Is there a relatively secure way to allow teachers to access their home folders from standalone laptops?
What I'd like is for the teacher to be prompted for their password each time they try to access their home folder. I managed to be prompted when I connected using net use with an asterisk for password, but I was only ever prompted once.
TS using rdp?
which upon login maps the drive and allows him access to his home folder?
We use a plugin for moodle so students can browse their home directories through the browser - the browser handles authentication. This way they access documents through the VLE, at home or in school -regardless of the platform.
it works with staff too
Does anyone have a guide on setting up webdav?
If the user name and password used on the standalone laptop exactly match the domain username and password then he should be able to browse the network but still only have the access you allowed to him.
Fine bit of software, works over secure sockets...
There are 2 versions - enterprise that you pay for, and an open source version that's free.
The free version is fine, secure and extremely useful.
I have several teachers accessing there home folders using it. It also supports rdp over ssl, vnc and other protocols over ssl, so really good for managing the network from home.
SSL-Explorer SSL VPN - Secure Remote Access for SMBs and Enterprise
Umm... I've just realised that some of the solutions offered here are for accessing the home folders offsite. Sorry, I only need something much simpler: a secure way to get the teacher prompted for their network password each time they access their home folder from their standalone laptop whilst in school. I've tried variations of net use, but, after I've put my password in the first time, I never get prompted again, even after logging off and shutting down.
Possibly the terminal services solution would be what I need; so far I've only ever used it to generally connect to the server so I don't have to go to it each time I need to do some network management, but presumably from what has been said here you can also use it to specifically connect to a particular folder.
I know we've been suggesting solutions that are suitable for use offsite, but in you situation they will work equally well. Because even though the machine is connected to your internal network, it is not on your domain.
I still think the webdav method will do what you want (although SSL Explorer looks neat too).
Andie (12th May 2008)
You could use a switch to the net use command so it has to be run each time a connection is needed.
Run net help use for more information.Code:net use n: \\server\share$ /persistent:no
1. Using your command line, would the user be prompted for username and password, or do I have to add in the other switches/parameters for that?
2. Once the user has entered their credentials, wouldn't they still be given access even if they close their home folder? In other words, wouldn't the connection stay until the user logged off the laptop? I would want the teacher to be prompted each time they tried to access the folder (although, of course, that doesn't take account of those who will just minimise the folder window!).
3. I would presumably need to have to create some sort of batch/command file with this in that the teacher could run, or that would run on startup?
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