Secure Mode

Configuring LanSchool Secure Mode

Overview

LanSchool has two different, optional, security modes that can be enabled on installation called Password Secure Mode and Active Directory Secure Mode, and one or both may be selected.

If the options are not properly installed, however, a Teacher will not be able to communicate on the desired channel and Student access will be unavailable. Each feature has different purposes and requirements, so be sure to read carefully to choose which feature(s) may be beneficial for your environment.

If LanSchool is installed using the LanSchool Connection Service (LCS) the same process of selecting each mode must be leveraged during the installation of the LCS. 

Password Secure Mode

This mode requires teachers to type in a password when the console is launched to see students on a particular channel. This feature adds an extra level of security to prevent unauthorized Teacher Consoles from being able to interact with student devices.

  1. After double clicking on either the teacher.msi or student.msi file, continue through the install as previously described. To install the password protected version, check the box to Enable a security mode.
  2. Select Password Secure Mode.
  3. Type in a password and re-enter it to confirm.
  4. Repeat these steps for both Teacher or Student installations.


The password is required on the Teacher install so that if a teacher computer uses the “Become a Student” feature, it can still be secure.

When a teacher launches the console or changes channels, they will be prompted for a password to view the students on that particular channel or group of channels.

In the event that only a Teacher or a Student, but not both, was installed with Password Secure mode, the Student will not be accessible by the Teacher. This will be indicated by a Security Locked Out icon on the Student thumbnail. You can verify if this is the case by checking the version number on the Students. 

The password that is configured for the LCS needs to match the password of the students, otherwise communication will not occur between the teacher and student systems.
If the teacher's password is compromised, it will be necessary to re-install both Teacher and Student computers with a new password. 

Active Directory Secure Mode

LanSchool 9.0 has the ability to leverage Windows Active Directory to ensure that only authorized teachers can control students. This mode adds an extra level of security to prevent unauthorized consoles from being used. This mode will only function in an Active Directory Domain environment and on Windows 2000 or newer systems. To fully configure this mode, you must have Domain Rights to create and populate a domain User Group.
  1. After double clicking on either the teacher.msi or student.msi file, continue through the install as previously described. To install the password protected version, check the box to Enable a security mode.
  2. Select Active Directory Secure Mode.
  3. Repeat these steps for both Teacher or Student computers


To install the Active Directory Secure mode on the Teacher or Student using a script or Active Directory, refer to the section,  Mass Deploying LanSchool Student for Windows .

When in this mode, a teacher must be a member of the Domain User Group “LanSchool Teachers”. If the teacher is not a member of that group, then Active Directory Secure students will not interact with that teacher.

Using the appropriate Windows Server 2003 or 2008 Active Directory tools, create the "LanSchool Teachers" Domain User Group.

The "LanSchool Teachers" group must be created on the root of the domain. 

Once the group has been created, those same tools can be used to populate the group with the appropriate teachers.

If the Student has Active Directory Secure Mode enabled, then it will be Security Locked Out to any Teacher who was not installed with the Active Directory Secure Mode enabled (or is not a member of the “LanSchool Teachers” group). The restriction does not go the other way. An Active Directory Secured Teacher (who is also a member of the “LanSchool Teachers” group) will be able to control Students who do not have AD Secure Mode Enabled, without any restrictions.

The system that is hosting the LCS needs to be a member of the domain and can see the LanSchool Teachers Group, otherwise communication will not occur between the teacher and student systems.
Active Directory Secure Mode is not available yet for Mac Teachers, Mac Students, Chromebooks, Android, or iOS and limited support when domain functional level is set to Windows 2000 mixed or Windows 2000 native mode.

Version Identifiers

If you hover with your mouse over the icon in the Student system tray, it will show a version number something like: v9.0.6Ls, v9.0.2.6Sd, v9.0.6Sds

The lowercase letters are security identifiers, where “s” signifies Password Secure Mode, “d” signifies an Active Directory Secure Mode installation and “r” is appended to the version for Teacher and Student when connected through the LanSchool Connection Service.

The uppercase L and S are not actually security identifiers, rather they refer to the type of LanSchool install chosen. L is for the Lite version and S indicates a Subscription license. The system is designed to lock out any devices that don’t match security models. The Students will need to be reinstalled with the correct security mode option(s) in order to correct the security lock out issue.

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