Speakers: Eric Thomas Gadsby
Level: Intermediate, Lecture
Excerpt: Apple’s transition to Intel architecture in 2006 allowed Apple computers run Microsoft’s Windows OS and Mac OS with relative ease and stability. In the Enterprise environment, this kind of “value added” proposition could not be ignored and the concept of a dual booting lab was born—but is it worth it? This presentation will be focusing on the operational side of implementing and sustaining dual boot Apple computers. The technology will be discussed, but the greater focus will be on use cases and resource repercussions of such a project. A group discussion will follow.
Description: When Apple transitioned to Intel architecture in 2006 and then created Boot Camp, this permitted Apple computers to run Microsoft’s Windows OS on the same computer as Mac OS with relative ease and stability. In the Enterprise environment, especially higher education, this kind of “value added” proposition could not be ignored and thus the concept of a dual booting lab or office was born—but is it worth it?
This session will look at the following aspects of the Dual Booting question:
-A brief overview of the operational aspects of Boot Camp and Enterprise Dual Booting with a focus on deploying the Windows alongside Mac OS
-Use cases for such deployments
–Good applications of the technology
–Poor applications of the technology
-Analysis of the costs of such deployments
–Focus on equipment, supplies, and staff
–Looking at unanticipated costs
-After ten years—is this still the best method?
-Alternatives to dual booting
-The future of this method
This presentation will be focusing on the operational side of implementing and sustaining dual boot Apple computers. The technology will be discussed, but the greater focus will be on use cases and resource repercussions of such a project. The session will conclude by providing some resources and an open discussion of the topic.
Keywords: Advantages, Alternatives to Dual Booting, Apple Intel, Best Practices, Boot Camp, Dual Boot, Mac OS, User Experience, Cost Analysis, Disadvantages, Group Discussion, Operational Efficiency, Resource Management, Ten Years Later, Use Cases, Value Added, Windows OS
About the speakers
Eric Thomas Gadsby – IT Operations Specialist – Towson University (Twitter: @etgadsby)
Eric T. Gadsby is an IT Operations Specialist at Towson University. He has more than 18 years of experience working with Macintosh computers as both an end user and a systems administrator. His primary work is in lab management in higher education, Mac OS Active directory integration, and scientific instrumentation and software support. Gadsby comes from a liberal arts background and firmly believes that technology can only be successful when the needs of the users are fully understood and taken into account. He lives in Parkville Maryland with his wife Sarah, daughter Rosemary, and crazy but lovable Jack Russell Terrier, Captain. Eric holds the following advanced degrees: MS in Human Centered Computing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Eric holds the following professional certifications: Apple Certified Support Professional 10.5 Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.5 CompTIA A+ CompTIA Network+