Can I manage a small office of Windows machines with an open source solution? (~15 users)
(XP Pro, but will be moving to Windows 7 Pro as we get new computers over the next few months... as budget and dell vostro sales allow.)
For years, I've muddled though with a default set up of Ubuntu Server + Samba on an old box, and manually configured each client machine to have a shared "S:" drive.
This does work, but it's a huge headache to manually manage each machine. I'd love to be able to lock down the machines and push software installs, updates, and configuration changes from a central location.
I've seen FreeNas but the focus just seems to be on file services and integrating with an existing Windows network.
My specific question is:
What open source solutions exist for managing a SoHo/SMB network of Windows machines and users?
All I need is file service, user authentication, and machine configuration/policy management.
Thank you. :-)