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    Windows Tablets as 'Proper' Domain Clients? Any Stories?

    Hi gang - anybody done this? Keep thinking on and off that I can get some of these working here and burst the iFans' bubbles with home area-having, printer-using, group policy-accepting portable lil domain client tablets with some Microsofts happening on them.

    Just thought I'd see how things had gone, if there were any horror stories or zen-like calm and happiness where they're used.

    Anybody got some or know someone who has?

    Ta for any replies or happy/horror stories.

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    We have some here and they work a treat. Running 8.1. Only real complaint is the battery doesn't last as long with a "full fat" tablet.

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    Intredasting... ta for that.

    Thought I'd also ask if you (or even if you can) image them? Do they just 'take' .msi packages etc?

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    Good thread we are also looking to move down this route..

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    ^^
    Likewise.

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    I have a Dell Venue Pro 11 (i5) Windows Mobile tablet for IT support use/testing; joined to the domain (effectively just built/configured like a laptop). It has windows 8.1 enterprise, although as a school we are on windows 7 enterprise. It works, although unless its a metro style app, using touch screen can be a bit fiddly. Planning on getting a docking station so that I can use it as my main work computer too.

    As stated, battery life isn't great; but if introducing school wide would most probably get the cheaper Atom models as most usage would be for web browsing and office applications anyway. In fact, just ordered some Atom Dell Venue Pro 11's for our ICT Teaching Staff to trial/use.
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    An ipad with OneDrive and wireless printing works just as well we have found

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    An ipad
    No need for that sort of filthy language in here mister!

    Heh, yeah we've a few ipads here, which I have little to do with, but my WORD the hassle there is installing apps, registering this and that and this and that... the stress that eminates from the folks trying to do *anything* with them seems to merit considering alternatives alone, before even starting on specific pros and cons.

    Centrally managing the things with GP, deciding WHICH printers and drives they get, what icons show and where, kiddies getting the software pushed out, managing them like they're regular clients... all seems like a heavenly state of affairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    An ipad
    No need for that sort of filthy language in here mister!

    Heh, yeah we've a few ipads here, which I have little to do with, but my WORD the hassle there is installing apps, registering this and that and this and that... the stress that eminates from the folks trying to do *anything* with them seems to merit considering alternatives alone, before even starting on specific pros and cons.

    Centrally managing the things with GP, deciding WHICH printers and drives they get, what icons show and where, kiddies getting the software pushed out, managing them like they're regular clients... all seems like a heavenly state of affairs.

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    8.1 tablets are deffo the way forward - from a end user and management point of view they are win win!

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    We have two Asus T100 tablets and a Toshiba Encore 8. I put 8.1 Enterprise on them all - swines to image, but fine for standalone or possibly USB cloned installs. Can't get 64 bit OS onto them though sadly, meaning we've had to regain some 32 bit clients again.

    Seem to work well. Not got any in large rollouts, but I'd be much happier issuing these than iPads nwo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miscbrah View Post
    No need for that sort of filthy language in here mister!

    Heh, yeah we've a few ipads here, which I have little to do with, but my WORD the hassle there is installing apps, registering this and that and this and that... the stress that eminates from the folks trying to do *anything* with them seems to merit considering alternatives alone, before even starting on specific pros and cons.

    Centrally managing the things with GP, deciding WHICH printers and drives they get, what icons show and where, kiddies getting the software pushed out, managing them like they're regular clients... all seems like a heavenly state of affairs.
    That's great on the desktop but on the Metro side of things, it's not so clear cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    That's great on the desktop but on the Metro side of things, it's not so clear cut.
    Leads me on to asking, is there *something* available in GP for managing the metro screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    We have two Asus T100 tablets and a Toshiba Encore 8. I put 8.1 Enterprise on them all - swines to image, but fine for standalone or possibly USB cloned installs. Can't get 64 bit OS onto them though sadly, meaning we've had to regain some 32 bit clients again.

    Seem to work well. Not got any in large rollouts, but I'd be much happier issuing these than iPads nwo.
    How did you image them? Clonezilla/Ghost type deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miscbrah View Post
    Leads me on to asking, is there *something* available in GP for managing the metro screen?
    If you use Enterprise edition yet.

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    Even then that'll only allow you to manage the layout of the screen. Deployment of apps and settings is a lot more complicated. Frankly, it's worse than iOS is in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miscbrah View Post
    How did you image them? Clonezilla/Ghost type deal?
    Thankfully I haven't had to image them yet, there's only the three of them so they were built individually.



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