PC Management strategy

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PC Management strategy

I manage a growing number of client Win based PC's which usually comes back to the same thing - a clean re-install fixes all problems. This however is time consuming and involves collecting CD's or hunting around the Internet for the right drivers. And then there are the tasks of defrag and backup.

So given the enormous and inexpensive disks available today I started thinking about combining all these chores with the following maintence strategy and would look for any learned comments before I actually commit.

1) I would divide my clients disks into three partitions. A, B and C. Say A=40%, B=40% and C=20% of the drive.

2) I would start by installing everything on partition A and then image that install to partition C. Partition B would at first be left empty.

3) The user would then boot and work from partition A, untill things get defragmented, virused up, spywared, slow for any other reason or there would simply be time for the next preventive maintenance.

4) At that point I would devirus and cleanup partition A, update all software and copy A's entire content to a newly formated B which would cause defragmentation & with additional attention it would also produce a new copy of the swap file. I would then have the user boot from B, while leaving A as his backup. So now I would accomplish three things: Cleanup, Defrag and Backup - in 1/3 of the time.

5) Next time around we do the same but in reverse. IE B gets cleanedup and then defraged by copying to the newly formated A, while leaving B as the backup.

6) Notice that all along we have a priscine C so if things get totally out of control we simply image C onto A (or B) and start with a nice fresh install - in 30 minutes instead of the usual X hours.

Any comments or tips for ex: on hidden dangers of this aproach or which tools to use and how to automate this process would be greatly apreciated.