Administration via Remote Control (pcAnyWhere)
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" (from Symantec) is very
(You can also use NetMeeting
version 3.x.x for Remote Control).
When purchasing from HP a server (like the Netserver LH3
) , it is delivered with the
setup-CD-ROM, guiding through the installation (and also
automating the installation) of a Network-Server
The script for the NT4-Server setup also installs a copy
on the first versions of pcAnyWhere 8.0, there was a
mis-match with the TCP/IP
stack on some NT4-ServicePack versions, it is required to
download from Symantec
the update-patches to 8.02b:
A quick introduction in using pcAnyWhere
Once pcAnyWhere is
installed on the NT-Server, select to "Be a Host
create (using "Add be a Host PC
Item" or modify one of the predefined profiles
(which I have already deleted from the screen below) by viewing the "Properties"
(right-click or the small Toolbar icon):
tab: Connection Info
Most NT-server will use the network protocol TCP/IP.
Using TCP/IP as connection to pcAnyWhere allows also the
flexibility to use it in
the office ( via the LAN network from
an office PC ) and also from home ( by first making
a RAS dialin, using TCP/IP as RAS-protocol, and then connecting
to pcAnyWhere ):
When installed on Windows NT (compared to Windows95/98),
can "Run as a Service": This
allows pcAnyWhere Host to start-up at bootup time
of the NT-server, not having to wait first for a user-logon).
This is very handy, if you make the server-administration late
night or on the weekend
from home, you can select to reboot the server (sometimes
required to clear some
problems) which will cause the connection to be terminated, wait
for a few minutes and
then connected again to the server to login again and finalizes
to avoid unauthorized connections to the server-console, you need
to configure the
"Callers". To avoid
additional passwords, I prefer to "Use NT user
use the icon "Add User" to select the authorized users
(usually just the administrator)
from the list of NT-users, as managed by the "NT User
That's it, you are read to start the pcAnyWhere Host , which will
for incoming connections:
You should check in the Control-Panel applet: "Services",
"pcANYWHERE Host Service"
will be started "Automatic"
(that will allow a connection after a
Connecting via pcAnyWhere to an NT4-Server
When connecting to the NT4-server,which is setup in Callers for
NT4 user privileges, you will be prompted to enter your Username
and then for the password:
This allows you to connect to the pcAnyWhere Host, which will now
NT-server console, as you were sitting in front of the server.
If the console is locked (or no user had yet logged in), you
click in the pcAnyWhere
Toolbar on the "CAD" button to send the
"Control-Alt-Delete" signal to the server:
that will get the NT-login or Unlock Window.