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Desktop Management

By Starbury ·
Hello everyone, I am senior at Montclair State University, I currently work as a student tech assistant for our foreign language division.

I'm looking for your thoughts and/or opinions on desktop management. We are currently looking at Zenworks and SMS, but I have yet to read much from people who have implemented either.

Currently we're doing ok with patches through SUS, and use the ghost console to pull and drop images... I guess my question is which is better to run.

windows server 2003
xp pro on desktop and laptops

thanks for the responses, oh please excuse me if my questions are a little vague, i am just getting my feet wet in the world of IT, Also would appreciate some advice on what to do after graduation, time is soon approaching and i find myself not knowing which direction i should go, would greatly appreciate the advice and guidance

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by pgm554 In reply to Desktop Management

Zen(for which Edir ,which is required) will not run on 2003 server(yes on 2000 and NT 4.0).
Zen 4 is a very nice ,stable way of managing things and has been out for over 2 years.
The new SMS has only been out a few months,so you need to be aware that anything new is bound to be buggy.
Management would need to be done through policies or SMS.I am testing a new PowerQuest product that runs on 2003 that might also do the job.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Desktop Management

I am a Novell MCNE and absolutely LOVE Zenworks it saves me hundreds of hours each year.
NOw this is of course with a Novell Network. With the Movell Ximian/Linux merger Linux for Desktops and ZenWorks, life has become so easy and stable that I couldn't even THINK of another NOS or desktop management product.

I have no idea how well Zen-WORKS with Windoze I didn't ecen know it was Windoze compatible, but if it is, I couldn't see any product being more robust and secure.

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