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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    We have two separate domains, though physically joined at the network level. This is unlikely to change in the near future for the reasons broc mentions - teachers do not ensure they are logged of.

    Both SMT and I are unwilling to implement anything that makes it easier for them to compromise our network.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    Use GPOs to force a 5 minute screensaver that is password protected.

    And then force a logout after 30 mins of inactivity.

    We don't do that here because we have them trained ... takes a heck of a lot of work, but worth it in the long run.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    Use GPOs to force a 5 minute screensaver that is password protected.
    my users are obviously more rubbish than yours:

    "I can't remember my password"
    "The computer's locked me out" (screensaver password)
    "I went to help [kid in class] for x mins and when I got back to [computer running the interactive whiteboard] it was locked - can you help me?"
    "I've deleted $swathe_of_shared_area 6 months ago, can you restore it?"

    I'll be keeping both my domains for the moment TYVM, the worst that can happen is they'll total their curriculum drives.

    obRant: $Teacher needs training so they can do $thing_which_they_can't_do (and which they _need_ to do to keep their _job_) but doesn't want to do training because "$teacher_union & $labour_gov says we don't have to." FFS.

    Herding cats is easy by comparison.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    We have had two seperate physical networks and then 2 Vlans and this summer we are moving to a forest arrangement with seperate Vlans and IP adresses so that we ge t the best of both worlds shared files and resources and limited computer access to data.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    We merged our networks last summer and I must admit, it has cut down on a lot of duplicated work. But I agree that the threat of teachers leaving their laptops on, or even blatently allowing pupils to use their account is high. However, all our staff need to access SIMS Lesson monitor and so need to be connected to the admin server. Whether we merged the networks or not, sims would have been accessible in the classroom, and the possibility of a breach in security due to teachers was the same.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    I wondered about imposing automatic screen savers too but I thought it would play havoc with their interactive whiteboards! It's bad enough if power management kicks in and turns the display off because they forgot to switch on mains adapter/plug in mains adapter etc.

    We merged the networks like Woody says mainly because of Lesson Monitor. We had to set up a network share to SIMS and trusts between the two networks and it caused no end of trouble, especially with the SMT who half the time were on the Curriculum network and half the time were on Admin and never knew where their data was or which password to use or which domain to log on to.

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    Re: locking screensavers

    We have just introduced these - a short delay for admin machines, a lesson plus a little bit delay for whiteboard machines. Too early for feedback yet...

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    Re: keeping office and curric separate

    We are currently on a single NT4 domain. When we upgrade to Win 2003 and XP we will still use a single domain with OUs to 'separate' curriculum and admin.

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