Updating LanSchool Remotely

Updating LanSchool Remotely

Overview

LanSchool Classic for Windows and MacOS devices can be remotely upgrade multiple ways. Remote upgrades are helpful in updating many devices at one time quickly.

The LanSchool Classic Student Chromebook application is updated automatically.

First you will need to download the latest version of LanSchool from the LanSchool Classic Portal. If you do not have access to the Classic Portal you will need to contact either your IT Support, your LanSchool Sales Representative or LanSchool Support

If you do not have access to the latest version of LanSchool you will need to contact your sales representative to renew your license. 

Once the latest version is downloaded you can upgrade your LanSchool Teacher, Tech Console and Students multiple ways.

Remotely Updating Teachers and Students via LanSchool Connection Service

Updating 9.3 and above with the Licensing Key

The LanSchool Connection Service (LCS) can be configured to automatically deliver updated versions to Windows or macOS devices with LanSchool Teacher or LanSchool Student already installed and configured.

The automatic update process will update the version of the software and send out the licensing key to the teacher consoles but will not modify any configuration settings.

LanSchool Classic 9.3.0.12 and above supports sending out the licensing key using the the LCS. LanSchool Classic 9.3.0.4 does not support this feature.
  1. Update the LanSchool Connection Service to the latest version. In My Computer, go to the LanSchool product download location and double-click LCS.msi in the Windows>>Connection Server folder.

  2. Once the LCS is updated, copy the latest version of the teacher and student installers based on the type of devices in your environment.
    1. Windows: teacher.msi & student.msi
    2. macOS: lanschool_teacher_365.dmg, lanschool_student.dmg, mupdate.zip & mtupdate.zip

  3. Paste the teacher and/or student installers in C:\Program Files (x86)\LanSchool on the LCS.



  4. Add the licensing key to a .txt file and name the file LicensingKey. The licensing key can be found in the LanSchool Classic Portal.

  5. Move the LicensingKey.txt file in C:\Program Files (x86)\LanSchool on the LCS.

  6. Access Windows Services.



  7. Locate the LanSchool Connection Server Service and select Restart.



  8. Once the service has restarted, any connected device will be automatically updated to the version of LanSchool that was copied to the LCS and the teacher consoles will receive the Licensing Key. 

Updating 9.2 and below without the Licensing Key

LanSchool Classic version 9.2 and below does not require the LicensingKey.txt file when auto updating Windows and macOS teachers using the LanSchool Connection Service (LCS). 

The LCS can be configured to automatically deliver updated versions to Windows or macOS devices with LanSchool Teacher or LanSchool Student already installed and configured.
  1. Update the LanSchool Connection Service to the latest version. In My Computer, go to the LanSchool product download location and double-click LCS.msi in the Windows>>Connection Server folder.

  2. Once the LCS is updated, copy the latest version of the teacher and student installers based on the type of devices in your environment.
    1. Windows: teacher.msi & student.msi
    2. Mac: lanschool_teacher.dmg, lanschool_student.dmg, mupdate.zip & mtupdate.zip

  3. Paste the teacher and/or student installers in C:\Program Files (x86)\LanSchool on the LCS.
  4. Access Windows Services.
  5. Locate the LanSchool Connection Server Service and select Restart.
  6. Once the service has restarted, any connected device will be automatically updated to the version of LanSchool that was copied to the LCS.

Remotely Updating Students via the LanSchool Teacher Console

You can update Windows and macOS student devices from both Windows and macOS Teacher Consoles.
  1. Update the LanSchool Teacher Console to the latest version. Go to the product download location and double-click teacher.msi in the Windows folder or lanschool_teacher.dmg in the Mac folder.

  2. Once the teacher console is updated, copy the latest version of the student installer based on the type of student devices in your environment.
      • Windows student device: student.msi
      • macOS student device: lanschool_student.dmg & mupdate.zip

  3. Paste the student installer in the respected folder based on the type of teacher device.
      • Windows Teacher Console: C:\Program Files (x86)\LanSchool 
      • macOS Teacher Console: Applications/LanSchool

  4. In the Teacher Console, select which students you would like to upgrade in the teacher console.

  5. Once selected, go to Administer >> Update LanSchool on Selected Students.

  6. Select Yes to confirm the update.

  7. The student devices may disappear from the teacher console for a short while and then reappear updated to the version of LanSchool that was copied to the teacher device.

Remotely Updating LanSchool Teachers and Students via the LanSchool Tech Console

You can update Windows and macOS student and teacher devices from both Windows and macOS Tech Consoles.
  1. Update the LanSchool Tech Console to the latest version. Go to the product download location, open the TechConsole folder and double-click on TechConsole.msi for Windows or lanschool_tech_console.dmg for macOS.

  2. Once the Tech Console is updated, copy the latest version of the student or teacher installers based on the type of student and teacher console devices in your environment.
      • Windows: teacher.msi & student.msi
      • macOS:  lanschool_teacher.dmg, lanschool_student.dmg, mupdate.zip & mtupdate.zip

  3. Paste the student and/or teacher installers in the respected folder based on the type of Tech Console device.
      • Windows Tech Console: C:\Program Files (x86)\LanSchool Tech Console
      • macOS Tech Console:  Applications/LanSchool

  4. In the Tech Console, select which students and/or teachers you would like to update.

  5. Once selected, go to Manage >> Update LanSchool on Selected Users.

  6. The next window prompt will ask if you would like to retain current settings or update the students and/or teachers with  new settings. Select which option(s) you would like to use.

  7. The next prompt will require you to input either a Local Admin Account  or  Domain Admin Account credentials that have correct permissions to push out the update(s).
    Updating macOS devices will require a root admin local account
  8. The devices may  disappear from the Tech Console for a short while and then reappear updated to the version of LanSchool copied to the Tech Console device.

Additional Methods to Update LanSchool

  • Manually update each Teacher and Student device by running the latest installers
  • Mass Deploy the update using a scripted installation, software deployment tool, or Group Policy.

    • Related Articles

    • Using the LanSchool Tech Console

      Overview The use model for Tech Console is quite similar to LanSchool Teacher consoles. The Tech Console can be launched from the LanSchool icon in the system tray for Windows or from the dock icon on Mac. The Tech Console includes a number of ...
    • Troubleshooting "Sleeping" Students in the LanSchool Connection Server

      Overview The LanSchool Connection Server cannot detect if the student device is asleep, shutdown or disconnected from the network. Due to this design, it will leave the student in a "sleeping" state and wait for it to come back later. On the Teacher ...
    • Installing LanSchool Teacher for Windows

      Overview The following instructions will assist you with manually installing LanSchool Classic Teacher Console on a single Windows device. For information on installing the student client or mass deploying LanSchool throughout your organization, see ...
    • Remotely Configuring Mac Teacher Console after Installation

      Update March 26, 2024: Release of macOS 14.4 has broken the ability to use SSID Whitelisting. Anyone currently using SSID Whitelisting, it is recommended to delay updating to macOS 14.4 until this issue has been fixed. Overview If changes need to be ...
    • Installing the LanSchool Report Server

      Overview The Report Server retains the software and hardware inventory information scanned from Student machines. If it is installed in combination with LanSchool v9.0 Classroom Management software, inventory information from Teacher machines is also ...
    • Popular Articles

    • Limiting Website Use

      Overview To block troublesome or distracting websites or limit students to a select few websites pertinent to the class, use the Limit Web feature in LanSchool Classic. The teacher can choose to restrict all web activity, allow only certain websites, ...
    • LanSchool Classic Teacher Guide

      LanSchool Classic Teacher Console The LanSchool Teacher Console is the interface teachers will use to manage their classroom and students. It contains all the tools necessary for a teacher to effectively interact with students and create a ...
    • Installing LanSchool Teacher for Windows

      Overview The following instructions will assist you with manually installing LanSchool Classic Teacher Console on a single Windows device. For information on installing the student client or mass deploying LanSchool throughout your organization, see ...
    • Latest Release Notes

      LanSchool Classic Release Notes Customers with an active LanSchool subscription will have access to download the latest version from the LanSchool Classic Portal. For instructions, see Downloading LanSchool Installers. LanSchool Classic 9.3.0.12 ...
    • Blanking Student Screens

      Overview Blank student screens on your channel and disable student keyboards and mice. This feature is useful when you want to lecture without the distraction of students playing with their computers, or you need to quickly gather their attention. ...
    • Recent Articles

    • Using Assessment Mode

      Overview Assessment Mode allows an Administrator or Teacher to put student devices into a secure, locked mode in order to take a test or exam. When applied, the students devices enter Assessment Mode. During this mode the Teacher can't interact with ...
    • Downloading LanSchool Classic Installers

      Overview LanSchool Classic Downloads are accessed in LanSchool Air. Classic customers will see all their information, expiration and licensing keys in LanSchool Air. Admins who use both LanSchool Classic and LanSchool Air only need to manage one ...
    • Configuring LCS Redirection

      Overview In multiple LanSchool Connection Service scenarios, LCS Redirection allows administrators to set a default student LCS configuration where a MASTER LCS will send students to their correct LCS. The choice of LCS is configured based on the IP ...
    • Deploying LanSchool Classic Using Jamf Pro

      Update March 26, 2024: Release of macOS 14.4 has broken the ability to use SSID Whitelisting. Anyone currently using SSID Whitelisting, it is recommended to delay updating to macOS 14.4 until this issue has been fixed. Overview The LanSchool Classic ...
    • Disabling Fast User Switching

      Overview LanSchool Classic does not support Windows Fast User Switching feature. The student client will not function properly when the computer is switched to a second user account. It is recommended to disable Fast User Switching in order for the ...