NETIKUS.NET, the publisher of EventSentry, is raffling off ten AutoAdministrator licenses, available to 4sysops readers. AutoAdministrator clearly demonstrates that no command prompt or scripting language is needed to "automate" system administration tasks on multiple computers. This useful tool costs only $69 US and can save you a lot of time. It would certainly be a lot more expensive for your organization to ask you to program scripts with the same capabilities. Moreover, AutoAdministrator is multi-threaded. You can’t easily do that with a script, and that can reduce the time it takes to perform certain updates 10-fold (e.g. with 10 threads).
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AutoAdministrator 2.0 lets you query or manage nine different settings on multiple computers: Services (query and edit services), Password (manage user passwords), Registry (view or change registry values), File Management (copy and delete files and folders), File Information (view file details), Logons (view users logged on), Shutdown/Reboot, Online Status (ping hosts), and ODBC (query and manage DSNs).
Installing AutoAdministrator will take you only a few seconds. It officially runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, but I had no problem with it on Windows 7. Its console supports English and German. For managed computers, there is no agent required.
For certain features, the Remote Registry service has to be running on managed machines. This is not, however, by default, and you can use AutoAdministrator to start this service on all your machines. I will explain later how this works. You also have to make sure that Windows Firewall isn't in your way. To do so, you must allow File and Printer Sharing on all machines for your PC.
AutoAdministrator is very easy-to-use and requires no tutorial or manual. As you can see in the screenshot above, all the computers in your network can be seen in the right pane, the operations are selected by using the task bar, and settings can be configured in the left pane. The results of your operations are displayed right beside the corresponding computer. It is also possible to log all results in a text file.
AutoAdministrator scans your network for computers and also lets you access Active Directory to find computer objects. If you work in a Windows domain I recommend using domain administrator account to manage remote computers. AutoAdministrator allows you to work with alternate credentials.
It is possible to arrange PCs in Custom Groups by dragging one or more machines to group's container. Custom Groups can be saved to a file, which allows you to repeat certain actions on specific computers at a later time. It is also possible to save profiles for common tasks. To query or update multiple computers, you can select each computer separately, if you want to target only a few machines, or you can query computers in the Custom Groups or in Active Directory containers.
In my next post, I will discuss AutoAdministrator's management features.
If you would like to have the chance to win of one of the ten licenses that NETIKUS.NET is offering 4sysops readers, please send an email with "AutoAdministrator" in the subject line" to:
Feel free to write a few words about who you are and what you do. The deadline is May 22, 2009.
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