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Windows Remote Administration. Topics. Methods that Facilities uses for administering machines Tools for remote administration / automation: Computer Management (compmgmt.msc) WMI and WMIC Scripting. Current Rollout Projects. Windows XP Service Pack 2

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Windows Remote Administration

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  • Methods that Facilities uses for administering machines

  • Tools for remote administration / automation:

    Computer Management (compmgmt.msc)

    WMI and WMIC


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Current Rollout Projects

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2

    • Kclient upgrade to KfW

    • OpenAFS upgrade

      Updates are applied to a group of ten machines at a time, completion date of 6/2005

  • Monthly Patch Updates (ongoing)

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What we do – Group Policies

  • Deliver default Firewall settings for XP SP2

  • Push software, XP SP2, Kclient / OpenAFS upgrade packages

  • Configure security for Xwin32, Time server for Leash (new ticket manager)

  • Configure Event Log settings, other security settings (NoNetAsAdmin, for example)

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  • Stock Microsoft administration tools, methods are used (Remote desktop, etc)

  • Some tools are installed by default, others added via resource kit, support tools (form the OS install CD)

  • Administrative Shares (x$,admin$,etc)

  • Custom tools written in Vbscript

  • Windows Management instrumentation

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Built-in tools

  • MMC Based snap ins, roll your own tools

  • Some are advertised via Control Panel -> admin tools, some are not (Certificate manager for example)

  • Computer Management (compmgmt.msc)

  • Administrative rights required

  • Demo

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Why Remote Desktop ?

  • Built-in to all recent versions of Windows

  • Port blocked at border router (3389)

  • Next best thing to being there (console access)

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Tip for using compmgmt.msc

Batch File:

Start Computer Management (target machine):

start compmgmt.msc /computer:%1

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  • Windows Management Instrumentation – Microsoft’s implementation of WBEM.

  • Pre-cooked objects for obtaining information about a machine(s)

  • Gather information about Disks, partitions, Motherboards, memory DIMMS, etc.

  • Start / kill services, processes, etc

  • Demo

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Windows Scripting Host

  • Supports Vbscript, Jscript, Perl, .Net

  • Programmatically access WMI namespace, other object models (ADSI, CDO, etc.)

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Cheat Sheets

Will make available after this session …

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Webcasts / Resources

Using WMIC for administration:;en-us;325427

Scripting WMIC:;en-us;325946

Scripting Guys Webcasts:

Scripting Start Page:

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