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Re: [K12OSN] Looking for wisdom of the masses



Agreed. . . VNC is fast and easy and is likely already set up. . .

I really need to get NX, though. . . it is faster, smoother and is more
secure. . .

Doug

Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
simpsond leopards k12 ar us

>>> John Lucas <mrjohnlucas gmail com> 2/1/2008 9:46 AM >>>
Doug Simpson wrote:
> Just let them use vncviewer and connect that way. . . Works for me. .
.
> 
> They'll have to come in through the public IP unless they are inside.
. .
> 
> Doug
 >

VNC passes session traffic "in the clear" (without encryption). While
you 
can tunnel VNC in SSH, it is clumsy to set up and not very efficient.

NX/freenx uses SSH for transport (strong encryption) and is uses
bandwidth 
more efficiently as well, using aggressive compresstion and caching to
make 
the sesstion more responsive.

Opening (port forwarding) the SSH service to the Internet can be a
security 
problem. If possible I would restrict which users can use SSH and make
sure 
those users have "good" passwords; not vulnerable to dictionary
attacks. 
Also make sure that SSH is up-to-date and keep it that way, plus turn
off 
VNC version 1 capability.

>>>> "Alan Hodson" <aahodson episd org> 01/31/08 1:33 PM >>>
> Salutations
> 
> At a school where I just installed a new server (Centos5-64B AMD
Dell) for 30 thin clients, teachers are wanting to log into the system
from their own laptops. The district is behind a firewall and the
server's eth1 has a static IP: 10.x.x.x - what is the easiest way of
allowing them to log in as thin clients from areas away from the lab?
VLans are not viable, and their laptops are running XP. I should be able
to burn a cd with enough info/resources for them to log in, no? DSL?
> All suggestions welcomed
> 
> Alan Hodson
> El Paso ISD, TX
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