--- Adrian Bates-Holland
I've recently taken over as ICT co-ordinator at a
primary school. At the
moment, we have about 30 computers running a mixture
of Windows 98 and XP.
A familiar setting. I'm a primary ICT co-ordinator
Ok - firstly, in my opinion... it seems much easier
doing this with Win98 than XP. Again in my opinion, it
is much easier to do this with one workstation OS
(either 98 or XP) rather than both. That doesn't mean
it can't be done, but you have to have a grasp of some
extra stuff in order to do it. Again, 98 seems easier
than XP, or NT for that matter. I've achieved what
Where are you? If you're near Hertfordshire, you can
At present, we have no dedicated server and I am
very keen to get one set
up. Obviously, as Linux is free, it is my preferred
operating system for
I've found it to have more advantages too...
I have installed SUSE Linux 9.1 Pro on
a computer at home and
played around with setting up a server but I don't
seem to be having much
SuSE is a good choice for setting things up using a
graphic user interface, which is a nice way in.
What aren't you having much luck with? I assume you
have a couple of workstations at home too, and are not
being successful in setting up samba?
Ideally I want a server to act as a domain
controller so that staff
and pupils can login and access their own
individual/class work areas with a
shared space for staff to store planning, etc.
It will do this admirably. My experience is doing
exactly this, but with 98 only.
This is what I did... I'll happily go into this in
more detail. I can supply you with smb.conf and other
handy things, but not from home (where I'm typing
Use security = user in your smb.conf (if you don't
know what smb.conf is, let me know and I'll start from
I use two groups (setup using YAST2):
users (already exists)
and staff (created myself).
This allows me to do a very simple desktop for either
pupils (who belong to the users group as their primary
group), or staff (who I obviously assign to the staff
group as their primary group).
I use mandatory profiles for this in 98. That means
that I've got a template user for the pupils. I get
that desktop and all the settings setup exactly the
way I want them, then copy that profile to all pupils
(making is a user.man - which makes it mandatory). If
you don't know what mandatory profiles are, you need
to google it. I point everyone's desktop to
/server1/%g/desktop where samba subsitutes %g for the
group the user belongs to (this needs me to check -
which I can't do until I'm in school next week). This
way pupils get a different set of shortcuts on their
desktop to staff.
In a primary school situation, I don't use passwords
for pupils. Only staff have passwords.
Does anybody have any suggestions for setting this
up? I'm really new to
Linux so any advice would be very much appreciated!
You can of course work up to this, by using security =
share in your smb.conf, forgetting about profiles and
policies, having no users and just having folders that
have password access on your server. It's not very
satisfactory, but it's where I started 6 years ago.
* Look at skolelinux (which looks to be very
interesting to me)
* Possibly Karoshi also.
Please let us know what you can't get working... I'm
sure someone will lend a hand (another advantage of
comuunity based software)
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