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My school has a network set up where you can access the same Windows User Account from any computer in the school. You can access the same files on every computer, but not always the same programs. There are about 250 computers in the school, but I was wondering if the programs would be installed on a server or on the local machine?

I was also wondering how the user accounts were created so that they are accessible from anywhere on the network?


asked Jan 24 '12 at 11:19

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edited Jan 24 '12 at 17:09

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DJ Scooby Doo

More likely your account that you log onto the school computers are on a server like a windows server 2003/2008(using Active Directory on it.) or a linux server where they can give certain permissions on access (Probably using LDAP.) these accounts are what they call roaming accounts letting you log onto the network from any computer on the network. now with the computers that are there in the school Some computers may have the software installed on the computer unless and in some cases they are installed on the server itself which in some cases your connecting to a server via Citrix or your using a terminal server that has the software installed.

It's not always evident on something like this. I did not want to go into the technicalities on it. It would be overwhelming for anyone who doesn't know.

(Jan 24 '12 at 16:47) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

The school uses Windows Server something. So when you log in the computer you log into goes to the server and says whats this user account and gets the info. That way you can log onto any computer and have the same settings. Also, the programs themselves are install on each computer separately, they are not on the server.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 16:49

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My school uses F.O.G - a open source computer cloning software http://www.fogproject.org/

answered Jan 24 '12 at 11:38

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Well lets think about it...

The information is stored on a server which is why you are able to log in with the same user profile. its called an active directory. The files are stored on a file server with what I assume to be a network drive mounted on the client computer. The data can be transferred to the local client every time you log in, but that can take a lot of time, most places don't do that.

Now there are two reasons why software does not transfer. the first reason is that all the program data would have to be sent over the network, and that can use a lot of network traffic and can take a long time to sign in. The other reason is licensing. Some software cost a lot of money. and to have it install on every computer would mean the school would have to pay for each computer and some software can cost thousands a seat.

That is why the programs are not always on every computer.

answered Jan 25 '12 at 20:24

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As people have already addressed the logging in I will address the software. Most schools have the software on the local machine and all the machines are imaged to be the same. Unless the school has a pretty decent server they can't handle software that way, it is much easier to have the software local, and then users and permissions are sent from the server. It makes it fast to roll out units and fixes. Also almost always the machines have a local admin account as well as a standard user account that is local in lue of a network problem. Also more often than not schools that have not upgraded in the past couple years are using active director on Windows Server 2003.

answered Jan 25 '12 at 20:41

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