How to maintain multiple identical laptops?
November 28, 2006 9:16 AM Subscribe
We need multiple laptops to have identical computing environments, with the ability to have them updated en masse. What is the best way?
posted by milquetoast to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
For a friend, conference services filter: My department has a dozen laptops. (PC, XP, mostly ThinkPads.) We provide them to clients on an event-by-event basis, usually for a few hours at a a clip. Each laptop has roughly the same specs, and is loaded with roughly the same stuff (MSOffice, DVD playback, VPN client, etc.). One problem: we inherited these laptops from another department and there's an awful lot of junk on them -- old files, half-uninstalled installs, obsolete user accounts, and so forth.
What we would love to be able to do is this:
1. Standardize the software environment across all laptops, making them identical (as much as possible).
2. Give the client the ability to load files on the hard drive temporarily, having them erased after each event.
3. Plug the returning laptop into a server (or something) that will check and reset its settings and apply any software/ driver updates.
What is the best, fastest, easiest way to do this? I'm particularly keen on #3, since I have a feeling we'll be migrating to different software packages fairly soon.
Thanks in advance!