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Chapter 10. Deploying Scripts for Comput... > Writing Scripts to Manage Other Comp...

Writing Scripts to Manage Other Computers

One way to manage multiple remote computers is to sit at one computer and reach through the network to manage others. This is a big win in large organizations, because the cost of sending administrative staff from desktop to desktop can be enormous.

I should point out that even without scripting, there are several ways to accomplish this with Windows XP and its predecessors. Windows XP Professional includes the Remote Desktop feature, and Windows 2000/.NET Server provides Terminal Services for Administration. Third-party applications such as Symantec's PCAnywhere, AT&T's VNC (which is free, by the way, and supports many operating systems), and Altiris's Carbon Copy provide the same functionality. With these technologies, you can “visit” another computer and manage it through remote control. As far as I'm concerned, these are essential management tools.


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