Re: OT. Debian w/s in schools - info needed.
Message from Lindsay Allen at 23/05/00 09:54:58PM:
> I'm a very inexpert sysadmin who assists at a local school. We have a
> Debian box now for mail, squid, modem server and so on and they are very
> receptive to the idea of running Linux workstations and eventually
> breaking away from you-know-who.
> Booting Debian from the server.
> Home DIRs on a Debian/Samba box.
> Home DIRs on a straight Debian box.
> Using NFS mounted applications. (Star Office etc.)
> Using X in lieu of NFS and running things on the server.
> All this is way outside my experience so I really could use some help.
> Can anyone give me some URLs for information on how to set things up, or
> people to talk to?
In my school, we keep the home dirs on a NFS server (which, incidentally,
doesn't allow logins) and the autofs options to mount home directories
"on the fly". We also use NIS+ to keep all of our user data in line,
which makes it alot easier. I would not suggest using NIS+ though,
because Debian support is not good at this time. NIS works good, but
is an insecure protocol. Possibly look into OpenLDAP w/SSL for username
lookups? (We're looking into that ourselves lately). Here, we found it
easier to install all the applications locally with apt-get. After I
finish the first station, I put an image (dd | bzip2 -) up on the
network and then use my specialized version of tomsrtbt to image the
systems from a NFS mount.
Hope this helps.
Michael Janssen - Jamuraa
firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com