New Daylight Savings Time: Not-So-Great!

ClockIn terms of the new starting date for Daylight Savings Time this year, I believe we have “most” of the servers worked out now in terms of Exchange, our Calendar server, etc. We’re still following up on voice mail and access control system servers.

If we’re reading the tech net articles correctly, we can update the user’s calendar items in smaller batches at the Exchange server level. This is pretty important for our students, since they only use Outlook Web Access, and not full Outlook. Ergo, I’m not certain that they could run the small local updater at all since they don’t have Outlook.

If that works for everyone, we hope that we only need to send an email about the local OS update (in case the auto update didn’t work) and the Outlook update (for their home machines, etc.). We’ll do the same for OS X and Entourage users, and likely revise the instructions and links to a smaller version to send out to parents as an FYI for their home machines.

If the centralized updater of calendar events on the Exchange server doesn’t work for us as planned, then things could be interesting… :) So far, this process has been a lot more work than anticipated, and I’m surprised the problem isn’t getting more press. The difference of an hour on the client machines could do more than just mess up appointments in calendars– it could disable some network services if the clocks are that far off.

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