Saturday, October 31, 2009

Remote maintenance

I'm constantly amazed at how many techs don't know how to administer machines remotely, or only have rudimentary skills in that area. Every techie owes it to themselves - and to their employer(s) and end-users - to gain as many remote skills as they can.

If you don't have remote skills, you are almost useless.
To me, "basic" tech skills include the following...

- The ability to edit the Windows Registry without screwing it up.
- Know how to pass your administrator credentials from another account. (This is harder with Windows 7, since Microsoft broke this on purpose.)
- The ability to browse with Explorer to another computer's hard drive(s).
- Remote Desktop usage.
- And you must have several useful tools for manipulating remote machines, like Microsoft's Sysinternals
- The ability to script in any language, batch scripting, vbs, powershell, etc.

In this blog, I hope to share lots of my tricks, plus learn many of yours.