|Freedom Area School District Director of Technology Matt Scala is on duty at Thursday’s school board meeting, which took place with laptops replacing the traditional agendas and other documents.
“We’re issuing laptops to the school board members…but we need something that will allow them to make changes to the machine, connecting digital projectors and adjusting the display settings but allow us to restore the machine, perhaps remotely, when the school board members mess it up without losing their data.”
- Active Directory policies are set in this environment to lock machines down so they can’t adjust their display settings.
- Since you can’t adjust display settings, when you connect the laptop to a digital projector, it won’t work as expected. The failure to meet school board member expectations has other consequences beyond that of a computer not working.
- School board members will mess up their computer, whether by visiting a site infested with malware–and these days, that could be a school district web site–or being infected with a virus on a USB flash drive. How can we restore the computer while safeguarding school board member data (e.g. documents, files)?
- The laptop needs to be managed remotely in case the school board member finds him/her-self in a situation where the computer is nonfunctional due to malware.
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