Linux Management Console and Linux Group Policy for workstations.
I'm so sorry, if implementations of this ideas already exist, maybe i just don't know.
i'm can't say what i'm "Linux guru" today ;-(
If some one want beat MS in enterprise and allow any administrator easy switch to Linux...
any administrator at work will need:
1. Group Policy - to centralized managing PC. whу? Really need centralized point allowing appling some
limits/permissions to multiple users, configuring user setting (roaming profile for example) and centralized
software installation and allow easy tuning software configuration files. Full story here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_policy
Seems what simple SSH is not enough if you managing > 20 pc.
Why? Group Policy just tool allowing easy remotely set and unset predefined registry key values to selected users/workstations pc.
Customizable of course. For example - proxy address in web browser. In linux world seems what i need just add one string setting in config file for do simular task for example, and repeat this task at 20 pc. How easy to disable this value in multiple pc? I don't know. Hand-made scripts? Sometimes admin - is not guru. What if you do some critical error writing this one and apply this script with ROOT permissions? Not good idea, i think. Keep in simple - and life will be easy.
2. Linux Management Console. This idea getted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Management_Console
You may ask - what difference between MMC and YAST or KDE Control Center for example?
First of all MMC this is NOT software product like YAST or KDECC. This is SINGLE FRAMEWORK. For using framewok you must use already existing modules & components linked in so-called snap-ins ( *.msc files) or MMC allow you create new one for you, using this framework. Or customize existing console.