[plug] Student access to school networks

Tim Basten tbasten at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 13:01:37 UTC 2014

Hey Kevin,

I don't work for a school but we consult for a number of large number of
private schools and maintain the networks. Here is my suggestion, boot camp
the Mac with so that it meets the it managers ego. Once that's done they
should give you the login detail. Then, providing there are no other
caviets, you should be able to then access the shares on OSX(or whatever it
is) using the same detail. Then you can blow away the boot camp partition.
The IT manager will then be none the wiser (no garantee on this one sorry)

Realistically it's the schools business manager/principles decision that's
causing the problem. The IT manager has to enforce it.
On 11/03/2014 6:21 pm, "Kevin Shackleton" <krshackleton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I have a situation where my daughter is attending a leading independent
> government school and because she is using her own UNIX (ok, it's a Mac) PC
> instead of leasing one through the school, the school won't give her a
> logon for the shared drives.  These drives are used to pick up and drop off
> school work.
> The school's original position was "the Department policy prevents . .".
> I contacted the Department of Education and received:
> "The development and implementation of SOE version 4.2 in schools has
> enabled local decisions to be made regarding which of these online services
> are made available to staff and students.  This strategy directly supports
> the philosophy of Independent Public Schools and ensures that Western
> Australian public schools can be individual, distinctive and responsive to
> their local communities while still benefiting from being part of a system.
> "
> I wonder if anyone is working in a position where they might cast light on
> why school IT managers are so parochial in the 21st century? What is it
> they fear?
> Thanks
> Kevin.
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