After loads of nagging, moaning and being a pain to the bosses above me, I too have finally managed to get the go ahead for a computer suite in our school.
I am now in the process of having our music room converted into a "Music and Information Technology Suite". This will consist of the room being segmented into 5 tables (6 PCs per table) and each PC being wireless. We will also be running a Windows 7 / Server 2008 framework.
As we are going wireless, we are having 1 login, as the children will be doing most of there work on the Virtual Learning Platform. The logins will be locked down so that the children cannot change the background etc, and they have access to 2 shared drives one being read only - teachers assignments, and the other being read/write - childrens work, which will be set up in such a way that each child has there own folder, and it will be backed up hourly.
Any thoughts on this set up would be greatly appreciated, although we will not be going hardwired as doing that adds an additional £3000 to the room renovation costs! (and we went over max budget already)
Do you actually need Server 2008? If you're going to have each PC only use one login anyway you could just have them use a local login, not bother with having to have a DC, 30 device CALs or antivirus. You would want to use something like DeepFreeze to keep your PCs set up properly and virus free. The cost might actually be around the same, but I bet a PC that uses DeepFreeze to keep a PC in a consistent state instead of having antivirus constantly running performs better. Best to have a client on each PC to take a username and password from the user to mount network drives, and users should reset the machines after use instead of logging out.We will also be running a Windows 7 / Server 2008 framework.
what about soft xpand or ncomputing to give u the number of pc's saving money and allowing for hardwiring.
I went back to the homepage, clicked what I thought was my thread, read the first few words and thought "nephilim didn't post this"
I would opt for pillars from the ceiling to the desks to carry cables so no chisel needed.
30 wireless desktops.... Large audio files... Ouch.
Although surely power cables are going to have to be run to these islands, assuming they dont already exist? Personally I would be worried about doing it all over wireless - yes you can get 30 clients to work, but not with a cheap wireless setup. If you're going to spend the money on a good wireless system, you might as well spend it on hard wiring. Even if it's as mentioned above just 1 cable per desk, and then a cheap switch for each. You can get an 8 port unmanaged gigabit switch for under £30 now, so that would give you over 100mbit bandwidth per pc, as opposed to less than 1 with a wireless setup.
Actually a mini hub on each desk is not a bad idea, however wiring that would be a pain as we do not have the pillars, and unless I wanna run some form of gaffer tape across the floor, there will be wires all over!
Also, the server is not only for our kids, but I will eventually move over the staff server to it in the long run to save hassle in the future.
Last edited by nephilim; 26th July 2009 at 09:47 PM.
If you had one wireless access point per desk hooked up to an 8-port switch you should get less contention than if you had 30 PCs each with their own wireless connection, but as has been pointed out larger audio files might not do so well over that kind of bandwidth. However, will you actually be moving large audio files around - are you recording audio as WAVs, or transferring MP3s, or just moving MIDI/Cubase/Sibelius/etc files around? If you're copying larger audio files around, are you copying the same one to each workstation (and thus a copy of the file stays in the server's disk cache, making network bandwidth to individual workstations the issue rather than server disk I/O speed) or is every workstation using different large, binary audio files sat on the server, in which case some more disks in your server's RAID array might be more use?
Can you not get those black rubber things to go along floors which run cables inside? Surely they can't be that pricey?
May have to see how the floor has been done, because flat cable is ideal, however if/when the carpet gets laid, it may not be able to come back up.
If you don't mind running cable that doesn't conform to specifications and would probably fail testing as well that would be fine.
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