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Re: IP question

I wanted to post back and let you know that I tested skolelinux on my
network today, and that wireless laptops are able to function without any
reconfiguration of the Access Points, just as Ronny suggested.

Then I have another question:

I have a standalone ltsp server running mandriva64. Its an athlon64 with
4GB. How will performance be affected by installing 32-bit debian-edu?
If negatively (significantly), then is it possible to integrate this
existing server into the skolelinux network? Would there be a lot to

Thanks a lot

> On Tue, 2006-02-28 at 15:07 +0900, nigel barker wrote:
>> Sorry to bother you busy people (and thanks for the good work!), but is
>> there a user list for skolelinux in english?
>> If not, here's my question
>> I have an established network on, which contains about 20
>> static IPs (servers, printers and wireless AP)
>> I want to switch to skolelinux, becuase it looks like a much more
>> complete
>> solution than my current home made mandrake-ltsp, where clients and
>> servers are all active on the network (terminal servers
>> serve
>> clients according to MAC address).
>> I would be happy to convert the whole network over, but the AP are
>> configured in Japanese, and one of them is bridging two buildings, so I
>> would rather leave them alone.
>> Finally my question:
>> Can I stick all my fixed IP devices (actually just AP and printers)
>> behind
>> a  router (eg. IPcop), and have Skolelinux take over the rest of the
>> network? Would users still be able to get the printers on 192.168.0.xx?
>> And would wireless users be able to get to tjener from that side? I'm
>> not
>> clear how a terminal client on a private 192.168.0.xx from a ltsp server
>> would access a printer on the 'main' 192.168.0.xx. I hope I'm making
>> myself clear!
>> Is this the best solution?
>> sorry for taking up your time.
> Personaly i think the best solution is to migrate fully to a skolelinux
> setup.  http://developer.skolelinux.no/arkitektur/network-arch_en.png
> It will save you grief in the long run and make upgrades easier.
> As long as you'r AccessPoints are Bridging devices the ip address on
> them are only used for configuration of the device in any case. so you
> can safely switch the whole network to skolelinux's default ip subnet
> just make sure you label the AP's with their ip address so
> you can get access to them later for configuration.
> The printers should all be set to recive dhcp address and configured
> with the printers mac addresses in the skolelinux main dhcp server. they
> will then get the same address allways, from the range -
> Windows hosts can print using a generic postscript driver
> towards the skolelinux main server, or using the printers own driver
> towards the printers ip address.
> using the postscript driver have cut down on our windows maintainance a
> lot since you only have to worry about that single driver. :)
> IF you chose to retain you'r printers on you'r ltsp
> servers will be confused since they already have network
> on the thin-client subnet. if you want to go this path you can either
> Connect the printers static subnet to a 3rd leg on your firewall
>  the default route should then be sufficient to obtain ip
> connectivity. Provided you did set a default route in your printers ip
> configuration. Many do  not do this.
> migrate each ltsp-server to use a different subnet from
> on the thin-client network.
> Or do 1 to 1 NAT from skolelinux printer range - to
> your printer subnet to whatever ip's the printers have there. this can
> also be done on a leg on the firewall. or a separate router. And do not
> require a working default route on the printersubnet.
> My recomendations is migrate fully to skolelinux network achitecture.
> set your printers to dhcp, and be a happy camper.
> Good luck, and be sure to tell us what you did and how it worked out.
> with regards
> Ronny Aasen


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