Remote Utilities was developed with remote administration in mind. The program has a subset of features tailored specifically to the needs of system and network administrators.
Full Active Directory Support
It is the seamless integration of Remote Utilities with Windows domain networks and Active Directory (AD) that makes this product an excellent choice for remote administration. After you have deployed Remote Utilities on a domain network you can browse your Active Directory tree directly in the Remote Utilities Viewer. You can use a default domain controller (recognized automatically) or add another domain controller in the program menu:
In addition, you can use existing Active Directory accounts for connecting to remote machines where Remote Utilities Host is installed. The built-in MSI Configurator allows you to pre-configure the RUT-Host settings and set permissions for existing AD accounts of your choice prior to the network deployment.
The "Power Control" mode in Remote Utilities enables you to perform remote administration tasks related to power control, computer sleep and hibernation.
In the "Power Control" mode you can do the following:
- Restart or shut down the remote PC or log off the current user. This includes restarting in Windows Safe Mode with networking.
- Lock the remote computer
- Switch the remote monitor on and off
- Put the remote computer in sleep or hibernation mode
- Turn on the remote computer (requires Wake-on-LAN support).
Remote Utilities allows you to switch to any terminal sessions running on the remote PC and display the chosen terminal session desktop on your screen. You can then switch back to the "Console" session or switch to another terminal session.
While connected to the terminal session desktop you can use all the same features that Remote Utilities offers as if you were connected to the "Console" session during remote administration. You can choose not to interfere with the person logged into the terminal session simply by monitoring their screen in "View" mode. Someone else can also connect to the same terminal session using Remote Utilities, and you both can view the same screen and take control of the mouse cursor and send keystrokes.
Remote Task Manager
You can use the "Remote Task Manager" to control processes, windows and services on the remote PC using tabs in the Remote Task Manager window. Each of them shows the list of the corresponding objects on the remote computer.
Operations available in the Remote Task Manager:
- Processes: Kill a process or access the remote execute window to launch a new process;
- Windows: View the list of windows open on the remote PC with the currently active window marked with an asterisk, and close any window;
- Services: View the list of services, start and stop the specified service;
- Users: View the list of users currently logged on, log off or disconnect a user and send a simple text message to the selected user.
Multiple Monitors Support
You can switch between multiple monitors connected to the remote PC the same way you switch between remote sessions: by using an icon on the toolbar in the Full Control and View mode. All remote screen resolutions and color schemes are supported.
Full UAC Support
User Access Control (UAC) can be an obstacle when it comes to remote administration. Remote Utilities, however, provides full support for UAC prompts. When you access the remote PC with UAC enabled and perform a task that triggers an UAC prompt, you retain full control and can click the buttons in the UAC dialog window (Host-only).
Execute (Remote Execute)
The "Execute" or "Remote Execute" connection mode allows you to open a document or run an application on the remote computer directly, without opening the "Full Control and View" mode. This mode saves time by eliminating the necessity to connect to the remote desktop every time you do remote administration.
The "Execute" mode has a number of options. For example, you can run the file in hidden mode, and/or run it either as a specific Windows account or as a SYSTEM account.
Using command line parameters has always been a sign of a professional use. Both the RUT-Viewer and RUT-Host executable files can be run with their own command line parameters. You can find the full list of available commands in the program documentation and the knowledge base on the website.
Remote Utilities remote desktop software has a dedicated connection mode that allows you to edit remote registry. The Remote Registry Editor looks exactly like the well-known Windows regedit.exe utility except for a few minor details. This mode is very handy for remote administration, as it provides direct access to the registry on the remote machine without interrupting the remote user´s work.
Using the editor you can perform the same operations with the remote registry as with the local one. You can perform functions including modifying registry keys and binary data, and creating keys and values.
In the "Terminal" mode you get complete access to the command line on the remote PC. You can enter commands and run programs in the Terminal window in exactly the same way you can in the command line of the cmd system tool.
You can run cmd either as a system account or as the current account.
Remote Utilities has a special "Inventory Manager" connection mode for IT asset management and remote administration in a LAN. It is possible to create reports automatically for the specified remote PCs and export them in HTML or XML format.
When using the Inventory Manager, allow a minute or two for the program to gather information from the remote PCs.
RDP Client and RDP-over-ID
Remote Utilities uses its own proprietary protocol for remote connection. However, you can also connect to a remote PC using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) from the Microsoft Corporation.
For a direct IP connection you do not need a Host to be installed on the remote computer. However, if you want to use the new RDP-over-ID feature you must install the Host. In either case you need to grant access to Remote Desktop Connection for a specific Windows account.
Scanning for Hosts
The Viewer component of Remote Utilities (Viewer) has a built-in system for searching the network for Hosts. You can scan a single IP address or an IP address range. The search uses multiple threads, which allows large network segments to be scanned in a very short period of time. It is possible to specify the number of search threads.