Access Task Manager Romotely

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I need to access a computer on my network task manager.

What is the best way to access the task managers on a remote computer that is locked by the user that is logged on.

My aim is to close a application which the user have open.

Question by:mrvan
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    Use PSKILL and PSLIST - they are command line tools that function like task manager, available from Microsoft.

    They are part of the PSTOOLS and can be found here:

    Note: some antivirus applications consider PSKILL a bad program, so you may have to create an exclusion for it.
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    Remote Task Manager® (RTM) is a systems control interface that can be run from any remote Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows Server 2003 computer. This enables a Systems Administrator to control most aspects of a remote environment. The simple-to-use, tabbed interface separates applications, services, devices, processes, events, shared resources and performance monitor, making each of these very easy to control. A Systems Administrator can start or stop services or devices, add new services or devices, manage the run level and adjust the security (permissions, auditing and owner). The Process Function and the Task Manager allows remote termination and adjusting of priority. An Event Viewer lets the Administrator view all events as though they were being run on the host computer. The Performance Monitor displays a dynamic overview of the computer's performance (CPU and memory usage). RTM even supports remote installs, enabling a Systems Administrator to set up a service on remote machines without ever having to physically go to them. RTM adds the ability to lock/shutdown/reboot and to create processes on remote computers.


    Version: 3.8.2
    OS: NT 4.0/2000/XP/2003
    Req. RAM: 32 Mb
    Req. HDD: 2 Mb

    What's so Special What's New       

    Designed for Windows XP

    Quick Tour
    With RTM you can:

        * Monitor all running tasks, processes, services and events on remote computers.
        * Watch features of running tasks (the handle of the main window, process ID, etc.).
        * Watch features of running processes (process ID, CPU time, privileges used, memory, priority).
        * See which process is associated with a selected task.
        * See which process is associated with a selected service.
        * End a selected task correctly.
        * Terminate a selected process at any time.
        * Change priority of a selected process.
        * Control which CPUs the process will be allowed to execute on.
        * Stop, start, restart, pause and continue any selected service or device.
        * Change startup parameters of a service or a device (name, account, startup type, dependencies, etc.).
        * Change service's repair parameters on Windows 2000/XP.
        * Watch dependent services.
        * Adjust service's and device's security (permissions, auditing and owner).
        * Manage shared resources on remote computers.
        * Clear event logs.
        * Archive event logs.
        * Monitor a dynamic overview of the computer's performance (CPU and memory usage).
        * Shut down and reboot remote computers.
        * Create processes on remote computers.
        * Lock computers remotely.
        * And much more...
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Yes, but that program COSTS MONEY.  PSKILL and PSLIST are both scriptable and FREE.
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    Leew, you are totally correct. I didn't think about those, although we use them too. Silly me 8/

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    jvuz: Thanks for you suggestion of Remote Task Manager® (RTM). I tried this program before I posted the question but it failed to run on my computer. the application installed fine but it did not want to execute for some strange reason.

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