I have a small network of <10 computers which I'd like to manage having Windows XP Professional. The following things would be required
1. Windows Update on all the machines from single location - through WSUS
2. Anti Virus Updates on all the machines from a single location - Norton
3. Sharing privileges on certain directories which the desktop user should not be able to modify
4. Automatic Application Deployment - Good to have
I wanted to ask,
a) Is there any advantage in having an Active Directory setup here (small network)
b) Can WSUS run on a Non Server Windows OS?
c) I have not been able to define privileges in a WinXP desktop the way I've seen being defined through Group Policy. For example, I've shared a directory and a user has Desktop Level Privileges, but the user can remove the share since he has write access on it. I want to prevent that.
d) Automatic application deployment is something which is good to have, but if I can save some money by doing installation manually, I'm fine.