One to one - authentication and file storage?
Right now, our network consists almost entirely of desktop computers and netbooks that never leave campus (mobile computer labs). To handle everything, we use Active Directory to authenticate users, and folder redirection to allow them to share their documents.
However, our school is considering going one-to-one. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how do we allow students and staff to log into school-issued devices outside the network? Obviously our domain controllers and file servers are only available within our schools. I'm wondering what everyone else is doing:
- If you do one-to-one computing and allow students to take computers home, do you have any form of authentication, or does each device just have a single local account?
- How do you have students save files? Syncronization? Web upload? Just save to the HD and have them be responsible for backups?
- If you don't use AD, how do you deploy and manage rules and polices on the devices?