Slightly offtopic. I know you guys have the knowledge to give some suggestions.
We have around 100 PC workstations and under 10 laptops - about 5 servers and all this in two locations (different cities). It's all mainly Windows 2000 + Windows Servers. Software in use: the usual antivirus software, remote desktop stuff and inventory, ghost, automated MS-SUS updates, active directory. User apps: MS Office, some in-house custom applications. Installation images are poorly unified (read: lot's of images, lot's of tuning by hand, hardware 1-5 years old)
objective: Minimize workload (for the pc runner), maximize usability, increase security. Suggestions for centralized patch-management and application deployment, configuration, anti-spyware, image restoring, laptop security...? Any kind of solutions that might be interesting to us. For example, I've been looking at Zenworks, but as this is not actually my prime task, I'd like to get some recommendations from people who are already using this kind of stuff in comparable sitution. Or pointers, where can I find "best practices"?
Thank you very much for reading through all that, all answers are greatly appreciated.