[Samba] Checking installed software on Windows boxes

Van Sickler, Jim vansickj-eodc at Kaman.com
Wed Apr 17 10:18:02 GMT 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Knadle [mailto:cknadle at aeroflex.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 12:30 PM
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] Checking installed software on Windows boxes
> On Tuesday 16 April 2002 13:39, you wrote:
> > At 12:34 16/04/2002, you wrote:
> > >    The main thing we're getting out of the PDC is the 
> ability to run a
> > >     script upon login to track installed software on PC's.
> >
> > Good Idea to check the installed software on PC's with a 
> script logon.
> >
> > Could you give me more information on this script? Is it 
> working? How it
> > get info from the PC's?
>    Unfortunately the script itself is not what is doing the real work.
>    When someone logs onto the NT machine, a drive is mapped 
> the startup 
> script runs a commercial package (Track-It! 4.0) on the 
> client, which then 
> pushes the information onto the NT PDC.
>    This solution has a few problems:
>    The script only runs when users log into the PDC.  Some 
> users never turn 
> off their computers, so the script never gets run.  Also, 
> some users have not 
> been set up to log into the PDC, and instead they log into 
> their own PC's.

We have the same issues-what about using the Windows Sheduler
on the Win9x PCs, NT's at, and Win2k's Task Scheduler on the
PCs to run the script instead?  As long as they're
authenticated to the samba server (logged in, wkstn locked?)
it might work for you.  Watch out for running the script
against a mapped drive-I found out Win2k's backup won't
run if the user is logged out, due to the un-mapping on
logout.  Setting the backup location to the UNC works fine.
e.g. u:\\-backup-\diff.bkf fails, unless logged in;
\\server\user\-backup-\diff.bkf works logged in/not logged in.


>    A better solution would be to allow an update of installed 
> software upon 
> demand, but that solution was much more costly ($4000 as 
> opposed to about 
> $400).
>    I wouldn't recommend the current solution we're using, 
> since there's no 
> way of guaranteeing that the information required gets 
> gathered in a timely 
> manner.
>         - Chris
> Chris Knadle
> cknadle at aeroflex.com
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