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I finally solved a couple of pesky problems that have been plaguing me for a while.

  • Out at Koumala, I figured out that the managed switch had the majority of ports set to only allow admin traffic through; it turns out the configuration of it is based on its location in the school. IE, in an office; majority of ports is admin only. In a classroom; majority of ports is curriculum (student) only.

    A quick call to the district got it all sorted out. (Remotely configured managed switches rock!) I've been trying to set up a lab of student only machines in the room next to this managed switch, and wondering why I could only use a couple of ports on the switch.

  • Profiles, and how they work in Windows 95/98/98se/Me. As far as I can tell, there's no way to keep a single profile in a single location on the server and force certain users to use that particular profile.

    As far as Windows (not NT/2000) is concerned, the profile is in the root of the home directory. There's no way (that I know of) to set the location of the profile (separate from the home dir). I'll go have a rummage around in the NT registry anyway, just in case.

I'd also like it to **not** download a local copy of the profile (seeing as how the profile is about, oh, 20Mb - thank you MS clipart! *grumble*) when a user logs on, but then I guess I can't really have my cake and eat it too. It isn't such a problem on the newer machines, as with 20Gb hard drives standard, there's plenty to go around. Older computers with only a tenth of that tend to fill up quick, after a default install of Windows, Office 97 (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), Publisher 98, IE 5.5sp1, Frontpage 2000, and the minimum install of Encarta 2001.

We're getting Ghost soon! Thats right, *gasp *horror* we've never actually had Ghost here to play around with.

I've been throwing around the idea of getting all the newer machines in here upgraded to W2K Professional. It would make things a ton easier. Not to mention more stable. NT4 WS isn't viable seeing as it has zero USB support.


Steve P
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