Corporate-managed computers have this bad habit of being much slower than their personally-owned home use counterparts. All of the Group Policy, login scripts, managed antivirus configuration, management tools, and software all contribute to slow the machines down over time and even when they’re brand and never been used by an end users.
If your managed computers have started getting slow, you might want to take a step back and look into some things you can do to start speeding things up for your customers:
Shared or multi-user computers come with their own unique management issues. Fast User Switching allows someone like a receptionist to leave programs running while taking breaks, but also allows other users of that same system to leave their applications running even when they may not return to the computer for hours or days later.
With a free utility and some simple Group Policy, you can kill those idle sessions so that they don’t stay logged in for days or weeks at a time hogging system resources.
Running antivirus on Hyper-V is a hot topic… almost as hot as asking sysadmins which antivirus vendor they prefer. Whether you’re in the “don’t install” or “must install” camp, make sure you’re making an informed decision and, should you install to install antivirus software on your Hyper-V servers, you have it configured correctly.
In this series, I cover folder redirection in Group Policy.
In this series, I discuss AppLocker (application whitelisting/blacklisting) in Windows 7:
Here’s a new six-part series on 4Sysops that I’ve written on Group Policy troubleshooting:
Here’s a series of articles I wrote for 4Sysops.com on setting up your Active Directory for BitLocker. It includes the instructions, Best Practices from Microsoft, and tips & tricks: