Let's imagine that one has a Windows computer with expensive hardware attached. Example of such hardware: a hardware test-bed / prototype.
Each worker needs this PC only several times a week, say for 2h each time. We use Remote Desktop to access this computer. It works OK with these limitations:
1) When a user connects via Remote Desktop, he/she does not know if the PC is in use. If it is, the existing user gets kicked-out.
2) There is no way to reserve the PC in advance or to notify the current user that somebody else is eager to use the PC.
So it would be nice to have a tool which would show who is using the computer and for how long. One could easily come up with a completely manual solution perhaps using a webpage on the Intranet. However I am hoping that one can relatively easily do better. I am hoping that the event "user just connected via Remote Desktop" can be used in automating of the management of sharing of the PC.