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    Question How to set up a Computer Lab Network with profiles


    Hi all,

    I need an advice to how set up a computer lab student network.
    The project is to setup a computer lab network with a client-service system and a directory service.
    Now the main goals are:

    - Manage users (username, passwords, permissions of what can do inside the client machine operating system) on the server
    - Each user have their data/profile/files storage at the server
    - Each user can logon at any computer client machine and load up their profile/data
    - Distribute from the server, the client machine system operative (ubuntu), meaning that, the client machines have all the same operating system, programs and configurations. Per example, if a new program is necessary to exist in the client machines, do something in the server and propagate that addition to the client machines.

    The scenario is very much a like, a student library or lab linux network system.

    We have the hardware, with software and operating system you advice?

    Best Regards

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    K12Linux is a Fedora-based Terminal Server Project solution that might be worth looking into:

    https://fedorahosted.org/k12linux/

    There is also iTALC, which is more of a classroom-management solution:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/italc/

    I have not tried either - just suggestions.

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    Thanks for the answer atreyu.

    But a terminal server system is not a good option because we are talking about 20-30 clients simultaneously. That is very hard for a server(s) with the programs we gonna be using.

    The best way is to the user logon on any machine, his profile cames up, with the latest operating system set up by/on the server. Simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HugoCore View Post
    Thanks for the answer atreyu.

    But a terminal server system is not a good option because we are talking about 20-30 clients simultaneously. That is very hard for a server(s) with the programs we gonna be using.

    The best way is to the user logon on any machine, his profile cames up, with the latest operating system set up by/on the server. Simple.
    i believe you can configure K12Linux to run desired apps locally.

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    Hum.. Thanks! Let's see if anyone else got another ideia or solution.

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    How about centralizing the '/home' on the server and then having every desktop mount the '/home' directory on boot. Now when a student logs in they have their home directory and can still run programs locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazydog View Post
    How about centralizing the '/home' on the server and then having every desktop mount the '/home' directory on boot. Now when a student logs in they have their home directory and can still run programs locally.
    Great Lazydog! How can I mount automatically on logon?

    And mount the correct folder, like, if the username is X then mount /home/X/

    And what about centralized Authentication?

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    'Use the force Luke." The force in this case being Google.
    Do a search on 'automount home directories'.

    I have planted the seed, it is up to you to grow.

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