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Linux - Running The Same Command on Many Machines at Once

I have about a dozen Linux boxes that I occasionally need to run the same command(s) on. Is there an easier way (or automated way) to do this asides from logging on to each machine and running the ...
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Should I expose my Active Directory to the public Internet for remote users?

I have a client whose workforce is comprised entirely of remote employees using a mix of Apple and Windows 7 PCs/laptops. The users don't authenticate against a domain at the moment, but the ...
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ssh: “Agent admitted failure to sign using the key”

I'm trying to set up password-less login with ssh on Ubuntu Server, but I keep getting: Agent admitted failure to sign using the key and prompt for password. I have generated new rsa keys. Before ...
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How can I get the Bridged IP address of a VirtualBox VM running in headless mode?

I have VirtualBox set up on a server. It was set up as a Bridged VM, and has an IP address. It's now running in headless mode, started with "VBoxHeadless -s PuppetMaster". How can I find out what ...
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Which permissions/rights does a user need to have WMI access on remote machines?

I'm writing a monitoring service that uses WMI to get information from remote machines. Having local admin rights on all these machines is not possible for political reasons. Is this possible? What ...
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RDP Connection to Windows 7 stays really slow

I have an Issue with connecting to Windows 7 via RDP. I can open an RDP Session, but regardless of any settings, the response times are really long. This in particular is the case when opening a web ...
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Best way to find the computer a user last logged on from?

I am hoping that somewhere in Active Directory the "last logged on from [computer]" is written/stored, or there is a log I can parse out? The purpose of wanting to know the last PC logged on from is ...
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How to use psexec without admin privileges on target machine?

Is it possible to use psexec to execute a command on a remote machine without having admin privileges on the remote machine? I tried running psexec \\<machine> -u <username> -p ...
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How do you remotely administer your Linux boxes? [closed]

NOTE: I asked this question this morning with respect to EC2 boxes, but only got back links to tools to start and stop instances, so I'll rephrase... I have a few Linux boxes that do nightly ...
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How to dispatch a command from Windows to Windows

How do I script remote commands on other Windows computers from a Windows computer? E.g., on *nix-*nix networks, I can do ssh wu@otherbox foo, and provided the keys are set up correctly, foo runs and ...
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System updates for many servers

We have many servers and still want to update them all. The actual way is that any of the sysadmins go from server to server and make a aptitude update && aptitude upgrade - it's still not ...
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How do I increase the maximum number of concurrent remote connections in Windows Server 2003?

I am trying to allow more than the default of 2 concurrent remote connections to a server running Windows Server 2003. Background: I went to "Start" => "Administration Tools" => "Terminal Services ...
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IIS 7.5 on Windows 7 x64 Ultimate is missing the Management Service icon

IIS 7.5 on Windows 7 x64 Ultimate is missing the Management Service icon which is present in IIS 7.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2. Is it possible to enable it, or is it possible to access the Management ...
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Install .iso file on a remote server without DVD drive access

Is there an easy way to install software located on a .iso file to a remote server which does not provide to me access to the DVD Drive? I have a license for SQL Server 2008 Web Edition through ...
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Managing Windows Powershell from Linux terminal

I manage some Windows Server 2012. I'm learning PowerShell to manage this servers through command line. My workstation runs Ubuntu and I connect via ssh to manage Linux servers. There is a way that I ...
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Windows Remote Management Over Untrusted Domains

I am currently trying to enable Windows Remote Management (specifically, Powershell Remoting) between 2 untrusted domains, and having no luck. A brief description of my setup: domain1 - my ...
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How to shut down Windows Server 2003 without using RDP?

I'd like to know if it is possible to shut down a Windows Server 2003 box, without have to log into the machine via remote desktop. The server is on my network, I know the IP address and host name, ...
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Remote access to a Linux machine behind a firewall

I'm going to be deploying an Linux machine as a sort of public terminal at a remote location. I'd like to be able to access it remotely via SSH for maintenance but I don't want to keep a port open on ...
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How do I monitor multiple screens on one computer? (Say in a classroom?) [closed]

I am a teacher in a small computer-based class. The kiddos are young and I cant stand behind each computer making sure they are not on Itunes or solitaire. From my computer screen, is there a way to ...
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How to rejoin domain when trust relationship is lost

I have a number of virtual machines which have snapshots applied by using a PowerShell script. Occasionally, the virtual machines lose their "trust relationship" with the domain. This breaks the ...
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GotoMyPC ? Concerns or OK?

A few users have taken it upon themselves to install this software on there work computers and use iphones/ipads to connect. Current setup is anyconnect / ciscovpn to connect and use remote desktop to ...
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ssh: “Access denied by PAM account configuration” for one non-root user but not another

On a VM I am initializing I am able to log in as one non-root user (admin) but not another (tbbscraper) over SSH with public key authentication. The only error message I can find in any log file is ...
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Does Supermicro IPMI require OnBoard video to be enabled?

Title pretty much says it all. I am using a supermicro board with integrated IPMI support. When I connect remotely I can take control of the mouse and keyboard but the video is totally black (no ...
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Restarting an IBM BMC without restarting the server itself

I have a few servers with IBM BMC (Baseboard Management Controller). I'd like to power cycle the BMC without restarting the server. Is this possible? How? Note: On one of them, the web interface is ...
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How do I remotely install, configure and maintain SNMP?

I'm looking to remotely install the SNMP and SNMP WMI Provider services on Windows Server 2008 R2, configure specific options for the Agent, Traps, and Security tabs, then make sure these services and ...
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Test for Localhost in Powershell?

I have a powershell script that calls Get-WmiObject with -Credential. However, this errors out if I am running it against the local machine: Get-WmiObject : User credentials cannot be used for local ...
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Is it possible to run a command on windows server from Linux?

I want to restore a sqlserver db backup on remote windows server from linux. I tired "net rpc" but there is nothing for execute a command or script on remote server.
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How to remote a single application, rather than the entire desktop

I would like to run an application on one Windows machine (2008 server preferably, but any platform is okay) and display the UI on another Windows workstation. I'm not sure what blend of technologies ...
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Using inittab to ensure sshd (and other important items) are still running — any drawbacks?

Having managed to kill sshd on a remote machine (by running a script which used all available memory in the machine, oops...) which I have no access to other than visiting the hosting for[1], I was ...
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Hyper V Server 2012 Remote Management Using Workgroup

I'm trying to remotely manage Hyper V server 2012 from a windows 8 pc, both client and server are on a workgroup. I've spent about 3-4 hours trying to get this working with no luck so far trying the ...
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Use PerfMon to connect to a Remote Computer

I want to use PerfMon to connect to a Remote Computer. What ports do I need to have open in my Firewall to be able to connect?
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Seamless Remote Desktop Connection

My employer provides us with the ability to work from home using the Citrix MetaFrame remote desktop software. For the most part, I have no complaints; however, I was wondering if anyone knew if it is ...
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Best practices for remote GUI access to ubuntu server

I would like to get an overview of available solutions for having a remote GUI access to ubuntu server: -do you recommend installing a basic GUI then administrating over VNC? -is X11 forwarding a good ...
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Is it possible to run a batch script remotely on a Windows machine from Linux without installing ssh?

I am looking for a way in Linux to run a batch script on a remote Windows machine. I already searched some forums and the Internet and found e.g. this question. It seems that the easiest way so far ...
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Use local tools to monitor remote logs

I don't have root access on my hosted web server, but I would like to use tools like MultiTail to monitor log files that are generated on my web host. Is there a way I can pipe the log output on my ...
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Linux: Print all messages to primary console *and* secondary console (monitor/KVM)?

I run Linux (Red Hat-based, CentOS, SL, versions 5 & 6) on a variety of Supermicro and other whitebox servers. Some have IPMI, some do not. Some of these systems are attached to a ...
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What is the best way to secure remote server/tool access from many locations?

I have a number of remote servers I lock down by restricting SSH to specific IPs. Equally, our internal customer admin tools are also locked down by IP. This is fine when working from the office but ...
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I have a programming contractor - how do I record their screen remotely?

We have a contractor working offsite. We would like to set everything up so that his screen is recorded to our Windows Server 2008 R2 machine in real time. We've been using TeamViewer, but we've run ...
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How to remote control Windows?

Is there a way to remote control a Windows machine as easy as I do with my other Linux pcs through SSH? I'm currently using a FTP server for files but I prefer the way I can manage my other linux ...
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How to “yum update” / “aptitude safe-upgrade” many hosts?

I have two books about Puppet and none of them mentions how to push yum update or aptitude safe-upgrade. So I am getting the impression that Puppet can't, which I find hard to believe. Question How ...
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Remote login to mac

I have a Mac Mini that I would like to login remotely from a Windows XP laptop. Is this possible? What types of things do I need to do to allow remote connections from the Mac, and what type of ...
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How do I (robustly) remotely execute tasks on Windows workstations in a domain?

I'm not even sure if "robustly" is a word. Anyway. Context: We have a few hundred Windows 7 workstations on a LAN. We use AD/GPO management pretty heavily, but there are a lot of periodic and/or ...
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dead man's switch for remote networking interventions on Linux

As I'm going to change the network configuration of a remote server, I was thinking of some security mechanisms to protect me from accidentally losing control on the server. The level-0 protection ...
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Best software for Mac to Windows remote control?

My client has a Mac at home and wants to remote control (run apps) on a Windows XP PC at the office. What is the best software to enable this? Any Mac <-> Windows weirdness to be aware of?
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Remotely Managing Windows machines without Active Directory

I'm the on-site tech at a remote healthcare facility with a few hundred workstations/devices and half a dozen servers. I'm having difficulty having a physical presence everywhere I'm needed. Corp. IT ...
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How can I run a PowerShell function remotely?

Using powershell, I plan to run many functions on a remote host to gather information. Here is an example to retrieve the content of file remotely just by running a function called getcontentfile ...
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Remote access to Windows Server 2008

What are the tools/method to remotely access and maintain the Windows Server 2008. On Linux I am fine with the ssh, is the Remote Desktop the proper tool there? Thanks a lot Regards, STeN
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Is there any remote desktop software accessible via a browser for linux?

I want to be able to connect to a linux server with a gui using something similar to x forwarding or no machine's nx client, except have the option for the client to be any browser with no plugins ...
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Reaching a Linux server with a private IP without VPN

I'm working on a network where I can't obtain a public IP address or set up VPN access. Is there a way that I can communicate with a local server remotely by using an intermediary in the cloud that ...
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How do I install Server Manager on Windows 8 Professional?

I have downloaded and installed Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 on my Windows 8 Enterprise machine. Online resources suggest installing RSAT should also install Server Manager GUI, ...