I would like to set up centralized management and reporting of workstations on a network but not completely sure where to start.
I am a Systems Administrator for a research organization at my University. We have about 40+ (and growing) workstations connected to the Universities network (we have to use theirs). Each workstation has their own Class B Public IP Address provided by the University (some dynamic and some static).
What kind of tools would you guys recommend to be able to centralize all of these computers from a server also on the same network? I have tried things like Spiceworks but that didn't work out so well.
Also, would you recommend setting up a Domain environment for something like this? I do not have control of which computer gets which IP address nor do I have control of the DNS names we get.
I am just looking for something to manage them all in one place and hopefully even be able to manage anti-virus of all the workstations with the same tool if possible. Thanks for your time! Looking forward to your responses if any. :) I will provide more information if needed.
EDIT: I am running Windows 7 on most of the machines, Ubuntu on few of them. It isn't really important to include the Ubuntu machines, but if I can, that is a plus. I have a Windows 2008 R2 Server and a few Ubuntu 11.04 Servers