Mass Deploying LanSchool Air for Windows Student

Mass Deploying LanSchool Air for Windows Student

Overview

This article explains how to mass deploy the LanSchool Air client on multiple devices at once. For instructions on installing the Windows client on individual devices, see Installing LanSchool Air for Windows Student.

Mass Deploying LanSchool Air for Windows Student 

If you plan to install the LanSchool Air client on a large number of student computers, we currently offer two methods to mass deploy: BASIC & ADVANCED.  

Before you begin, ensure you are logged into LanSchool Air as a Site Admin. 

Prerequisites 

  1. Student devices must be running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-bit only) 
  2. Ensure Fast User Switching is disabled. See Disabling Fast User Switching for more information.
  3. The provisioning window must be open before the installer is ran on the student computers.

 

Navigating to Windows Setup Instructions

  1. Login to LanSchool Air as a Site Admin
  2. On the left navigation menu, select LanSchool Air Settings.



  3. On the left navigation menu, select SETUP.  



  4. Under Windows, select Setup Instructions.   


Deployment Methods 

LanSchool Air currently offers two methods to mass deploy: Basic & Advanced. 
  1. Basic Method: Creates a simple executable (.EXE) file which you can transfer and run on each student machine. Configuration options are included automatically.                           
  2. Advanced Method: Uses an executable EXE installer to deploy to student machines. Command-line parameters are required.
If you need to customize your deployment please proceed to the Advanced Method.

Basic Method                 

The Basic method is selected first by default. To ensure that it is selected click on "BASIC" and make note of the underline. 

Basic install will automatically download the installer to each machine and run the install. If you would prefer to transfer a pre-downloaded package to the student, you can use the Advanced Method.

The BASIC deployment guide is comprised of 3 steps: 
  1. Download the installer (don't change the filename). 
  2. Verify provisioning window is open. 
  3. Run the .EXE installer on student devices using admin permissions. 


Running the .EXE installer will first download the last version of the client, install LanSchool Air services and then provision the student to your organization.

Follow the checklist provided to you in LanSchool Air to proceed with the BASIC deployment method:  

 

Advanced Method 

Ensure you have the ADVANCED tab active within the deployment guide. To ensure that it is selected click on "ADVANCED" and make note of the underline. 

The ADVANCED deployment guide is comprised of 3 steps: 
  1. Download the installation file EXE. 
  2. Verify provisioning window is open.
  3. Deploy the EXE installer using your preferred tool with the required parameters. 
    1. Required Parameters: 
      1. /vLSA_ENV= (prod = NA Region, emea = EMEA Region, apac = APAC Region)
      2. /vLSA_PROVISIONING_CODE= (unique to your organization)
    2. Optional Parameters (0=False, 1=True), if excluded, these will default to True:
      1. /vINSTALL_CHROME_EXTENSION=
      2. /vINSTALL_FIREFOX_EXTENSION=
      3. /vINSTALL_EDGE_EXTENSION=
      4. See Troubleshooting Web Limiting for information on these extensions.
Example command script comprised for the NA region, provisioning code, and extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge turned on: 

LSAirClientInstall.exe /vLSA_ENV=prod /vLSA_PROVISIONING_CODE=a12b345c-6d78-9012-e3f4-56g789hi01jk /S /v/qn /vINSTALL_CHROME_EXTENSION=1 /vINSTALL_FIREFOX_EXTENSION=1 /vINSTALL_EDGE_EXTENSION=1 

Refer the ADVANCED setup instructions in LanSchool Air for examples containing your organizations unique environment parameter and provisioning code.   
             
Follow the checklist provided to you in LanSchool Air to proceed with the ADVANCED deployment method: 

 

Testing the Configuration  

  1. After running the installer on a student device, confirm that the agent is running: 
    1. Right-click on the LanSchool Air icon in the system tray. 



    2. Select Status… to confirm the agent is connected and provisioned successfully. 



  2. Log in to LanSchool Air as a site admin. 

  3. From the left navigation menu, select LanSchool Air Settings.



  4. Select STUDENTS. All successfully provisioned student devices display. 


     

  5. Create a new class 
  6. Add a device to the class roster 
  7. Start the class. All online student devices display a live image of the device’s screen.

Uninstalling the Client  

The LanSchool Air client can be uninstalled from a Windows device manually using the Windows Settings or Control Panel. Local administrator permissions are required.
  1. On Windows 10, select the "Start" menu and open Settings

  2. Select Apps.

  3. Search for LanSchoolAir in the list.

  4. Select LanSchoolAir and click on Uninstall.



  5. You will be prompted for Administrator permission to perform the uninstall.

  6. The LanSchool Air icon will no longer appear in the system tray.

To uninstall the LanSchool Air client through a command line, execute the following command:

msiexec /uninstall 
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After uninstalling the client from the device, the LanSchool Air Site Admin can remove the device from the list of provisioned students, This will remove the student from manually created class rosters and free up the license. Please see Managing LanSchool Air Licenses for more information.

Configuring Recommended Settings

The following Windows settings are recommended to ensure the best experience with LanSchool Air. Many of these settings are optional, but are recommended to prevent students from circumventing the LanSchool Air app or extension.

Disabling Fast User Switching

LanSchool Air does not support Windows Fast User Switching feature. The student client will not function properly when the computer is switched to a second user account. It is recommended to disable Fast User Switching in order for the Windows student client to function properly.  

Please see Disabling Fast User Switching for more information on how to disable this feature. 

Disabling Edge Split Screen

LanSchool Air is unable to limit the web in Microsoft Edge when the student uses the Edge Split Screen feature. The LanSchool Air extension does not register the second screen and will not block the website. It is recommended to disable Edge Split Screen in order for the LanSchool Air web limiting to function properly. 

Please see Disabling Edge Split Screen for more information on how to disable this feature.



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