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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Spawn Processes and/or Shutdown Remote Windows NT/2000/XP WorkStations.

Have you ever wanted to run a process such as an application installer/setup, service pack, virus definition update etc on a group of target computers without having the burden of installing any remote client on your target computers?
Perhaps you have needed to Shutdown, Powerdown, Reboot, Suspend, Hibernate, LogOff or Lock a large number of workstations at the one time or at certain times from a scheduler and give the user notice and the ability to cancel the operation beforehand?
BeyondExec offers the following flexibility -
  • General
    • Zero set-up time. Simply run the single 110kb utility from the command line.
    • Omits the need to install client software on remote machines.
    • Secure. No open TCP/IP ports - utilises already existing SMB named pipes to minimise security risks.
    • Works with a single remote computer or groups of multiple remote computers.
    • Multiple computer support is handled by multi-threaded routines speeding up the issuing of jobs.
    • Command line utility allowing scripting and automation of tasks from batch files or schedulers.
    • Each workstation allows 3 simultaneous sessions.
    • Supports renamed Administrator accounts & renamed Administrators groups for added security.
  • Run Remote Processes
    • Allows processes to run in either the system or administrator's account.
    • Can allow or deny processes the right to interact with the logged on user (Desktop).
    • Ability to run processes with Above Normal, Below Normal, High Priority, Idle, Normal priorities.
    • Push Windows Hot Fixes/Service Packs/Virus Definition updates out to remote computers etc.
    • Use with the Command Line Process Viewer to View, Kill, Suspend or adjust the priorities of processes on remote computers.
    • or Use with the Console Computer Information Utility for 2000/XP to view/log Specifications of Remote Computers.
    • Option to terminate rogue processes after a specified number of seconds.
  • Remote Shutdown
    • Ability to shutdown groups of computers (for example at close of business to save on power.)
    • User can be given notification of shutdown and the option of cancelling (if permitted - Default).
    • Shutdown dialog will appear on active window, should it be the login window, login screen saver, logged in users desktop, or on a locked workstation.
    • The shutdown process will be identical regardless if a user is logged in or not.
    • A process can be executed prior to shutdown. E.g. you could gracefully shutdown important programs (open databases) using the Command Line Process Viewer before forcing a shutdown on less important applications.

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