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I am using Windows Server 2008 with Windows XP workstations. Occasionally I flick though the workstations at random and see what people are doing. Sometimes, albeit rarely, I see them doing something that's against the terms of use for the network (as defined by management).

Ideally, I would like to be able to send the user a message that pops up explaining that they shouldn't be doing that and I would be grateful if they stopped.

Additionally I would like to be able to disable their keyboard and mouse when supporting the users via VNC to prevent them from hijacking what I'm doing.

I use a Mac mostly when supporting users so if there is any software that would work on a Mac it would be great. If not, can any Windows applications do this?



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This is somewhat tangential, but perhaps there are better ways to detect behavior that violates policy (analysis of Snort/Web proxy logs, etc), or at least ways that reduce the amount of manual supervision you perform?

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Log me in is a great application for this you can lock they're keyboard, blank the screen and take control and send a message as necessary. It also works with a Mac The free version does all of this, the pro version has even more functionality Chris

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All of the workstations already have a VNC server installed, can I use logmein with the existing VNC applications? – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:05
You can't use it with VNC, but logmein is a much better program. It is web accessible from anywhere, with authentication and has much more functionality then VNC. I would try it out to see the difference. – cpgascho Nov 26 '10 at 20:06
I like the look of it, but it's a shame it can't use the existing VNC servers. I'll take a look though. Thanks! – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:08
I have used VNC in the past but switched over to this now. It doesn't require me to change any firewall rules on the gateway or the clients and I get a single web interface for managing all my machines. – cpgascho Nov 26 '10 at 20:11
Do you have the Enteprise $200 a year version? – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:11

Also Team Viewer could be a good solutions...

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