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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

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What operating system is run on these workstations? Typically active directory is the de factor systems management baseline for such an organization, but your requirements might extend to including Apple machines and such.

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Just added to my original post. I have no apple machines at the moment, and if we ever get some, it really isn't important to need to centralize them as they will probably be Demo Macbooks anyway and would rarely be on the network. –  Dennis Linuz Jun 13 '11 at 6:08

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