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My organization is trying to reduce our dependency on remote desktop connections to administer servers, with a mind to disable RDP for all but the most privileged users.

Is there a way to configure network adapters via a remote administration tool?

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Why avoid the best single tool for administration on Windows? RDP is the standard method for administrating Windows servers, there's a strong permissions model to facilitate this. Taking SSH away from the Linux admins, too? – Chris Thorpe Nov 30 '10 at 10:32
They do all sorts of things in the name of "security". I'm sure they'll turn off the boxes one day and go "Yes! Nobody can access now!" All I can do is try and find solutions around their problems. – Tragedian Nov 30 '10 at 10:34
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Yep. The netsh command can be used with the -r -u and -p switches (remote computer, username, password respectively) to remotely configure windows networking.

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Could I press you for an example? The netsh documentation and built-in help is a little unclear for me. – Tragedian Nov 30 '10 at 10:36
>netsh -r "" -u "\my_account" -p "my_password" interface ipv4 show – Chris Thorpe Nov 30 '10 at 11:07

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