Administration via Remote Control (NetMeeting)
The Windows NT-Server CD-ROM includes under \CLIENTS\SRVTOOLS
"Windows NT Server Tools"
for both Windows NT workstation and Windows95
(which work on Windows98), allowing to perform some common
from a Windows95/98 system (avoiding to
have to walk to the server console).
However when a higher level of management is required (like: administration of an Exchange Server),
a remote Control
program like "pcAnyWhere" (to be purchased from
included free with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x
( previous versions of
NetMeeting do NOT include this functionality).
is very helpful.
However: compared to pcAnyWhere, it has limited File-Transfer capabilities,
and I did have some stability problems with it on my NT4/SP6a
server (but it is free.....)
When installing Internet Explorer 5.x, make
sure that "NetMeeting" is
selected as one of the
installation options. You will then find it under: "Programs"
/ "Accessories" / "Communications":
||When you use NetMeeting the
first time, it will go through a
serious of screen for registration
( if you have done this
continue to "Enabling Sharing" )
||You are forced to enter your name
(first and last) and an e-mail address.
You can enter your real address or
a fake one (like I did)
||Microsoft offers the use of a
via the Internet.
For simple use on a LAN, that is not
required, so deactivate it.
||You need to define the connection
If you will make "Remote Desktop
Control" only via the LAN, select
LAN, but if you connect via a
modem to the Server and then run
"Remote Desktop Control" via this
dial-up connection, then please
select the modem-speed (usually
(and if you modem is not
already at least
28.800, then BUY one now ! You need it
to be able to work at an acceptable
||I like a shortcut on my desktop.
||Since NetMeeting is originally a
conferencing software, it assumes
that you have a sound-card and a
microphone, which it will now
attempt to calibrate.
||If you do NOT have a Sound-card
in your NT4-server (which you
do NOT need for Remote Desktop),
then just skip these calibrations
"Remote Desktop Sharing",
you must select in the menu:
"Tools" to "Enable
||It will install additional software
modules (it did not ask me for the
IE 5.x CD-ROM), select "YES".
After that, you will be asked to
of NetMeeting as RemoteAccess Host:
||Once you "Enabled Sharing",then you can select
the option for "Remote Desktop Sharing"
up the Remote Desktop Sharing Wizard.
||It is a very simple
mostly just information
for you to read.
||An important note:
To connect to a desktop of
an NT-system, you will need
to be Administrator.
||I strongly suggest to
a password protected
As stated on this screen:
just exit NetMeeting, then
use the icon in the taskbar
to switch on/off the
"NetMeeting Remote Desktop
Once you have activated "NetMeeting
Remote Desktop Sharing", you can log off from
Using NetMeeting to access a Remote Desktop
||To connect to a remote system,
start up NetMeeting, and make a
"Call" (in my
example via the IP-address).
For access to an NT Remote Desktop,
you need to place the checkmark on
"Require security for this call".
NetMeeting is then connecting to the
||Once connected, you will
be prompted for the
Administrator password, required to gain access
to the NT-system (this is independent from a
With a proper password, you will then see
the desktop of the remote system.
||You can select to display the remote
desktop as "Full Screen"
windows, which is very handy when both systems have the
screen resolution. Use the "Restore"
displayed in the
top-right corner of the full-screen display to switch
Once you are connected, there may be a need to send from the menu
"Control-Alt-Delete", as required for example to get to
the Logon-window :
||Once you are finished
with your work on the
Remote computer, terminate the connection by
"hanging up on your call"