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Re: [K12OSN] Multiple LTSP servers on a single subnet?



Thanks for all the input!

I'm in a fortunate situation in that I have Gigabit fiber connecting the buildings and I have spare strands if I need to add another few connections. I'm just trying not to because Gigabit media converters are expensive!

I'm not sure why I didn't think of VLANs before. I don't think that I'm going to be hurting for bandwidth so I think that is the route that I will take. It will mean having to buy a couple of managed 10/100/1000 switches for each end of the fiber, but that is cheaper than adding more fiber connections. And probably more flexible in the long run. I'm not too concerned about saturating the fiber for now.

So I'll setup a VLAN for the staff, and a VLAN for the students and then trunk them across the Gigabit fiber. On the other end I'll plug the VLAN ports into the appropriate LTSP servers. Seems easy enough.

I'll do just about anything to avoid having to run between the schools. It gets real cold up here in Canada during the winter and it's not a short walk...

This is actually part of a huge transition that we're doing. We're moving 220+ windows desktops over to thin clients this summer.

Thanks again,
Casey Woods


Casey Woods wrote:

I will have both students and staff using thin clients and they will all be on the same IP subnet. This subnet is dedicated to thin client traffic. I would like to connect two LTSP servers to the subnet and somehow control which server the clients connect to on a client by client basis (students to one server and staff to the other). I'm assuming that there is some way to do this with MAC addresses?

Here's why I want to do this: I have a single gigabit fiber connection between two buildings. I want to consolidate all my LTSP servers in building A. The thin clients are in building B. Best case scenario would have me light up another fiber connection so that I can run two subnets. I have the extra fiber strands, but I'm try to avoid that added expense.

I'm open to any and all ideas!

Thanks,
Casey Woods

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