Bob Williamson, a community member, presented at Ignite yesterday afternoon. His presentation was called "How I got a Job at "Hogwarts" Using User-ID and Scheduling in a Highly Technologically Diverse, Apple-heavy K-12 Environment."
Bob uses a single PA-500 to manage a very unique K-12 environment. It is much different from a college in terms of what needs to be blocked, and it is different from a typical K-8 because the school network he manages has a boarding component and there are different internet requirements on weekends versus weekdays. Many of the boarders are international students who need to communicate with their parents back home using Skype. Bob must maintain a good quality of service so if some students are using Skype, but also needs to keep the internet fast for the other boarders.
The key feature of Palo Alto Networks firewalls that helps him manage his network is User-ID. User-ID is really important in a Mac environment, like this at school.
It was great to hear Bob speak about his work. Any questions or comments about this presentation, feel free to post them here!