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I can't seem to find an answer to this myself and have come across several barriers to trying to even get started on it.

The background is:

  • I manage the systems and technologies used by 60 schools across 4 countries
  • The number of unique classes we offer is roughly 1,000 per country, so the content includes 1,000 .PPT, .PDF, .DOC, .MP3, .SWF and/or .MP4 files (many classes contain extra reading material, movies and audio examples)
  • We set the content schedule (which classes to teach each week) centrally, then each school schedules them according to the needs of their students. Right now each school uses Windows 7 and they must get the classes via FTP each week.
  • Right now the files are password protected by their author, which, given human memories and company churn rates, is creating a lot of double work.

For this many files, to this many schools, this doesn't really work.

What I imagine is a scheduled/automated DFS system that lets us push the content to each school 3 weeks at a time (meaning teachers can teach this week and prepare 2 weeks in advance). At the same time, I'd like to include some network or file security that ensures the materials remain read-only and can't be copied off the network.

I have no idea how to get started on this, or if it's even possible. I don't even know what I should be considering, besides the obvious. I really welcome the advice and questions of anyone familiar with sort of thing!

  • This has been asked many times before. If a file can be read, it can be copied. – user55325 May 22 '14 at 3:18
  • OK, thanks. These didn't come up when I was searching/composing the question. Still, this only addresses a fraction of the overall question. Thanks for the help, though. – brendanc May 22 '14 at 3:19
  • If you want to keep anyone (students, I guess) from accessing the files, you will need some kind of encryption (I guess you could give people flash drives with keyfiles instead of making them remember passwords...). – user55325 May 22 '14 at 3:21

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