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5th July 2011, 10:13 PM #1
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Connecting 2 schools.
I have been asked to look in to connecting 2 schools (separate networks) on the admin side so that they can access the shared FMS database (federation). Site 1 will host the database but site 2 will need to be able to connect to it as well and use just this FMS database and perhaps sims.net. Site 1 will also need to access site 2 sims.net database.
As a quick fix I was thinking 2 laptops at each end with sims/Fms installed on both and use logmein pro to allow admin staff to connect each end but want something a bit more permanent and robust.
Has anyone set this up before and could give me some pointers, guidance as I take it I would need to liase with Lgfl to set this up.
5th July 2011, 10:18 PM #2
Could you not get the Lgfl to set up a static route between the two sites to allow you to interconnect between them? We have managed to get the SWGFL to allow access between 6 primaries that we support - we can rdp between them all and access shares via their IP's.
6th July 2011, 07:26 AM #3
How about OpenVPN & Samba ?
6th July 2011, 09:51 AM #4
We have similar amongst a number of schools within Northants ... opening Access Control Lists between schools works quite well for us.
When you say LGfL do you mean Lancs or London ...
6th July 2011, 08:35 PM #5
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It is the London Grid for Learning. So if I get them to set static routes between the sites, that would get me connectivity but how would a user on site 1 access the sims/fms database as I would not want them logging into server?
7th July 2011, 10:54 AM #6
You would have to have a trust between the 2 schools, have the school B connect to the database on the server at school A. The other way would be a small Remote Desktop server and they log into that. This is usually the best option anyway, to allow you better control of bandwidth used.
7th July 2011, 11:17 AM #7
We have this between the admin and curriculum networks and it works well.
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
10th July 2011, 02:22 PM #8
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This has worked for me in the past (using LGfL.) I then installed an unused (fairly old, low-spec) windows box at the host site for use with MS Terminal Services, via an mstsc short-cut on the desktop of the remote user. Of course the windows box didn't need a screen, keyboard or mouse.
Originally Posted by boogster
Doing this avoids the problems of accessing a database over a slow link. In particular, I would expect using Samba to be completely broken, due to locking issues.
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