I have been asked to find a new strategy to save cost, and that is through reducing the number of computers we buy every year as the university expands and require to open computer room for students. Before highlighting my approach, let me give you an overview of our current university setup.
Our structure and courses
- the university has around 2000 students, and we have 10 labs with 300 laptops. of course connected to domain controllers with shared drive and Microsoft office with other applications used in different courses. there are two type of courses:
A- Students that uses applications that require a high processing power.
B- Students that use laptops only for browsing, office and share drive access.
which of the following do you think is best to save cost without compromising access to shared data and user account management
A- Mix inviroments: In addition to our domain controller, setup terminal server. this way students who use computers for office, browsing and share access they can use terminal clients. this way we don't have to buy expensive laptops. The other remaining laptops is for heavy applications.
B- change whole domain to Terminal Server. with this scenario a powerful server has to be implements which will be expensive.
C- How about force students to bring their own laptops to use in class for browing and use Office 365, save their data on cloud, if possible grant teacher access these drives. in this case Internet connection will be single point of failure. what worries me in this senario is we may have to create one local account on local domain, another on cloud for office which will be difficult to manage. that is the one which is been highlited and asked me to see if possible.
If you think of better way please advice.
your idea is so important.