Windows 7 Starter Proxy Problems
Our CLC have recently purchased 50 netbooks for our students to use for their research purposes and also for us as a school to look into different forms of technology to use in our new school which opens next year (under an RM managed service). With a view to possibly having staff and pupils with netbooks rather than having just traditional ICT suites, which in theory seems like a good idea.
Im currently setting the netbooks up for use and obviously with them running W7 starter adding them to our network wont work which is fine as the pupils will have ownership of the machines and save locally.
The problem im having is I can get internet access through the school network, however with no security being applied from our network they aren't going through our cache pilot proxy. I tried to apply a local group policy however again W7 starter doesnt have the capability to do this so I'm thinking now my only option is some sort of script to run on startup to force it to look at the proxy. I'm wondering if anyone knows if that would be possible or I would be open to any other ideas you may have!
Another option we tried was putting the proxy settings into IE but once one realises they can be removed they all will, or will just download Firefox, Chrome etc so that isn't really an option.
Also it seems now in newer versions of windows blocking acces to website using HOSTS doesn't seem to work anymore, so we are at a bit of a loss!
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
P.S The netbooks are
1.6 Ghz Intel Atom
Also all software is open source/free (iTunes, Open Office and Microsoft Security Essentials) to see what issues the pupils find with them, as I'm sure you'll know kids are experts in testing things to destruction!!