|One Windows NT management
pitfall is that you need to use half a dozen different programs to perform different
management tasks. Simac Software Products Network ServaNT 3.2 consolidates NT
management functions. This utility consolidates domain, group, user, server, workstation,
and event, services, share, file, and directory management. In addition, the product
allows you to manage any NT computer on your network for which you have administrative
Windows NT Server 3.51 or 4.0 or NT Workstation 3.51 or 4.0.
Installing the product was easy. After I inserted the CD-ROM, the Autorun feature
automatically executed my programs set up utility. I selected Network ServaNT from
the product list, which launched the set-up routine. I then supplied my name, company name
and serial number, and the product automatically installed. After installation I opted to
automatically start the program, a system reboot wasnt necessary.
The application had an easy to use NT Explorer-like interface. The interface consists of
three main sections: the menu, a toolbar and the management window. Although the menu and
toolbar provide quick access to common application functions and commands, you use the
right mouse button in the management window to perform all management functions. After you
launch the application, the program searches your network for domains and lists them in
the management window.
After you select a domain, you can expand it to see the next management level that
contains users, groups, workstations, servers, open files and sessions. You can expand the
user portion of the tree to obtain a list of domain users. If you want to add a new user
or group to your domain, right-click that heading and select Add from the context menu.
You can also drag users from one domain to another. When you add users, groups or other
domain members the software presents you with a series of dialog boxes with fields that
you need to complete (with the same information that would be provided in an NT management
During my testing, the product worked extremely well. By expanding the server section of
my domain (i.e., IDEA), I performed functions such as administering the shares on my
server and adding and deleting users. I easily administered file and directory level
security by drilling down into the application, then right-click the directory I wanted to
The print and export features are particularly helpful. Using either feature from the menu
or toolbar, you can print or export all NT-related resource information that the product
controls. The product supports exporting data in tab-delimited file formats for easy
importing to other applications, such as Microsoft Excel.
Some people might wonder why to invest in Network ServaNT when they already have all the
NT management tools they need. The reason is convenience. By consolidating all your
management functions into one program, you can more easily manage your systems and save
time and resources by switching from program to program. Furthermore, the unique way the
product presents its information provides a visual and user-friendly environment for
Simac licenses the software based on the number of machines that you need to manage. At
the introductory, you can manage as many as 249 computer systems, to manage more systems
you can upgrade to higher tiers. Simac has recently released Network ServaNT 4.0 and can be downloaded from
the Web from the address at the top of this article.