SHOULD WE KEEP OUR ADMIN AND CURRICULUM NETWORKS SEPERATE?
This seems to have been a policy kept in place at most schools I've come across. But we have a new assistant head who is talking about merging the whole lot. We're not talking just about joining the physical network here. We're talking about putting Admin and curriculum servers all on the same domain. The only thing then seperating the two is the security and GP settings for staff and pupils.
I have heard all sorts of rumours that lots of other schools are merging their networks together. I've even heard that some LEAs are insisting on it. I can see where their argument is, that in the end schools are needing to have access to both networks from every room. ie. they need to have access to admin to register lessons, and they need to have access to curriculum for subject based work etc etc.
To run two seperate netorks to every room doubles the time, energy and cost involved because let's face it, not many schools are organized enough to pull the cables all at the same time.
So I am asking for your thoughts on this. Have you merged your networks? Do you feel safe to do so? Can you trust staff to be security conscious in the classroom?
The govt eventually wants you to have a single integrated network, as they have a big thing for information availablity. The only problem I think you will encounter will be getting the staff to become more security concious whn it comes to leaving computers logged on etc.
Well, the way I see it the only reason to keep the two networks separate is if the Network Manager is an idiot (and if you're on this site, I'm guessing that you're not!). As long as you have the technical skill and sense to ensure that everything is secured correctly then there is no reason why you should separate the networks.
Aside from that is the logistical nightmare of running two networks - two sets of equipment & infrastructure to maintain, two AD structures, two sets of updates to be done...
So unless there is some defining business reason for it, I would run one network for all.
(And apologies if this post sounds a little angry. Its just too damn hot here!)
Yes- it would be *nice* if the two were merged into one network for sure. When I started at Kingswood the big thing was keeping them separate no matter what, but then I'm told this year by county that eventually *common sense* will prevail and the two will become one.
The other side of me says though that the person who has made this decision "higher up" may not understand the true ramifications of that decision. Perhaps in the long term it will be better- heck I have two separate networks with different IP configurations, different hardware and server platforms and such to support; it would be nice to unify this mess. But in the short term it would be a nightmare for us of almost epic proportions!
How many of us know staff members who allow sixth-formers to log on the SIMS equipped machines on the LAN using the teacher's credentials to download stuff from the internet or play games etc? I was appalled to find that this had been going on on our network, but apparently it's par for the course.
I think that preparation would be the key to success here- getting staff members to realise that security is holistic and not reactionist. If they understand that and can be made to see the danger in breeches of security where the admin and curriculum LANs are concerned, then integration of the two would be so much easier!!
too right! seperate all the way. You can't trust (l)users, & guess who'd get the flack when sims goes up the creek... the same one who's left to sort it out!!!! I wonder what the Sims people think about convergence???