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    Open Source Computer/User Management

    Hi,

    I have been working on my own version of Computers and User management tool and getting closer to an alpha release of the code and program. Some details are contained below on what the tool hopes to achieve. If you would prefer just to look at some screenies then click here.


    Fully open source PC/User management program.

    Its high level aims are to enable PCs to be easily managed and monitored.
    Allow for PCs to be started up and shutdown via schedules.
    Currently geared towards being run by IT support staff, but could also be skinned/coded to give a teacher look and feel

    What does it do?

    It lists all computers in a domain, OU (using AD or NetBIOS) or pre defined group> If a user is logged in it can show this information.

    Can also manually add machines to create rooms.

    It can run a series of commands and events against user/machine

    Which include:-

    Establish remote connection via VNC/RDP etc
    Show remote screen print
    connect to user home folder
    connect to user profile
    connect to local shares on machine
    Disable internet via proxy or closing running instances via a timer.
    Lock machines.
    Startup(via mac from DHCP server), Shutdown and restart.

    Techie stuff

    Written in c# does not need client software installing, but do require version 2.0 of the framework.
    Uses threads to interface with clients when using WMI and registry access
    Stores logging data in SQLite and configs in xml.

    Need help to document, test and code.

    The project code will be released via sourceforge SVN and project documented and managed using Google sites.

    For latest overview of project, including screen prints from alpha version. Please goto Power Manager ?(SlimmerIT)?

    If you are interested in joining the project please let me know. Any level of experience welcomed, as I am struggling to do this in my free time!
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    What about remote logon of computers?

    Ben

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    We have it running here so that if we double click on a computer is logs us in via VNC without needed to enter extra passwords etc

    Also supports RDP connections, but easy to add almost any form of connection.

    It does not support logging onto multiple PCs at once (although most actions are suitable for multiple actions). I guess it would be possible to do this, but would require editing registry on all selected machines and then restarting them.

    Did you mean multiple or single PCs?
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    Multiple would be good for example when running the online test software we have a special user just for that.

    Ben

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    First alpha release of the binaries is now ready. Tested already on several domains. The remote screen code is currently unthreaded and a little slow



    Would love to hear some feedback on functions that are working or that could be added. For people that asked for the source code I hope to get this version source uploaded over weekend.

    Next major features to be added will be DHCP integration, add rooms to SQLite server and finish of the missing menu functions.

    See http://sites.google.com/site/slimmerit/annouce for further information.

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    Added basic room support to DB. Will add DHCP/MAC addresss integration next then look to release a beta version soon. See Files ?(SlimmerIT)? for download.

    Thanks for feedback so far, I added basic room support following this feedback

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    download site currently blocked in Lancs - I've asked for it to be unblocked so I'd wait a hour or so

    regards

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    The project is being hosted on google sites. (Which I have found to be great for my needs) I have posted the second alpha release bianries on sourceforge as well. See http://sourceforge.net/projects/power-manager/ , which hopefully not be blocked.

    Should hopefully have the source uploaded later tonight as well.



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