Computer Management of Windows Vista/7 Computers

I run Windows XP on my desktop and manage a few dozen computers. Some of the Computers I must manage occassionally are Windows Vista or 7.

When I open Computer Management in XP and Connect to another computer that's running Vista or 7, I cannot access certain System Tools, such as Local Users and Groups, event logs, etc...

Is there a third party utility that I can use or download since XP won't support this?

Note: The reason I'm primarily on XP is because most of the computers I support are on XP, and I only have 1 PC to myself.
garryshapeAsked:
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norcaltyCommented:
I was in this situation at one point and what worked best for me was to install VirtualPC (free) on my XP machine and run Windows 7 in it.  I actually used VMWare workstation but either will work.
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ClintSwineyCommented:
Beat me to that one, I concur.... Make a VM and use that....
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DrFunkenstein76Commented:
If you've got windows 7 licenses available, why not just install Win7 as your primary OS and run your XP stuff in the built-in XP Mode?
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JohnLoCommented:
100% Agree with the VM. Vmware and VirtualPC are great also another free option is VirtualBox.   http://www.virtualbox.org/
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pnorris99Commented:
As you have found "Computer Management" will not work Windows XP to Vista or 7, if you have a license spare I would as the other have said install a Windows 7 VM using the following free ap from VMWare.

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

It does work very well and will give you a Windows 7 box that will allow you to connect to the Vista and 7 boxes to manage them.

It may also be possible to use VBScripts to pull the information you want from the XP machines although this will only give you a plain txt file that you will have to read through. If you want to create new users on the remote computers or change passwords etc this can also be done using VBScripts. Let me know if you need more help with getting what you need form these computers.

Thanks
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norcaltyCommented:
I think I already said that...
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dmwynneCommented:
An app called Hyena may be able to do it.  Its basically a replacement for comp. mgmt with more features.
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pnorris99Commented:
VMware workstation is not free VMWare Player is they are 2 different apps
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JohnLoCommented:
VMware player can not create Virtual machines AFAIK
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
No Workstation is not free, but you can get VMware Server 2.02 for free or use VirtualBox as already suggested by JohnLo.  Incidently, in my opinion, Virtual PC 2007 runs particularly badly, its old, resource hungry and running it on XP can be a bit of headache (depending on your build/setup).

I had best results with VMware Workstation 6 and 7.  VMServer should be your easiest answer, as long as you have a license for Win7 - http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0

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grayeCommented:
If you don't want to use the virtualization option, you could use the Remote Desktop tools to remotely log into the remote WinV/Win7 systems from your WinXP box.  That way you'd be running the Computer Management tools directly.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969084 
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pnorris99Commented:
JohnLo VMWare player can create Virtual Machines I use it on a daily basis for testing VM's and also testing deployment from SCCM and WDS.

Please see the following extract:

VMware Player For users without a license to use VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion, VMware offers this software as freeware product for personal use. While initially not able to create virtual machines, this limitation was removed in version 3.0.1
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