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Learning Network Manager Thread, Remote control of student PCs in Technical; The blurb for LNM mentions remotes control of PCs for teachers. I have a server setup - but see no ...
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    Remote control of student PCs

    The blurb for LNM mentions remotes control of PCs for teachers. I have a server setup - but see no evidence for this functionality. Am I missing something from the setup?

    Cheers for any replies.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    It just uses RDP (remote desktop). Nothing special there. If you want more you must use either VNC or a proprietary solution such as NetSupport Manager (my favorite)

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    Is there anything that can view more than one pc at a time VNC like? and obviously the cheaper the better (free!).

    Whilst on this subject does anyone know if the apple remote desktop can do this for the pc VNCs' (long shot i know) as it is built on VNC anyway?
    I don't really want to spend £350 to find out i can't use it at work as i wouldn't use it anywhere else really (apart from home).

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    VNCon http://vncon.chronetal.co.uk/ does auto-switching and many thumbnails at once

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    That looks great but unfortunately doesn't like ultra VNC

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    It's not free but it's reasonably cheap,

    Andy Bray's AB Tutor Control

    http://www.abconsulting.com/html/Tutor_Control.html

    Works really well and you only pay for the number of tutor workstations you need.

    Really helpful too.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    However, from what i've observed in other schools, you need to make sure you have competent security,
    when i was inspecting some schools in the north of England, i had to laugh when i saw that a few students had managed to find the Netop program, copy it into another directory and unknown to the Technician were using it on other students, although highly hilarious, a total breach of security and very disruptive, so although it is a useful tool, make sure it is properly secured, although generally it shouldn't be a problem

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    This can also be an issue with VNC. Also watch those passwords. There are password breakers for older versions of VNC.

    Also remember that any of these solutions are vulnerable to snooping, man in the middle attacks and traffic analysis. You are probably safe within your own site, but using them remotely over the internet (for example) without some sort of encryption is dangerous.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    Currently we are using www.lanschool.com, though its by far from the cheapest

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    oops.. www.lanschool.com even

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    Lanschool rocks! It creates a great comedy exercise when banging kids to rights for playing games when used in comjunction with Axis network cameras! hehe! Now we are in the process of installing recording software to record their shocked expressions when they are told off via on screen message!


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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    We're in the process of looking at monitoring software to allow the staff to view their classes. We've still not decided whether to just go for a monitoring application or to look into something more fully featured.
    I've just looked at ABTutor and I'm really impressed with both the features and the price. In fact it's so fully featured that I think it gives the staff too much control. I dont like the thought of the staff being able to blocked network ports on PC's or setting up permanent policy changes on them to restrict applications and windows features. Is there any way to limit what functionality staff have in ABTutor as it would be perfect for what we want to do if we could chop out a couple of the options!
    I'm just away to have a look at Netsupport School and Lanschool (both full and just the monitor) so post my thoughts when Iv'e been through them.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    We are using Lanview 3, it does the job by using VNC.

    Quite easy to use.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    We have just implemented ABTutor - and yes - you can define what the staff get access to do via the restrictions available on each classroom.

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    Re: Remote control of student PCs

    I have seen many kinds of monitoring software and yes most of it works a treat until, yes youv'e guessed it you hand it over to the teachers and they then screw it up by messing around with it. They are just bigger little kids when it comes to this kind of thing. It was reported that in some schools running RMTutor 3 that some members of staff were using for their own devious purposes. RM stopped this with an update but it shows what they would do if they could and then there is the security aspect if their password becomes compromised and the little darlings then do what they want until found out. Need i say more, i use omniquad version 2.9 and it does what i want it to do nothing else and my technician (webman) and i monitor the network and the kids.



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