Yesterday, I listed some of Microsoft's management tools for Windows Vista. This post is the second part.

Task Scheduler: ^

Windows Vista's Task Scheduler has some interesting new features. You can now launch tasks when specific events occur like insufficient disk space or if a user locks/unlocks the workstation or if the computer is in idle mode. Another nice feature is that tasks can be run in sequence. This prevents tasks from running simultaneously. And the credentials under which the task will be running can be stored in Active Directory now.

Windows Remote Management (WinRM): ^

WinRM is Microsoft's implementation of the WS-Management standard, a web services-based (SOAP) protocol developed by some hardware and software vendors for sending and receiving management data to computer devices. Using WinRM you can remotely run scripts to perform all kinds of management tasks. WinRM is also available for Windows Server 2003. Microsoft Technet has a detailed introduction into WinRM. If you didn't understand my short description you might have a look at this post at ANTIMAIL. In the middle of this text, you'll find a simple example. It describes the use of WinRM to get information about the Spooler service.

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0: ^

MMC is a framework used by most of Microsoft's management tools. If you are system administrator, you probably know that many administration tools are snap-ins for the MMC. MMC 3.0 got some new features in Windows Vista. For one, you can now run multiple tasks in parallel. So if one task is not responding because it didn't finish (or it simply hangs) you can go ahead with other tasks. Second, there is a separate Action Pane which gives you information about the object you want to manage. Third, adding snap-ins is easier now. Techrepublic has some screenshots.

Windows Installer 4.0: ^

Windows Installer is a Windows component which is used by most software vendors to install, update and remove programs. Thus the new features in Windows Installer 4.0 will affect most of the software installations. Microsoft says that it will be less likely that adding and removing programs will require a reboot. Windows Installer is able to restart applications which are in use, restoring their state after the installation. This is possible even if the computer has to reboot.

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New command line tools: ^

Windows Vista has bunch of new useful command line tools. Computer Bits has a list of the new tools in Windows Vista Beta 2 with a short description of each.

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