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    This might be a dumb question, but do all of the PCs sent a job (like adding a local user) have to be powered up and connected to the network when the job is sent? I have about 1,000 laptops that are on the network at various times with some possibly not even being powered on for a month or so. I would like to change the local admin password and add a domain group to the local administrators group on all of these laptops. Is this possible with your product?

  • #2
    Re: Question about mobile computers

    The action to perform this function (adding a user to a group) is performed by the remote computer, so it has to be on/up in order to get the request and carry it out. I don't know of a way or product to have a list of things to perform like that and then have it do it when the computer comes on-line.
    Kevin Stanush
    SystemTools Software Inc.


    • #3
      Re: Question about mobile computers

      There are a couple of other ways you can accomlish this without having to worry about the laptop being turned on.

      If you are in an active directory environment and they are XP you can reset the local administrator password in this manner:

      Then you can use restricted groups to add the global groups to the local groups on the laptop. Just remember that when you do that it's a replace only feature not a merge.


      • #4
        Re: Question about mobile computers

        Thanks Trammel. I'll look into the link you sent me for changing the password.

        I really wanted to avoid using Restricted Groups because of the replace issue, so I ended up finding a vb script to add the group.

        Dim DomainName
        Dim UserAccount

        On error resume next

        Set net = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
        local = net.ComputerName
        DomainName = "domain name" 'enter your domain name here
        UserAccount = "domain group name" 'enter the domain group
        set group = GetObject("WinNT://"&local&"/local group name") 'enter the local group

        'adds the group.
        group.Add "WinNT://"& DomainName &"/"& UserAccount &""