Managing Law School Chromebooks

This is a collection of tips on how to manage the law school Chromebooks.

Login to the Google Admin console for Emory

  1. Visit http://www.google.com/a/emory.edu
  2. Login with the credentials provided (in our case, this involves a request to LITS). Passwords are not synced. You will be given an initial password. After that, it’s up to you to change it and to keep track of it.
  3. Do not set up GMail.
  4. Click on “Device management” to manage Chrome devices.

Click on chrome management

Click on “Chrome management” to open the menu for managing Chrome devices.

Click on “Device settings”

  1. Click on Device Settings.
  2. Double-check the organization settings to verify that you are in the “law” OU. In the screenshot you can see that there are multiple OU’s at Emory.
  3. In addition, you can define different sub-OU’s to contain device policies. In the screenshot below, I created two sub-OU’s because I wanted different policies for kiosk machines as opposed to loaners.
  4. To manage settings for the “kiosk” OU, click on kiosk before making any changes. In the screenshot below, any changes to the admin policies will affect every device in law and below.

Set policies for the “kiosk” OU devices

Normally policies are inherited from the parent OU. In the kiosk OU, we changed some policies. Our goal is to set a timer that will force log-out users after 60 minutes of non-activity. We also wanted to direct users to a particular page. To do this, we turned on “Public Session Kiosk” mode and we auto-login to the Public Session immediately by setting the auto-login delay to 0. If you make changes, you’ll be prompted to save. Once you’re done making changes, click on “Manage Public Session settings”.

Configure the Public Session settings

After clicking on “Manage Public Session settings”, you should see the following screen.

  1. Enter the Session Display Name.
  2. Enter the maximum user session length. Ours is set to 60 minutes, but you might want to make it longer than that. You can leave it blank to make the session length unlimited. Ours will force the user to sign out after 60 minutes.
  3. We added a custom Emory Law “avatar.”

 

Notes: See this link for the reference documentation for “Manage Public Session settings.”

Configuring Security in Public Sessions

  1. We have also configured our clients to automatically log the user out if the user is not active for 15 minutes.
  2. We allow users to browse in incognito mode and we never save browser history.

Configuring Startup page

  1. Some users become disoriented if there is no home page, so we always show the home button.
  2. We always load the law school’s web-site to start.

Conclusion

These are just some of the settings that we found helpful when managing Chrome devices at Emory Law. They may not apply in every situation.

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