Ubuntu as server for small school?
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Mon Jun 19 17:37:13 UTC 2006
david davidson wrote:
> I might be able to get funds for a cheap desktop to
> run as a "server",
We have a P3 500Mhz serving files, printers and logons to ~60 users.
but as I think a Windows Server
> license will not happen now, I am looking at Ubuntu.
FYI: Schools get _stupidly_ _large_ discounts on software (in UK at
least). Depending on where you are, the Local Education Authority /
School District should have software agreements with most vendors. Ask
the school to investigate.
> I would like to wipe all machines and start fresh, but
> I am need of some guidance to help me create a
> "maintainable" network.
If the school runs a Managment Information System (UK versions include
SIMS, Integris etc), you may want to be careful before wiping anything.
For a school that size, it'll be installed on a single workstation and
if you wipe the MIS by accident...... think "Wicker Man" :).
> Some sort of "traveling desktop" would be ideal, as
> there are more office workers than machines. (I am
> unsure if this can be done without Windows Server.)
It can, quite easily - same as you'd set up a default profile in NT4
server. You would create a default user profile using one of the
workstations and then copy it to a netlogon share on the samba server
(as you would for mandatory profiles on w2k / 2003 server).
It's reasonably easy to set up a linux box with Samba and / or OpenLDAP
to function as a DC. I haven't touched a snapserver in years, but I'm
assuming you can re-share its storage space from the samba box, or make
it part of the domain so it can grab permissions from the samba box?
Things to consider:
Who will be maintaining the network once it's set up? Plan it with them
Suggested reading follows:
www.edugeek.net - where school sysadmins hang out
www.karoshi.org.uk - pre-built Linux network for schools
www.schoolforge.org.uk - uk-centric, but some useful stuff
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