Desktop management isn’t easy. There’s a raft of expertise needed to help you juggle the various increasingly pressing demands of systems, users and budgets. And it’s rare that there’s one piece of advice that will help you tackle it all. Sure, people can say "upgrade, downgrade, virtualise, go open source..." but it doesn’t …
The lazy admin's guide to desktop management
4 simple to follow steps
1.) remove - either by software or physically, the ability for lusers to plug anything into their PCs
2.) disconnect the internet
3.) disable "CC" and "BCC" in email. If people want to send the same stuff to many others, make 'em type it all in again - or at least cut'n'paste it.
4.) Never, ever upgrade the O/S or applications
Once these actions are, err... actioned the overwhelming majority of every sys admins problems will simply vanish. Leaving the team massively overstaffed, to the point where they will fight to pick up the phone on the rare occasions that someone calls. Even the calls you get will be lame and unchallenging, like "I've forgotten my password" or "My computer's making a funny noise"
This will leave plenty of time for the admin team to look for new jobs before the overstaffing is discovered and the inevitable layoffs start. In case you haven't already worked it out, the job of a sysadmin is to make the desktop systems (and the servers, too) just, barely, workable - so they're always teetering on the edge of complete collapse. It's the only way to ensure your prolonged employment.
Remind me never to hire you for anything ever...
Desktop Management Needed ??
At least for all the database-based stuff there is no need for win32 applications any more.
Office Packages are bit different, as there are no really credible JS alternatives yet. Maybe you can live with something like Google Docs, but I doubt it. But Office or OpenOffice can be updated using either MS or Linux out-of-the-box updating mechanisms.
Certainly, don't allow users to store anything on local harddisks. Store all files on server disks you can manage/backup centrally.
So how do you get past the "what if you are in a location with poor/no internet coverage" or "someone went through the local fibre with a cat" problems?
Or for that matter the part where by being in the "cloud," you don't control your own data?
Cloud computing has too many problems yet...trust being the biggest, but reliability of both the providers and the network infrastructure are a very close second. I don't know about you, but where I live internet connections aren't 100% stable. There are easily 10 or more multi-hour outages a year. (Big time money for a corporation can be lost in that timeframe.)
And honestly, I don't trust Google or any of their ilk as far as I can throw a multi billion dollar vertically integrated megacorporate monopoly.
To each thier own, however...
And even that can have local storage with HTML5 or Google Gears. Certainly, lots of hassle to sync that with the cloud/server/corp. datacenter database.
Using a proper ISP like Deutsche Telekom or Vodafone you have less than 8 hours downtime per year for a private DSL line here. Alice is utter crap, though. Downtime is more 1 hour per day with them here in Teutonia.
I live in Canada.
We don't have proper ISPs.