High School Computer Lab Network set up to prevent cheating

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Network security
Network Shared Folder
Permissions and settings
Security in 2010
Shared folders
Windows XP Professional
I am trying to set up the network in my classroom to prevent students from stealing, renaming, deleting, etc. other students' work on the shared folder. Before the teacher's computer died, I was able to set up the permissions as write only, but the smart student could still rename someone's file if it stayed in the shared folder. Now that my computer is back, I no longer have the option to set permissions. I have asked for a digital drop box, but the only program that we could use for that is moodle-- free, a pain in the neck, and no instructions. Any suggestions? I know that you can protect documents in Word so that no one else can make changes, but we use many other programs other than Word. Please help!!

Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP Professional/Dell OptiPlex GX620/Processor:x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~3391 Mhz

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It is better u have to download a 3rd party software called “Lock Folder”. Just download and setup this, then u may able to do what u want.

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  • Dwiebesick
    It would help to have more information: are you in a domain or workgroup envirioment? do you have any servers? do the students all use one computer or do you have a lab with multible computers? how do they logon? as individuals or a common logon?
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  • Rollinsm3
    Here is the more information that was requested: I am not sure if I am in a domain or workgroup environment. I think that it was set up as a domain before the hard drive died, but now it is set up as a workgroup because I am no longer gettting the security tab option when I right click and choose properties. We have our own server at the school. It is a computer lab with a total of 24 student computers & 1 teacher computer. There is not a logon screen at all (which I would love to change).
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  • Dwiebesick
    From the discription, I suspect that this computer is in a workgroup and not on a domain. How do the other student lab computers logon? Do they have a logon screen where you can select a logon such as 'This computer' or a domain name? Do you have a tech coordinator for your school? What you want to achieve is totally doable, but there is a moderate network knowledge skill set required. Some basic items would be to 1. set the local administrator password (record and keep safe) 2. set passwords for any other local user 3. check local administrators security group for membership 4. join the computer to your domain (i am making the assumption there is a domain and not just a server in a workgroup enviroment) 5. use group policy to do Folder Redirection on the My Documents folder 6. if desired, establish a Home Folder in the students domain profile (establishing proper share and NTFS permissions on these folders and shares)
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  • Chippy088
    It is definately uncontrollable if there is not a user login and password option. These are used to allocate permissions on the file server/domain etc. It is not something that can be done on the fly. Planning is needed.
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  • Rollinsm3
    We do have a tech coordinator for our school system, but he is very busy and rarely gets back with you within a few months. There is not a log on screen (which I would love to change) for the students. The students turn the computers on, and they have instant access. I do have a local administrator password. I know that it will require a lot of planning to do what I want to do, and I do not have much experience with setting up a network, but if someone would direct me, I know that I can do it.
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  • Dwiebesick
    You need to coordinate this as you will be joining the computers to the domain. If you have permission, here is a brief how to, Join Workstation to Windows Domain These instructions assume you have a local administrator account on the workstation, you must create one or have the existing user of the machine create one for you. You should not use the same administrator account and password for every single workstation in the faculty; however it is advised that you use a common administrator password for groups of local machines i.e. for a single laboratory or a group of related staff machines. This will enable administration of these sets of machines to be delegated to appropriate IT staff without giving them administrator access to all of the machines in the faculty and in the event of a compromise limit the impact this has overall. 1. Log onto the workstation with a local administrator account (If the novell netware client is installed, then select the logon to workstation as it is the only option) 2. Right click “My Computer” and select properties. 3. Select change to rename the computer or join the domain. 4. Change the computer name (the name should conform to your established naming convention), If already done, then go to step 7. 5. Allow the changes to come into effect, by clicking ok in the following dialogue box. 6. Restart the workstation by clicking yes. 7. Repeat steps 1 to 3, Select Member of a Domain, and enter the name of you domain i.e. contoso.local. (If you are unsure then go to a computer that is on your domain and check its name) In the subsequent box enter the name of an authorised faculty/school support staff member or other network account to join this computer to the domain. 8. When the account has successfully validated and the computer has been added, you will see the Domain Welcome message. 9. Allow the changes to come into effect, by clicking ok in the following dialogue box. 10. Restart the workstation by clicking yes. 11 When finished go to computer management (right click on My Computer icon), Local Users and Groups, Users (remove and/or set passwords on all user accounts that are enabled). Then select Groups and open Administrators (right panel) and check to see the accounts that are members. Remove any that should not be there. 12. Move the computer to the proper Organizational Unit in Active Directory (on a domain controller).
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  • Jimmydee
    I am experiencing similar cheating with 8th graders - did anyone ever get a straight and relatively free answer on this?
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  • Stevesz
    What you need to do is going to be a lot of work. First, ensure you have a backup of th eshared folder. Second, you will need to go to each computer. At each computer, you will need to ensure that they are in the same WORKGROUP, since that is what you seem to have is a workgroup, not a domain. Check the workgroup in the My Computer properties will definitely tell you whether you are in a workgroup or domain. If it is indeed a workgroup, change the default name to a unique name, maybe ROLLINS <g>. Third, the students may well be logging in as administrator. Check the users on the machine. Give the administrator account a password, one that is not easy to guess (you can keep this password consistent across the machines in the workgroup). Give each student using that machine a unique username and password for the machine the student is, or will be, using. At best, give them a power user status--do not give them administrator status, since that will defeat the purpose you have in mind. Do not forget to do this on your machine as well--and set it up in the same manner as the others, but you can give yourself administrator rights on your machine. The shared folder should be on your machine. Under the shared directory create your sub-directories, one for each student, and give each student rights only to their directory. For the shared directory, at most, give it read only rights for everyone, but your best bet is to only let them list the various directories in the shared directory. Go back to each machine and map a drive to the directory for that student. This is not a fool proof method of preventing cheating. Students can still share passwords or pass around their files to others, but once the work is in the user's directory, no one will be able to change it in any manner without another student explicit permission to use their assigned machine with the username and password give to them. Also, keep in mind that there is no real technological solution to a personal problem.
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  • jinteik
    Rolinsm3, the reason why you dont see the security tab is because Simple file sharing has been enabled. Remove that and you will be able to see the Security Tab
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