We have a situation where a professor wants to use Blackboard Drive in a lab computer environment.
Because the users do not login or out of the computers, Blackboard Drive is a huge security concern for us as there is no way to enforce disconnecting the BB drives.
I know it's not a perfect solution, but is there any way to enforce a timeout of the BB drive connection to say, dismount the drive after X minutes of non-use, or require re-authentication after X minutes?
Thanks in advance!
Applications System Administrator - Blackboard
New York Institute of Technology
We are using Bb Drive at our college but don't have it deployed in labs. It's an interesting idea and something we should look into.
Do all of your users have unique logins to the PCs in the lab environment? Are they logging out after they complete their work on a lab machine, that will clear the connection.
With that said, I think this question may best be directed to behind.blackboard.com as there may be a configuration change that can be made in registry settings or another option.
Thanks Eric, a few more details:
No, the lab computer users do not login to Windows with their own accounts, I gather there is a local "default" user account on the machine.
I've looked through the configuration documentation for Drive, and there is no timeout or other way to force a drive disconnect that I can find, except explicitly logging out of Windows.
If I personally have a drive mapped on my workstation, it never EVER goes away. Maybe that is a configuration issue on the server itself?
Even if the drive were to require re-authentication after a certain period of time, that would be OK.
I asked this question here because I wanted to get others' input on this entire situation I will certainly open a case with BTBB to see if there is any actual technical solution to this.
My suggestion would be to setup the lab so that each student signs into Windows with a personal account. This will not only help in this situation, but other potential problems or violations of your campus AUA.
Changing the login policy of lab computers is tantamount to moving mountains... But I will definitely bring that up in the next staff meeting, it makes complete sense... to me.
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