setting up an internet cafe

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by h2009, May 19, 2008.

  1. h2009 macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    A friend of mine was asking a question on how he can stop an attacked (which is currently happening to his shop) from damaging his business. He runs an amateur internet cafe which needs a complete rework.

    The first though that came to mind was to setup a system which works much like a school network or computers which bootup from a server.

    I.e. once a user is logged on and there time expires, the computer 'restores' a backup from the server, thus wiping any programs, webpages, cache which were on there.

    Can anyone point me to anything that can i suggest to him to read on?

    Also any particular software which can created timer/logon system - i.e. to allow users to see how long they have left of there sesson - and extend it if need be.

    Basically i think it would be best to rebuild his system from ground up, so any information would be great.

    thank you
     
  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    OS X Server (Leopard):

    See this document regard to booting computers from a network volume and restoring them to an standard configuration : http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/features/client.html.

    Leopards built in Parental Controls could be used to time a users access and stipulate which applications they can use. Perhaps this can be could be configured centrally using Automator. See this : http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/parentalcontrols.html

    Not sure what else to suggest. Its a difficult one.
     
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    So this is a Mac internet Cafe?

    Either way i would start off with a m0n0wall to run the captive portal login. Then a RADIUS server to manage who gets login privileges etc.

    EDIT:

    So if its a all macs. Just use a very locked down guest account as that data is deleted when they log out. then setup a captive portal system off m0n0wall(or something similar)
     
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    is this an all mac cafe? i would think that would be difficult as a huge percent of the people that walk in are probably used to PC and have no idea or no interest in using a mac. I mean its certainly not difficult but you know alot of people dont want to even bother, or have absolutely no sense of technology.
     
  5. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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  6. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    Use a limited account, if it's on a Mac. That way, you get complete control over the account.
     
  7. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I will 2nd that on the sole reason that The Mac Cast recommended it, i listen to that podcast and he always has good tips. He recommended Deep freeze a few times and i think you should give it a try.
     
  8. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    I can't comment about Deep Freeze on the Mac, but the libraries in my city run DF on the public access PC's. It's great, the public think they are doing things until a reboot.
     

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