How you can "buy" back your users' admin rights for $399

One of the goals of many desktop admins is to get control of users' Windows desktops. Doing so means that your desktop environment will be cheaper, easier to manage, and more secure.

One of the goals of many desktop admins is to get control of users' Windows desktops. Doing so means that your desktop environment will be cheaper, easier to manage, and more secure. (And this applies regardless of whether you have physical or virtual desktops.)

This control is much easier if your users do NOT have local admin rights on their desktops. For many companies (and lucky IT admins), this is the case already. But what if your users currently have admin rights on their desktops? How can you take those admin rights away without seriously pissing them off?

There's an old trick we used to use in the nineties that's still valid today. Back when Citrix MetaFrame and Terminal Server first came out, it was hard to get users on board because they were "losing" so much by moving from their desktop to a thin client. While there wasn't much web video in those days, the main complaints users had was that they couldn't have their own software and that they couldn't listen to CDs. Fortunately in those days most monitors were the huge glass CRTs, so we just started buying the "new" LCD monitors (which were still about 4" thick with 2" bezels) and giving those to the users with the thin clients.

The results were amazing. Users were actually fighting over who got to go to the "thin client" first. (Of course they assumed that the "thin" in "thin client" referred to the LCD screen, but what did we care? All we knew is that users wanted to move to Citrix.)

Of course now everyone has LCD screens, so that same trick doesn't work… Or does it?

I propose that if you buy iPads for your users, then you can lock down their Windows desktops, and they won't mind. (We talked about some of the advantages of doing this last month on ConsumerizeIT, with the big ones being that users can install whatever they want on their iPads so they shouldn't mind a locked down desktop as much.) Even if you don't have desktop virtualization and don't plan on allowing users to access Windows apps on their iPads, just give them iPads anyway and tell the users that your company is cool now and the iPad is the user-installed app solution.

You can buy an iPad 2 for $399, which is really another way to say you can buy back your users' admin rights for $399.

IPad 2

Seriously, I'll bet you have some users where you'd pay for this out of your own pocket! Imagine how much easier your life would be if your problem users didn't have admin rights? This is now possible, thanks to Apple! (Or Android, or WOA, or whatever it is the users want.)

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