I am using Windows Server 2008 with Windows XP workstations. Occasionally I flick though the workstations at random and see what people are doing. Sometimes, albeit rarely, I see them doing something that's against the terms of use for the network (as defined by management).

Ideally, I would like to be able to send the user a message that pops up explaining that they shouldn't be doing that and I would be grateful if they stopped.

Additionally I would like to be able to disable their keyboard and mouse when supporting the users via VNC to prevent them from hijacking what I'm doing.

I use a Mac mostly when supporting users so if there is any software that would work on a Mac it would be great. If not, can any Windows applications do this?




This is somewhat tangential, but perhaps there are better ways to detect behavior that violates policy (analysis of Snort/Web proxy logs, etc), or at least ways that reduce the amount of manual supervision you perform?


Log me in is a great application for this you can lock they're keyboard, blank the screen and take control and send a message as necessary. It also works with a Mac The free version does all of this, the pro version has even more functionality www.logmein.com Chris

  • All of the workstations already have a VNC server installed, can I use logmein with the existing VNC applications? – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:05
  • You can't use it with VNC, but logmein is a much better program. It is web accessible from anywhere, with authentication and has much more functionality then VNC. I would try it out to see the difference. – cpgascho Nov 26 '10 at 20:06
  • I like the look of it, but it's a shame it can't use the existing VNC servers. I'll take a look though. Thanks! – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:08
  • I have used VNC in the past but switched over to this now. It doesn't require me to change any firewall rules on the gateway or the clients and I get a single web interface for managing all my machines. – cpgascho Nov 26 '10 at 20:11
  • Do you have the Enteprise $200 a year version? – dannymcc Nov 26 '10 at 20:11

Also Team Viewer could be a good solutions...


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