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Topic # 182543 20-Oct-2015 15:38
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The current NL package is $530 for chromebook for my daughters class next year. This is out of reach for some parents. I have just purchased a chromebook for $220 from PB Tech. The only issue is that now we need to have Google Management Console loaded and pay for a licence $40 and then IT labour to load it ~$50 - 60. Does anyone have any information on the instructions and what is involved to loading the console ourselves. Or perhaps is will be more economic to run a night session where parents bring in their device and load it in a 'workshop'. Any thoughts?

I do question whether the current advertised and heavily promoted NL package is competitive given there are 100 plus chromebook purchased each year by one school alone.

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  Reply # 1409898 20-Oct-2015 15:58
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Even if you manage to install it, someone with administrative credentials for the device domain it is to be enrolled in will need to be involved in the enrollment process (even if it is just creating the account etc). Is this covered by the cost the school charges? Will they charge you for this part anyway even if you do the install yourself? For the sake of $50 it may be easier to have them do it.




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  Reply # 1409904 20-Oct-2015 16:10
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Are you sure you need to do anything? Just provide it to the school on the first day they need Chromebooks, and their admin should be able to sort this all out for you. You shouldn't need to do anything. Those turning up with Windows laptops or Chromebooks at the local high school didn't need to pay any extra or carry out any of their own setup as far as I'm aware.




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  Reply # 1409908 20-Oct-2015 16:15
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Actually, just remembered the youngest had a couple of Windows laptops earlier in the year to use while her Chromebook was being serviced. Definitely no problem and no charge. All done automagically the first time she set each one up with the school account. Chromebooks are the same.




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  Reply # 1409983 20-Oct-2015 17:54
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The teacher in charge of it has said this is the charge (to be done by an IT company), if the school were to do it internally they would need to hire a teacher aid. 

Inphinity - Hopefully I can convince the admin IT teacher to attend the workshop to do the admin setup and the parents to do the rest. I guess my question is  - is the process very technical or if we had some instructions is the process simple enough and is this process available somewhere?

Yes $50-60 is doable for our family but not all families I know. Just wanted to try and offer a cheaper alternative to NL.

 

 

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  Reply # 1409991 20-Oct-2015 18:14
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Maybe I'm missing something, but to me the school's comments make no sense. The school should provide you/your child with a username and password, whether you buy a model from Noel Leeming or supply one from another reseller/retailer. When you enter this into the Chromebook, everything will happen via the internet (downloading the child's profile etc). The Chromebooks sold by Noel Leeming are just off the shelf models and there is nothing preconfigured. The Admin stuff is done via the schools login to Google Apps, not on each device.

Our youngest has been using a chromebook at high school since last year, and none of her friends who purchased a chromebook or laptop with whatever other OS from PBTech or any other reseller/retailer had to do anything special.




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  Reply # 1410039 20-Oct-2015 19:01
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Stu: Maybe I'm missing something, but to me the school's comments make no sense. The school should provide you/your child with a username and password, whether you buy a model from Noel Leeming or supply one from another reseller/retailer. When you enter this into the Chromebook, everything will happen via the internet (downloading the child's profile etc). The Chromebooks sold by Noel Leeming are just off the shelf models and there is nothing preconfigured. The Admin stuff is done via the schools login to Google Apps, not on each device.

Our youngest has been using a chromebook at high school since last year, and none of her friends who purchased a chromebook or laptop with whatever other OS from PBTech or any other reseller/retailer had to do anything special.


If it's going to be enrolled in Google's Management Console and the device hasn't been purchased with a license, the school needs to have an available license and an admin will have to log in to enrol it on first boot (or do a dev mode wipe to set it up like new again). If it hasn't been used yet, that's a minute's work. If the school doesn't do device management, then yeah, you can just log in with a school address. If it's your own device, then that seems fair.

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  Reply # 1410061 20-Oct-2015 19:12
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Yes it's simple to add the Google management console license.

Preferred suppliers typically charge more for school uniforms too.

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  Reply # 1410078 20-Oct-2015 19:38
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I'm pretty sure the IT admin just has to do this: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1289314?hl=en  ?




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