NT Gatekeeper: Performing NT Security-Related Administration Tasks from User Desktops by Using a Web Interface

Our Windows NT administrators regularly solve problems from users' personal desktop machines. But our users' NT 4.0 workstations don't have the NT User Manager tool installed; we deleted it from all user platforms for security reasons. How can administrators perform NT security-related administration tasks from users' desktops? Can we use a Web interface to administer NT?

Use Web Administration 2.0 for Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, which you can download from http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/management/ntswebadmin/default.asp. For a short introduction to Web Administration, read the Microsoft article "Web Administration 2.0 Facilitates Remote Administration of Windows NT Server" (http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/techresources/management/webadmin.asp). To set up the tool, you'll need a Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 Web server to host the Web Administration pages. Use the following URL to connect to Web Administrator from a browser: http://server_name/ntadmin/default.asp. I strongly recommend that you use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to gain secure access to the Web Administrator pages and to protect the confidentiality and integrity of your security-related administration information. So, use HTTP Secure (HTTPS) instead of HTTP to connect to the site.

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