Help! overworked teacher/sysadmin
sorry for the melodramatic title!
i am a former sysadmin in a private company (9 years) turned teacher. I took over the school network in my primary school when i started teaching 5 years ago.
I basically set about implementing best practices with standard images, server, AD, security etc. We have about 50 computers - 18 teacher laptops (win7) for IWBs, 20 old PCs (XP) in classrooms, 2 old xp pcs in the secretary's office. I have one Windows 2008 R2 server, about 2 years old now. We will be getting a trolley with 30 laptops in a few months. I am a complete one man band, no other outside IT support, i fix everything! crazy! and teach! I have everything locked down except some of the older classroom pcs that are not even joined to the domain. Teachers don't have local admin rights on their laptops. I try to roll out software using AD but as we all know most software doesn't come with msi, especially educational software! I had plenty of time in my old job to spend on repackaging/testing but not now.I am a teacher in the school and spend many hours outside of school troubleshooting, installing software, changing projector lamps, and all the usual things that an IT dept would do. It is reaching a point now where i don't really have the time for a lot of the work. I was considering giving the teachers local admin rights to their laptops. The thinking is that at least i wouldn't have to visit them to install software. I know the risks that come with this. I have symantec antivirus and firewall that can be locked down separately and controlled centrally and i can still control a lot with GPO. I could use the school AUP to warn them of the dangers of installing software etc. and maybe warn them that if i have to spend anymore than 30 mins fixing their laptop, i will reimage it and they will have to install anything else themselves.
Another thought i had was something like specops which allegedly allows for easy installation of legacy apps. I'm seeing the laptop trolley with the extra 30 machines coming soon and this will increase my workload. i'm sure situations will arise where software will need to be installed on these machines and i won't have the time to do 30 after school!
Your thoughts are appreciated fellow sysadmins :-)
thanks in advance.