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Old 08-01-2008, 02:28 PM
Mon Sagullo
 
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----- Original Message ----
From: Gavin McCullagh <gmccullagh@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Desktop Install - Central Login ??


Hi,

On Thu, 31 Jul 2008, Mon Sagullo wrote:
> so all the
> students can use any of the computers with the same username and password
> - without me doing this manually on all the units?

You can do it, but you should _strongly_ consider learning NIS instead.
It's relatively quick to set up and it means new accounts automatically
propogate across all machines the moment you create them on the server.

*** https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNISHowTo

==> Thank you very much for this link.


> Any script to minimize this tedious routine would be much appreciated.

NIS (or better yet LDAP) is the real answer to this problem.* A little
reading and experimenting will make your life so much easier.

==> Another "thank you," and more to follow, am sure :-)
Your
desktops are on wireless?* If they're fixed to their locations, don't
use roaming mode.* Instead, use "manual configuration", set the essid, etc.
That will work more reliably.* You can usually set the BIOS to turn the
machine on at a particular time (eg 9am) and you can add a line to
/etc/crontab like this:

00 23*** * * **** root*** shutdown -r now

which will shutdown every night at 23:00.

==> Am really grateful for all of these tips. Though this "manual configuration" is something I have grown accustomed to doing with my personal laptop, and a few desktops in my workplace, any additional link-to-read on how to "automate" this on the computers in our lab would be great.*

==>Another "adventure" with Ubuntu happened earlier this afternoon :-) Our other ISP's provided configurations for our static IP works fine. Their provided-for DSL modem and
our Linksys WRT54Gs were happily working together. But* we are migrating to another ISP that provides a less expensive but faster connection. Before this new ISP with a different branded DSL modem (Prolink) activated our static IP, everything was fine too. But when their tech guy dropped by this afternoon with another same-brandand same-model DSL modem configured by them with the activated static IP - pffftt... :-(* Saving grace is, I made the decision to discontinue our subscription to the other ISP until the tech people of this new ISP have our new subscription humming.

==>Tomorrow, the tech people will come back for another crack at it :-)


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