Taking Shortcuts that Count
NT Service Account Manager 2.0 offers relief
for those admin tasks that you might classify under "repetitive and boring."
There is a time in every Windows NT administrator’s
life where it is necessary to start or stop a service, add
or remove a service, or modify a service account on one or
more NT machines. Services can easily be managed remotely,
or locally, one system at a time, with Server Manager. But
what happens, for example, if you have to add Client Services
for NetWare, or RAS, to a hundred NT workstations? Do you
want to add the service to one workstation at a time, or would
you rather be able to concurrently add the service to all
NT Service Account Manager 2.0 by Lieberman
and Associates is designed to allow administrators the option
of doing maintenance on large groups of services and service
accounts concurrently. This is an ideal product for administrators
of any size NT network. The ability to maintain services,
service accounts and their passwords from a single interface
screen makes an administrator’s day-to-day life much
NT machines and Win2K machines on multiple
domains or workgroups can be managed as well. The systems
need not reside in a single workgroup or domain. To manage
services on an NT system you must be an administrator of the
local system. With NT Service Account Manager 2.0, an administrator
can manage services across multiple domains, as long as they
have a valid administrator login and password for each domain.
This is done with the “Connect As” feature or the
“Impersonation/Alternate Administrator Accounts”
feature. The Impersonation feature permits an administrator
to have numerous administrative identities. With this capability
all systems can be viewed on a single screen without having
to logon/logoff multiple times managing domain by domain,
workgroup by workgroup, or system by system—we’re
talking real convenience.
To install NT Service Account Manager 2.0
you must have an NT workstation with 64M RAM, 200M of free
HD space, and a screen resolution of 1024x768.
Once you install and launch it, you define
a service group to manage. Basically, you give a group of
machines a name, select that service group, and it’ll
pop up on the main management screen, Manage Systems in Group.
From this interface you can then manage NT services on systems
in domains and workgroups. Management includes starting and
stopping services; adding and removing services; changing
service accounts and their respective passwords and more.
NT Service Account Manager 2.0 doesn’t
need any special software or agents to be loaded on the managed
systems, nor does it require gobs of overhead. Each machine
being managed has a single thread dedicated to managing its
The main weakness I found with NT Service
Account Manger 2.0 is the main interface screen, which appears
very cluttered. In an attempt to do everything possible with
services in one screen, too much was included. If the screen
were a bit less busy it would be easier to digest. That, in
the grand scheme, is a minor point.
|Except for the cluttered
interface, Lieberman & Associates' NT Service Account
Manager has a host of life-saving features, such as the
ability to manage several machines without having to log
on and off of each one in the process.
On the whole, NT Service Account Manager
2.0 is easy to use and administrator-friendly. It makes service
management on any number of NT systems simple. If you have
been using Server Manager to remotely administer services
in a single domain, multiple domains or workgroups, try NT
Service Account Manager 2.0. It will make your service-related
tasks a snap.
Warren E. Wyrostek, M.Ed., MCNI, MCT, MCSE+Internet, CIW CI, CCNP is devoted
to technology education. Warren's main joy comes as a Contract Trainer in Prosoft,
Microsoft, and Novell technologies. At heart he is a teacher who loves what education offers.