[K12OSN] Need help integrating LTSP Server into school network

Eric Brown ericbrow at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 12:58:38 UTC 2008


I first want to commend you on this project.  It's well worth your while.

I'm afraid you're IT Technician isn't very familiar with Linux.  The
DHCP and DNS for the thin clients stays on the inside of the network,
and doesn't go out the external network port.

You can test this much the way I did.  While not connected to the
external network, make sure you are going to check the correct network
port by starting a thin client from the internal network port.  That
makes sure you're going to test the external port.  Then, try to boot
another thin client from the external port, it shouldn't work.  Set a
regular computer, such as a windows machine, or another linux machine
to use DHCP for it's network settings, and see if it will pull an IP
address.  If you're using a windows machine, you should get an IP
address that starts with 169, which means that windows assigned itself
an IP address, and didn't get one from the external port of the LTSP

I ran into similar arguments.  I was told to wait till they could get
to me.  I tested mine in this way, and went ahead and plugged into the
school's network (although I'm a teacher, and not a student).  It had
been up and running about a week and a half by the time they decided
they could get to me, only to find it had been running with no

Good luck.


2008/1/29 Devry Lin <devrylin.thesageinblack at gmail.com>:
> I am, a high schooler, completely new to K12LTSP and haven't learned much
> linux, and I am trying to get LTSP 6.0.0. to work in my school for my IT
> project...
> I've gotten the LTSP to work by following the installation guide, but it has
> trouble getting on the Internet. I am not directly connecting to the
> Internet, instead I have to connect through my school's network that has a
> DHCP server and DNS Service (the rest of the school network runs windows
> machines).
> The IT Technician told me that I would need to buy a DSL connection so that
> the LTSP server is separate from the school's local network to prevent
> collisions in the services (presumably the DHCP and DNS).
>  Is there anything that can be done about this problem without resorting to
> buying another internet connection? Also, what should I check before I plug
> the LTSP server into the network to prevent anything catastrophic from
> happening (like disabling the school network)?
> Is there any other detail that is needed?
> Thanks in Advance
> Devry Lin
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