Real SMB IT: The Law of Unintended Consequences

February 18, 2010

No matter how much you plan, there will always be surprises.

I guess that the most we can do is plan to take care of the unplanned.

When we decided that our software development team needed better workstations, we did our research on software and hardware compatibility and chose to to outfit the team with pretty state of the art 64 bit workstations.

But, no matter how much you research, the law of unintended consequences will get you.

In this case our older Lexmark printers don’t have the type of 64 bit printer drivers that I can install on my older 32 bit server.

Meaning I have to manually install each printer for each user at each workstation.

In any business environment, the law of simplicity states that your printers should controlled by your servers as network printers, not at individual workstations. But that is another post!

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