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    One thing that does concern me about moving to google apps (and therefore google drive) is the effectively unlimited and unmonitored storage students will have access to. Worse case scenario a student can stick a pornographic/extreme gore etc ripped film in their drive, and play it when in school and perhaps upset other students.

    With the traditional server storage you can monitor/block/control what sort of files and the quota, google drive offers nothing like this as far as I can see?

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    Fair point but we have Securus at my place which watches out for things like that. Should there ever be a real problem you would have to change their password to get access to their files but at the rate it is changing, I can see admin level access coming soon enough. Should a student be silly enough to do something like that, as it is all web based it would leave a paper trail a mile long anyway.

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    Yes, but adding Securus is an additional cost. I think SMT (and teaching staff to some degree) can have an almost evangelical approach to google and google apps, but there can be disadvantages that aren't immediately obvious.

    Don't get me wrong, its the way forward but I'm going in with my eyes wide open!

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    What monitoring and auditing tools does Google offer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    What monitoring and auditing tools does Google offer?
    If you have the GAPPS console, then you can see what users are doing with their files: https://support.google.com/a/answer/2773649?hl=en

    The system is more watertight if Chromebooks are used because Chromebooks do not allow installation of media player software, so pupils can't play downloaded vids etc.

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    Just another question for those who have moved to Google Apps (or even other cloud VLEs) - How have you found the impact on your local storage usage?

    Or in other words, have you noticed a massive drop in the use of Home folders (or shared folders) on the network, no real change or even an increase?

    I'm guessing that with a 30gb storage on google the traditional home folder will be used much less than presently.

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    Not found a huge difference as yet as we are running it side by side for the moment and word is still spreading to the potential of it. My school has photography and media eat all the storage and don't think google will change that for the moment.

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