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    Novell + ZenWorks = Screwed

    My school computers are extremely gay. 40mb disk space per student. (networked drive) They have a proxy app that unless it's being run on the master computer (teacher's desk) there is no access to the internet over IE, (mail, aim, ftp, etc. still worked though). Everything was fine before when I could throw my thumb drive in and run portable FF. But recently they restricted running executables PERIOD, unless they are through the ZenWorks application launcher.

    Recently, someone gave me the great idea of just running BartPE with the FF plugin. BartPE runs fine and I even have un-restricted access to the whole drive on the local machine but I can't configure the network settings because I have no access to the prior windows settings (if it isn't in the app launcher you can't run it, including control panel & network settings) The school network doesn't use DHCP and they have custom DNS, Subnet, and Gateway.

    I need to do one of three things:

    1.) Find a way to run executables (standalone)
    2.) Find an alternative to *.exe for a browser
    3.) Find a way to view all network settings on the Novell system for use in BartPE

    I know I can find all the TCP/IP settings in:
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces"

    But there lies the same problem and then some, I can't run regedit (or cmd) and I can't access the registry anyway.

    I posted in noob questions because there is no real "Novell Security" board and I'm a noob for being in school, I guess. I have my A+ and Net+ if that counts for anything

    Any help what so ever would be greatly appreciated, I'm not trying to be a destructive student or even do any harm to the school computer(s). But I deserve a lot more local privliges than some of the idiots sitting next to me but oubviously that isn't a viable complaint to the in house IT specialist (who btw, is a dickhead).

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    I am sure that if the school went to that expense and means to secure the workstations than they have a pretty decent Acceptable Use Policy. I suggest you read it twice before attempting anything else with their workstations.

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    What kind of school is this? College? If so, do they provide a wireless access point where you can just bring in your laptop and use your own PC?

    You don't "deserve" anything... doesn't matter who you are. They made the restrictions on purpose in order to protect their machines and their network. That is their job. Its what they get paid to do. Its a shame they didn't do a better job...

    You are no different than any of the other students there. Want more privledges? Ask for them. Maybe you'll be able to show them you know more than most and they'll make an exception for you? Or maybe they'll let you help with various tasks around the school for more privledges.

    Anyway, if you really wanted to see what it is, look to the physical and data link layers for your answer... <sniff> I think I'm getting a cold... </sniff>
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    My school computers are extremely gay.
    I wasn't aware the computers had sexual orientations. Learn something new every day.

    40mb disk space per student. (networked drive)
    Text does not that that much space up.

    I need to do one of three things:

    1.) Find a way to run executables (standalone)
    2.) Find an alternative to *.exe for a browser
    3.) Find a way to view all network settings on the Novell system for use in BartPE
    Go speak to the principal about getting expelled. The lockdowns are so you can pay attention to what's going on, learn something (what that is TBD) and be able to work at a job somewhere other than flipping burgers. Net2Infinity is dead on that it's likely an AUP issue.
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    Originally posted here by MsMittens
    I wasn't aware the computers had sexual orientations. Learn something new every day.
    They don't, that's why it's "das Computer" and not der or die
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    My school computers are extremely gay. 40mb disk space per student
    Can I have one?

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