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psexec - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553 PsExec is a light-weight telnet-replacement that lets you execute processes on other systems, complete with full interactivity for console applications, without having to manually install client software. Another option is to write a powershell or vbscript (using WMI).


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If you do not need screen sharing, why not just ssh to the machine to do whatever it is you need to . If you do need screen sharing (why) you could just use vnc.


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Windows itself doesn't show this anywher as far as I know. You will have to run a utility like CPU-Z on the system itself to determine this. If you have an Intel AMT infrastructure you can probably query this through that, but those are pretty rare in the wild. (I have never seen one.) It is possible to query this via WMIC, but I don't know this is ...


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No, it's not possible. You can't add a local user from MachineA to a local group on MachineB. If you create a local user on the server that is the same as the local user on the remote machine and you make it so that the passwords are identical, you can grant that user access to resources on the server and it will work. It's not a great solution since you ...


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From the section 'Using the ESXi 5.0 esxcli command to power off a virtual machine' in KB1014165 at the VMWare Knowledge base: The esxcli command can be used locally or remotely to power off a virtual machine running on ESXi 5.0. For more information, see the esxcli vm Commands section of the vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference. Open a console ...


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Yes, you can enable the tools without elevating the server. But, you don't need to install RSAT on Windows Server 2008 R2, the tools are already included with the OS. To add the tools you need, go into Server Manager and under Enable Features, there is a node called 'Remote Server Administration Tools', tick off the tools that you need installed.


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All the tools you need already exist and are baked into Windows 7. You just need to enable and configure them. I suggest WinRM / Remote PowerShell Commands. However, this means that your job will be to make a collection of scripts and then perhaps drop a push-button UI on top of them so that techs can easily aim scripts at PCs and then click a button to ...


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By request, I'm breaking this out of a comment... WesleyDavid's solution (using PowerShell, presumably in combination with Group Policy/Preferences) is the best solution to fit the problem as described, but that may not be the best solution overall. The questioner should probably consider a dedicated systems management package. If management wants to ...


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I have read that Dell's have built in DRAC so you can access it remotely. Dells have an option for a remote card. If you ordered on-line you usually get several options, varying from no DRAC, to DRAC express to DRAC enterprise. What is installed depends on which option you selected (or, if you did not change it, on what the default on the order form ...


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The WMI command line tool is a good choice: wmic.exe /node:somecomputer process call create "c:\bin\uphclean\uphclean.exe -install"


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You're being paid to admin these systems, right? You can do a couple of things. First, you can just live with it, and pocket the easy money. Of course you're going to burn out fast. Second, you can tell your boss exactly how much money it's costing the company to allow the users to trash their systems. The result of that may well be that you get to lock ...


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Set up an OpenVPN server. All the remote machines will be OpenVPN clients to the server and will get a VPN IP address (e.g., 10.8.0.x). As they are clients, you don't care about the public IP address. Also, the clients will not need to open up ports on their routers to let in traffic, as they will be making outgoing connections to the VPN server. To get ...


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You should look into the PSExec utility.


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I know it is annoying to "not answer" answer questions, but this seems to call for it. The impression I get from reading this is sounds like you are working from what you know how to implement to a solution, instead of a solution/business needs to how to implement it. The big picture here is that it sounds like you have been put in the position of the ...


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If you have remote desktop, just install and run CPU-Z.


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I managed to fix this by going to... Control Panel > Language Click 'Add a Language' Select 'English' > 'English (United States)' Click 'Download' Then reinstall the Remote Server Administration Tools. Not too impressed by the lack of error messages!


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You need a physical intervention on site anyway, so why not ask one of the people on-site to plug a USB key (prepared by you, or written with a ISO made by you) in the machine before booting it ? If you prepare this key with a listening netcat then you can directly write the HD from the network. Once the live OS is booted, it should automatically launch ...


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You say you want to run them without ssh, yet you connect over ssh. This makes very little sense :) I'll assume you want to run utilities over ssh without starting a shell. That's possible, just make ssh allocate a PTY for you even if it doesn't start a shell: ssh -t myserver top


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If the BIOS supports PXE (network) booting you can do that.


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In almost all cases like this I've seen one of two problems is occurring: Group Policy isn't being applied because of DNS / network connectivity issues (external-to-AD DNS servers specified on the PCs, DHCP media sense causing the NIC not to come up early enough in boot to apply machine policy) You think the policy will apply but Windows thinks it doesn't ...


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I'm no exchange pro, but I think you'll find that you'll need to perform most of these functions in Active Directory, not in Exchange. Changing a password is something you do in AD. While you can add mailboxes and suspend mailboxes in Exchange separate from the AD user's windows account, it's really something you should be doing in AD User Management so the ...


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If an IP-KVM solution is in your budget, I'd go for that, particularly if you have the ability to remotely trigger power cycles and the like. Can I recommend getting the type that doesn't use thick KVM cables, but instead uses CAT-5 or the like? The big cables are a PITA to run and deal with, where as we're all pretty much used to CAT-5 by now. If you ...


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It's possible that the user removed the default nesting of "DOMAIN\Domain Admins" into the local "Administrators" group. Since the user has "Administrator" rights on the PC they can do that. You could use "Restricted Group" policy to "force" this nesting, but the user could always take a virtual "crowbar" to their machine's registry and break Group Policy ...


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While I don't have any free, open-source solutions for you, agent based solutions like NetIQ AppManager and Microsoft SCCM really excel at this. SCCM can run pretty much anything the remote machine can run, (VBS, Powershell, executables, etc.) AppManager on the other hand is alright, but is limited to running VBS and Basicscript. But it does have very ...


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It sounds like you're working as a consultant to more than one business. If they won't let you take steps to lock down configurations, then backups and imaging are your best hope. If people are allowed to download and install applications and mess with their own configurations, data loss is a matter of when, not if. Get some sort of backups going to so ...


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get-wmiobject win32_operatingsystem -computer $_ | select-object OSArchitecture You'll pipeline the list of computer names into this command so that $_ is interpreted as each computer in your list. Edit: After doing some digging, it appears that this will work on both 2003 and 2008. get-wmiobject win32_computersystem -computer $_ | select-object ...


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Enable remote management, on the server Enable local admin account, on the server Add matching admin account, on the client Allow MMC & WMI through the Windows Firewall, on both netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Microsoft Management Console" dir=in action=allow program="%windir%\system32\mmc.exe" enable=yes profile=private netsh advfirewall ...


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SCCM can do this. If you want comprehensive reports and don't want SCCM you'll have to use some other form of asset management like a SpiceWorks product, Microsoft Asset Management, etc. If you just want Microsoft patches, you can use PowerShell's get-hotfix cmdlet.


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Most server-based hardware, or server motherboards now a days have some sort of on-board network based KVM systems that allows remote administration of a machine, most of the time it's called IPMI. It allows you, with the correct license, the ability to pull the console (screen) and send keyboard and mouse entries directly to the server, and also mount ...


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SNMP's old and crusty. Microsoft has put their SNMP engine in deprecated status, so expect to not even see it included with new versions of Windows. This also sounds like it would be a perfect job for Powershell's new Desired State Configuration, but, DSC is complex. It's a relatively heavy commitment in learning, setting up a pull server, updating ...



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