Student laptop lock-down

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I need to lock-down some student laptops that are running XP home on a wireless network. Where can I get the registry edits to do this? If only they came with XP pro?
ASKED: December 22, 2005  8:09 AM
UPDATED: December 27, 2005  4:43 PM

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That would depend on what you want locked down.

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  • Rjournitz574
    Badfinger: Having worked for a university there is the deeper question of can you legally lock down a device not owned by the school that you need to consider. Take that one to your lawyers. If they say its okay then you must consider not only what you want to lock down by the why you need to lock down. In my situation it was simply that we wanted to insure any device on the universities network had the latest software and security patches applied, the XP firewall turned on, and the supported AV product installed and updated. To that end scripts were written that would check and if necessary force all updates to be applied as well as install the supported AV product. An unsupported AV product was uninstalled prior to installing the supported one. Once the above was completed then they were allowed to register their laptop on the internal network. Windows XP Pro was the only OS supported by the university for student owned machines and any other OS was given an IP address that allowed internet access only. They could never access the university internal network resources. Students were able to purchase XP-Pro at the greatly reduced educational price and could install it either themselves or for a small fee have one of the technicians assist them. My institution created a policy that informed any student, new or otherwise and months in advance of a semester start, of the network restrictions which they had to accept either manually or digitally when they attempted to obtain a DHCP assigned IP address and their MAC address was registered for use on the network routers and switches. No static IP addresses are allowed on the network unless pre-approved and issued by the networking department. You must also consider what you will do when the student leaves the institution by graduation or semester end. Depending on what you lock down their laptops may not be able to function off campus. One product that you can look at and which I made extensive use of that locked down an entire system is called ?DeepFreeze?. Note that due to licensing restrictions I could only install this on desktops and laptops owned by the institution. I used it in community labs and on department laptops which students were able to loan-out for short periods on time. Hope this helps. RWJ
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  • BadFinger
    The students share these laptops. I've got them locked down with exception of the logoff button and the right mouse click. Wouldn't want curiosity to spoil things for the next class.
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  • X16wda
    You should look at the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit... that should take care of your needs and it's free. The FAQ is at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/faq.mspx, see if that will do what you want.
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