[K12OSN] Logging into windows XP machines using same login as K12LTSP

Paul Satherley pauls at tclcommunications.co.nz
Sat Feb 26 20:28:16 UTC 2005

Krsnendu dasa wrote:

>A little background:
>Here in New Zealand I have been using K12LTSP on recycled computers for
>about six months now and it is great. I am using an AMD 2500XP desktop with
>1MB RAM and 120GB SATA HD as the server. We have a small school of 50 (but
>growing). So far we have had 8 clients running, but we are looking at having
>up to 20 clients (5 per classroom).
>Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to get some essential windows
>apps(e.g. Macromedia Director based multimedia CDs distributed by our
>Ministry of Education, and some educational software) running using it. 
>I would have liked to run everything from one server to simplify
>administration, but I haven't managed to work that out yet. I tried using
>crossover office, unsuccessfully. I have considered Windows Server 2003 (we
>get it for almost nothing as a school), but I am not sure if the sound works
>properly using rdesktop and LTSP.
>I am also considering Win4Lin, but I have not had time to test it yet. Once
>again it is sound (and shockwave) that are the key issues. If anyone has any
>experience using any of these solutions I would appreciate you comments.
>As an immediate solution, I decided to put one windows XP workstation in
>each classroom. It seems like the easiest solution, as we have the school
>inspectors coming in a month's time, and as a teacher I don't have much time
>to work on computer systems right now.
>Specific task at hand:
>I would like the kids to be able to log on to Windows XP machines with the
>same password as the one they use for K12LTSP. The "my documents" folder
>would be set to their home directory on K12LTSP. In this way they will be
>saving all their files to the same place. (I do not want any files saved on
>the local hard drive of the windows computer.)
>1. How do I set up user accounts for both WinXP and K12LTSP without having
>to manually enter them twice?
>2. When I map the homes directory using Samba, will all the .directories be
>visible. If so how do I hide them? (When I accessed my home directory from
>my WinXP laptop I had this problem but I think it is because the file
>manager is set to "Show hidden files."
>4. Will I need to use roaming profiles to map the "my documents" share?
>3. Will I have to set up the network as a domain now, or will it still be
>okay to use a workgroup as it is now? Which is better for this purpose?
>1. I am running K12LTSP with only one NIC. It seems to make samba easier to
>use. I had a lot of problems trying to get it to work properly when I was
>using 2 NICs. All the computers at the school are on the same subnet.
>2. I also have 4 teachers laptops and 1 office desktop. These computers
>would save most of their work locally, but shared files would be on the
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    I note the NZ govmt  growing trend to make it madatory for all 
schools to implement MS products for teaching
and administration,  It's done deals with MS and its aligned ISP 
monopoly Telecom to enforce 'nanny state' propaganda.

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