The Land of Xservia

We’re finally making some progress with our two new Xserves. One will be the file server for the 7/8 grade laptop program, but we wanted the shared home directories to be picked up and used by Windows as well. The other will be a dedicated Workgroup Manager for the laptops, allowing us to have group policy control over groups of computers, alter printer permissions, etc., on the fly with them all. Not a bad idea.

Implementation is another matter. We want kids to log in via Active Directory, have mobile home folders that auto-backup certain file types, have interfaces and preferences controlled by Workgroup Manager, and have the same home folders when they log into Windows machines on campus.

So far, we have Workgroup Manager working now with AD-logins and preferences. We’re still a bit stalled with the Windows Services on the file server. Overall, though, we’re on the right track. We also monitor the iBooks with Apple Remote Desktop 3.

Another note– we’re faxing the PO for the 10 AP Meru system today. Details to follow.

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