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    Disabling internet in one room.

    Ok, I'll kick off the questions, by using the example on the homepage. How do you disable internet in one room only?

    I'm using a Windows 2003 server with XP clients. I want the teacher to be able to switch the internet use on or off while they are in the room. If the techies had to get involved in this is could use up all our time.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Before I suggest an answer a=can I ask if you use specialist tools such as ISA server, Net Support School and Net Op, all of which will allow teachers to block access to the net at the click of a button and if you have active directory installed?

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    This certainly is a popular subject and there isn't really an easy way of doing it (not for free).

    The easiest way that I have ever seen it done is using NetSupport School. The NetSupport packages are amazing and well worth the money. The teacher's interface allows clients to be selected and then the Internet connection can be turned on/off at will as well as restricting the sites that can be viewed.

    The best value option with NetSupport is to get the Manager package which has the School package bundled with it and will give you lots of funky management controls.

    Check it out at http://netsupportmanager.com/

    For a free method, we would need to know more about the site setup, such as the type of proxy/firewall, etc.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    The only other thing we have is an ISA2004 server which we've just set up, so we're not too clued up on all it's bells and whistles yet.

    We have had a trial of Netsupport before, but kids would just hit the reset button on their PCs to disconnect from the session, thereby removing restrictions from themselves. We contacted them about that problem, but there was no solution for it at the time. (It was about a year ago)

    Cheers for the reply though.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    I'm just thinking out load here, but maybe it could be done without any third party software as follows:

    1) Keep the computers for different classes in different OUs (standard practice for most schools, I presume.)

    2) Create a group policy that adds "iexplore.exe" to the "software restriction policy".

    3) Decrease the time that group policies refresh to every 3 minutes.

    4) Allow teachers to enable/disable this particular policy.

    Ok, so I don't know if point 3 would make a network insanely slow - or make virtually no difference at all. I also don't know how to implement point 4, but I believe that you can create custom built MMCs that will only show things you want.

    Any feedback on the above?
    Cheers.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    @eejit
    You still suffer the same problem of the little darlings resetting machines with NetSupport but training with a large stick can help to avoid it - after all it isn't healthy to restart the computers that way too much.

    There is also a tool in the Win2K resource kit called CConnect - this can prevent people loggin onto more than one machine at once and prevent future logons if the machine is not logged off correctly (e.g. if the machine is reset).

    In theory, ISA can restrict your classes but you have to create client address sets and that doesn't work with DHCP.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Hi eejit,

    I've had the exact same problem with the students playing online games etc when they should be doing their lessons.

    We tried the NetOp solution, but it was not too successful. (This was over a year ago though)

    In the end we went down the Web Marshal route. There is some initial layout of monies through purchasing a basic srver, Windows 2003 Server and the Web Marshal Software but the returns were more than worth it. Lessons are now far less interupted by students accessing the Internet etc and staff stress levels have also lowered. I've had nothing but good feed back from it.

    It does not just turn the Internet on and off though. You can put rooms / individual PC's into different catagories as well. For example we have about 60 web sites that we allow access to at all times but if the staff wish to have students access search engines for example we place that room into full access etc.

    You can demo it as well.

    Any more questions then please PM me or add on to this.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quick reply. You can use ISA 2004, create a MMC for teachers and set up classroom groups which can be disabled\enabled by staff.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Quick reply. You can use ISA 2004, create a MMC for teachers and set up classroom groups which can be disabled\enabled by staff.
    As I mentioned - the client address sets use IPs rather than DNS names

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    you could stick a small firewall between each room you want to control.

    something like a http://www.firebrick.co.uk/ that has a web interface.

    set it for straight passthrough apart for port 80, which can be enabled / disabled from the frontpage of the firewall interface. IIRC they cost about £350 :-S

    You could do exactly the same with a linux box & webmin - take a bit more setting up, but would cost nothin if you have some crap old PCs lying around.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    This certainly is a popular subject and there isn't really an easy way of doing it (not for free).
    Not actually true. Check out LanView 3 from MST Software. It has its own Internet Access Manager built in which you can use to disable access to single computers, whole rooms or just certain users. You can also set an over-ride for certain systems or users so that staff can still access the Internet.

    And just to cap it all off, it's completely free!

    (And no, I don't get commision from them! :P )

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    If you got confused like me and couldn't find the download link for LanView 3, you need to register with the site first.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobC
    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    This certainly is a popular subject and there isn't really an easy way of doing it (not for free).
    Not actually true. Check out LanView 3 from MST Software. It has its own Internet Access Manager built in which you can use to disable access to single computers, whole rooms or just certain users. You can also set an over-ride for certain systems or users so that staff can still access the Internet.

    And just to cap it all off, it's completely free!

    (And no, I don't get commision from them! :P )
    That looks interesting - taking a look now.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    If you got confused like me and couldn't find the download link for LanView 3, you need to register with the site first.
    Just waiting for the email - stupid mail relays take eons to deliver mail to here

    That software does look rather good - some of their other products look pretty cool too.

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    Re: Disabling internet in one room.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobC
    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    This certainly is a popular subject and there isn't really an easy way of doing it (not for free).
    Not actually true. Check out LanView 3 from MST Software. It has its own Internet Access Manager built in which you can use to disable access to single computers, whole rooms or just certain users. You can also set an over-ride for certain systems or users so that staff can still access the Internet.

    And just to cap it all off, it's completely free!

    (And no, I don't get commision from them! :P )
    8O *Dribbles* 8O

    How come I can never find stuff like this when I need it. Thanks.

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