Greetings from London UK! I am very happy to have found you. I am sorry I don’t speak German at all
I am researching solutions for a small primary school to extend the life of existing computers, add new computers and introduce open source to them. I have some questions which I hope you can answer please!
I will write the full details but here is a TL:DR
I am the network admin but not senior engineer level. I have experience with windows network management and VMs. I currently run a windows server 2012 with hyperV
Here are my questions, forgive me if I have not read the manuals in enough detail yet!
Can i run LMN as a VM in hyperV purely for managing linux clients? (All networking and firewall etc is already managed by windows servers)
Will it provide restriction policies of any kind if run like this?
Can I map network shares and create local users (I only need 7 users - each class uses the same account) either before making the image or after deploying using LMN management console?
Can i use any linux distro? I like Ubuntu 16 (and have tested Ubermix 3.5) but it does run too slow on netbooks
I am testing using android on netbooks - could LMN manage these or are they too custom?
I see that i can build dual boot images (windows and Linux) - could i do the same with android and linux?
We have a windows network (server 2012 and windows 7 clients) and a managed wireless network
The strategy is mobile:
60 netbooks which can go anywhere in school on wireless
A bunch of ipads (managed my meraki MDM)
15 classrooms with desktops PCs
8 touch screen Desktops
8 Admin Desktops and laptops
Due to support ending for W7 we have to refresh. The netbooks will not take W10 (BIOS too old). Similar with Desktop PCs
We have budget but not enough for a complete refresh - this is a perfect opportunity to introduce open source by extending the life of existing computers
My plan is to use lightweight linux (and android if possible but there are multiple issues) on the netbooks and buy small SSDs for them to help with speed
Our netbooks are great but old (2011) - N450 atom dual processors and 2GB RAM - they will cope with Ubermix3.5 but browsers like chrome and firefox are slow.
They are however good with Lubuntu
Youtube videos are only good at 360p whatever you run
Staff computers need to dual boot windows and Linux to help with making the transition
We have a good server and 1 year left on a MSVL contract. I would like to be in a position in 1 year to move completely to Open Source. Some admin staff may still need windows and this is manageable on a few computers
If this works out I want to use this school to showcase open source to other schools
I would welcome your general advice as well as specific answers to my questions
Still reading? The following is more for interest
Due to the popularity of chromebooks netbooks are back in fashion however this is serious competition for linux making progress in education
(Yes we can and will buy android tablets but they do not cover all use cases. Simply not having an attached keyboard can sometimes rule them out)
I am testing Android and chromium based operating systems on the netbooks (such as the android x86 project, Prime OS, Chromium Fyde Cr Os) with a view to managing them from Meraki MDM
The deal breakers are:
NFS of some kind - this is the hard one
Free or affordable open source office apps - there are a few but integration with NFS is rare
Management systems and restriction policies - Meraki MDM is good but not fully tested - I would like to use something like LMN
It goes without saying that I do not wish to use google accounts for everything from user accounts to managing printers to file storage. Or pay £30 per year per device for the privelige.
For 10 years the price point of a netbook/tablet has been around £300. Yet a 10 year old netbook with an SSD will fly with android or light linux. By now we should have £150 tablets and netbooks that can be easily deployed in the classroom without lock in and yearly management fees