So, my professional life involves a reasonable amount of work with Macs, nearly all of them using OSX 10.10, in a range of different environments. Trouble is, internally at my company I'm kinda the go to guy for all things Mac support, but, I only just know enough to get by comfortably.
We just don't have any strategy to properly manage our huge fleet, and I honestly don't know the best way to go about properly managing them all. Things like:
- Should I stand up a Mac Mini with OSX server and create and OD environment?
- Should I just join them to the AD Domain?
- Should we use ARD for everything or another 3rd party platform
- Backups and imaging for easier standard deployments to all Macs.
- Patch management and remoting.
I gues what I'm asking, is if any Mac admins out there have good suggestions or can share what they do to manage? Do you know of any really good education resources to really understand all the under the hood mechanics of OSX, OSX Server in a primarilly Windows Domain environment? I'd just love put an actually stategy together to make it less of a headache to administer.
We're about to rollout LabTech, but so far the remoting tool is fucking terrible. ARD still seems to be the most reliable way to remote onto the bastards.