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Re: [K12OSN] teaching kids sys admin with VM's



why not set up a miniweb of two or three computers that are isolated
from the system and use these to teach sys admin on.  and whenever a
new student is using the system just reformate that hard drive.

Bob


On Thu, 17 Jan 2008, Robert Arkiletian wrote:

> Wondering if I could run k12ltsp 5EL for a full class of 30 kids. But
> in addition to the ltsp environment, each kid also have a vmware VM so
> I can teach them to install/configure a Linux OS.
>
> My students like Linux but many of them are not comfortable installing
> it at home. One of the main barriers is that they have no experience
> installing/configuring an OS. They never get a chance to be root in my
> class. I could also teach them how to setup their own apache web
> server.
>
> Problem: what are the sys req of such a box?
>
> Could this handle it:
> dual  -  quad core Xeons/Opterons (8 cores total)
> 16GB ram (approx 512MB per person)
> 4 15k rpm scsi in a raid
>
> Any pitfalls people see?
> For one I am wary of kids installing games in their VM's. I can't
> restrict what they do in their own VM's.
> I am also worried their VM's may break my ltsp setup. Could that happen?
> Also that they would start services on eth1 (outside network). Maybe I
> can restrict this, not sure. Wondering if this idea would be better on
> it's own box on the internal network. If so then how would they access
> it, vnc, nx?
>
> ideas, comments welcome.
>
> --
> Robert Arkiletian
> Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
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