[K12OSN] Re: Tech to PC ratios?

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Fri Feb 18 17:56:07 UTC 2005

I am 1:100 and I stay busy(50-60hrs/month)...
But I only found out about deepfreeze at the FETC last month...
This is going to be a lifesaver and a timesaver...
This school has mac/windows/novell/k12ltsp...and downtime(something 
doesn't work) on a 365 day cycle is usually 3 days cummulative, a couple 
hours here and there...
but 99% of the time it is only on the student server(k12ltsp) when I 
tweak a setting that fubars me =)...
but now thanks to BackupPC(Les is all over it)...I can tweak away all I 
want and just restore files I mess up...
since I usually don't hear about it until the next day or two(not 
fulltime employee)...


Jimmy Schwankl wrote:

> John Baillie wrote:
>> 1. Is 1:150 the norm for Windows and Macs?
>> 2. What do you believe is an optimal ratio for Windows or Mac?
>> 3. What do you believe is an optimal ratio for K12LTSP desktops per
>> Tech.
>> 4. How detailed does this line of questioning have to be in order to
>> become meaningful in regards to highlighting the benefits of K12LTSP
> 1) I'd say 1:150 would be a dream.  I think that's low. I'm the tech 
> for two schools Mac and some Windows where the computers total about 500+
> So my ratio is 1:500-ish.  I have one small K12LTSP lab in a science 
> classroom where one beefy PC runs 10 clients. I know techs in other 
> school systems here in North Carolina, USA that have ratios closer to 
> 1:1000.  (thank God for DeepFreeze, eh?)
> 2) I'd say the optimal ratio (meaning practically no downtime) for 
> Windows or Mac is probably about where you are, but 1:250 isn't bad.
> 3) Probably higher.  But optimal?... I guess it all depends on what 
> kind of servers one has.  Using high end PC's to handle each classroom 
> separately VS a big honking server or two handling the school. I would 
> make a stab at 1:750 (meaning 3 schools with big honking servers)  It 
> would be good if folks who have big K12LTSP installations could chime 
> in on this.
> 4) Not sure.
> Peace,
> Jimmy
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