Are there any general recommendations for managing OS's on a portable laptop cart? The cart will be taken to educational labs and used for teaching job skills to prisoners. We want to reset all the laptops at the end of each semester so the new class doesn't end up with a hacked/messed up system.
We could make a master image and redeploy it each semester, but how do you automate the changing of the hostname (so each has a unique id on the network) and other machine specific settings? Are there better approaches?
ENVIRONMENT SETUP: - School for County Jail. - Used to teach Windows use, Office Suite, Photoshop, job skills. - Laptops used for (2) different classes each day. - Each class lasts 2-5 weeks before next next round of students.
HARDWARE SETUP: - Portable Cart with (25) Laptops, each running Windows 7. (identical hw) - The cart can provide power charging, and central (wired) network switch.
LIMITATIONS/COMPLICATIONS: - No Windows domain - Low/Limited Budget - The laptops will not have internet access. - Students try to hack/break OS/applications. - One laptop might be provisioned as a local server. - The laptops might not have local network access until they are back in the cart.
IDEAS SO FAR: - Linux Imaging server (clonezilla, FOG, ) - RIS server (if we can get a Windows 2008 license)