Bring Your Own Device - Accessing Documents
At present we are looking into offering Sixth Form students a BYOD service, which would allow them access to our wireless network (filtered), network printers and access to their 'My Documents' stored on the curriculum file server. However, what would be the best way to allow secure access to their 'My Documents' without implementing potentially oppressive policies that could lock down their personal laptop? Would an RDS server be the best way forward? :)
Viglen offers a package that allows students to access documents and programs from home via an RDS server, which would tie in nicely with our Viglen ClassLink environment. I'm thinking that perhaps we could implement this, restrict it to Sixth Formers only, and then allow them to access the server whilst onsite. It would also offer students access to programs such as Office, which would circumvent the need for them to buy additional software.
If an RDS server is the best way forward, what sort of server spec would you recommend for 250 students? At present we have 150 Sixth Form students, but this could increase to 200 in 1-2 years time. Also, I believe I'll need RDS licenses for each student, but how does Microsoft Office licenses work under RDS? Our current agreement is via EES, which is priced by the amount of part/full time members of staff at your school ... So technically this should be free, but I have a feeling it probably isn't! :p