I'm in the process of purchasing a dozen (or so) laptops for our volunteer-led organisation to use for training purposes. We already use an LDAP server to authenticate access to the wiki, the forum and the wordpress site. I also don't fancy trying to maintain credentials on 12 separate machines.
It's been a while since I've done any desktop administration, so I'm not really sure where to start. (I'm also not sure if this question is better suited to Server Fault...) I have distant memories of Active Directory and I seem to recall that this is just a pimped-out, proprietary version of LDAP, but beyond this I'm fumbling blindly.
My question then is:
- What version of Windows do I need? (I'm guessing professional.)
- Do I need any additional software?
- What do I do about users files? (Will I need a NAS to house the "My Documents" folders?)
Update: I've found some free software called "pGina" - has anyone out there got any experience with it?