Top 5 enterprise desktop management tips of the year (so far)

Desktop backups, patch software and mobile devices ... oh my! These are just some of the top enterprise desktop management topics we've covered in 2012, which is only half over.

Enterprise desktop management is an ever-prevalent concern for IT administrators. Doing all the tasks and tracking all the components to make sure your organization is running smoothly and safely can be overwhelming. As we move into the second half of 2012, look back at the year's top five enterprise desktop management tips so far to help ease your pain going forward.

5.  Desktop backup oversights that can get you into a bind
Enterprise policy and regulatory requirements dictate that desktop backups cover data and applications, but many people still save only locally. When that data gets lost, deleted or stolen, it's difficult to restore. Overcome that risky behavior by backing up critical data, updating desktop management backup policies and periodically checking in with users to ensure that proper backups are taking place.

4.  Don't ignore mobile security effects on enterprise desktop management
Mobile devices are the new endpoints, so they must be protected as well as -- or better than -- stationary endpoints. A "good enough" approach may not actually be good enough, so IT needs to consider the complexity and array of endpoints to really boost enterprise mobile security. Don't just let management and users dictate how mobile devices are secured.

3.  Desktop patch management software features: A checklist
Patch management is a critical function, but the amount of patch management software can be overwhelming. Focus on the most important patch software features, such as centralized control, extensibility, reporting and patch removal, to be sure you're choosing the best tools for successful enterprise desktop management.

2.  Desktop audit checklist: Five steps to a successful desktop audit
If you didn't perform a desktop audit after the New Year began, worry not -- the next best time to do one is at the end of Q2. So, as you segue into the second half of 2012, consider conducting a desktop audit to get your IT house in order. A strong desktop audit checklist can help you manage hardware, software and applications better.

1.  Using Windows 7 Task Manager features for Windows memory management
To fix your Windows memory management problems, you must first diagnose how memory is allocated. Certain Task Manager features can cure what ails enterprise desktops by monitoring dynamic memory and detecting memory leaks. Memory analysis can also be completed by the Windows 7 Task Manager.

This was first published in June 2012

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