Firmly On the Ground

Do you run a 1:1 student laptop program? Do your teachers and students do all of their work in the cloud, without any local system configuration? I have two questions for you.

What do you do when no cloud equivalent exists for a desktop application?
How do you provision network, antivirus, and security configurations?

Our desktop applications include:

  • Fathom
  • Geometer’s Sketchpad
  • ComicLife
  • Inspiration
  • LoggerPro
  • Flip4Mac
  • iBackup
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite

System configuration includes:

  • 802.1x system profile or WEP pre-shared key
  • Custom machine name (for network identification)
  • DHCP reservation (to assist with network identity)
  • Server certificate for Global Address List lookups
  • Sophos antivirus client
  • SafeConnect (network access control) client
  • Altiris (inventory and remote control) client
  • Allow remote administration via Apple Remote Desktop
  • Local administrator account for Apple Remote Desktop access
  • Apple administrator account to facilitate Apple repairs
  • Root user for some remote tasks

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