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By mark_dunn ·
We're looking for creative tools and/or techniques for managing the PCs in our classrooms. We have numerous departmental training rooms and each department will not share their room with other departments because frequently the 'borrowing' department renders the PCs in the room unusable or, at least, not clean for the 'owning' department, either by installing an incompatible app, or allowing the students to perform other undesirable tasks on the machine.

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by jcurtis In reply to Tools or Techniques for m ...

A couple of different answers for you.
First, if you don't have one person in charge of training, (or at least the training equipment), it would be a good idea to get someone. They would be in charge of Re-imaging the computers, fixing them if they break, etc.
Second, I would use an MSAccess Database to manage the equipment itself. Have a history on each machine, asset tags on the machines, room location, etc. It would be important to know what hardware is where. Good luck.

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by jlivingston In reply to Tools or Techniques for m ...

I'll add a little to the imaging suggestion. We use Ghost here, and when a computer is done being used, we pop a boot disk in and reimage it. That way, no matter what the classes do to it, we can snap it back to the original configuration, with all of the apps we need. You could have an image on the server for every department, so whoever is using the training room could image the computers to their specifications.

Let me know if this helps.

Jason

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by Lizzy In reply to Tools or Techniques for m ...

We use Ghost here, also. This works great if all of the hardware in the training rooms is identical, but can cause problems if they are different. If the images created are less than 650MB, you can ghost them using the high compression, then copy them to a CD using a CD-Writer, use a boot diskette with CD-ROM drivers, then ghost from the CD back onto the PC whenever you need to. This works very well when you have different PC Hardware AND Software configurations. Good luck!

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by suraze In reply to Tools or Techniques for m ...

There was a lot of Cyber Cafe software that you can use for control your p.c .I believe you can download from internet site.

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by hank.knowles In reply to Tools or Techniques for m ...

If your running windows nt simply remove the administrator rights to the training ids, make it so only training ids can utilize these systems. If your running a desktop other than NT you could attempt to lock down the harddrive by revoking write capabilities to all except the temp directories.

If you have a server attached I simply would build an image on the server and rebuild the workstations each and every Friday evening.

I used to manage the technical training and sales demo equipment rooms and these things seemed to work best, I did strong arm one group of sales people by charging them internal $$$ to undo their fun they had with on of the networks...

Good Luck

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