Chapter 7. Workstation Software Life Cycle

This chapter is an overview of installing and maintaining the software that runs on our computers. The first piece of software a computer needs is its operating system (OS). The OS must be installed and then configured. Next, applications are installed. Both the OS and the application software will eventually need to be updated, or patched, as new releases add features, fix bugs, or plug newly discovered security holes. Configuration settings need to be managed over time due to changing requirements. Files and configurations may become corrupted and need to be repaired. Sometimes we need to wipe and reinstall the machine with the same or a new operating system. Lastly, when a machine is decommissioned, ...

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