A couple of months ago I got a small part-time job at my university to manage and maintain the IT infrastructure of a non-computer science group. Even though I have no experience as a 'system administrator' (if that is even the correct term in this situation) it's no big deal to meet their maintenance and adjustment demands. As I would really like to do things the right/good way (and get better at what I'm doing) I always thought there were better ways to do what I'm doing.
Now my question is: Do you have any tips regarding resources (books, websites, tutorials, ...) for newbie/wanna-be (Windows) system administrators? Any advice as to what techniques and tools might be appropriate to look into?
As these are very broad questions let me give you the three main subjects I think would benefit me the most to know more about:
- Management of installed software on multiple Windows PCs and easy deployment of new software
- Managing updates
- Managing user accounts across multiple PCs
A little bit more information about my situation so you know in regard to what dimensions I ask these questions (and maybe allow you to give more specific advice):
- 3 stationary Windows 7 PCs, 4 semi-stationary Windows 7 Laptops
- 2 Windows 7 Laptops (connect very infrequently to the university network)
- 5-Bay Synology NAS for backups (+another one for redundancy)
Thank you very much for any advice/links/help. I'm looking forward to reading your answers. (I hope these questions are appropriate here.)