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Windows 7: Remote Administration for Windows

11 Nov 2010   #1
dhruv17singhal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Remote Administration for Windows

Hi,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit running on one desktop, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on a laptop, and Windows XP Professional on another desktop. I have installed PerfectDisk defragmenter and Kaspersky Internet Security on all, and IIS on the XP machine. All the computers are on LAN.

What I want to be able to do is to access the desktops from the laptop and conveniently manage setting for anti-virus, defragmenter and IIS as well as do more administration work like scanning disk for errors, changing virtual memory size, and whatever is possible through control panel. All this I want to do remotely.

Is there any way, either built-in or through third-party software, to do this? In Linux and UNIX-like system, webmin is available. Is something similar available for windows? (I know that webmin is available for Windows also but I have never tried it)


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11 Nov 2010   #2
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

TeamViewer (web) www.teamviewer.com
RDP (built-in)
Dameware (3rd party) www.dameware.com
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11 Nov 2010   #3
dhruv17singhal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Regarding RDP and TeamViewer

Hi WindowsStar,

Is there any way to change settings, install programs, etc. without bothering the person working on the computer? Of course RDP is excellent, but I suppose in Windows only one user can legally connect to the computer at a given time. Or is there a non-EULA violating workaround for this?
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11 Nov 2010   #4
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

There is a great registry modification that allows more than one session to be active. I do not know why they have that restriction since computer now days can handle it, and you can still use administrtive tools such as WMI to remotely manage Pcs's while another user is on. Not to mention user switching.
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11 Nov 2010   #5
dhruv17singhal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
There is a great registry modification that allows more than one session to be active. I do not know why they have that restriction since computer now days can handle it, and you can still use administrtive tools such as WMI to remotely manage Pcs's while another user is on. Not to mention user switching.
But I've also heard that it violate the EULA.
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11 Nov 2010   #6
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

That it does. Because it modifies a system file. Which is why I brought up WMI.

Look at this.
Download details: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

You can manage most things except for non Microsoft products such as anti virus programs from inside this.
And that way does not modify the EULA
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11 Nov 2010   #7
dhruv17singhal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From Download details: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

Quote:
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.
It says that Windows 7 can be used to control but does not say it can be controlled.

Hence, it is not for controlling Windows XP or Windows 7.
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11 Nov 2010   #8
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhruv17singhal View Post
Hi WindowsStar,

Is there any way to change settings, install programs, etc. without bothering the person working on the computer? Of course RDP is excellent, but I suppose in Windows only one user can legally connect to the computer at a given time. Or is there a non-EULA violating workaround for this?
As long as you have Admin Rights on all the remote machines. Then DameWare will work perfectly for you. One of the reasons I like it so much is that you can install the client part remotely. Another part I like is that it connects to console 0, so it acts just like as if you were sitting at the desk in front of the computer, unlike RDP.
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11 Nov 2010   #9
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhruv17singhal View Post
From Download details: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

Quote:
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.
It says that Windows 7 can be used to control but does not say it can be controlled.

Hence, it is not for controlling Windows XP or Windows 7.

Um you put that on one machine and you can "Control" other machines that have the winrm service enabled.
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12 Nov 2010   #10
dhruv17singhal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is there some Freeware/Open Source alternative to DameWare? I only have to use it for home.
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