LanSchool Teacher Channel Assignment Using Group Policy

LanSchool Teacher Channel Assignment Using Group Policy

Overview

LanSchool provides an option to utilize a PowerShell script at teacher login to change the LanSchool Teacher channel to a unique channel from a CSV file. This is recommended for customers who are not using a LanSchool Connection Server or who wish to specify certain channel numbers to certain computers.

This guide can be using in conjunction with Deploying LanSchool Using Group Policy during the LanSchool Teacher Group Policy Deployment section.

System Requirements

  1. Group Policy Management rights
  2. Active Directory Users and Computer rights
  3. File Server access and permissions
  4. Access to LanSchool installation media (download from Customer Portal)
  5. Download the LanSchool GPO-Sample.zip  files.

LanSchool-GPO-Sample.zip files

 



File Name



Description



powershell-teacherChannel-CSV.ps1



Script file to read CSV file and update Teacher channel base on user that logged into machine



powershell-teacher-registry.ps1



Script file to set LanSchool registry key to full permissions for everyone – required when teacher is not a local admin



TeacherChannel.csv



CSV file used by powershell-teacherChannel-CSV.ps1 that contains the list of teacher’s AD name and channel number



regdemo.txt



TXT file used by powershell-teacher-registry.ps1 to define which keys to update and with what permissions


Modify Files

  1. Open powershell-teacherChannel-CSV.ps1 with a TXT editor (Notepad)
  2. Change $FileShare variable to the location of the TeacherChannel.csv
  3. Open TeacherChannel.csv with a TXT editor (Notepad)
  4. Edit with Teachers usernames and channel number
  5. Open powershell-teacher-registry.ps1 with a TXT editor (Notepad)
  6. Change the file share path variable to the location of the regdemo.txt

Active Directory Group Setup 

For more information about Active Directory Secure Mode, please see Configuring LanSchool Secure Mode
  1. On one of your Active Directory domain controllers, open Active Directory Users and Computers
  2. Create a “LanSchool Teachers” security group, the group name must be LanSchool Teachers for AD Secure Mode
  3. Add all teacher users into this group

Teacher Share Setup

  1. Choose a shared network folder you will be deploying from (e.g. \\ServerName\Shared). 
  2. Create a new folder called “LanSchool-Teacher
  3. Right-click on folder and go to Properties
  4. Click on the Sharing tab and select Advanced Sharing
  5. Check Share this folder
  6. Click Permissions
  7. Allow Full Control to Everyone
  8. Click OK
  9. Click OK in Advanced Sharing
  10. Go to Security tab
  11. Click Edit
  12. Add the “LanSchool Teachers” security group to permissions 
  13. Browse to the
  14. Upload Files
    1. powershell-teacherChannel-CSV.ps1
    2. powershell-teacher-registry.ps1
    3. TeacherChannel.csv
    4. regdemo.txt

Deploying Scripts

This section will walk you through the steps to deploy the scripts using the Group Policy Management Editor. This can be done during setup of the Teacher Group Policy Deployment

Ensure you are editing the LanSchool Teacher GPO in Group Policy Management Editor.

Setup Computer Startup Script

  1. In your domain controller open Group Policy Management.
  2. Locate your LanSchool Teacher GPO
  3. Right click and select Edit to open the Group Policy Management Editor
  4. Under Computer Configuration, go to Policies > Windows Settings
  5. Click on Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)
  6. Double-click on Startup
  7. Select PowerShell Scripts tab
  8. Select Add
  9. Browse for powershell-teacher-registry.ps1 on “LanSchool-Teacher” share
  10. Click OK

Setup User Logon script

  1. In Group Policy Management Editor, go to Computer Configuration, go to Policies > Windows Settings
  2. Click on Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)
  3. Double-click on Startup
  4. Select PowerShell Scripts tab
  5. Select Add
  6. Browse for powershell-teacherChannel-CSV.ps1 on “LanSchool-Teacher” share
  7. Click OK

Remove delay when running login script for users

  1. In Group Policy Management Editor, go to Computer Configuration, go to Administrative Templates > System
  2. Click Group Policy
  3. Enable the “Configure Logon Script Delay” setting
  4. Set minute to 0
  5. Click OK


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