Pro|ENGINEER on School networks
Based in the UK, I work for PTC developing curriculum and supporting schools. A school kindly let us know about this thread. You have described many of the challenges faced when installing Pro|ENGINEER on school networks and I hope to clarify the situation to help you manage our software on your systems.
The current version of Pro|ENGINEER Schools Edition is Wildfire 4.0 M092. Accredited teachers can download the installation images from our Teachers' Portal.
Security - The issue with pupil logins accessing restricted drives was reported to us in Wildfire 3.0 and developers fixed the problem when using File > Open but missed the browser route. We apologise for this oversight and assure schools our developers are working on a solution for the Wildfire 5.0 release for schools scheduled for May 2010. We hope this is timely for schools wanting to upgrade software ready for the new school year in September.
There are two installation options.
Standalone - intended for teachers and pupils to install Pro|ENGINEER at home. Each installation is licensed online and tied to the PCs network card MAC address.
License Server - intended for school networks with Flexnet software holding 100 floating seats. The Pro|ENGINEER image can then be distributed onto other PCs. Some package builders including the one in RM's CC3 system refuse to build a package due to the size, circa 2GB. We have tried to discuss this with RM but had little success. Recently a school reported the package builder in CC4 works with Pro|ENGINEER. Where a package cannot be built it is possible to copy the install folders and shortcut to other PCs.
Running Pro|ENGINEER - To operate, Pro|ENGINEER runs scripts so the user profie must allow this. Schools do not need to give pupils high level access. Pupil profiles can be edited on most networks to enable scripts. For example, on RM CC3 the enable scripts option is a subset of preventing access to the C: prompt. Note, it is possible to enable scripts without giving students access to the C: prompt.
You may be interested to know that security on UK school networks is much stricter than in the rest of the world. PTC gets very few enquiries about security from the other 22 countries using Pro|ENGINEER in schools. Here we seem to be paranoid about protecting pupils rather than educating them about the potential dangers of the web and making them responsible for their actions.
I hope this helps you install and manage Pro|ENGINEER installations on school networks. Please contact me if you need any further help.
Education Programme Manager - PTC
PTC Pro|ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0
The Wildfire 5.0 Schools Edition of Pro|ENGINEER is due for release in mid May.
Accredited teachers are given access to the Teachers' Portal where they will be able to download the install CDs as soon as they are released.
We are busy updating all the curiculum ready for the new academic year starting in September. These will also be available first in the Teachers' Portal.