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What tool do you use to monitor your clients?

Well, we had "What tool do you use to monitor your servers?", and I wondered, do you (and should you) monitor your clients (desktops and laptops)? What tools are useful for this? It seems to me that ...
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What do you do about staff and personal laptops?

Today, one of our developers had his laptop stolen from his house. Apparently, he had a full svn checkout of the company's source code, as well as a full copy of the SQL database. This is one ...
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Is there a way to use a laptop as a physical console?

If I have a server with only power and ethernet coming out the back, and suddenly I need to adjust BIOS settings, I gotta plug in a keyboard/monitor/mouse somehow. Either the servers are all on KVM ...
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Is it possible/advisable to run VMware Server ESX/ESXi on a laptop?

The idea of having a small footprint hypervisor as the primary OS on a laptop or desktop where every "real" OS is a guest appeals to me. Now I realize this software is more typically used on blades ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery?

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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Switching from piecemeal machines to leases

I'm the IT admin for a company with a small number of users (15-20). We currently run an astonishing array laptops, each bought sometime in the previous four years. Because of this, no two are alike, ...
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hp 6716s, 6715b, and 6710s laptops on linux wireless problem

A year ago we bought several HP Compaq's laptops. Different models, from 6715s, 6715b, 6710s, 6735 ... (not all of them have gone through my hands so I don't know every one of them). They came with ...
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Why Can't I Use Laptops in 24/7 Server Environment? [closed]

I've built an Internet service that's going to handle a few hundred simultaneous users. It'll run smoothly on a grid of VMWare+Windows 2008 servers. Why can't I use laptops instead of traditional ...