sabre307 writes: Our company has recently decided to go electronic with our field service workforce by providing mobile devices with a 3G connection. After evaluating a number of different hardware platforms it was decided that we would need the capabilities provided by MS Windows so we have settled on a model of netbook. At this point the IT department has been left with the task of trying to figure out how to manage these devices once they have been deployed, most notably to control what the 3G data can be used for. In our research we are finding a number of solutions to manage mobile devices running a mobile OS (iOS, Android, WP7, RIM, etc.), but nothing to manage a computer that is actually running Windows 7 Professional. What ideas can the/. community offer on how to best manage these devices?
sabre307 writes: I recently took a position running a network for a company with a call center. The previous administrator has locked down the users through group policy so tight that they can't even install plug-ins for IE so they can access business related websites. I would like to ease the restricitons a bit on the users, but would like to keep the environment as safe as possible from spyware and viruses. I have been considering some options like PXE boot where I could maintain a clean image that has the necessary software, can be easily modified if needed, and would allow the users to run as a local admin on the PC without fear, as any damage done would be reversed on reboot. I would love to know what the/. community thinks of this idea, and any other solutions you may have found that work well.
sabre307 writes: "Working as an IT Administrator for a small company means that I have to be the swiss army knife of technology, from programming to network administration to web master. Unfortunately, it means that quite often I get thrown into situations that I'm not really well versed in. Recently my boss approached me about Search Engine Optimization. Apparently he has been approached by a company that claims to specialize in this. I've taken a look at the company, and I'm not very impressed by them, but it has opened the door and now my boss wants me to do something to bring up our page ranking in search engines. I figured that the collective brains of/. could offer up some advice on how to handle it. First, do you have any ideas on things that could be done easily internally to improve our ranking? Second, are SEO companies worth the expense? Third, if they are worth the expense, how do you tell the wheat from the chaff or does anyone have any recommendations?"