Setting proxy server on peer to peer network

Acer / Aspire 5738
January 28, 2011 at 06:01:10
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GHz / 3000 MB
One of the schools whose networks I administer has a peer to peer network running about 30 xp machines. DHCP is achieved and DNS settings distributed via a basic Linksys router; is there any way of distributing proxy server address and port short of entering manually in LAN settings of IE on every terminal - there is no budget to install a server.

Any help appreciated.


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#1
January 28, 2011 at 07:19:48
I would still setup a server. You don't have to use any Domain Server software on it, just set it up as a simple file server still using Workgroups. This give you a common place to get your files from. Then you can setup a simple Scripts shared folder and put all of your VBS scripts there.

Now here is the hard part. You will need to install something (client) on every ones computer that will execute scripts from that folder but once you do it once you will not need to do it again. Simplist and cheapest way is to place an autorun.bat (which will contain a call to the autorun.bat on the file server) in a folder like Program Files\Autrun and give everyone rights to that folder. Then goto your regedit, find the RUN key under HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\current version, and add the autorun.bat. This will ensure it runs every time the computer is turned on. Now you can administer all of the computers through the file server.

You could also just turn on remote desktop administration on every computer and remote into them.

Another option is to use open source software that will do this stuff for you like...

http://www.google.com/search?client...
http://www.topshareware.com/Remote-...
http://www.softplatz.com/software/r...

In any case you are going to have to do something at each computer so that you can install some kind of client that allows you to control the desktops. It would be way easier if you had a Domain Controller then you could use roaming profiles and GPO.

P.S. If I was running a school I would put VNC on their computers so that I or the teacher could remote into their desktops to make sure they are not doing any thing bad on their computers.


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#2
January 28, 2011 at 07:28:30
Thanks - VNC not necessary in this particular school; it is a school for children with multiple and profound learning difficulties. Sadly none of the children have the ability to hijack anything I do or access anything inappropriate. I'm assuming file server doesn't need to be high spec - could simply use an otherwise redundant desktop?

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#3
January 28, 2011 at 07:36:48
is there any way of distributing proxy server address and port short of entering manually in LAN settings of IE on every terminal

Why do you need a proxy?

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
January 28, 2011 at 08:07:41
"I'm assuming file server doesn't need to be high spec - could simply use an otherwise redundant desktop?"

Correct. Even if you setup a Domain Controller you probably would not need any thing very powerful for just 30 computers. One of our remote offices is running 5 computers and I just use a Simple Dual core for that office. It seems to do fine.


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