Internet permission levels

October 16, 2009 at 08:42:30
Specs: Windows XP
We are looking into setting up a Network for a small private school. We are considering Win Server 2003. One of our main questions is: Can we set different permission levels for the users? For example, we want the teachers to be able to access the internet without any restrictions, but we want the students to have a lesser level of permission so we can keep them from accessing social network sites etc.


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October 16, 2009 at 08:57:35
Isn't there someone in the school district that can advise you? There is no reason to try and reinvent the wheel when you have access to folks that have already addressed these issues.

Though server with isa and rras can provide network user filtering this is best handled with a firewall/router.

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October 16, 2009 at 09:02:40
Windows alone will not do this. You need a Firewall or better a Firewall and a Proxy server. Then with Windows you can setup GPOs which will reset the proxies to point to different Proxy Servers depending on the Login...

I also recommend looking into seting up a Terminal Service Server. Then you can setup thin clients for the workstations and the students loginto a terminal which can be reimaged quickly. This will give you control over viruses and other nasty things the student may do to their computer. Also the teacher will beable to remote into the students computer to see what they are doing and kill their connection.

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October 16, 2009 at 09:55:01
I also recommend looking into seting up a Terminal Service Server.
I'd avoid TSS. It's expensive, slow, and lacks decent ROI.

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October 16, 2009 at 10:33:06
I highly disagree Razor2.3

Terminal services, especially coupled with thin clients is more secure and allows better admin control than pcs.

I would highly recommend TS and thin clients in a school situation.

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October 16, 2009 at 10:36:57
Thanks to all who replied to my question. This has been quite helpful.

We are a private school, we are not a part of a school district, so money is one of our main issues.

I understand that it is possible to do what I need via a firewall/router and/or a proxy server. That will atleast get me pointed in the right direction.

Many Thanks!

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October 16, 2009 at 10:57:33
I agree with Wanderer, that you really should get a contractor to advise you on this. There are many ways to do this and just as many arguments as seen above. By sitting down with some one you can give them the details on what it is that you are trying to do and they can go over the pros and cons of each solution. This is something you want to do right the first time because it could get costly to just through something together and to try and change it later.

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October 16, 2009 at 11:47:27
How thin are your clients? Are they just PCs w/ a lot of RAM and no HDD, or is the TSC integrated into the firmware of the box? If it's the former, how do you get around the licensing cost of the thin client's OS? Do you use some version of Linux with a Linux TSC?

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