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?
Answer by TheTechDude · Jan 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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.
Answer by trueb · Jan 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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.
Answer by bryanminer · Jan 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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.