My good friend, David Swanner, reports that his "tech guy is using
Apple iMacs to build a more stable, easier to maintain Windows network." That’s right, even some PC tech guys are starting to come around to the many benefits offered by Macs.
Dave lists the following advantages of running Windows on a Mac:
- Nice Hardware at a Reasonable Price – Chrome and glass, 20″ monitor, memory, speed, decent memory all in one box. It works well and is attractive.
- Less Desk Space – The Macs are an all in one and leave a small footprint on your desk. It’s just the monitor and the keyboard.
- Ease of Maintenance
– The entire Parallels Windows file is a single computer file. That’s
huge. You can install Windows, tweak it to the way you want, install
all of the programs that you want and then all of that information will
be in a single Parallels file that can be copied and backed up. If your
Windows goes down, you can just copy that file back to your iMac and
you’re up and running. If your entire iMac goes down, you can copy that
file to a different iMac and you’re up and running. No worrying about
file registries, different hardware signatures. No fuss, no muss.
- Portability – Once you have your Parallels backup file, you can copy that to another machine without any problems. You can’t do that (easily) with Windows, because of different hardware configurations and the Windows registry.
- Ease of Installation
– Once you have a specific set up that you want, for example,
WordPerfect, TimeMatters, CaseMap, TimeMap, Sanction, MicroSoft Office,
you can save this as a building block and as a base for every
installation. Of course, you need to have a site license for each
program. You will also have to switch license codes, but that’s a lot
easier than starting each machine’s installation from scratch.