I'm considering setting up a shared server for expert users. Since I'm doing this in my free time, I want to minimize risks and maintenence while providing the most features I can, for windows and linux users alike.
I've been using winscp now for a couple months and it's incredibly awesome compared to the way I was doing things before from my windows boxen.
What I'd like to do is give the windows users a presetup version of winscp with routine shell commands already configured and distribute it to them with a key, and simply remove terminal/cli access altogether (looking for equivalent gui based client for linux). Of course full license details and credit will be distributed with it, as will all the "free" tools I recommend and make available to the community.
Is there a simple answer or pointers to where I can find out for myself how to definitively do this? I'd like to avoid having them modify their registry, if at all possible. I don't want to lock it down, but merely provide a pre-config'd setup to deliver to them, along with a key (or instructions on how to generate theirs, I haven't been using the keys yet).
Pointers on where to find info to set this up on the server end, as well, would be gratefully appreciated. I've searched for a few hours but haven't been able to come up with a specific answer on how this is done by experts, the right way.
I am very willing to read anything and everything anyone can point me at. I spend 85-90% of my time just finding the sources, maybe some people can help me spend more of my time reading info and learning by sharing links and/or sources of info they trust and rely on.
I hope to have time to include a knowledgebase of how all this is done, as well as info that users submit. I'm learning (as I can) about debian-doc and sgml use to facilitate management of the repository.
I believe the server I'm looking at should have some release of woody on it, waiting for a confirmation back from the NOC that I'm considering getting it at. They advertise debian servers, so we'll see how it goes.
Thanks for any advice you are able to offer.