Administration via Windows NT Server Tools

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 9 July 2000 / Last Updated on 9 July 2000]

The Windows NT-Server CD-ROM includes under \CLIENTS\SRVTOOLS the
"Windows NT Server Tools" for both Windows NT workstation and Windows95
(which work on Windows98), allowing to perform some common administration tasks
from a Windows95/98 system (avoiding to have to walk to the server console):
- Event-Log
- User Manager for Domains
- Server applet (to view connected users and usage of Shares and files)
- Services applet (to view/manage the status of Services)
- Disk- Share Management
- Computer-Account Management (for NT-systems joining the Domain)

The installation places them into the Windows Menu as part of "Programs: "

On the first usage, you are prompted to select the system to connect to for administration:

Then you have access to the "Event-Log" of the NT-server:

When using the Server Tools (like the "User Manager for Domains"),
make sure that your Windows95 Username has proper permissions on the NT-server:
You need to have (like on the NT-Server itself), Administrator permissions for some

With proper permissions, you can add/delete/modify User accounts in
the "User Manager":

The "Server Manager" of this tools combines multiple activities:
Select from the Menu: "Computer" "Properties" or double-click on a name:

View the status of User-connections, Share usage and File usage
( as on the NT-Server in the Control-Panel via the "Server" applet ).

Select from the menu: "Computer" "Services" to display the status of the
Services on the NT-server, allowing you to manage them like on the
NT-server in the Control-panel using the "Services"-applet:

Select from the menu: "Computer" "Shared Directories" to view the list
of NT-Server Disk-Shares, with the possibility to modify them
(for example: assign different permissions like adding new users)

You can also create "New Shares" and "Stop Sharing":

When defining a new share, you need to type manually the path,
there is no browsing available to view the files/directories.
As a workaround, use the "NT-Administrative Share" (C$, D$,....) to manually map
temporary a network drive (right-click on Network Neighborhood: Map Network Drive),
then you can view/browse this NT-disk from Windows95/98 using this network-drive
to determine the path to be entered in the NT-Server Tools:

(Since the NT-Administrative Share is ending in a '$'-sign, it is a "Hidden Share", which are NOT
displayed in the Network Neighborhood)

Select from the menu: "Computer" "Add to Domain" to define new
"Computer Accounts", required for NT-systems joining a Domain:

To gain from a remote system full access to the Server console, use a
Remote Control program (like pcAnyWhere).

The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.

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