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Maintenance of a computer i.e. defrag, remotely with out loging off the user

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I want to be able to administrator our workstations remotely as much as possible i.e. computer management to change groups and passwords, but it does not allow defrag, I would also like to do other maintenance with out having to log off the user if possable. I know about Remote Desktop access and using a program like Dameware. I want to do this is because users sometime stay logged on to there computer when they leave for the day and I don't want to log them off the machine (if possible) because they may loose unsaved data. I would like to be able to do other maintenance also, does anyone know a way I can do this.

We have a Win 2003 Server network, all workstations have XP Pro.

Thank you,
DSterling
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by:McKnife
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In xp, it's possible to run defrag as a scheduled task. Look at defrag /? for parameters.
What other maintenance options are you looking for?
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by:Yogalingam
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can user netmeeting or VNC...
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dsterling,
You should take a look at the 'psexec' freeware from www.sysinternals.com - actually, check out ALL their free stuff.

Specifically, psexec will allow you to run any set of commands you want ON a remote computer FROM your computer.

We use it for a wide variety of install/repair/maintenance functions.

Good Luck,
Vic
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by:gonzal13
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I would set a company policy that the users save their data before going home at night. Besides it is dangerous to not save your data frequently.
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by:programmer1024
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You can use a program called "Remote Control" to gain access to another computer on the network.
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by:younghv
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dsterling,
Thank you for the points.
I 'bookmarked' that site a long time ago and check it frequently for any new stuff.


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