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EDUADMIN WEB INTERFACE OVERVIEW

EduAdmin Silver facilitates more robust data processing and optimization across all networks including WANs and web portals.  The Silver version is underpinned by secure industrial strength SQL and Post-Relational technology. The databases support Linux, Unix, OpenVMS and Windows server technology and newer versions of Novell which are Linux based (SUSE).  The Web functionality has been reworked around the .NET platform.

Web Interface and Normal Desktop Supported

All EduAdmin Silver modules can be accessed via either a Web interface or normal desktop.  The user may elect to run the Silver with or without the Web functionality enabled.  Login and password controls function at all levels.  The serving up of Web pages is nowhere near as robust and powerful as desktops.  The desktop access is much richer in functionality.  The .Net Framework is currently being served up on Windows servers but testing is being done on Linux under Mono.

Web Interface Facilitates:

  • Publishing School Data on a Web Page: Data is accessed by users in a secure and controlled manner via the schoolís web page.  Users may be staff, students, caregivers, alumni or admission applicants.  The data to be accessed is, for example, Account Statements, Mark Reports, Time Table, Alumni details and Admissions applications.  The school decides what data it wants to be available on the web page.

  • Internet Access:  Users can work from other locations by accessing EduAdmin across the internet.  For example staff may enter marks and comments from home, across the internet, Bursars may reconcile accounts from home, and Headmasters may continue to monitor schools whilst on conference anywhere in the world.

Internet Functionality (Adding, Editing and Deleting where applicable)

                Admissions Applications

                Online Alumni tracking, including viewing and printing

                Viewing and printing of Assessment transcripts

                Processing of Assessment data

                Viewing and printing of Attendance data

                Logging of Boarder visitations and authentication

                Publishing of ECA teams and results

                Viewing and printing of AR statements and transactions

                Viewing and maintenance of Institution contacts

                Library OPAC search facility

                Viewing and printing of Timetable data

                Viewing and printing of Student Personal details, Addresses, Emails and Telephones

 TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • EduAdmin Silver database to run on a dedicated Server

  • The technology that drives the internet functionality is the .Net Framework. This Framework requires a Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 Server to be installed on site at the institution. This is referred to as the .Net server.  The .Net Framework must be installed on the .Net server.  EduAdmin can do this at the point of implementation of the Silver version.  This can be the same as the server that the EduAdmin Silver data is running from, but it is strongly advised that the EduAdmin data is not stored on the .Net server

  • Internet Information Server (IIS) must be installed on the .Net server.  EduAdmin can do this at the point of implementation of the Silver version

  • A static IP address with 24 hour connectivity is required. The full internet functionality cannot be implemented if the institution has a dynamic IP address

  • The .Net server must have access to the EduAdmin database (physical access and the correct network and / or sharing permissions)

  • The .Net server must be located behind a software or hardware firewall. A hardware firewall is preferable, located between the .Net server and any other servers. Firewalls can also be present on these other servers

  • The desktops using the standard EduAdmin executables and dynamic link libraries must have access to the .Net server

  • The institution is responsible for issuing logins and passwords to end-users who will be making use of this functionality. The internet functionality is driven by a separate EduAdmin security area and the institution will be responsible for setting up the required usernames and passwords

  • EduAdmin suggests that institutions place a link to the .Net server on the front page of the institutionís website

  • Institutions nominate which areas of the internet functionality they wish to make available on the website

 SECURITY ISSUES

Whilst the schoolís data may reside on any single server anywhere in the world EduAdminís software may only be installed on one server at the institution.  EduAdmin is serious about ensuring the security of schoolís data as well as of the software.  EduAdmin will not allow or encourage usage of the software that is likely to be unsupportable or fail. 

THIRD PARTY DEVELOPERS

There is no need for third party web developers or products.  Access to the EduAdmin database object is only through the EduAdmin desktop programs or web portals.  Links can be provided to these EduAdmin web portals from a third party web page.  The look and feel of the EduAdmin web portals can be controlled through the use of cascading style sheets.  This is a simple exercise which can be undertaken by EduAdmin or a representative at the school.

SPECIFICATIONS

WORKSTATIONS

SERVER (Silver & Bronze)

NETWORK

Entry-level Pentium PC

Standard specs for a network server, Pentium 4 with 512 MB RAM or more

Standard 100mpbs Ethernet network or fibre optic backbone (preferable)

64MB of RAM minimum

100mbps network card

 

HDD 10GB or larger

Tape backup or CD Writer

 

100mbps network card

Backup Power Supply (UPS)

 

Mouse

Preferably running Windows 2000 Server or 2003 Server

 

Video card capable of at least 1024 by 768 resolution

Can run on Linux, Novell SUSE or Novell Enterprise Server, but must make sure that you have the necessary external support.

 

Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

XP must have all patches and updates installed. The necessary Accelerator software can be installed.

If you run the Silver version with .Net functionality enabled, a separate dedicated server running Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server is recommended, including a hardware firewall.

 

 

Access / Security

Usernames and passwords required

Functionality

Full online access to databases

Adding, Editing and Deleting

Available where applicable

Location of data

Hosted on site by the institution

IP address

Fixed IP address required

Internet Connectivity

24-hour connectivity required

Additional hardware

Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 server running IIS and .Net Framework, located behind a firewall

Cost

Implementation cost of R5000,00

 UPGRADING FROM BRONZE TO SILVER 

EduAdminís Responsibility

EduAdminís responsibility in the project is to convert the schoolís existing data to the format required for internet use to enable the schoolís Web Master to include areas of the database on the schoolís web page. 

The Schoolís Responsibility

  • The schoolís responsibility in the project is to :

  • Ensure the correct hardware, software, IP Address and internet connectivity are in place

  • Appoint qualified persons to ensure the success of the project

  • An Internet Functionality Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of the implementation.

  • An IT administrator to ensure that the hardware, software and Internet connectivity requirements are in place, as well as configuring the firewall(s).

  • Maintenance of the .Net server will be the responsibility of the IT administrator.

  • An Internet Service Provider (ISP) contact to ensure that a static IP address is available, as well as to coordinate any other related issues.

  • Prepare and maintain their web pages for accessing the EduAdmin data.  EduAdmin can assist the school to set this up but is not responsible for its maintenance

  • EduAdmin access for all users must be disabled during this process.

Working With EduAdmin

All communication with EduAdmin must be maintained via your local Training Manager or Support Desk.  Communication with programmers is not possible.  EduAdmin programmers are located in various parts of the world, from the United States, Finland, Denmark to the UK.  Our programmers work on areas of their speciality and are contracted to for their work only and it does not fall within their scope of contract to communicate with EduAdmin users.  EduAdmin employs Principal Program Engineers to co-ordinate the programming involved and they communicate with the contracted programmers.  Your local Training Manager is in direct contact with EduAdmin Engineers and are best at translating your requirements to them.

Implementation Procedure

It is essential that a full system backup has been successfully completed before commencing with the implementation of the internet functionality. Institutions are required to ensure that the .Net server has been prepared and that all of the internet access requirements have been met, as well as all of the hardware requirements, such as firewalls.

Disclaimers

  • Institutions are reminded of the EduAdmin Annual License agreement.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible for the stability and / or reliability of the Internet connection being used at an institution.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible if the brand or version of web browser which an end-user is running is not able to access, process, connect to or display the data being presented.

  • Internet functionality is currently using the .Net framework technology, which it is assumed is compatible with the most recent versions of Internet Explorer.

  • While EduAdmin gives the end-user control over the look of the web interface through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), under no circumstances will EduAdmin be responsible for the final look and feel of the interface as experienced by the end-user.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible for assigning, distributing and / or maintaining the end-user usernames and passwords.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible for the accuracy of the data presented on the web page, as this data is accessed directly from the EduAdmin data present on site at an institution. Data replication is avoided for this reason.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible for the stability and / or reliability of the .Net server or any of the other servers and / or firewalls present at the institution.

  • EduAdmin is not responsible for any security breaches or threats experienced on the .Net server or on any of the other servers present at the institution.