Laptops - how do you do it?
Right, looking at streamlining again, and following a couple of comments from a couple of members of staff, I'm looking to change the way laptops are used.
Currently, the laptops are setup pretty much the same as the desktops. That is they have a base image created with Office 2010 on it and all the latest patches for Office and W7 up to that day that I create the base image (usually created in June/July for when I "reset the school" over summer), then the rest of the software is installed via a mix of WPKG-GP and GPO, depending on whether there is an MSI etc.
We have 3 distinct sets of software setups: Admin, Staff and Curriculum. Staff and Curriculum are pretty much the same thing, other than the odd piece of management software the students don't need but the staff do on their laptops. Admin is very much the basics (Office, Textease, standard plugins (Flash etc) SIMS and BSquared) so they don't need to have all the educational bits and pieces installed on the curriculum machines. These software sets get installed out to all machines within those groups, so curric workstations are the same as laptops, etc.
Now, the issue I'm looking at is a couple of members of staff say they "don't want all the crap installed and why should they have it if they don't need it for their lesson" so I have explained that the laptops are used by the whole school and there's a wide degree of needs from one class to the next, but I'm just wondering what everyone else does. Do I go down the route of stripping them back so they simply have the basics on (essentially like the Admin network but without SIMS etc, obviously) that way they are cleaner to use and separate them off, or do people make them mobile ICT Labs, like ours currently are.
I hope that makes some form of sense.