[Offtopic] Private notebooks on school networks

Cameron Bell bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au
Thu Jun 21 15:54:47 EST 2007

Ooo... I like the "outside" laptop service fee!  :)

Jim Maunder wrote:
> At 09:48 AM 21/06/2007, you wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Just wondering if anyone has allowed privately owned notebooks onto 
>> their school networks?...
> Our situation is similar but different. We already have about 500 
> student lappies, mostly from the one source. Quite a few students get 
> their lappies from 'outside' and I have to set them up for our network 
> etc.
> The difference is that we are already set up to cope with student 
> laptops, the similarity is getting the 'outside' one to fit into our 
> infrastructure. What I do with these is:
> 1. Install the Novell Client (you might not have to do this)
> 2. Make sure it has a good A/V proggie. If in doubt install the school 
> A/V (eTrust). I also replace Nortons with ours, but that's just me.
> 3. Install Firefox and Eudora (Firefox is set up with our proxy, IE is 
> left for home use)
> 4. Install other school software (Graphmatica etc etc)
> 5. If it does not have MS Office install that too, without Outlook.
> 6. Make sure it's wireless works.
> 7. Send an email to the Finance Mgr asking him to charge the student 
> $100 'outside laptop' service fee, and whatever licence fees are 
> appropriate.
> The problem I see in allowing 'outside' laptops into your network is 
> that they are likely to bring trojans etc with them. Some boy students 
> might bring hacking tools with them. You might want to restrict 
> network access to students if you feel vulnerable.
> In my time at Chelt we had a student with special needs who had a 
> laptop, but it had no network access.
> regards
> Jim
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