Free Utilities that may be useful
I myself used to work in a school, and I developed various applications to aid network managers and technicians in their day-to-life. I would like to bring these to your attention as there may be something there that may be of help to you. Here is a brief list of free applications we have, some of which are not currently available from our website:
Allow staff to change the password of students when the students have forgotten it. This then saves time for the network managers and technicians as the teacher can do it instead. This does require permissions to be set correctly on the network.
Do you require certain registry settings to be reset back to a default value every time a user logs in? This free utility will do exactly that!
A simple replacement for the standard Windows RunAs except that you can supply the users’ password on the command line. This can be useful when running batch files.
Doing any server migration? This can save you hours by copying shares from one server to another. All permissions and attributes are copied too! Please note this application is also integrated into another product called Shares Manager, which is a paid for application.
Shares From Directory
Do you need to create shares for all of your users in bulk? This application can create shares in a flash based on a bunch of selected directories. Each directory will be shared the same as its name, along with various options that you can specify. Please note this application is also integrated into another product called Shares Manager, which is a paid for application.
Add Directory Rights
Similar to the Shares From Directory application, this application will add the user of the same name as the directory to the permissions of the directory. When selecting multiple directories each one will have its equivalent user account added. This can be useful when creating new user accounts and you need to set the permissions on them quickly. This could also be useful when migrating to a new server. Please note this application is also integrated into another product called FileSystem Utilities, which is a paid for application.
This little application will propagate the file permissions of a folder to all of its children, and children’s children. This could also be useful when migrating to a new server. Please note this application is also integrated into another product called FileSystem Utilities, which is a paid for application.
NT File Copy
This little application will copy files along with their attributes and permissions. In Windows attributes and permissions are inherited from the destination location. This application will append the permissions and set the attributes as specified by the source. This could also be useful when migrating to a new server. Please note this application is also integrated into another product called FileSystem Utilities, which is a paid for application.
We also have some applications that have never seen the light of day but were created, like all the others, to solve headaches of network managers and technicians. Here are some of them that may be of interest to you:
This application will monitor all print jobs and record them to a database. At present there is no method of viewing the records except for looking in the database manually. However, should this be of interest then we would implement a reporting mechanism. Originally it was conceived that this reporting mechanism would appear in the introupe Intranet product.
System Status Notification
When a system “goes down” usually the phone never stops ringing. With this application the network manager can update the status of services centrally which will then get pushed out to every PC, whereby they will receive a notification that a service has become unavailable. When the service is updated to be available again then the notification is sent to each PC to update them.
The principle of this application is to remotely manage every PC on a network. A client is installed remotely from a central location which acts as the eyes and ears of you. From the central location you can inform the client to perform various actions including registry tweaks, file management, shutdown, logoff, send message, etc.
Modules for introupe
A few modules have been developed for introupe but have never been released commercially. These modules include an Internet Access Manager where staff can request websites to be allowed or banned, and students can view categorised lists of websites that have been allowed. Another module is called Work Experience. This is designed to manage the staff who are allocated to visit students on work experience.
If any of these applications are of any interest to you then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org where I will be only too happy to send them on to you.