ITunes installation in a controlled corporate environmentLocked
I’d like to find out if I’m being a total Nurf about this or not…
I work in the broadcast environment, and an external company has written a product and needs itunes installed in order to download podcast of shows broacast on a clinet station.
I’ve pretty much told ’em to leave us alone as there ain’t no way I’m allow ITunes/Quicktime onto our machines.
1)ITunes could lead to excessive use of bandwidth with limited controls for managing it due to streaming on port 80. (4mb/s ADSL with a 30GB cap)
2)All users are run as plain old users as none require power or admin access to machines (easily done with office / adobe reader / Flash / Java and some other utilities that use MSI installs with admin options to control updates) iTunes makes it difficult to maintain desktop security as updates cannot be automated under a plain old user account needing admin intervention for every PC (60 of them)
3)I have no true history of the safety of itunes/quicktime in a corporate environment and this exposes us to undue risk $50m ayear company but we’re an agency paying most of this over to clients.
4)iTunes has not admin interface (group policies) where I can control how dangerous (or not) a user may be on the net with the Apple store, etc…
5)As a company in advertising we deal with a number of top companies in the country, from time-to-time proprietry competitive information crosses our path, is it not dangerous to install this software where as the Admin I am not 100% in control of how or what the software updater downloads and how the software is used?
So based on this am I being Hyper Nazi or do I have a case here?
Look I have an open dislike of Apple and many of their products so I know I quite biased, that aside, I don’t believe an external company should be forcing us to make changes to network policies that have kept us in check for years, itunes is certainly not revolutionary nor is it to me (in any sense) a business product.
I’m more than willing to do a long term eval and determine the appropriatness in our environment, but they wrote this without consulting us and want to to put it on by Monday!
Even flames acceppted, as long as it’s constructive.