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Special Administration Console (SAC) in linux

Windows have Special Administration Console (SAC), same feature is available to linux? Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785873(v=ws.10).aspx
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1answer
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How can I either through vbscript or GPO push a Windows 7 Logon Screen to all my users

I know how to change the login screen, it's easy. But I would like to figure out a way to do it through GPO or login script. I have tried running the script as the computer start-up script as well as ...
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Software and hardware upgrade - private documents migration

I am facing a problem, where I need to upgrade bunch of pc's into newer ones. The old pc's are running win xp, while the new ones have win 7 installed on them. I need to make sure, that every ...
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1answer
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Limit access to local data and applications while accessing the desktop remotely

We need to access client systems (desktops) remotely to do routine troubleshooting activities, however this isn't a very secure method to do as it exposes the local data to support personnel. Also, ...
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1answer
138 views

stopping a service on a remote server, which requires to enter y

I need a command to stop the IMAservice on a remote server, which has dependencies on two other citrix services, so I have to give a /y to stop. If I stopped the ima service from the same computer, I ...
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2answers
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Why adding new user to Remote desktop group doesn't automatically creates him a folder in C:\users

I am administrating a remote Windows Server 2008 Standard. I have already 17 users in 'Remote Desktop Users' and all of them have home folders in c:\users. But when I've added the 18th user it didn't ...
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273 views

Network Administration and Auditing Tools

We're a small company (~50) who outsource the bulk of our IT to an... average quality provider. I am taking on the role of day-to-day IT (think of things that can be fixed in 15 mins or less only). ...
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0answers
532 views

psexec Connection Lag

I am attempting to execute commands on remote machines in our network. I have successfully used psexec for this task, but I am running into an odd performance issue. psexec takes a long time to ...
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2answers
959 views

What are best practices for giving users administrative access in Windows AD domain?

The title may be slightly misleading but I'm interested in best practices for delegating administrative access for two different scenarios: giving developers local administrative access to certain ...
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9answers
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Best way to fully update a new installed Windows?

I am wondering, what is the best way to automatically update a new installation of Windows (Windows 7)? When I manually update a new install of Windows 7 SP1, I get about 45 updates. Installing ...
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7answers
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Would IT ever need a user's domain password?

Is there anything a Windows domain administrator might need to do while configuring a workstation for a new user that absolutely can't be done without the user's domain account password? To avoid ...
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3answers
769 views

Logging onto Windows local computer without local or network account

I have a Windows 7 Professional machine that has accidentally been removed from the active directory on the domain controller. Therefore the network does not recognize this machine and the machine ...
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1answer
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how-to deploy files to several nodes on network automatically?

need to push(deploy) few batch files to the machines on a network. All nodes are running Windows. The batch files contain some commands to initialize an env on each node. what ways can this be ...
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1answer
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Configure a guest account on Windows XP to restrict file browsing access

I want to create a protected user account on Windows XP so the user cannot browse the C:\Program Files\ folder. I want to install an application in C:\Program Files\, which they can run by clicking ...
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2answers
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Kill / Run Processes Remotely on Network

We have fairly small windows (XP/7) based network of about 15 machines. I have developed a few software applications that we use internally which are updated regularly. To update the software, the ...
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1answer
293 views

Port reporter alternative

I need to have timeline of all port usage by applicatins. There was Port Reporter but it doesn't work correctly on newer Windows Systems. Is there any alternative to it ? I need to see all things ...
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1answer
168 views

Running a Windows server without an administrator in charge

I am dissolving my business as a Web Developer, and handing over all continuous work to successors. For one client for whom I have developed a number of web apps over the years, I set up a Windows ...
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2answers
145 views

Looking for project ideas [closed]

I have just finished my last class towards my masters degree, which leaves me with a 16 week semester project. I am an infrastructure architect working with VMware and Windows and the occasional ...
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4answers
563 views

The difference between administering Mac OS vs Windows machines

What's the difference between administering Mac OS vs Windows machines in terms of : difficulties encountered access control security the number of calls to the helpdesk (is it lower?) I've never ...
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3answers
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Can you share a single login / desktop session between multiple accounts?

A little bit of background first. We have many desktop applications that we have written to do various batch processes. Currently they are all running under a single account. When one of these ...
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2answers
298 views

How do I discover locally installed printers on all computers

I need to create a list of computers on the network that will also tell me what printers are installed on each machine. I would then need to further filter only those that are Local drivers, and ...
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3answers
415 views

How to administer out-of-domain Windows Server 2008 Core remotely?

I have set up a Windows Server 2008 Core Edition, with a local administrator account only. I have set up (I think) remote connection and remote administration (following this). I have set up RSAT on ...
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1answer
145 views

Remote administration of customers' Windows servers, no Administrator access

I'm after some general advice and perhaps specific tools/products to assist in automating the administration of customers' Windows boxes. Here's the environment: We give customers a Windows box and ...
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2answers
1k views

Run as another user, but also as administrator

I am trying to debug a virtual machine (VM) running on a remote computer from my workstation (A). Both VM and A are running Windows 7 Enterprise. Apparently, I need to start the Remote Debugger ...
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8answers
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How do I become a scripting guy?

I am a fairly new Windows Systems Administrator. I have done some basic batch files and some other scripting. I would like to know what path I should take to become a better scripter. What language ...
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2answers
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Questions for Beginner to Windows System Administration [closed]

What are important things every new windows system administrators should know? What does your network setup look like? What are some valuable programs for admins? (e.g. Nagios, Firewalls, etc..) ...
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4answers
270 views

Backup data to remote dedicated server

My company already has a "local" backup strategy, but is willing to also backup data on our remote dedicated server as an additional "plus". Some info: Both machines are Windows Server (client is ...
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1answer
301 views

Differences between SharePoint Back-up methods

What is the difference between backing up and restoring a Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 site collection through stsadm tool and backing up through SharePoint Designer (as a .cmp file)?
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7answers
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Discretely restrict users from running certain programs on Windows computers

I have a user who is playing games all day at work and I want to discretely control if and when he is able to run his game. Is there a way to set up a schedule for when the program is allowed to run ...
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7answers
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How do I keep the local admin password consistent across an OU?

We have a number of PCs running XP SP2 (and a couple running SP1) already in production, and we're looking to keep the local administrator's password consistent across the OU. The only solutions I can ...
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4answers
4k views

How do you manage service account credentials (passwords)?

In a Windows environment how do you address the following issues with service accounts? Regular Password changes - with single service accounts used on multiple machines how do you regularly change ...
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4answers
2k views

Parent Shared Folder Permissions override child folder permissions

I have a network share that is several levels deep. For one particular folder, I would like to assign different rights than the default access that the shared folder is allowing. However this does not ...
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2answers
3k views

Replace Shutdown button in Windows Start menu with Restart Button

IS there anyway I can remove the Shutdown button from Windows Server and replace it with Restart button? I know how to disable/remove Shutdown button through Local Computer policy but I don't know how ...
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3answers
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Delete old windows print jobs

On our primary windows 2003 print server we share about 500 printers. We typically have about 50 stuck print jobs. Although far from the end of the world it bugs the hell out of me and I tend to end ...