Release of Office 2016 for Window machines

IT Services will be releasing Office 2016, Visio 2016 and Project 2016 as a combined optional application on 24th January 2017.  Office 2010 will be removed as part of the installation process.

Webpages have been created to show users how to get the install and there are links to Microsoft quick start and training guides on the page.

The page is located here: –

A notice will be added to the staff noticeboard to make all staff aware of the release but in the meantime, feel free to share this email as you see fit.


For further information and advice, please contact the IT Service Desk via

SCCM 2007 – work complete

SCCM Upgrade

The SCCM work has now been completed and tested. You can now reimage and receive new software deployments.

There is still an outstanding issue with check for updates which we are investigating.

The PC Staff Base Task Sequence has been updated in the following ways:

The base image no longer contains any Office 2010 products, as recommended by Microsoft.

  • The main Office 2010 Suite will be installed via the Task Sequence.
  • Office Language Packs (Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified and Japanese) will not be installed.
  • The language bar with alternative keyboards mappings has been removed.
  • Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Refworks Write-n-Cite, MindManager and TextHelp Read and Write have become optional applications

In addition, you will have to re-create your Task Sequence media to enable imaging.


SCCM downtime

SCCM downtime

From Monday 21st March SCCM will be unavailable for 3 days, this is to enable a SQL upgrade to take place. The reason for the upgrade is because the current SQL version is SQL 2005 which is end of support in April.

A new server has already been prepared and SQL has been installed, the downtime is to allow for the SCCM move.

Further comms will be sent out next week as a reminder and the EUC blog will be used to provide updates during the change.

Can I get more information and help:

If you have any issues with the upgrade or timings of the change please get in touch via the IT Service Desk via or on extension 222333.

SCCM 2007 and workspace remediation

IT Services will be working with Logicalis to address some storage issues on volumes that underpin Individual and Group Workspaces, SCCM 2007 and Learn.  This will return the storage infrastructure to its preferred state prior to the exam period next week.


No outage is anticipated for Individual or Group Workspaces but the following should be considered at-risk: \\  \\  \\

No outage is anticipated for Learn but VLE software downloads should be considered at-risk

SCCM will be unavailable until Thursday 7th January around 9am once completion of the work has been confirmed


The work will take place Wednesday 6th January from 16:00 to 20:00.


If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk via  or on extension 222333.