- Computer lab
A computer lab, also known as a computer suite or computer cluster (a term also used for server clusters) is typically a room which contains many networked computers for public use. Computer labs can be found in libraries, schools, government buildings, science labs, community centers, companies with IT departments that requires such a place for their employees to do their jobs, and research centers. They are distinct from Internet cafes in that the usage of the computer lab is typically free for those with access. Printers, scanners, and other peripherals may augment the lab setup.
IT safety specification and IT security measures
Because they are shared by multiple users, computers in typical labs often have security software installed. This software may limit, trace, or block certain activities, or may quickly restore computers back to their original configurations. Macintosh computers may have software such as the older At Ease, the newer MacAdministrator or Deep Freeze Mac. Windows computers may have protection software such as Fortres, Faronics Deep Freeze or Windows SteadyState, and often contain network applications, like Novell NetWare for network security and administration. Due to the high number of computers in a lab, many lab administrators choose to use remote administration software such as VNC. Computer labs in schools often have classroom management software, such as Impero Software, LanSchool, Netop Vision, Netsupport etc, installed to manage and control student computer activity from the teacher’s computer, to monitor or prevent web browsing and to remotely control student computers.
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