The Ubuntu Experiment
woyciesjes at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 31 16:22:53 BST 2008
Chris Jones wrote:
>> None of that happens here at this large University. The users just beat
>> on their machines, day after day, no preventive maintenance on the part
>> of IT. And they keep going. And sometimes something stops. They call the
>> HelpDesk, we do a couple things, and about 90% of all calls to us get
>> fixed on first contact.
>> Automatic reformats, at any schedule, would absolutely _not_ fly here
>> at all. There would be heads served up on plates for that. As another
>> data point, I have not heard of any place that has a regularly scheduled
>> reformat/reinstall scheme in place. IMHO, it sounds like a band-aid plan
>> to cover up a bigger issue no one has bothered to try & solve.
>> As for your University reinstalling once a week? I find that hard to
>> believe. I'm going to have to through down a BS card on that. If you can
>> prove this to me by pointing me to the ITS policy stating this, please do.
> I think it is more common than you think. It also happens here at this
> uni as well... Cannot direct you to anything that proves it, but I'm
> pretty sure it happens. And not just for windows - The machines dual
> boot to SUSE and they reimage that as well from time to time.
It may well be, I have just never heard of it in my experience. Yearly
or monthly, I can see. Weekly? That would be hard, and
resource-intensive. Depending on the numbers of machines being imaged,
and how they stager it, you'd need _at least_ a 100mb full duplex
network; and even with that the network could get quite bogged down.
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