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Windows 7: What's the most efficient way of running tasks on a network?

01 Jul 2013   #1
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
What's the most efficient way of running tasks on a network?

What is the most efficient way of handling maintenance on a network with multiple computers? How can I run malware/virus scans, and update remotely from the admin computer?

That would be the ultimate goal.

Can the same thing be done if for example an admin computer is running linux instead of windows?


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02 Jul 2013   #2
jobeard

win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

That kind of think is what Windows Server20xx is all about. The Server provides Domain service (instead of Workgroups) and the ability to remotely configure, setup policies and to run remote tasks, aka virus scans.

A Linux system *might* do all this, but it would need r/w access to the client C: volumes - - not a good idea.
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02 Jul 2013   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

An option would be to enable the built-in telnet server in each target machine or (preferably) install a third party SSH server instead. So you can manage them via command line using a telnet/SSH client from the remote system (even when with a user working on the maintained system). Linux and many more OSs have those client tools too.


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A Linux system *might* do all this, but it would need r/w access to the client C: volumes - - not a good idea.
Agreed, it's a very bad idea. Unfortunately, ALL versions of Windows come with that security flaw enabled by default, in the form of the "administrative shares" (\\server\c$, \\server\d$, etc), that let anyone with an admin password full access over the whole filesystem.
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02 Jul 2013   #4
jobeard

win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

SSH yes, but never Telnet. SSH has the advantage of exchanging "keys" for each client to avoid passwords altogether which makes scripting very easy.

As Admin Shares IS the windows way, "when in Rome do as the Roman's do"
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