Delivering Wimdows update & AV via Laptop
Posted on 2004-11-17
I am a PC Technician, doing a LOT of home users' systems. Currently I have a CD Rom that has Hijackthis, AdAware, and all Service Packs for all OS's
Right now I am cleaning up the system with hijackthis and adAware, going to windowsupdate and doing updates (installing SP from CD when I can)
PROBLEM: Norton is a big program and requires activation on each new machine. If I leave it unactivated, then it can affect them if they install Norton at later date. This makes scanning for viruses unbelievably long tasked. I want to use Norton 2005 since it also does Adware/Spyware and the like. Even installing Norton, scanning, and uninstalling - can take hours.
Another thing I would like to do is speed up and streamline the Windows update process. If someone needs lots of updates and they have dialup, I am forced to either let it run overnight or bring it home and hook up to highspeed. I like the "resolved on first contact" principle.
I want to be legit with licensing et all etc - so hacking it or patching in installations would be out.
The only way that I can think of doing this is to have Windows Server 2003 running on a laptop, then have the client connect to it via crossover and log into the domain. Once signed in, I can load the Symantec Corp Edition Client, and do Windows updates with Windows Update Services / Software Update Services (WUS/SUS) ... this could greatly streamline the process, especially if I can automate all the installs once signed in.
The only prob I see with this route is it is ungodly expensive. You'd need a laptop with enough juice to run Server 2003, you'd need to purchase Windows 2003 Server + appl software, and of cource Symantec Corporate Edition.
Anyone got any better ideas?? I am looking for solutions that do not compromise the quality of work done, yet do it quickly and do not cost a whack of cash.