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ServerAtSchool features

Here is an overview of ServerAtSchool 1.0 features in layman's terms. A list of possibilities using a more technical terminology can be found at the bottom of this page.

Documents

  • On every workstation in school you can work with your own documents.
  • You can share documents with workgroups like faculty, staff, principals, healthcare committee, pupils, etc.
  • At home you can work with the documents on the school server via an encrypted (safe) connection.
  • Hourly backups of all documents. Very easy system (requires no systems administrator intervention) to restore lost documents.
  • Teachers can simply copy material to pupils folders.
  • Teachers can check pupils folders.
  • Every pupil or grade has its own 'My Documents' folder with automatic backups which they can manage themselves.

Web

  • Internet access on every computer in school. Safe access when necessary.
  • One or more websites for the school.
  • A Content Management System specially designed for primary education.
  • Pupils have their own webpages, supervised by teachers.
  • Easy maintenance of the website from everywhere, lots of optional extras (multiple calendars, guestbook, photo allbum, etc.)
  • Internal website for web based educational software.
  • Intranet (with password protection) for faculty and staff.
  • Webmail (see below).

Electronic mail

  • Webmail with fine grained access control: no access, only accessible at school, acessible from anywhere, access from specific locations outside the school.
  • Unlimited number of e-mail addresses and aliases.
  • All mail, including attachments, is scanned for computer virusses.

User management

  • Very simple account creation and management of pupils, groups of pupils, faculty, teams, working groups, staff, etc.
  • Promoting pupil accounts or groups to the next grade with a couple of mouseclicks. Easy excluding of pupils that need to repeat a grade.
  • Flexible import function for pupil data (name, grade, etc.) This permits mass creation and mass-promotion to the next grade of pupil accounts.
  • Workgroups (for example, healthcare committee, parents council, board of directors, etc.) can have shared folders. Exchange of documents is very easy, also from home.

Programs

  • Roaming profiles: when users log in they automatically get their programs.
  • Very simple management and assignment of software for groups and individual users.
  • CD images are created on the server with two mouseclicks. They can be played everywhere. No hassling with CD's in school, No CD player in computers in school. No wear and tear of CD's.

Security

  • A complete system for backups that need NO attention. No fiddling around with tapes, removable racks, USB devices, etc.
  • Everyone owns his own backups that are automatically made. No sysadmin or ICT person needed to search through backups.
  • Encrypted backups of the complete server can safely be stored at a partner school. So, in case of a fire, within two days the server with all its valuable content can be up and running again.
  • Free virusscanner for the Windows client computers.
  • Restore a broken Windows OS in minutes by downloading its image from the server.
  • Double backup of the school's management system (financial administration, pupils administration, etc.). This backup can also be encrypted.

Hardware/System

  • Works on older client computers.
  • Gives good performance, also on older server hardware.
  • When a computer crashes, or someone ruins Windows, you have a new operating system in 10 minutes.
  • Protection against viruses and spam with free programs.
  • Protection against intruders (firewall).
  • Off site management of the server with a safe and encrypted connection.
  • The system software is very stable and desighned for mission critical applications.

Documentation

  • The server is 100% documented. Of every part a comprehensive descriptions is available (installation, configuration, the available services, optimisations, etc.)
  • The client installation is fully documented (workstation setup, software installation, tweaks, etc.).
  • Extensive end user documentation.

ServerAtSchool features (in technical terms)

Basics

  • A robust and safe server (Linux-kernel 2.4.29 with GRSecure security patch).
  • Robust filesystem (ReiserFS).
  • Automatic performance of tasks per hour/day/week/month (Vixie Cron 3.0.1).
  • Connection to internet via cable or xDSL.
  • Secure shell (OpenSSH 3.9p1).
  • System is unaccessible for normal users (chroot'ed environment).
  • Nameserver (Bind 9.2.4).
  • Automatic processing of logfiles (Logcheck 1.1.1).
  • Port scan detetion and blocking via firewall (Portsentry-1.1-1).
  • Programmable webserver (Apache 2.0.53 with PHP 4.3.10).
  • Database server (MySQL 4.0.23a).
  • Mailserver (Exim 4.44).
  • Protection against spam, integrated in mailserver (Spamassassin 3.0.2).
  • Protection against viruses integrated in mailserver (ClamAV 0.83).
  • Workstions can be protected agaist viruses via server with auto-update of virusdefinitions(ClamAV 0.83)
  • POP3-server (tpopd 1.5.3).
  • Windows fileserver (Samba 3.0.7).
  • Automatic IP-address assignment for clients (ISC DHCP 3.0p12).
  • Limitation of used disk space for users (Quota 3.09).
  • Automatic time synchronization for server and clients (Ntp 4.2.0).
  • Auto update (security fixes) of the system (Autoupdate 5.2.16).
  • Content management system for website (Site@School 2.3.03).
  • Hourly backup of 'My Documents' (BU 3.3beta + patch).
  • Nightly (encrypted) backup; on-site and off-site (REOback 1.0 + patch, des 4.04b).
  • Simple, web based tools for users and application management.(Janitor 0.9.6).

Basic options server

  • Proxyserver (Squid 2.5).
  • Firewall (GIPtables 1.1a en IPTables 1.2.11).
  • Webmail (Squirrelmail 1.4.3a).
  • Mailing lists (Mailman 2.1.2).
  • Utilities, for example for USB-disk (usbutils 0.11, hotplug 2002_04_01).

Basic options clients

  • Making/restoring disk images for Windows-clients (G4U 1.17).
  • Virtual CD on Windows-clients (Daemon Tools 3.46).
  • Access to 'My Documents' at school from home computer via an encrypted connection (WinSCP 3.6.1).
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