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Several Ideas For Easing Pc Lab Admin From an experienced admin/helpdesk guy

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Like many techs I've been chewing on ways to reduce the time it takes to maintain a big collection of "public" computers with common configs. We already use Ghost, which is wonderful, but there are opportunities for improvement, so...Some things to try:1. Basic Windows precautions help - XPsp2 Firewall, default acct has only User rights, not Power/Admin, etc. You can freeze a config (make it fix itself daily) using Reborn cards from news.asp or the like. Software solutions like DeepFreeze from Faronics are another popular way to "lock down" public PCs.2. Use OS X with (a.) Virtual PC 7 for any apps that just have to be Windows, (b.) one generic local account, whose home dir is rebuilt each boot, and (c.) OS X Server with NetBoot for fast deployment. If you can afford Apple, OS X is very secure and reliable "out of the box", meaning less tweaking.3. Thin clients from /us/en/UnsupportedBrowserErrorView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10151 or the like. The server will cost a bit in cash and (unless you try the Linux Terminal Server Project) cash, but client setups are instant. This can save a bundle over some years and cut security issues.

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