Desktop Administration

What Does Desktop Administration Mean?

Desktop administration (DA) refers to client workstation deployment processes and technologies. DA system deployment includes installation, configuration, maintenance and tracking.


DA services provide system security management and performance for organizations without desktop system administrator employees.

Techopedia Explains Desktop Administration

DA support and outcome are determined by the following critical workstation components:

  • User settings
  • Application management
  • Data management
  • Asset management
  • Security
  • Support

If appropriate DA processes and procedures are not enforced, invested computers, networks and software can quickly evolve into a money pit.


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