Mass Deploying LanSchool Student for Windows

Mass Deploying LanSchool Student for Windows

Overview

The student.msi can be deployed using a software distribution tool like Group Policy, SCCM, or PDQDeploy  Below are command-line options to install LanSchool.

For insturctions on installing the Windows client on individual devices, see Installing LanSchool Student for Windows.

Refer to Planning Your Implementation for best practices on configuring channels and class lists.

Run msiexec.exe and each value should be set to a non-null value such as 1 to enable that feature. Msiexe.exe command-line parameters are found by running msiexec.exe. Msiexec.exe is a Microsoft program.

LanSchool Classic Parameters

CHANNEL=“X” Installs LanSchool with the Teacher Channel X. “X” must be an integer number from 1 to 16000.

ADVANCED_OPTIONS Required to set any of the following advanced options.

STEALTH_MODE An advanced option, that when set to a non-null value, prevents the LanSchool icon from being shown on the Student computer.

STUDENT_CHANGE_CHANNEL_MODE An advanced option, that when set to a non-null value, allows the student to change Teacher channels.

NO_KEYBOARD_MONITORING_MODE An advanced option, that when set to a non-null value, ensures that student keystrokes will not be captured on the Student computer.

NO_INTERNET_MONITORING_MODE An advanced option, that when set to a non-null value, ensures that Internet history will not be captured on the Student computer.

AD_SECURE_MODE When set to a non-null value, requires the Teacher or Student to enter Active Directory Security Mode. Only Teachers that are a member of the Domain User Group “LanSchool Teachers” will be able to manage those Students.

SECURE_MODE When set to a non-null value, the Password Secure version of the product is installed that requires a password be entered on the teacher console to connect to Student computers, which must also be installed in this mode.

PASSWORD A password is required when turning on Password Secure mode.

PASSWORD_CONFIRM Confirmation of the password is required when turning on Password Secure mode.

TASK_MANAGER_LIMIT An advanced option, that when set to a non-null value, allows the Teacher to decide to limit or not limit Task Manager and Activity Monitor.

ENABLECHANNELSELECT When set to a non-null value, allows the Teacher to change channels to view one or more classrooms.

ALLOW_DUMP_UPLOADS When set to 1 allows the problem reports to be uploaded to Stoneware.

LCS=IP Address of LanSchool Connection Service Will setup the student to communicate with the LanSchool Connection Service

RELAY=IP Address of webNetwork webRelay Server Will setup the student to communicate with the webNetwork webRelay so the student can participate over the Internet in LanSchool Distance Teaching.

ONLY_INSTALL_UPGRADE (Student.msi only) When set to 1 deploying the student.msi to an existing student will upgrade, rather than uninstall.

ENABLENETWORKTAMPERCONTROL=1 Install option for Students to turn on the Network tampering Detection feature.

SSID_WHITELIST_NETWORKS="net1+net2+net3+etc..."

ENABLE_SSID_WHITELIST=0 Will turn this feature off, to turn it on use it in conjunction with ENABLENETWORKTAMPERCONTROL.

STUDENT_PRIVACY_MODE=1 will turn on screen privacy on student machines and prompt the user if they want to allow their screen to be viewed by LanSchool teachers.

FOLLOW_RDP_DESKTOP student agent will follow the desktop of an RDP session, not just the console.

ALLOW_METRO_IE allows students to browse with Edge browser

INSTALL_CHROME_EXTENSION=1 OR =0 this will allow the student to install with OR without the Chrome extension for Limit Web

INSTALL_FIREFOX_EXTENSION=1 OR =0 this will allow the student to install with OR without the Firefox extension for Limit Web
INSTALL_EDGE_EXTENSION=1 OR =0 this will allow the student to install with OR without the Edge extension for Limit Web

ALLOW_BECOME_STUDENT=1 this will allow the teacher console to use the option to become a student if both clients are installed on a shared computer


Example Script

For example, if you want to silently install a Password Secure mode Student on channel 3, with a password of “test”, your script should look like this:

  1. Msiexec.exe /i "\student.msi" /qn ADVANCED_OPTIONS=1 SECURE_MODE=1 PASSWORD=test PASSWORD_CONFIRM=test CHANNEL=3 LCS=192.168.2.3 


Deploying LanSchool Classic Browser Extensions Using Group Policy 

LanSchool relies on the LanSchool Student client running on the student devices to enforce these policies. To support web limiting in most browser, a companion browser extension is also required. Some organizations prefer to manage the deployment of extensions through Group Policy.

Deploying Chrome Extension Using Active Directory Group Policy (GPO)

If the LanSchool student client fails to install the LanSchool Web Helper extension, or if you have an existing list of force installed extensions in the Chrome browser, you may need to create/modify the following Group Policy to deploy the extension to student Windows devices:
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console
  2. Navigate to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Google\Google Chrome\Extensions
  3. Go to "Configure the list of forced-installed apps and extension" and enable it.
  4. Click the Show button.
  5. Enter the following in an available line: honjcnefekfnompampcpmcdadibmjhlk;http://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx
  6. Deploy the policy, then refresh the Group Polices on the student machine.

Deploying the Edge Extension Using Active Directory Group Policy (GPO)

If the LanSchool student client fails to install the LanSchool Web Helper extension, or if you have an existing list of force installed extensions in the Edge browser, you may need to create/modify the following Group Policy to deploy the extension to student Windows devices:
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Navigate to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Edge\Extensions (Edge ADMX Templates Required)
  3. Go to "Control which extensions are installed silently" and enable it
  4. Click the Show button.
  5. Enter the following extension ID: hbonijggfojboimdmhilgnikbkeodiha
  6. Deploy the new policy and perform a Group Policy update on the student devices.
  7. Confirm that the LanSchool Web Helper extension was successfully installed.
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