Network storage question - how would you solve this?
Got a network query and wondered what others might do to solve this.
Our network is used by Adult Education, so we have a number of different sites, with ICT classrooms across the city. We use Win Server 2008 and Active Directory. Because we have many different students doing lots of short courses, we don't assign specific logons, but generic logons at each site. These are very locked down. Students have access to some network shared drives, for saving work etc, but no access to local hard drives.
One of our courses is on Photoshop. This requires students to edit very large image files. this is becoming impractical over the network - the files take too long to open / save and require enormous space to store.
How can we let students edit these files, without allowing them to save to local drives.
One solution might be to provide each student or PC with a USB hard disk. There are obvious cost issues and the drives might go walkies.
Another might be some sort of NAS box, in the classroom. I've not got experience of this and worry that it is an expensive solution that might still be quite slow.
Any other ideas? Anyone do something similar?
Thanks in advance!