Sometime ago, I had to install a Windows service on a computer, located outside of our network, that downloads and prints different documents. This service had to be up 24/7 but the printing process had a lot of problems which stopped this critical service time and again. Even if I fix some problems and the application becomes more stable, I understand that it is necessary to have a control on that service. A simple and flexible solution was to create a remote console which allows to send console commands from my computer to a remote computer.
net start/stop "myService" I can start/stop my service and with
net start I can check if my service is up. The nice part of this solution is that if you want new functionalities later, you can write an EXE, copy on the client side and launch from remote console.
To be very flexible, I decided to use webservices for communication and I built other two applications. One of them,
RemoteAdmin, has to be installed on the client side and
RemoteControl will be on your side. The flow is quite simple.
RemoteAdmin checks the webservice every five seconds for new commands. If it finds something to do, it will execute the command and will return the output to the webservice.
RemoteControl will check every five seconds if there is new output from the clients and at the same time can send commands to the webservice. The webservice acts like a small storage for both parts. It keeps a list with all computer's current commands and current outputs.
Install the Application
To install the application:
- Create a virtual directory called RemoteAdmin. Set this directory to point to the RemoteAdminWebService folder:
- Install the
RemoteAdmin using RemoteAdminSrv.exe from Setup folder (this binary will connect to localhost\RemoteAdminWebService). You can also use the batch files to install manually.
RemoteControl and in the white area, type console commands like ipconfig /all.
The left panel will show all
RemoteAdmin clients connected to the webservice. From here, you can also select a computer.
In the black area, you can see the console output of the selected computer.
From the white area, you can send the commands to the selected computer.
The result after command
ipconfig /all is as shown below:
The output after command
net start is as shown below:
- 28th August, 2007: Initial post