External Terminal Services
I would like to know how many schools offer external access to a terminal server if you could let me know that would be great.
Basically I have worked in a secondary school (but in a different LEA to where I am now) which offered a terminal server to both staff and students - this was the case for all secondarys in this LEA. This system worked very well and like any of the machines onsite was locked down by group policy to prevent things like the command prompt from being opened, etc.
I have been in roll as an ICT Manager in a new school (in a different LEA) since 1st August and would like to introduce this facility for our staff and students to use. I have put in a change request to get port 3389 opened and routed to the terminal server which is set up and ready to go, but have now had this plan thrown out of the window by the LEA network team, as apparently this will be a huge security risk for the whole of the secondary schools network within the LEA. I have been told that I can use a SSL VPN.
We already have an SSL VPN, which is fine for myself and the rest of the technical team, but with regard to letting staff or pupils use this - it is a big no no as its just too complex and confusing for them.
So basically I'm polling how many of you have access to a external terminal server from outside of your school and which lea does your school fall within?
I'm trying to build up an argument to go back to LEA with. They have suggested buying a different VPN which is less complex and will cost £3,500 - but my argument is why should the school have to pay out for something we can do by just opening a port on the firewall? We have recently become an academy so are not obligied to stick with the LEAs internet connection, so this is a threat that I am considering using - your thoughs \ suggestions and feedback are most welcome.