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May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

How to control desktops: Swap Windows desktop admin rights for iPads

One of the longtime goals of desktop admins has been to get control of users’ desktops. One way to do so is to take away users Windows desktop admin rights, and buy employees iPads. Getting control of users' Windows desktops means the company’s desktop environment will be cheaper, easier to manage and more secure. This is not lost on desktop virtualization vendors, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products enabling such control have been part of the marketing push since Day 1. But getting control of a Windows desktop means that the user has to relinquish admin rights. After all, if users have Windows desktop admin rights, they can simply undo any of the restrictions a company puts in place, which pretty much defeats the whole point of gaining control in the first place. In the old days (like, 10 years ago) this wasn’t a problem. Companies provided all of the IT capabilities that users needed. But now that we have this whole consumerization thing, users want access to software and services that the IT departments don’t ...

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