of the students’ class time to start up. Moreover, St. Dominic’s wireless network was unreliable and not functional in places; some of the networking equipment was not proportionally correct for their needs. Teachers were unable to fully integrate the use of mobile technology in their classrooms for fear that the equipment would not function properly.
Tierney Edge Managed IT Services Team began by performing network evaluation and updates, installing a Fortinet FortiGate firewall for filtering and Aruba AP214 access points for full wireless coverage, and configuring St. Dominic’s network for peak performance. Because computer start-up time was costing students valuable class time, Tierney was able to significantly reduce start-up time to increase productive student time by properly replacing and configuring St. Dominic’s server and by reimaging 28 student lab computers. On these images, Tierney added automated computer behaviors, including power up/power down times, to save St. Dominic time and money and give students more learning time. By implementing a system-wide image on teacher devices, Tierney was able to offer teachers greater reliability and increased productivity that allowed for increased flexibility in lesson planning and collaboration. Finally, Tierney configured automated backup processes to minimize data loss in the event of a hardware failure.