Our organization has over 15,000 users, so our Palo Alto Firewall logs add up fast. On an average day, we may have about 8GB worth of traffic & URL logs. Therefore, the firewall doesn’t keep them for very long, and I wanted to come up with a simple solution to archive logs in the event that we need to lookup something.
At our K-12 district, we were trying to find a way to automate the process of setting up the wifi, agreeing to the EULA, enrolling and shutting down the Chromebooks. It doesn’t take a ton of time on a single Chromebook, but when you’re setting up 1,000+….it can be a tedious task.
I work for the same school district that I graduated from, and always wished that gaming would be incorporated into school somehow. Now that I’m in a position to do something about it and help current students, I decided to host a Minecraft building contest for their Winter Break. We’ve had over 300 students register for the contest, and I’ve setup a server to accommodate all of the users.
Each student is given a 51×51 plot where they can build whatever they want. They can’t build outside of their plot, nor destroy or “grief” any other creation. We have dozens of prizes from a bunch of sponsors, and the contest is going great so far. Finalists will have to do a short “write up” of what they built or why the built it, so judges can determine prizes for certain winners.
More information for the event @ http://minecraft.cusd200.org
We hope to do more events and contests similar to this in the future!