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How do I manage the the configurations of 30 computers?

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First, I'd install UltraVNC. It's a remote support tool that's free and works on all Microsoft OS's. Next, I'd install Belarc. It's a free PC audit tool that interrogates and lists everything you'd want to know about any given PC. It will give you a complete rundown of all hardware and software (license keys included) on that computer and would provide you with the hard data to "true up" with Microsoft as far as licensing goes.

I agree with the above posts in that you should establish a naming convention and stick with it. Also, from your main Active Directory server you can find out all kinds of things about your network. From IP addresses to DNS hosts names to Forward and Reverse Lookup Zones etc.

If you want to get fancy with it you can purchase an inventory platform such as Dell|KACE's KBox, or Kaseya or SpiceWorks.