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Library for softwares

Hi there,

My organization would like to have a common location for their softwares. I would like to know how do other companies do this and whats the best way to achieve it.

I also want to read about any article or reference if any thing is available.

Regards,
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Zak Z
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AdamRobinsonCommented:
How many users?

 How much software are we talking about?

Are the users self-installing the software?  

Are they deciding what they want to use, or these assigned programs?

Are there different OS environments?

 Are they virtualized or on thin clients?
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Zak ZNetwork AnalystAuthor Commented:
Please find the answers.

How many users?
It does not matter.
 How much software are we talking about?
1,000
Are the users self-installing the software?  
No
Are they deciding what they want to use, or these assigned programs?
No
Are there different OS environments?
No
 Are they virtualized or on thin clients?
No
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AdamRobinsonCommented:
If you are on a Windows Domain, you can use group policy to assign or install software to varying users, or make it available from their add/remove programs list.  

You can additionally place software on a network share for them to access at leisure.

If you are having huge management issues, you can look at a solution like Dell KACE to have a repository that you control in great detail with who can install what.  

With thousands of pieces of software, I am not sure it could be worth your administrative time to try to manage all of this, unless you have legal requirements keeping you from granting users local administrator rights.  While I understand and in most cases sympathize with not wanting to grant every user admin rights, for thousands of pieces of software you're likely talking about having someone managing it full time, which is an expensive proposition, given the affects of allowing users to install software for many businesses do not equal the money spent for someone to support managing all of it.  Then again, for some businesses, even a single goof up can costs millions of dollars, in which case it makes sense.  It's all based on your individual environment.

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Zak ZNetwork AnalystAuthor Commented:
I will look into Dell KACE and see what it does.

Thanks,
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