Right. I looked at the instructions from Grumbledook, at home because they are blocked by LEA filter. They are very comprehensive, but maybe a bit complicated for my current level of knowledge; and at the moment I only need teachers to be able to access home folders from within school.
I was fairly sure we had rdp and ts set up here. But I've only ever used it as admin to connect to the server remotely as admin. Anyway, I've just done an experiment with ts on rdp, using mstsc with a staff username and password. Took a deep breath and tried to make the connection - sorry, but this feels strange to be allowing an ordinary user to connect to the server! Anyway, it more or less worked. It loaded and applied the user settings, as happens when you log on to a client normally. I got access to the correct home folder. The only thngs that weren't quite right were that I was missing some desktop icons (my computer, my documents, some others) and the menu was the standard XP one and not our enforced classic menu. And it was a bit slow.
So, a few further questions:
1. Can I fix the desktop items and get the correct start menu by making some changes to GP? If so, any ideas as to where?
2. Is this going to seriously cause load/speed issues if we have eight teachers connecting to the server this way to access their home folders?
we used to do this a while ago on teachers laptops that they brought in from home, if i remember correctly we would map drives to there home drives and staff resources with reconnect at logon ticked.
as long as you kept there log on credentials the same as there network account when they logged on the drives would map automatically.
hope this helps
You have some teachers who bring in their own laptops and want to access files they have in their home dirs on your network - that's fine and you've got a solution which allows them to do that.
Instead of just allowing them to do that, however, you appear to want to make life difficult - forcing them to enter a password every time they want access to a folder? I'm guessing you have got a reason (I'm hoping it's not just because you want to make life difficult for your users :-)) but I can't think what it is!
The laptops are not being brought in from home, but they are teacher laptops supplied by the school not on the domain. They spend most of their time connected up to IWBs, and sometimes teachers forget to lock their desktops when they leave the classrooms. Staff can already access a shared folder on the network with teaching resources in it, but now one senior member teaching staff has asked if he can have access to his home folder. I explained to him that it could be done, but that if he left his desktop open then potentially a pupil could get into his home folder and possibly access sensitive data (reports, SEN stuff, etc). So he asked if I could find a more secure way of doing this.Originally Posted by srochford
If you've got Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access provides access to UNC shares as well (read only)
Sorry for butting in. Firstly thanks for all the suggestions, we want to run our curriculum laptops as stand-alone to reduce network traffic, but need students to get to their home folders. Secondly I do not think rdp is the best solution, however if you go down this route you need to be aware you need to buy CALS if you want more than two simultaneous connections.
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