How will Windows 7 help schools – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

Today’s “half-term training session” is the one that will hopefully give the The Angry Technician a reason to smile!

We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they are so keen to get on with teaching & learning, that they throw caution to the wind. Here’s a quick Vox Pop Quiz – see how many of these things have happened in your current school:

If you’ve ticked any of the boxes, then hopefully the following material will help you feel a warm glow of anticipation.

The 25 minute lesson covers BitLocker (which you may already know from Windows Vista, but it has added more control for easily securing pesky memory sticks) and AppLockers. It’s AppLocker which I think will make you smile. It allows you fine granularity of control over what software can, and can’t, be installed or run on your school computers. It’s more sophisticated than a “Lock it all down!” approach, and might be a good solution to allow you to devolve more control to teachers over their ‘own’ laptops, without opening the floodgates to a software-installing-and-licensing nightmare.

Even though I can’t claim to understand what a Hash Key is, I found the level and pace of the material perfect – it tells a very clear story, very well.

Learning Snack - Introducing Windows 7


 Learning Snack: Introducing BitLocker and AppLocker in Windows 7 

Comments (1)

  1. AngryTechnician says:

    Yes, it did make me smile a little. Despite our users not having administrative rights, those games which can be run without installing have been a pain to lock down. BitLocker for USB drives will also mean that my headache of trying to deploy TrueCrypt will now go away!

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