A very comprehensive software suite for sharing files on he network with account control. With iOS apps and other devices.
It even include something like drop boxes for assignment submission.
However, it does NOT link with LDAP server, but merely pull the user structure from the directory server.
In one of the open session we discussed how schools manage backups. CIS shared their strategy- a 1TB hard drive. They gave each students a 1TB hard drive to backup their Mac using Timemachine. As for teachers they have some heavy AC powered portable hard drive for users to backup their machines. The main idea is: Take care of your own files!
Think about it, you never ask the caretaker to backup your school bag in the old days, why should the IT department backup your files?
In the future, maybe it is a good idea to include the portable drive in the
laptop purchase package for new students.
Casper deploy and inventory system
How do you know how many computers are using snow leopard and running a copy of Adobe in your company?
Casper sounds like a one stop store to do all these. It creates images in component form so in theory you can create a base image and then add different applications or software packages in the client machines. It also provides a centralized control for checking system status, system policies update and routine inventory check.
It also allows administrators manage iOS devices. As for some specific applications (e.g. ILife), you may have to backup before you start the laptop/desktop (by putting the computer to a target disk mode- press t while booting).
Different component in Casper suite