File exchange over 2 split networks?
Another weird one but becoming an issue now so just wondering for some thoughts on this...
Basically we've got 2 separate networks for admin and teaching (personally I'd merge but it's been like this for so long there's still resistance to change it so for now we'll keep as is). Students on our teaching side have always just used generic machine accounts on auto-login due to the large volumes of students we get coming in (approx 8000 part time).
This summer we're looking to rip up the rulebook and go to student accounts on the teaching side as we need them for the VLE anyway so might as well use LDAP and have the accounts stored on the network and authenticate everything from AD.
Looking at our options ideally we need to automate the system so it would be along the lines of...
- MIS system runs a query to find new enrolment students
- exports to CSV file
- CSV picked up by script
- script runs on DC to create users
Great but one small problem of making the leap from one network to the other!
So my thought was a PC sitting in the middle with multihomed network cards to exchange the data, maybe domained on one side and accessed via C$ on the other. Was thinking of firewalling it one way so the teaching lets the admin through but not vice versa... not sure how this would work with gaining access to the file shares though?
It's all a bit of a bodge to some extent but need to try and make the best of the situation and get a working solution soon :p