Remote registry service needed or not?

Is the Remote Registry Service critical for enterprise desktop management?  I've noticed that it's not set to auto start by default on Windows 7 (or at least the few systems I've looked at).  Is this b/c it is a security risk?  I've done some cursory research and it seems like on some sites they say you need to have it and on others they say you shouldn't use it at all, so I'm confused.  We'd like to do automated windows updates across the board, and we are also experimenting with Trend Micro and other virus management solutions.  I noticed Trend wants it turned on in order to do a remote agent deployment.  I was just curious about the experienced and thoughts of my peers.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I've faced the same issue when upgrading to Vista/Win7.  There are good arguments on both sides, but mostly I think the decision is going to be made based on what you need to have working on your domain.  I ended up enabling it for a number of different reasons, not the least of which is that it does make direct desktop management (for example, being able to connect to the computer management console remotely) possible.  Another factor is 3rd party software, usually management utilities  that query machines for status and hardware/software information, and network-wide apps that use a management tool to check the status of their software running on the machines across a network or to deploy agents like you mentioned with Trend Micro.

I think this is one of those things that sounded like a good idea security-wise when it was implemented by Microsoft as part of the more secure OS, but it doesn't work well in a networked environment.

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patriotsAuthor Commented:
Good point...we may end up going the same route.
It's not needed for WSUS because that's controlled by group policy. I agree that it would be nice to have it off...right until you want to use it. You can control the service startup via group policy, and you should be able to start and stop it via remote computer management.
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