I would like to develop and deploy a number of services for my 10.4 server so I can better manage all the Mac machines within my control. First, though, here's a little about my topology. We are a Windows 2003 based enterprise where all services are delivered via Microsoft implementations. However, since we do have a large number of Macintosh computers, I have setup a 10.4 server to take care of centrally maintaining and backing up data/file systems. So far, I've got this server up and running for data backups, but there's so much more I want to accomplish:
1) Configuring it as a Apple Software Update server
2) Configuring it to update all 3rd-party client apps. such as Adobe CS 2, Quark, Stuffit, etc so that all Macs are using the same software versions
3) Creating and distributing a centralized FONT repository
4) Configuring it to run various routine maintenance scripts to optimize client machine's file system health (such as cache cleaning, Macaroni, prefs pruning, etc)
Your suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated and if you can direct me to the proper documentation I would be really greatful.
In review, I'm looking to setup and use my 10.4 server to update client machine software, synchronize 3rd-party app.s, run vital maintenance routines and installing a centralized FONT repository for better font managment and control.
And finally, how does Apple Remote Desktop fit into this scenario? And where do I find it on server 10.4?