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NetSupport Manager v9
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Contents
Welcome to NetSupport............................................................... 9
About this Manual .................................................................. 9
Conventions Used .................................................................10
Terminology Used .................................................................10
About NetSupport .........................................................11
What is NetSupport Manager? .....................................................12
Features ..................................................................................13
Applications..............................................................................17
Installation ...................................................................18
Planning an Installation ..............................................................19
Starting the Installation..............................................................20
Uninstalling NetSupport..............................................................28
Evaluation Kit ...........................................................................28
Advanced Installation ...................................................29
Creating an administrative (network) installation ...........................30
Silent/Unattended Installations....................................................31
Install Configuration Options Dialog .........................................32
NetSupport Deploy - NetSupports Remote Install Utility ..................35
Starting NetSupport Deploy ....................................................36
Preparing a Deployment Routine .............................................37
Deploy a NetSupport Package .................................................38
Deploy a Client Configuration..................................................42
Deploy a NetSupport License file .............................................43
Remote Uninstall...................................................................44
Pre-Define Settings For A Future Deployment............................46
Log Files ..............................................................................47
Using the Control ..........................................................48
Starting the NetSupport Control ..................................................49
The Control Window...................................................................50
Customising the Toolbar.........................................................52
NetSupport Manager Control Toolbar Buttons ............................54
The Control Window – Tree View .............................................56
The Control Window – List View ..............................................59
Finding Clients on a Network or Gateway ......................................61
Connecting to Clients .................................................................63
Quick Connect ......................................................................64
Connecting to Clients on different Protocols ..............................66
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Configuring The NetSupport Control For Subnet Browsing ...........67
Connecting to Clients/Controls via a NetSupport Gateway ...........69
Connecting through Firewalls and Proxy Servers ........................76
Connecting to a MAC Based System .........................................78
Disconnecting a Client................................................................79
Disconnecting all Clients ........................................................79
Power Management – Power on/Power off .....................................80
Client Power On ....................................................................80
Client Power Off....................................................................81
Special Considerations on Windows NT 4.0. ..............................81
Rebooting or Logging out Clients .................................................82
Sending Ctrl+Alt+Delete ............................................................83
Viewing....................................................................................84
The View Window..................................................................84
Viewing Clients .....................................................................86
Viewing Modes......................................................................87
Maximising the View Area.......................................................87
Viewing multiple Client screens simultaneously..........................88
Blanking the Clients screen while Viewing .................................88
Scale to Fit Mode ..................................................................88
Displaying the View Settings for a Client...................................89
Scanning..................................................................................90
Scan one Client screen at a time .............................................90
Scanning Multiple Client Screens .............................................91
The Scan Window..................................................................92
Thumbnail View / Monitor Mode...................................................95
Launching Applications ...............................................................97
User Defined Tools .................................................................. 100
Showing the Control screen to Clients ........................................ 102
Showing a Client’s screen on a number of Client screens........... 106
Audio Support......................................................................... 107
Audio Announcements ......................................................... 107
Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Volume ............................. 108
Video Player Support ............................................................... 109
Video Player Control Panel.................................................... 111
Replay Files ............................................................................ 113
Recording Local Activity ....................................................... 113
Recording Replay Files At Client PCs ...................................... 114
Watching Recorded Replay Files ............................................ 115
Showing Replay Files to Clients ............................................. 116
File Transfer ........................................................................... 117
The File Transfer Window ..................................................... 117
Copying Files and Directories ................................................ 118
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To transfer files between Clients............................................ 120
Deleting Files and Directories................................................ 121
Creating Directories............................................................. 121
Renaming Files ................................................................... 121
Changing File Attributes ....................................................... 122
Print File Transfer List .......................................................... 122
Synchronising Directories ..................................................... 123
Arranging multiple File Transfer Windows ............................... 123
Applying a filter to files in List View ....................................... 124
Changing the View format in the File Transfer Window.............. 124
Changing the sort orders in a File Transfer Window .................. 125
File Distribution....................................................................... 126
The File Distribution Window................................................. 126
Distributing Files ................................................................. 127
File Manager ........................................................................... 129
The File Manager Window..................................................... 129
Managing Files on the Control workstation .............................. 130
Control/Client Chat Sessions ..................................................... 131
Disable Chat Sessions.......................................................... 135
Sending Messages to Clients ..................................................... 136
Dealing with Help Requests....................................................... 137
Capturing a Client’s printed output............................................. 139
Remote Clipboard .................................................................... 141
Integration With Explorer ......................................................... 143
Remote Command Prompt ........................................................ 145
Using the Client...........................................................146
The Client Main Window ........................................................... 147
Connecting to a Control ....................................................... 148
Disconnecting from a Control ................................................ 149
Raising a Help Request ........................................................ 150
Chatting to a Control workstation .......................................... 150
Receiving Messages from a Control workstation ....................... 151
Resetting the Client Video Driver on Windows 95/NT4 .............. 151
Configuring the Client .................................................152
Configuring the Client .............................................................. 153
Editing or creating Configuration Files......................................... 155
Basic Client Configuration ......................................................... 158
Advanced Client Configuration ................................................... 159
Connectivity Options ................................................................ 161
Set TCP/IP Connection ......................................................... 162
Set IPX connection .............................................................. 164
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Set NetBIOS connection ....................................................... 165
Set HTTP connection............................................................ 166
Dialin Bridge Settings .......................................................... 167
Advanced Setting ................................................................ 169
Web Extensions .................................................................. 170
Security Options...................................................................... 171
General Settings ................................................................. 171
Access Privileges (Basic) ...................................................... 173
Access Privileges (Advanced) ................................................ 175
User Validation ................................................................... 179
User Acknowledgement Options ............................................ 181
Connect Options ................................................................. 183
Disconnect Options.............................................................. 185
Protect Configuration Settings............................................... 187
File Transfer Settings........................................................... 188
Replay File Settings ............................................................. 189
Event Logging .................................................................... 190
Remote Control Options ........................................................... 193
View Settings ..................................................................... 193
Show Settings .................................................................... 196
Audio Settings .................................................................... 198
Client Interface Options............................................................ 199
Client Settings .................................................................... 199
Help Request Settings.......................................................... 201
Customisable Text............................................................... 203
Profile Options ........................................................................ 204
Configuring the Control ...............................................205
Configuring the Control ............................................................ 206
Multiple Control Profiles............................................................ 208
Adjusting Client Settings for a Control session ......................... 209
General Settings ..................................................................... 210
Connectivity Options ................................................................ 211
Set TCP/IP Connection ......................................................... 211
Set IPX Connection ............................................................. 213
Set NetBIOS Connection ...................................................... 215
Set HTTP Connection ........................................................... 216
Remote Dialup Settings........................................................ 217
Advanced Settings .............................................................. 219
Security Options...................................................................... 220
Security Settings ................................................................ 220
Event Logging .................................................................... 222
Replay Files........................................................................ 223
User Permissions ................................................................ 224
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Startup Settings ...................................................................... 225
Remote Control Settings........................................................... 227
View Settings ..................................................................... 227
Keyboard/Mouse Settings..................................................... 230
Print Capture Settings.......................................................... 232
Audio Settings .................................................................... 235
Control Interface Settings......................................................... 236
Interface Settings ............................................................... 236
Functions ........................................................................... 239
Help Request Settings.......................................................... 241
File Transfer Settings ............................................................... 243
File Location Settings ............................................................... 246
Managing and Organising Clients ................................248
Add a new Client ..................................................................... 249
Delete a Client ........................................................................ 250
Renaming a Client ................................................................... 250
Setting Client Properties ........................................................... 252
Creating a New Group .............................................................. 253
Adding/Removing Clients in a Group .......................................... 253
Setting Group Properties .......................................................... 254
Remote Communications.............................................255
Remote Communications Overview ............................................ 256
Optimising Remote Connections ................................................ 256
Setting up Remote Communications ........................................... 257
The NetSupport Bridge ............................................................. 258
Setting up a Modem................................................................. 259
Using NetSupport Over A Null Modem (Serial) Cable ..................... 260
Using NetSupport over the Internet............................................ 263
ActiveX Control ...........................................................264
ActiveX Control ....................................................................... 265
Web Extensions....................................................................... 267
PCIAX.CAB – Cabinet File ......................................................... 267
ActiveX Control – HTML Examples .............................................. 268
NetSupport Scripting...................................................270
NetSupport Scripting Overview .................................................. 271
Starting the Script Editor .......................................................... 272
Creating a simple Script ........................................................... 272
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Scheduling and Running a Script................................................ 273
Technical Reference ....................................................274
Unloading a NetSupport Client................................................... 275
Restarting a Client................................................................... 275
Using Compression Effectively ................................................... 276
Using Cache Effectively ............................................................ 276
Remote Client Hardware and Software Inventories ....................... 278
The Inventory Window ......................................................... 279
Using NetSupport’s Security features effectively........................... 284
Understanding IP Addresses...................................................... 286
Understanding IPX Addresses .................................................... 287
Using Command Line Instructions .............................................. 288
Integration with Active Directory ............................................... 290
Installing a NetSupport Client on Pocket PC Devices ..................... 292
Installing a NetSupport Client on Linux Platforms ......................... 294
Glossary ......................................................................295
Readers Comments ............................................................. 306
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Welcome to NetSupport
About this Manual
NetSupport Manager is designed to give IT managers, mobile
professionals, telecommuters and trainers the power and flexibility to
access and control a remote workstation from anywhere at anytime.
Dynamic screen handling combined with powerful file transfer and
general communication requirements makes NetSupport the complete
communications solution for remote control.
A connection can be made through another workstation, a telephone
line, local area networks (LAN), dial-up networking, or using a local
Internet Service Provider. A connection can also be made through a
direct connection between two workstations using a serial cable.
This User Manual contains instructions for installing and running
NetSupport Manager.
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Conventions Used
The following logical and easy to understand conventions are
used in this manual: •
Step-by-step instructions, which should be performed in
sequence, are shown as numbered paragraphs, beneath a clearly
stated, ‘How To Do’ heading.
•
As there is often more than one way of carrying out a task you
will find ‘Or’ options also included.
•
Additional tips or explanatory notes regarding these instructions
are enclosed in a border under the heading ‘Note’.
•
Individual items in menu commands are enclosed in braces and
should
be
followed
in
sequence,
for
example:
{Client}{Broadcast}.
Terminology Used
Control
The workstation that is used to take over (remote
control) another.
Client
The workstation that is to be taken over.
Available
Client
When the NetSupport Client program has been
installed on a workstation, it becomes available for
connection by a Control. A Client must be available
before a Control can connect to it.
Selected
Client
Using the mouse you can select and highlight the
Client or Clients to work with.
Connected
Client
All available Clients or Groups of Clients can be
chosen for simultaneous connection. A Control can
only remote control a Client to which they are
connected.
Known
Clients
Having connected to Client machines, NetSupport
stores a list of Clients in the Tree View, Client
Folder. These are Known Clients.
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About NetSupport
In this chapter …
What is NetSupport Manager?
NetSupport Manager Features
NetSupport Manager Applications
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What is NetSupport Manager?
Every organisation, whether large or small, depends in part on their
IT infrastructure to remain competitive & efficient and to ensure static
workers and mobile users maximise their productivity for the
business.
It therefore follows that the IT Department is one of the most
essential resources within a business entity and so supporting this
function is critical to any success, whilst ensuring capital expenditure
and associated costs are kept to a minimum.
Historically Remote Control software has been presented as the most
efficient solution in improving the responsiveness of the helpdesk and
support departments. Its largest single contribution being the tool
that removes the need for support staff to physically visit a users PC
to resolve technical issues.
The dual benefits of this are that users are presented with speedier
response times and so the downtime of critical applications is reduced
together with support staff being able to operate more efficiently as
their resources are ‘on hand’ and not ‘on the road’ visiting users.
As with other areas of IT, remote control has evolved, with users
looking for multi-tasking solutions and the associated economies of
scale, where they can rely on a single box product to perform a whole
range of functions, where traditionally this was handled by multiple
software packages and vendors.
NetSupport Manager (NSM) is no exception to this evolution.
Combining unrivalled remote control with innovative desktop
management functionality, NSM offers one of the fastest ROI’s on the
market.
NetSupport Manager is available fully localised in English, French,
Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
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Features
NetSupport Manager contains a wealth of features to assist you to
Train, Support, Monitor and Manage Clients.
Remote Control
Watch, Share or Control the screen, keyboard and mouse of a Client
irrespective of colour resolution, network protocol or operating
system at either end.
Connectivity
•
Dynamically find and list all Clients on the Network.
•
Connect by Client name.
•
Connect by Network address.
•
Connect via a database of known Clients.
•
Connect entire groups in one step.
•
Client/Control connections via NetSupport’s Internet Gateway
providing seamless Remote Control between PCs that may both
be located behind different firewalls.
•
Connect to and remote control Linux and Pocket PC based
systems.
•
Connect to and remote control a Mac based system that has a
previously installed VNC (virtual network computing) Client.
Message
Send a message to one or more chosen Clients, or even broadcast to
all Clients on the network.
Chat
Conduct a text chat session in real time between the operator at the
Control and one or more users. Annotate tools provide ‘Whiteboard’
capabilities.
File Transfer and Distribution
Transfer and manipulate files between workstations, using advanced
‘Drag and Drop’ technology. Includes support for Long File names,
Remote File Edit, Delta File Transfer and more. Copy from a
workstation to many workstations, distribute Software or Synchronise
Directories. To ensure security while transferring files use encryption
on all data being transferred.
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View
View more than one Clients screen at the same time, or sit back and
watch each connected screen in Scan Mode. The ability to record the
activity on a Client workstation while it is remotely controlled, capture
a Client’s print output and cut and paste between workstation
applications comes as standard.
Scan
Automatically cycle through each Client's workstation in turn, or scan
multiple Clients simultaneously, displaying its screen on the Control
workstation. This enables the Control to keep a discrete watch over
what the Clients are running on their workstations. Particularly
important with modern Internet access! The Control does not even
need to be in the same room.
Monitor Mode
A convenient thumbnail view of each connected Client screen is
displayed at the Control providing a quick and easy method for
monitoring activity at remote PCs.
Show
Display the Control’s screen on individual or multiple Clients or
display a selected Client’s screen to other Clients.
Remote Client Hardware/Software Inventory
Powerful hardware/software reporting combined with real-time status
information for applications in memory, processes running and
installed services provide all the key information needed to assist in
speedy problem resolution. Over 50 items of information are collected
specifically about the hardware or environment of the Client PC.
Launch Applications
Launch an application on one or all Client workstations at the press of
a button.
Multimedia
NetSupport provides full Audio and Video Support.
Help Request
Clients can raise requests for help. The Control is instantly alerted to
the Clients need for assistance via a pop up box, on their screen.
Power Management
Remotely logoff and shutdown Client workstations to minimise power
consumption.
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Scripting
NetSupport includes a powerful integrated Scripting Language and
Scheduling Suite that enables you to make use of all of its functions
in unattended mode.
Remote Communications
Take control of workstations on remote LANs/WANs or standalone
workstations via Dial-up Modem (PSTN), ISDN, Internet or Direct
Serial Link.
Web Browser Integration
Remote Control a workstation using ActiveX Control Web Browser.
Using your Internet connection, download the 350k ActiveX Control
software from your Company Website and remote control over IP on
your office workstation. This is the ultimate, in portable Remote
Control.
Desktop Integration with Explorer
NetSupport Manager integrates directly with explorer, allowing you to
launch key functionality direct from your system without needing to
first start NetSupport.
Comprehensive Security Features
Exceptional range of security options to meet all need including:•
Password protection at Client and Control.
•
User present acknowledgement required at Client.
•
Connection Audit trail.
•
Disable file transfer or specific files and directories.
•
Limit Functionality depending on which workstation is
connecting.
•
Allow a Control to Watch only.
•
Restrict file transfer to specific drives, directories and files,
•
Dial-back to different numbers according to password.
•
Restrict connections to named Controls.
•
Customise Control and Client profiles to enable and disable
virtually every feature depending on the security level of the
signed on User.
•
Set Unique Security Keys on both Control and Client.
•
Integrates with existing NT profiles & Security.
•
DES/AES Encryption
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Easy to Install and Configure
•
Install on Client workstations without the need to visit the
individual machines using NetSupports Remote Deployment
Utility.
•
Silent Installation across the WAN.
•
Central maintenance of Client Profiles.
•
Configuration utility for Windows.
•
Protocol Transparent Control, (use IPX, NetBIOS, TCP/IP and
HTTP simultaneously).
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Applications
NetSupport’s wide range of features makes it an ideal tool for a wide
range of applications. Some examples might include:
Help Desk
Use the remote control features to provide fast, cost effective support
to end-Users in an Office or Help desk environment. Reduce the cost
of providing support while improving productivity and the speed of
problem resolution.
Telecommuting
Use the Remote Communications modules to enable staff to work
from home, while having access to all the functionality on their office
workstation.
Training
NetSupport’s sophisticated Show functions provide the ideal
demonstration tool. In addition, a full working copy of NetSupport’s
training package, NetSupport School, comes as standard, providing
additional features ideally suited for the training environment.
System Automation
Use the powerful integrated scripting language to automate regular
tasks such as uploading and downloading files.
Use the Launch Application function to set tasks running without end
User intervention. Take advantage of the scheduler to save costs by
running these tasks overnight.
Desktop Management
Use the combination of File Distribution and Scripting to manage User
desktops and distribute software. Automatically retrieve workstation
information such as Free Disk space.
Use the Registry Edit functions in Scripting to re-configure remote
workstations.
User Management
Use the enhanced security features to configure utilities available at a
Client.
Set up different profiles and access levels at both the Control and
Client depending on the Users level of responsibility.
Maintain a Replay File to audit the activity of a Client workstation.
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Installation
In this chapter …
Planning an Installation
Starting the Installation
Uninstalling NetSupport
Evaluation Kits
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Planning an Installation
Installing NetSupport is exceptionally easy. If you follow a few simple
rules you should be up and running within a very short time.
The first step is to decide what functions you want to install on each
workstation.
Do you want it to be a Control or a Client ?
Control To be able to control other workstations, install a Control,
sometimes called a Viewer.
Client
To be controlled by another workstation, install a Client,
sometimes called a Host.
Will you want to run more advanced NetSupport features from the
workstation such as Scripting and Deploy or use the machine as a
Gateway? You can further customise your installation by including a
full working copy of NetSupport’s training tool, NetSupport School.
What network protocol do you use?
Decide what networking protocol you have available on the
workstation. NetSupport supports TCP/IP, IPX, NetBIOS and
HTTP.
While NetSupport is multi-protocol, which means that the same
Control can connect to Clients running on different protocols, you
must choose a default. You can change this later.
Note:
By default, the Control will be configured to use TCP/IP. If
you are using a different protocol, you must configure this
the first time you start a Control.
You are now ready to install NetSupport Control and Client programs.
For details of how to install on:
Windows CE compatible devices, refer to Installing a NetSupport
Client on Pocket PC Devices.
Linux machines, refer to Installing a NetSupport Client on Linux
Platforms.
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Starting the Installation
Insert the NetSupport CD.
The NetSupport welcome menu will automatically appear when you
insert the CD. (If it does not, access the CD-ROM drive from your
workstation and run SETUP.EXE.)
Notes:
•
If you are upgrading Windows NT to Windows 2000/XP or 2000
to XP you must ensure that you de-install NetSupport Manager
prior to upgrading the operating system. NetSupport Manager
can then be re-installed once the operating system upgrade has
been completed.
•
If you are installing to an NT/2000/XP workstation or server,
make sure that you are logged in as an Administrator.
•
While performing the installation, Help can be accessed at
various stages of the process if required.
Selecting a Set-up Type
Choose NetSupport Manager for the required language variant. This
will start the install program.
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NetSupport Manager Setup Program
The Setup program Welcome screen will appear.
Please read the information on
proceeding with the installation.
the
screen
carefully,
before
Click Next to continue.
NetSupport Licence Agreement
The NetSupport License Agreement will be displayed. Please read the
License Agreement carefully and select I Agree and click Next to
continue.
If you reject the License Agreement, (I Disagree) click Cancel.
NetSupport Manager will not be installed and you will be directed to
Exit from the install program.
Licence Information
Enter your NetSupport Licence details as supplied with the product
and click Next.
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Existing Installation Detected
This screen will appear if a copy of NetSupport is already installed on
the workstation.
•
Overwrite the existing installation.
Overwrites the existing version of NetSupport, in the folder
specified at the top of the screen. Existing configuration files,
*.ini, *.nsm and *.scp, for example, containing details of Known
Clients, Groups and Scripts, will be retained for continued use.
•
Install in a new folder and keep your existing settings.
You may prefer to keep the existing installation in the folder
specified at the top of the screen, and choose a different folder
for the new installation. The existing configuration files will be
copied to the new location.
•
Create a new installation.
Installs the new version of NetSupport in the required folder but
does not retain existing configuration files. If installing in a
different folder, the existing version will remain on the
workstation, you may want to manually delete these files after
the workstation has restarted.
Select the required option and click Next.
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Select Installation Type
Determine the components to install on each workstation by selecting
one of the three available installation types.
•
Typical Installation
Installs all the components that a Control User would generally
need. Excludes the Gateway and NetSupport School
components. See below for a description of each NetSupport
Manager component.
•
Client Only
Enables the workstation to be remote controlled.
•
Custom
Enables you to individually select the mix of components that
are appropriate for the workstation. Control and Client are
selected by default but you can de-select either component if it
is not required. See below for a description of each NetSupport
Manager Component.
Destination Folder
By default, NetSupport will be installed in the folder C:\Program
Files\NetSupport Manager.
Note:
If an existing installation was detected, you may have
chosen to install in a different folder. Click Browse to
choose the required location.
Click Next to continue.
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NetSupport Manager Components
If you have selected Typical Installation, all components, excluding
Gateway and NetSupport School, are installed. If you have selected
Custom, you can choose the components individually to suit the
requirements of each workstation.
Client
Install this component on workstations you want
to remote control.
Control
Install this component on workstations that will
be taking control of Client workstations. It is
recommended that the Client component is also
installed in order to use the full range of
NetSupport functions, for example Show.
Scripting
Install NetSupports integrated Scripting and
Scheduling suite. Create scripts to automate
manual tasks and schedule them to run at
specific times. Ideal for overnight updates. See
the NetSupport Scripting section of this manual
for more information.
HelpFiles
Install on-line Helpfiles, providing information and
guidance on all NetSupport functions and
features.
Configurator
Client settings and security are established using
the Client Configurator. Basic settings can be
entered at the end of the installation process but
to set more advanced options, install the
Configurator component.
Remote
Deployment
Utilities
(Supported on
XP/NT/2000)
The Deploy Utility enables you to perform
multiple NetSupport Manager installations without
the need to visit each individual workstation. See
the NetSupport Deploy section of this manual for
more information.
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Gateway
NetSupport’s Gateway feature provides a means
of connecting Clients and Controls across the
Internet, thus delivering web based remote
control without the need for modifications to
existing Firewall configurations. There is no direct
connection between the Client and Control, all
data is passed via the Gateway. The Gateway
component
can
therefore
be
installed
independently of the Control and Client. If you
choose to install the Gateway component, the
Gateway Configuration dialog will appear after
the installation has finished.
School
Components
Installs a full working copy of NetSupport’s
training tool NetSupport School.
Note: NetSupport provides exceptional multimedia support. The
NetSupport Video Player enables you to run video files on
Client workstations, enhancing training sessions and
demonstrations. This component is installed by default.
If you do not want icons to be created for the selected components,
un-check the Create Icons For Selected Components box.
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Select Components
If you have chosen to perform a Custom Installation, you will be able
to select the required components from the list provided.
Select the required components.
If you do not want icons to be created for the selected components,
un-check the Create Icons For Selected Components box.
Click Next to continue.
Start Installation
To start the installation, click Next. To change any of the previous
selections, click Back. To quit the installation, click Cancel.
Notes:
•
If you have changed your Windows 2000 Local Security Policy
Settings for unsigned driver installation behaviour, you may
experience problems when running a NetSupport Client.
•
If you have elected to install a Client, Set-up will make the
required amendments to your System.INI and or registry, to
load the Client as Windows initialises. NetSupport will not
replace any of your existing Drivers.
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Installation Complete
This final screen confirms that the installation has been successful.
You can choose to create a desktop icon for the Control.
Run Client Configurator
At the end of the installation process, you will have the opportunity to
run the Client Configurator. This enables you to set basic Client
information and security. If the Configurator is being installed as one
of the selected components, you will be able to access more
advanced configuration options.
Note: NetSupport can be fully integrated with Microsoft’s Systems
Management Server. If the NetSupport installation process
detects the presence of the SMS Administration Console, you
can decide whether to include the integration. If you select
Yes, please refer to the README file ‘SMS Integration.TXT’
after the installation has completed for more information. The
file can be found in the NetSupport Manager program folder.
Click Finish to exit the Setup program. Remove the CD and restart
the workstation.
Note: If you chose to install the Gateway component, the Gateway
Configuration dialog will appear. This primarily allows you to
create a security key for the Gateway.
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Uninstalling NetSupport
The standard method for uninstalling NetSupport is to select
NetSupport Manager in Control Panel – Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows XP, 2000 and NT workstations, NetSupport Deploy can
be used to perform multiple uninstalls from a remote location. Refer
to the NetSupport Deploy section of this manual for more
information.
Evaluation Kit
NetSupport Manager is available as an Evaluation Kit either from
distributors or free as a downloaded copy off the Internet. This allows
you to trial NetSupport before your purchase. The Evaluation Kit
software is fully functional, apart from the following restrictions:
A maximum of
simultaneously.
five
Clients
can
be
active
on
the
network
The Client and the Control programs will not run after the kit expiry
date has passed.
Upon purchase, these restrictions are removed once serialisation has
been completed. This process upgrades the Evaluation Kit into a fully
licensed copy.
To upgrade an Evaluation Kit to a fully licensed copy
In the directory that you have installed the Program Manager Group
‘NetSupport’ open the file PCILIC.EXE.
The NetSupport Manager Licence dialog box will appear asking you to
enter your licence details. Please note that all entries are cAsE
sEnSiTiVe.
When you have entered the correct licence details click GENERATE.
You now have a fully licensed copy of NetSupport Manager.
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Advanced Installation
In this chapter…….
Installing NetSupport from a Server (Creating a distribution copy)
Silent / Unattended Installations
NetSupport Deploy – NetSupports Remote Install Utility
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Creating
an
installation
administrative
(network)
An administrative installation (distribution copy) of NetSupport
Manager is designed to assist administrators to install NetSupport on
Networked PCs where the installation media or License details may
not be readily available and it is anticipated that a number of installs
will be performed either at once or over a period of time.
This type of installation can also be preconfigured to setup
NetSupport Manager with certain options, therefore ensuring that all
NetSupport installations are configured the same.
Once created, the distribution copy can be used when performing a
Silent Installation or as part of a NetSupport Deploy routine.
To Setup a distribution copy of NetSupport on a Server
1. Create a folder on the network that is accessible to all PCs that
you may want to install on.
2. Copy, from your original source media (CD or download) the file
SETUP.EXE.
3. Create and copy a valid NSM.LIC file to this folder. If a License
file is not present in the folder when running the install,
NetSupport will be installed using the default Evaluation license.
4. Create and copy a CLIENT32.INI file to this folder.
Note: You can make the network folder ‘read only’ to avoid the
configuration being altered by unauthorised users.
To Install NetSupport
workstations
1.
2.
3.
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from
a
Server
onto
individual
At the required workstation, navigate to the network folder
containing the NetSupport Manager setup files.
Run Setup.exe.
Follow instructions on Starting the Installation.
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Silent/Unattended Installations
On Windows XP, 2000 and NT, NetSupport Deploy enables you to
pre-configure a NetSupport installation and remotely deploy it to
multiple workstations. For Windows Me/98/95, and if required, XP,
2000 and NT, you can perform a similar ‘Silent’ Installation by editing
and running the relevant files manually.
To perform a silent install
1.
2.
3.
Create a distribution copy of NetSupport, see Creating an
administrative (Network) installation, containing the required
NetSupport installation files.
To determine the properties for the Installation, run INSTCFG.EXE
from the NetSupport program folder. The Install Configuration
Options dialog will appear. (See The Install Configuration Options
dialog section below for a full description of this dialog) Your
chosen properties are stored in a parameter file, default name
Values.TXT.
Choose {File}{Save} and save the ‘Values.TXT’ file to the folder
containing the distribution copy
Note: For the purpose of a Silent Install, you can save this file with a
name of your choosing.
4.
To perform the Silent Install at the required workstation, from the
folder containing created above, run:
Setup.exe /s /m=values.txt.
filename created in 3)
(where
Values.TXT
=
the
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Install Configuration Options Dialog
When performing a Silent Installation or using NetSupport Deploy,
you can customise the installation to suit individual requirements.
This dialog, accessed by running INSTCFG.EXE from the NetSupport
program folder if performing a Silent Installation or if using
NetSupport Deploy, via the Install Properties General Tab, enables
you to specify the properties for the installation. The information is
stored in a parameter file, Values.TXT.
General
Install Directory
Specify the directory where NetSupport Manager will be installed.
Leave blank to install in the default directory, \Program
Files\Netsupport Manager.
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Start Menu Folder
Specify a name for the program group or leave blank for NetSupport.
Restart Machine
Check this box to automatically Restart the Client workstations upon
completion of the installation. The NetSupport Client does not become
active until the workstation has been restarted.
Note: Leave the box un-checked if using NetSupport Deploy to
perform the installation. Additional Restart options are
available within the Deploy routine.
SMS Integration
NetSupport Manager can be fully integrated with Microsoft’s Systems
Management Server. If the SMS Administration Console is present on
the Client machine, check this box to allow integration.
Client Parameters (Optional)
If you have created a particular Client Configuration file for use after
the installation, specify the path and file name here. Depending on
the location of the file, you may need to provide a set of User
Credentials, name and password, to give Clients access to the file. In
order to specify the parameters in the correct format, it is suggested
that you create them in the NetSupport Client Configurator and copy
them to this field.
Leave the field blank if you are installing from your distribution copy
or if you want to use the default Configuration file contained in the
NetSupport setup package.
To Specify Client Parameters
1. Open your NetSupport Manager Program Folder by choosing
{Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{NetSupport Configurator}.
2. Choose Advanced.
3. Select {Profiles}{Client Parameters} from the Configurator Drop
Down Menu.
4. The Client Parameters dialog will appear.
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5.
Click Add to specify the parameters.
Notes:
•
If User Credentials are required, they must precede the
Configuration file name.
•
Each set of parameters must be added separately.
6.
7.
8.
If required, enter the User Credentials (Username and password).
Click Ok. The appropriate strings will appear in the dialog.
Click Add to specify the location of the Configuration file. Click
Ok.
When the Client Parameters dialog contains the required strings,
see example above, copy them individually to the Install
Configuration Options dialog. (Use Ctrl C to copy, Ctrl V to Paste)
Icons
Leave the Icons box un-checked if you want to install an icon for each
NetSupport Component. Check the required boxes to limit the
number of icons created.
Components
Check the relevant boxes to indicate which NetSupport Components
will be installed on the Client machines. See the ‘Starting the
Installation’ section of this manual for a detailed description of each
component.
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NetSupport Deploy
Install Utility
-
NetSupports
Remote
The NetSupport Deploy Utility provides Network Administrators with
the facility to install and configure NetSupport Manager on multiple
workstations without the need to visit the machines individually.
You are provided with a view of your Network, allowing you to pick
and choose which workstations you want to deploy to.
With NetSupport Deploy you can:
•
•
•
•
Remotely Install a NetSupport package on multiple workstations
simultaneously.
Create and download specific Client Configurations to multiple
workstations.
Remotely update NetSupport License details on multiple
workstations.
Remotely Uninstall a NetSupport package from multiple
workstations simultaneously.
Installing the Deploy Utility
When installing NetSupport, select Typical Installation to install the
Deploy Utility automatically. Alternatively, you can also choose it as
part of a custom installation.
Note: NetSupport Deploy is currently only supported on Windows
XP*, 2000 or NT workstations.
*Specific information on how to deploy to machines running XP, can
be found on our website at:
www.netsupportsoftware.com/support/search_kb.htm
Planning
NetSupport Deploy is a powerful utility that makes installing
NetSupport packages on multiple workstations a quick and easy
process. However, while we endeavour to ensure that there are no
limitations or incompatibility issues in the use of the software, it is
recommended that a trial deploy is performed on a small number of
workstations to ensure there are no conflicts with other similar
products such as remote control or desktop security packages. In
addition, for added security and protection you must have
appropriate administrator rights for the machines you are deploying
to.
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Starting NetSupport Deploy
1.
2.
Select NetSupport Deploy from your NetSupport Program Group.
The NetSupport Deploy Main Window will appear.
NetSupport Deploy Main Window
The Deploy
sections:
Main
Window
is
divided
into
the
following
Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities for the deploy
process.
Left Hand Pane
Contains three tabs, Network, Log Files and Security.
Network and Security Tabs
List, in a Tree View, the available Networks, Domains
Workgroups that can be selected for a deploy routine.
and
Log Files Tab
Lists, in a Tree View, a history of previous deployments.
Right Hand Pane
With the Network Tab selected, you are provided with a range of
general information, machine name and platform for example, about
the workstations located on the selected Network/Domain.
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The Log Files Tab provides a breakdown of past deployments
categorised by type.
The Security Tab also lists information specific to each individual
workstation located on the chosen Network/Domain. In addition to
the machine name, you will be able to identify the IP Address,
determine if the machine already has a NetSupport Client installed
and which version is running, whether the Client is password
protected or has User Acknowledgement set. With this information to
hand you can decide in advance which machines to include or exclude
from the forthcoming deployment. For example, if a current
NetSupport Client is already installed at some of the workstations you
might choose to ignore it.
Preparing a Deployment Routine
Choosing Who To Deploy To
1. From the Main Window select the Network or Security tab.
2. A list of available Networks, Domains and Workgroups will appear
in the left hand pane. Expand or reduce the tree list by clicking on
+ or -.
Note: You can also deploy to specific IP Ranges by adding the
appropriate address range to the tree. Select
{Tools}{Add IP Domain} from the Menu Bar.
3.
Highlight the required group.
4.
The names of the workstations belonging to the selected group
will appear in the right hand pane. You can change the
appearance of the list view by selecting {View} from the Menu
Bar.
Select the workstations to include in the deploy routine. (You can
use CTRL-Click or SHIFT-Click). Before deciding to include or
exclude a workstation, you can view its properties by right
clicking on the machine name.
5.
Choosing What To Deploy
You can choose:
•
•
•
•
NetSupport Package.
Client Configuration.
NetSupport License File.
Uninstall NetSupport.
Note: The properties for each of the above can also be pre-defined if
it is not convenient to deploy immediately. See Pre-define
settings for a future deployment.
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Deploy a NetSupport Package
With the required workstations selected.
1. Choose {Deploy}{NetSupport Package} from the Deploy Main
Window Drop Down Menu.
or ,
Right click on the selected workstations and choose DeployNetSupport Package.
2.
The Deploy Summary dialog will appear.
This dialog provides a summary of the options you have selected
for the deployment. If a first time deployment, the text will
appear in red to indicate that required information has not been
entered. To enter or amend the information for the deployment,
Click Properties.
3.
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4.
Enter the properties for the deployment by selecting the five tabs
in turn.
General tab
Used to specify the NetSupport package to deploy and which
components are to be installed.
Enter a description for the package being deployed. If left blank,
the package name/version number will be used.
Click Browse and select the folder containing the NetSupport
package to install. Ideally this will be a folder containing a
distribution copy of NetSupport. (See the
‘Creating an
administrative (network) installation’ section of this manual.)
Click Edit to specify the components to install. The Install
Configuration Options dialog will appear. (See the ‘Install
Configuration Options Dialog’ section of this manual for a full
description of this dialog.)
Note: Because of the way NetSupport Deploy handles restarting
workstations, leave the Restart Machine box un-checked.
This is only relevant when performing a Silent Install
where The Install Configuration Options dialog is also
used for specifying the options to install.
When you have completed this dialog choose{File}{Save} to
save the Values .TXT file to the folder containing the distribution
copy of NetSupport.
Choose {File}{Exit} to return to the Install Properties dialog.
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Options Tab
Use the information supplied in the Network and Security tabs to
identify which machines may already have NetSupport installed,
you can then choose to:
•
Ignore them by checking the Skip machines already running
NetSupport box.
•
Update the machines with the latest version by checking the
Update new or older systems to current version box.
•
After deploying the package, you can confirm that the Client
is running by checking the Verify Client running after
restarting box. Ensure that workstations are restarted
automatically after the deploy for this option to work. See
Restart tab.
Acknowledgement Tab
Consider whether the workstations will
commencing the deploy. You can choose to:
be
in
use
when
•
Install NetSupport Immediately. No prompt will be received at
the workstations being deployed to.
•
Warn user before installing NetSupport. The user will receive
a prompt and needs to click OK for the install to commence.
Users cannot cancel this.
•
User can postpone NetSupport installation. You can specify
the number of times a user can postpone the installation. If
the user does choose to postpone, they will be re-prompted
at hourly intervals or the next time they restart the
workstation whichever comes earlier.
Message Tab
You can specify a custom message to be displayed at each
workstation while the installation is in progress.
Restart Tab
These options are only applicable if the target PCs require a
forced restart to complete the installation.
•
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Advise user to restart machine. At the completion of the
deployment, a message will be displayed at workstations
asking the user to restart the PC at the next convenient
opportunity. Do not choose if above Note applies.
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•
Insist user restarts machine. A message will be displayed at
workstations, advising the user to restart the PC to complete
the installation.
•
Force restart. At the end of the deployment, a message is
displayed advising users that the workstation will be
restarted. A time bar is displayed indicating how many
seconds it is before the restart commences.
•
Automatic restart if not logged on. If the workstation being
deployed to is not logged on, restart will commence
automatically.
5.
When you have completed all five tabs, click OK to return to the
Deploy Summary dialog. You can review your selections and edit
if required.
6.
Click Deploy to commence the installation. A progress dialog will
appear, enabling you to monitor the deployment as it installs on
each workstation.
The dialog has two tabs:
Log tab enables you to monitor the deployment as it reaches
each workstation.
Status tab lists the stage the deployment has reached on each
workstation. For example, the installation may be complete on
one machine but still in progress on another.
7. Click Close to return to the Deploy Main Window when the
installation is complete.
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Deploy a Client Configuration
Using NetSupport Deploy, you can remotely deploy a Client
Configuration file containing specific Client settings. For more
information on Configuring Clients see the Configuring the Client
section of this manual.
1.
Select the required workstations.
2.
Choose {Deploy}{Client Configuration} from the Deploy Main
Window Drop Down Menu.
or,
Right click on the selected workstations and choose Deploy-Client
Configuration.
3.
The Deploy Summary dialog will appear.
4. Click Properties to enter the details for the deployment.
5.
Click Browse to specify the folder containing the Client
Configuration file that is to be deployed. The default configuration
file is CLIENT32.INI and is stored in the NetSupport Manager
installation directory.
6.
Click Edit to access the Advanced Client Configurator in order to
make changes to the Configuration file. See the Advanced Client
Configuration section of this manual for more information.
7.
You can specify additional Client parameters if required. For
example, this may be the location of an additional Configuration
file to which you want to add specific user credentials (Name and
password).
8. For the new settings to take effect immediately, by default the
Client Service will be automatically restarted after the
deployment. If not required, uncheck the Restart the NetSupport
Client service box.
9.
Click OK to return to the Summary dialog. You can view the
contents of the configuration file by clicking on the file name.
10. Click Deploy. A progress dialog will appear enabling you to
monitor the status of the deployment.
11. Click Close when complete.
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Deploy a NetSupport License file
When installing a NetSupport package, a license file is sent to each
workstation. However, there may be occasions when the license
information needs updating. For example, you have purchased
additional licenses and the license file needs updating to reflect this.
By using NetSupport Deploy you can remotely update the file on user
workstations.
1.
Select the required workstations.
2. Choose {Deploy}{NetSupport License file} from the Deploy Main
Window Drop Down Menu.
or,
Right click on the selected workstations and choose DeployNetSupport License file.
3.
The Deploy Summary dialog will appear.
4. Click Properties to enter the details for the deployment.
5.
Click Browse to specify the folder containing the license file that is
to be deployed. The default file is NSM.LIC.
6. For the new settings to take effect immediately, by default the
Client Service will be automatically restarted after the
deployment. If not required, uncheck the Restart the NetSupport
Client service box.
7.
Click OK to return to the Summary dialog. You can view the
contents of the license file by clicking on the file name.
8.
Click Deploy. A progress dialog will appear enabling you to
monitor the status of the deployment.
9.
Click Close when complete.
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Remote Uninstall
Using NetSupport Deploy you can remotely uninstall a NetSupport
package.
1.
Select the required workstations.
2. Choose {Deploy}{Uninstall NetSupport} from the Deploy Main
Window Drop Down Menu.
or,
Right click on the selected workstations and choose DeployUninstall NetSupport.
3.
The Deploy Summary dialog will appear.
4.
Click Properties to enter the details for the deployment. The
Uninstall NetSupport dialog will appear.
5.
Enter the properties for the deployment by selecting the four tabs
in turn.
General tab
Provides a description of the package being uninstalled.
Acknowledgement Tab
Consider whether the workstations will
commencing the deploy. You can choose to:
•
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be
in
use
when
Uninstall NetSupport Immediately. No prompt will be received
at the workstations being deployed to.
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•
Warn user before uninstalling NetSupport. The user will
receive a prompt and needs to click OK for the uninstall to
commence. Users cannot cancel this.
•
User can postpone uninstall of NetSupport. You can specify the
number of times a user can postpone the uninstall. If the user
does choose to postpone, they will be prompted the next time
they restart the workstation.
Message Tab
You can specify a custom message to be displayed at each
workstation while the uninstall is in progress.
Restart Tab
To completely remove all NetSupport files, the workstations must
be restarted.
•
Insist user restarts machine. A message will be displayed at
workstations, advising the user to restart the PC to complete
the process.
•
Force restart. At the end of the deployment, a message is
displayed advising users that the workstation will be
restarted. A time bar is displayed indicating how many
seconds it is before the restart commences.
•
Automatic restart if not logged in. If the workstation being
deployed to is not logged in, restart will commence
automatically.
6.
When you have completed all four tabs, click OK to return to the
Deploy Summary dialog. You can review your selections and edit
if required.
7.
Click Deploy to commence the uninstall. A progress dialog will
appear, enabling you to monitor the deployment as it uninstalls
each workstation.
8.
Click Close when complete.
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Pre-Define Settings For A Future Deployment
There may be occasions when you want to defer a deployment until a
more convenient time of the day. With NetSupport Deploy you can
prepare the settings in advance and choose when to perform the
deployment.
Note: You select the workstations to deploy to when you are ready
to run the deployment.
To Prepare The Settings For A Future Deployment
1. Choose {Deploy}{Configuration} from the Deploy Main Window
drop down Menu.
2. The Deploy List dialog will appear. Select the required Deploy
Option. (Package, Client Configuration, License File or Uninstall)
3. Click Properties and enter the required settings.
4. When all settings are entered, click Close to return to the Deploy
Main Window.
To Run The Deployment
1. Select the workstations to Deploy to. See Preparing a
Deployment.
2. Choose {Deploy} from the Main Window Drop Down Menu.
or
Right click on the selected workstations and choose Deploy.
3. Select the required Deploy option.
4. The Deploy Summary dialog will appear, showing your pre
defined selections. You can edit these if required.
5. Click Deploy to start the deployment.
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Log Files
When using NetSupport Deploy, information about each deployment,
whether a package install, license update, configuration download or
uninstall, is recorded. This provides a useful reminder each time you
use the utility of what you have previously deployed. The information
is stored in a Log File.
To view Log Files
1.
From the NetSupport Deploy Main Window, select the Log Files
tab.
2.
In the left hand pane of the Main Window, increase or decrease
the Tree View to see a description of each type of deployment,
the date and time the deployment took place and the
workstations that were deployed to.
3. As you select an item from the left hand pane, itemised
information about that deployment will appear in the right hand
pane.
Printing a Log File
1. Select the required Log File in the Tree View.
2. Choose {Log}{Print} from the Deploy Main Window Drop Down
Menu.
Deleting a Log File
1. Select the required Log File in the Tree View.
2. Choose {Log}{Delete} from the Deploy Main Window Drop Down
Menu.
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Using the Control
In this chapter …
Starting the NetSupport Control
Finding Clients on the Network
Connecting to Clients
Quick Connect
Connecting to Clients on different Protocols
Configuring the Control for Subnet Browsing
Connecting to Clients/Controls via a NetSupport Gateway
Connecting through Firewalls and Proxy Servers
Connecting to a Linux or MAC Based System
Disconnecting Clients
Rebooting or Logging out Clients
Power Management
Sending Ctrl+Alt+Delete
Viewing Clients
Blanking the Client screen
View Modes
Viewing multiple Client screens simultaneously
Scanning Client screens
Launching Applications on Client workstations
User Defined Tools
Showing the Control screen on Client workstations
Showing a Client screen on a number of Client screens
Using Audio Support while Viewing or Showing
Using Audio Support to make an announcement
Adjusting microphone and speaker volume
Video Player Support
Video Player Control Panel
Recording Replay Files
Watching recorded Replay Files
Showing Replay Files to Clients
Transferring Files to a Client workstation
Arranging multiple file Transfer Windows
Distributing Files to Clients
Managing Files on Control workstations
Control/Client Chat sessions
Sending Messages to Clients
Dealing with Help Requests
Capturing a Clients Printer Output
Remote Clipboard
Integration With Explorer
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Starting the NetSupport Control
To start the NetSupport Manager Control program
1.
Double click on the NetSupport Control icon in your NetSupport
Program Group.
Or,
Choose {Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{NetSupport Control}
from your operating system.
As NetSupport Manager initialises, you will see a window in the
middle of your screen with the NetSupport logo and version
information. This only appears for a few seconds while NetSupport
loads, after which, the Control Window will be displayed.
Note:
By default, the Control is configured to support the TCP/IP
protocol, however, it can support multiple protocols
simultaneously. If you receive a protocol error message
when starting the Control or want to configure it to support
Clients
running
on
different
protocols
select
{Network}{Configure – Connectivity} from the Control
Window drop down menu.
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The Control Window
The Control Window is the primary interface for: Configuring the Control;
Connecting to Clients;
Maintaining Client information;
Selecting which Clients to work with;
Selecting tasks to carry out.
•
•
•
•
•
The Title Bar
This indicates that you are in the Control Window and displays the
name of the NetSupport Control workstation.
The Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities. These menus
can also be used for connecting to and selecting Clients to work with
as well as maintaining and organising Clients into work groups.
The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Double clicking on an individual item takes you
straight to that task or function, eliminating the need to work through
the drop down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display
a brief description of its function. You can customise the Toolbar to
display only your most used functions.
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The Quick View Bar
The Quick View Bar is used to switch between currently connected
Clients. Clicking on the button containing the required Clients name
brings that Clients View Window to the foreground.
The Quick Execute Bar
The Quick Execute Bar enables you to execute a previously saved
application to a Client, without having to direct your way through the
drop down menu. By clicking on the button containing the required
application, you immediately execute it on the selected Client or
Group.
The Tree View
The Tree View provides an explorer like structure for creating,
displaying and organising NetSupport objects such as Clients and
Groups.
The List View
The List View displays the contents of the currently selected Folder in
the Tree View. You can switch the display mode between icon and
detailed view. The information within the List View can be customised
to show specific information relevant to you.
The Status Bar
The Control Status Bar is displayed at the bottom of the Control
Window. It shows the current Status of the Control, the number of
currently connected Clients and the number of items in the Folder.
During a dialup connection it will also show communications details.
You can Hide or Display the Status Bar from the View Menu options
on the Control Window drop down menu bar.
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Customising the Toolbar
To enable you to customise NetSupport to your exact requirements, a
variety of User Interface customisation features are available. One of
these is the ability to set which icons you want to display on the
Control Toolbar.
To customise the Toolbar
1. Choose {View}{Toolbar}{Customise} from the Control Window
drop down menus.
2. The Customise Toolbar dialog will appear.
The main NetSupport Toolbar can be customised to include the
buttons that you use most frequently. The two lists you can see
contain the buttons that can be added to the Toolbar and those
already on the Toolbar. To group the buttons together you can place
separators between them.
Available Buttons
Displays a list of all the buttons that can be added to your Toolbar.
This list shows the icon and the associated text that will be added.
Current Buttons
Displays the current buttons on your Toolbar. Separators are shown
as a horizontal broken line. You can add a separator by selecting the
item in this list to insert after and pressing the Separator >> button.
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Add >>
Choose an item from the Available Buttons and select the position
for this item in the Current Buttons list. The item is inserted after
the selected item when you press the Add button.
Separator >>
Press this button to insert a separator into the Current buttons list
after the selected item.
Separators are used to visually group
buttons together.
<< Remove
Choose an item from the Current button list to remove and then
press this button. The item will be added to your Available buttons
list unless it is a separator in which case it is just removed.
Reset
Pressing this button restores the Current button list to the defaults
provided by the User Interface.
Press this button to move the selected Toolbar button up one position
in the Current button list.
Press this button to move the selected Toolbar button down one
position in the Current button list.
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NetSupport Manager Control Toolbar Buttons
Button
Name
Function
Add to Group
Add the selected Client to a new or
existing Group.
Announce
Send an Announcement to the selected
Client(s).
Available
This Control is available to receive Help
Request connections.
Browse
Chat
Configurations
Connect
Dial
Search
Clients.
the
Network
for
available
Chat with the selected Client.
Manage your Configuration Profiles.
Connect to the selected Client or Group
of Clients.
Dial a Remote Network.
Disconnect
Disconnect from the selected Client or
Group of Clients.
Disconnect All
Disconnect from all currently connected
Clients.
Execute
Execute a program at the selected
Client(s).
File Distribution Display the File Distribution Window to
the selected Clients.
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File Manager
Display the File Manager Window for the
Control Workstation.
File Transfer
Display the File Transfer Window for the
selected Client(s).
Inventory
Retrieve
a
hardware
/
software
inventory for the selected Client
machine.
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Logout
Message
Logout the selected Client.
Send a Message
Client(s).
to
the
selected
New
Create a new Client, Group, Remote
Network, Script Object, or Gateway.
Properties
Display the Properties for the selected
Client or Group.
Quick Connect
Quickly connect to a Client by supplying
its name or address.
Reboot
Reboot the selected Client.
Registry
If enabled in the Control Configuration,
Control
Interface-Functions
option,
gives access to the selected Clients
local Registry.
Replay
Play back a previously recorded Client
session.
Run
Run the selected Script.
Scan
Scan
through
screens.
Settings
Show
Show Tree
connected
Clients
Change the Settings for the current
Configuration.
Show your
Client(s).
screen
to
the
selected
Show or Hide to Object Tree.
Tools
Manage
Tools.
and
Execute
User
Defined
View
View the selected Clients screen.
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The Control Window – Tree View
The Tree View is the access point for information about the various
NetSupport Objects. An object may be an individual Client, a Group
or even a collection of Help Requests generated by Clients. Each set
of objects is stored in its own folder, as displayed in the Tree View, in
the Control Window.
The individual objects in a Folder are displayed in the adjacent List
View. For example, selecting the Connected Folder will result in the
List View changing to display all currently connected Clients.
The Tree can be expanded or contracted depending on the detail you
require, by clicking your mouse pointer on the + or – icons to the left
of a heading.
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The available Folders are:
Clients
A list of all Known Clients that have been connected either during the
current or previous sessions. It is very quick and easy to connect to a
Client from this folder as it removes the need to first perform a
Browse or know the network address of the Client.
Browse
This is a list of Clients discovered by running a Browse action in the
current session. Connecting to a Client from this folder causes its
details to be stored for later use in the Clients folder.
Connected
Any Client that is currently connected will be displayed in this Folder.
Help Requests
NetSupport includes a function at the Client that enables the Client
User to send a request for help. A Control can be notified that it has
received a Help Request from a Client in a variety of ways. If a
Control is configured to receive all Help Request messages, the
Control will be immediately notified, as the Help Request folder turns
green, it may even receive an audible beep. To alter the way in which
a Control is notified of a Help Request and when it is available to
receive them adjust the Help Request Tab in the Control Configurator.
Groups
You can organise individual Clients into Groups. Once a Client is
included in a Group, the entire Group can be connected and worked
on simultaneously without the need to connect and select them
individually.
Remote Networks
This refers to Clients that have to be connected over a dialup link.
They may be Clients on a LAN in another building or even standalone
workstations. In either event they are referred to as Remote
Networks and the information concerning the telephone number to
dial and the type of connection are stored in this folder.
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Scripting
Scripts created using the NetSupport Script Editor can be added to
this folder. List View shows the names of each script and enables you
to add new scripts to the list.
Gateways
The primary role of a NetSupport Gateway is to facilitate seamless
Remote Control between PC's that may both be located behind
different firewalls.
The Gateway provides a stable and secure method for locating Clients
via http and delivers web-based remote control without the need for
modifications to existing Firewall configurations.
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The Control Window – List View
The List View displays the objects stored in the corresponding Folder
in the Tree View. For example, if you select the Connected Folder,
then the List View will contain the details of the currently connected
Clients. Similarly, if you perform a Browse action the results of that
Browse will be displayed.
By choosing {View} from the Control Window drop down menu you
can change the appearance of the displayed items. The available
options are Large Icons, Small Icons, List, Details and Thumbnail.
With Details selected you can tailor the information that is displayed
about each Client.
To customise the List View
1.
Select {View}{Columns} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
2.
The Columns dialog will appear.
The Tabs shown at the top of the List View relate to each of the Client
List windows that are available for the Control.
Select the desired Tab, the left-hand window highlights columns that
are available for inclusion, the right hand window shows those
already included. Simply select the column name you require and
then ‘Add’ or ‘Remove’.
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The Arrows to the far right of the window are used to adjust the order
in which each column is displayed; the higher up the list represents
position from the Left.
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Finding Clients on a Network or Gateway
Before you can open a View Window for remote control or file work
with a Client or Clients, you must first connect to them.
Rather than having to know all the Client names and their network
addresses in advance, NetSupport Manger provides a Browse facility
that enables you to auto-discover them.
When you run a Browse action, the Control sends a message on all
protocols for which it has been configured, asking all Clients to “signin” with their name, network address and protocol.
The responses are added to the Browse folder in the Tree View and
their details are displayed in the List View. You can then connect and
work with these Clients directly or organise them into groups for later
use.
Once you have connected to a Client discovered by the Browse
function, its details are automatically stored in the Clients Folder in
the Tree View. These Clients then become Known Clients and you
can subsequently connect to them without the need to run a Browse
action first.
Note: You may be using NetSupport’s Gateway facility to establish
Client connections, in which case you can choose to include
Gateway Clients when Browsing. Although these will appear in
the Browse folder along with any Network Clients they are not
stored in the Known Client list.
To find a Client on a network
1. Choose {Network}{Browse} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Click on the Browse icon on the Control Window Toolbar.
Or,
Select the Browse Folder in the Control Tree View and click on the
“Look for Clients” icon in the List View.
2. The Browse dialog will appear.
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Enter a partial Client name or leave blank for all Clients
Type in the first part of a Client name here to narrow the search. If
you have many Clients on your network, you may only be interested
in those that begin with a certain word or letter. If you have Clients
that begin with ADMIN, typing this in would return Clients such as
ADMIN1, ADMIN_OFFICE and ADMINISTRATOR. To find all available
Clients leave this field empty.
Only Clients Requesting Help
Select this check box to browse only for Clients that have requested
help.
Include Gateway Clients
Check this box to include Gateway Clients when Browsing.
Click OK to begin the browse. An information box will advise you that
the Control is browsing for Clients. Press Cancel to abort your browse
for Clients. This will take a few seconds, after which, a list of
Available Clients on the Network meeting the criteria will be displayed
in the Browse folder. You can then right click on individual Clients to
connect to them, display their properties or carry out tasks.
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Connecting to Clients
Before you can remote control a Client, you must first connect to it.
To connect to Clients
1. Select the Client you want to connect to in the Client or Browse
Folders and choose {Client}{Connect}.
Or,
Right click on the Client icon and choose {Connect}.
Or,
Double click on the Client icon to connect and View it
immediately.
If the Client has been configured with security passwords you will
be prompted to enter your USERID and the correct Password.
This must be equal to the USERID and Password that has been
set in the Clients Profiles.
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Quick Connect
Quick Connect allows you to directly connect to a Known Client by
Client Name, Logged In User Name, or by Network Address
saving you having to perform a network browse and then selecting
the desired Client from the List View.
Clients configured for HTTP connections through a NetSupport
Gateway can also be selected.
To directly connect to Clients
1.
Choose {Client}{Quick Connect} from the drop down menu.
2.
The Quick Connect dialog will be displayed.
3. Choose the required connection method, Client name, Logged In
User Name, or Network Address and Protocol.
Note: If the Client is configured for HTTP connections through a
Gateway, in addition to the Name or User Name of the
Client you will need to choose the appropriate Gateway
name from the list provided.
4.
Click Connect.
5.
A dialog box will inform you that NetSupport is trying to connect
to the named Client.
If the connection attempt is successful the Connected Clients folder
will be opened and the Client Details displayed in the Client Status.
You can then View it or conduct other one to one or group tasks.
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Notes
•
If you are using TCP/IP the address is in the form
>192.168.100.20.
•
If connecting by User Name and more than one Client machine
matches this criteria, a list of Clients will appear for you to
select from.
•
If you are using the IPX network transport, the address is in the
form >000001-12345678.
•
If you are using NetBIOS, the Client PC's address is the
registered NetBIOS network name of that PC.
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Connecting to Clients on different Protocols
NetSupport supports connecting to Clients on multiple transports. The
four supported transports are IPX, TCP/IP, NetBIOS and HTTP. Within
NetBIOS there are 8 logical adapters.
Transports can be configured and tested within the Connectivity
option of the Basic or Advanced Client Configurator.
When the Control performs a Browse it looks over all configured
transports. Highlight the desired Client and select Connect from the
Client menu.
Connected Clients on different transports happily coexist within the
Control. Operations such as File Distribution, Show and Scan work
over different transports.
If you know that you only have Clients on one particular transport
then the Control will initialise slightly quicker if you only configure it
for this transport.
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Configuring The NetSupport Control For Subnet
Browsing
Most corporate networks are made up of a number of small networks
that are connected together in order to provide end users with access
to network resources. NetSupport Manager incorporates features that
allow a NetSupport Manager installation on one network to be used to
remotely manage computers on another interconnected network.
Using NetSupport Manager in its default configuration will enable you
to remotely manage computers on a remote LAN if connectivity to
that remote LAN is provided by a WAN.
However there are some configuration changes that are required to
allow a NetSupport Manager Control to browse for NetSupport
Manager Clients on remote LAN’s. The configuration changes required
are dependant on the network transport that you will be using with
NetSupport Manager. The two most common transports that are used
over WAN’s are TCP/IP and IPX.
Configuring the NetSupport Manager Control for IP Subnet
Browsing
Before configuring NetSupport Manager to browse on a remote IP
subnet it is useful to understand how IP addresses are made up and
in particular what an IP Broadcast Address is. You will need to
calculate the IP broadcast address for each subnet that you want
NetSupport to browse, including the broadcast address for the local
subnet on which the Control is installed. See ‘Understanding IP
Addresses’ in the Technical Reference section of this manual for
more information.
To Configure the NetSupport Control to browse IP subnets
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
2. Select the required Configuration file and click Connectivity and
Startup Settings.
3. Select Connectivity-TCP/IP. In the Browsing area click Settings.
4. The Configure TCP/IP Client Browsing dialog will appear.
5. Click Add and enter the Broadcast Address of the Network you
wish to browse.
6. Click OK.
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Notes:
•
When adding the address of a remote subnet, you must ensure
that the broadcast address for the local subnet is also present. If
not, the Control will not find any local clients when you perform
a browse.
Some network Routers will suppress broadcast packets from
being transmitted across WAN links. If this is the case then even
if the Control is correctly configured you will not be able to
browse the remote subnet.
•
Configuring the NetSupport
Remote IPX Networks
Manager
Control
to
Browse
Before configuring a NetSupport Control to browse a remote IPX
network it is useful to understand how IPX addresses are formatted.
You will need to have the IPX network numbers for each IPX network
that you wish NetSupport Manager to browse, this includes the IPX
network number for the local network on which the NetSupport
Manager Control is installed. See ‘Understanding IPX Addresses’
in the Technical Reference section of this manual for more
information.
To Configure the NetSupport Control to Browse Remote IPX
Networks
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
2. Select the required Configuration file and click Connectivity and
Startup Settings.
3. Select Connectivity-IPX.
4. Check the Use IPX and Record Clients’ Network Numbers options.
5. In the Use Networks box enter each of the IPX network numbers
that you wish NetSupport Manager to browse. If multiple network
numbers are required, separate each with a comma (,).
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Connecting to Clients/Controls via a NetSupport
Gateway
The primary role of a NetSupport Gateway is to facilitate seamless
remote control between PCs that may both be located behind
different Firewalls. The Gateway provides a stable and secure method
for locating and connecting Clients/Controls via HTTP delivering web
based remote control without the need for modifications to existing
Firewall configurations.
Typically, companies protect their internal network by using a
Firewall, only allowing connections if specific TCP/IP ports have been
opened. On occasions you may find that a direct connection between
a NetSupport Control and Client is blocked because the Firewall’s they
are protected by are configured to prevent outgoing connections on
all but the standard TCP/IP ports.
A NetSupport Gateway solves this problem by acting as a third party
that sits between the Control and Client, the HTTP protocol, rather
than TCP/IP, being used for communications.
Note: Client and Control configurations can have both TCP/IP and
HTTP enabled simultaneously thus ensuring that local
connections are still valid.
Gateway Installation and Configuration
The Gateway is designed to run on a machine that is accessible from
both the Client and Control. It must therefore have a fixed or static IP
address.
The Gateway can be installed as a standalone component on the
machine you wish to use, or along with other NetSupport
components.
To install the Gateway component you must select Custom when
choosing the type of NetSupport Installation to perform.
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You will also need to configure the properties for the Gateway,
primarily the Port to use in communications and the encrypted Key
for verifying connections from a Control or Client.
Gateway Configuration Utility
You use this dialog to configure the properties of the Gateway.
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You can access the dialog at the end of the installation, when the
dialog will appear automatically, or via the NetSupport Gateway icon
which appears in the workstations system tray. Right-click on the icon
and select Configure Gateway. Alternatively, you can run the file
Pcigwcfg.exe from the NetSupport Manager program folder.
Configuration
Gateway Port
The NetSupport Gateway uses HTTP Port 3085 by default.
Note: If the Control and/or Client are located behind a firewall, you
will need to enable Port 3085 within your firewalls
configuration.
CMPI (secs) – Comms. Management Packet Interval
When configured for Gateway connections, the Client workstation
confirms it’s availability by periodically polling the Gateway. By
default, a network packet is sent every 60 seconds but you can
change this if required.
Gateway Event Log Files
Gateway activity during an active session is recorded in a text file,
default GW001.LOG. This can be useful for checking which Clients and
Controls have connected through the Gateway.
Location
By default, the log file is stored in the NetSupport Manager program
folder. ie c:\program files\netsupport manager\GW001.log. Select
Browse to specify an alternative path.
Maximum File Size
Over a period of time the log file could become quite large, you can
manage this by specifying a maximum file size. When the limit is
reached the existing information in the file is overwritten by the new
records.
Gateway Keys
This acts as a form of Security Key. The Gateway will not accept
connections from a Control or Client unless a “Gateway key” is
specified, and that same key is also present at both the Control and
Client end. The Gateway can support multiple keys, at least one key
must be specified.
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Gateway key data is sent encrypted between Client/Control and the
Gateway. Once connected to the Gateway all Client/Control security
such as user names and security keys will function normally.
Select Add to specify the key. The Key must be at least 8 characters.
Once installed, the NetSupport Gateway icon will appear in the
system tray of the workstation. Double-clicking the icon will display a
status window listing any current activity through the Gateway.
Note: You will need to note the IP address of the Gateway machine
as this will be required when configuring the Control and Client
machines.
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Client Configuration
The Client machine needs to be configured to use the HTTP protocol
and be given the appropriate Gateway access details.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
From the Basic or Advanced Client Configurator select
{Connectivity-HTTP}.
Check the Use HTTP box.
NetSupport uses Port 3085 for HTTP communications and this will
be configured by default.
Confirm which Gateway to use by entering the IP address of the
Gateway machine.
Enter the appropriate Gateway Key as set at the Gateway
machine.
Control Configuration
The Control works in a similar way to the Client in that it uses the
HTTP protocol to communicate through Gateways.
1. From
the
Control
Window
drop
down
menu
select
{Network}{Configure}{Connectivity-HTTP}.
or
To
apply
the
setting
to
a
specific
profile,
choose
{Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop down
menu. Select the required profile and choose Connectivity and
Startup Settings.
2. Check the Use HTTP box.
3. NetSupport’s default HTTP Port, 3085, is configured by default.
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Add Gateways
The Control can communicate with multiple Gateways and the details
of each need to be added at the Control end.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
From the Control Window Tree View select the Gateway folder.
or
Select New from the Control Window toolbar.
Choose Add Gateway. The Add a Gateway wizard will appear.
Enter a Name and Description for the Gateway. Click Next.
Enter the IP Address of the machine where the Gateway is
installed and confirm the Port number to use, 3085 will be
specified by default. Click Next.
Enter the Gateway Key. This must match the Key set at the
Gateway and Client end. Click Finish.
The new Gateway will be added to the list view.
Repeat the above process for any other Gateways that the
Control needs to use.
Control-Gateway-Client Communications
Now that all the elements are in place, you are ready to attempt
connections through the Gateway. The Gateway serves 3 basic
purposes:
To receive and store Client registrations
For a Client to be available to a Control it must connect and stay
connected to the Gateway. The Client indicates its readiness by
periodically polling the Gateway that it has been configured to use.
The Gateway stores the Client details in an internal table.
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Respond to Browse commands from the Control
Once the Control has added the required Gateways it can Browse
them for Clients. The Gateway responds by scanning through its list
of available Clients and returning those that match the Browse
criteria.
Note: Unlike a standard network Browse, where Known Client details
are stored for future use, Gateway Client details are lost when
the Control closes. This is because the details are maintained
at the Gateway end. Although the Client is permanently
connected to the Gateway, the Control is not and therefore
needs to Browse the Gateway each time it wants to find
Clients.
1.
2.
From the Gateways folder in the Control Window Tree View select
the required Gateway and double-click Browse Gateway. The
Browse Gateway dialog will appear. Enter a partial Client name or
leave blank to search for all available Clients.
or
Right-click on the Gateway name in the Tree View and select
Open. This will automatically Browse for all available Clients.
Found Clients will appear in the List View and you can now
connect and remote control them in the usual way.
Note: You can ask for a combined Network and Gateway Browse by
selecting Browse from the Control Window Toolbar and
checking the Include Gateway Clients box. All found
Clients will appear in the Browse folder in the Tree View, the
Gateway Clients will not be added to the Gateway folder.
Pass all data between connected Controls and Clients
Although data is transferred between the connected Control and
Client via the Gateway this will appear seamless and performance will
not be affected.
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Connecting through Firewalls and Proxy Servers
It is possible to have NetSupport Clients/Controls running on the
inside of a Firewall/Proxy Server and still be available for connection
to workstations on the outside, without compromising the security of
the network. Likewise, you are able to connect to Control and Client
workstations running outside Firewalls/Proxy Servers.
Note: While this section provides general guidance, NetSupport’s
Gateway feature is specifically designed to provide seamless
Remote Control between PCs that may both be located behind
different Firewalls. The Gateway provides a stable and secure
method for connecting Clients and Controls and delivers web
based remote control without the need for modifications to
existing Firewall configurations. The HTTP protocol on port
3085 is used for Gateway communications. You will need to
ensure that this port is open within your firewall
configuration.
Connecting to Controls and Clients INSIDE Firewalls
For a Control on the external network of a Firewall to connect to
Clients on the Firewalls internal network, you must enable some form
of address translation. This process translates the address of a
workstation on the internal network, which would otherwise be
invisible, into an address that is accessible from the external network.
You should (depending on the Firewall) be able to specify which IP
addresses can access the internal workstation and which Port is open.
TCP/IP Ports Used By NetSupport
Control to Client
The NetSupport Control uses TCP/IP port 5405 to send IP requests to
Clients, and the NetSupport Client listens on port 5405 for incoming
requests from the Control.
Client to Control
With the introduction of the Client Connect feature in NetSupport
Manager 5.00, it was necessary for an additional port to be created to
ensure that the two methods of connection (Control calling Client,
Client calling Control) could run alongside each other without conflict.
Port 5421 is registered for this purpose.
Connecting to Controls and Clients INSIDE Proxy Servers
This will not be possible with Proxy Servers, as they will not provide a
means of address translation. A Proxy Server, by design, will not
allow connections into a protected network.
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Connecting from within a Firewall or Proxy Server to a Client
on the outside requires the following:
•
•
Port 5405 enabled for outgoing connections on your Firewall or
proxy server.
A Client on the other side listening on the same port number and
visible to the Control on the inside of the Firewall/Proxy Server.
Client calling a Control
1. Enable port 5421 for outgoing connections on your Firewall or
proxy server.
2. Choose {Call Control} from the NetSupport Client Main Window
drop down menu.
3. Enter either the hostname or IP address of the Control you wish
to connect to.
4. The Control will then receive a message stating that a Client is
attempting to make a connection. They can choose to accept or
disconnect the attempt.
Note: Port 5421 is not configurable.
Control calling a Client
1. Choose {Client}{Quick Connect} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
2. Enter either the hostname or IP address of the Client you wish to
connect to.
3. Click OK.
Note: NetSupport will not communicate directly with a Proxy Server
via SOCKS, and will only work if a TCP/IP direct connection is
available.
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Connecting to a MAC Based System
Using the NetSupport Control you
a system that has a previously
Manager does not install anything
requires the existing VNC Client to
can connect to and remote control
installed VNC Client. NetSupport
onto these systems itself and only
be in place.
Note: NetSupport’s standard Browse facility will not find the VNC
Client, you must use the Add New Client option.
To Connect to a MAC System
1. Select {Client}{New} from the Control Window drop down menu.
The Add a new Client wizard will appear.
2.
Enter a Name for the Client. In the Location field, use the default
option, Local. In the Client Type field choose VNC Client from the
drop down list. Click Next.
3. Enter the address details of the machine you wish to connect to.
NetSupport’s default port for VNC connections is 5900. Click Next.
4.
Choose the appropriate Video Encoding. Click Next.
5.
If required, enter any additional Client properties.
6.
Click Finish. The new Client icon will be added to the Control
Window List View.
You can now connect to and view the Client.
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Disconnecting a Client
When you have finished remote controlling connected Clients you
must disconnect from them before closing your NetSupport session.
To
1.
2.
3.
disconnect a Client
Choose the Connected Clients folder from the Control Window.
Select the Client you want to disconnect in the List View.
Choose {Client}{Disconnect} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
Or,
Right click on the Client icon and choose Disconnect.
Disconnecting all Clients
Rather than disconnecting Clients individually, you can disconnect all
connected Clients in a single action.
To disconnect all Clients
1. Choose {Client}{Disconnect All} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
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Power Management – Power on/Power off
Power consumption equates largely with heat generation, which is a
primary enemy in achieving increased performance. Newer
processors are larger and faster, and keeping them cool can be a
major concern. With millions of workstations in use, and sometimes
hundreds located in the same company, the desire to conserve
energy has grown from a non-issue to a real issue in the last five
years.
Power Management is a technique that enables hardware and
software to minimise system power consumption. It works by
shutting down portions of the hardware during periods of low or no
use, meaning that the workstation is ready to work when you are and
conserve energy when you are not.
See below for special considerations on Windows NT 4.0.
Client Power On
To Power on a NetSupport Client the workstation must have a Wakeon-LAN network adapter and a BIOS that will support it (consult your
network adapter documentation for more information), the Client
must also be Known to the Control. The Control sends a Wake-onLAN packet to the Client network adapter which instructs the
workstation to Power On.
To Power On a NetSupport Client
1. Select the icon(s) of the Clients you wish to Power On.
2. Choose {Client}{Power On} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Right click and choose Power On.
3. The Client workstations will now Power On.
To Power On a Group Of Clients
1.
Open the Group Folder in the Tree View and select the required
Group.
2. Choose {Group}{Power On} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Right click on the Group and choose Power On.
3. The Client workstations will now Power On.
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Client Power Off
NetSupport uses the Advanced Power Management (APM) features of
the Windows operating system (where supported), to provide Client
power down capabilities. APM relies on the Client workstation having
an ATX motherboard and ATX power supply.
A Control can remotely Power Off a Client workstation using the
NetSupport Power Management function.
To Power Off a NetSupport Client
1. Ensure all open applications at the Client workstations are closed.
2. Select the icon(s) of the Clients you wish to Power Off.
3. Choose {Client}{Power Off} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Right click and choose Power Off.
4. The Client workstations will now Power Off.
To Power Off a Group Of Clients
1.
2.
Ensure all open applications at the Client workstations are closed.
Open the Group Folder in the Tree View and select the required
Group.
3. Choose {Group}{Power Off} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Right click on the Group and choose Power Off.
4. The Client workstations will now Power Off.
Special Considerations on Windows NT 4.0.
The Windows NT 4.0 operating system does not by default provide
APM support and it will be necessary to update the Windows NT 4.0
Hardware Abstraction layer (HAL.DLL) to provide this functionality.
Microsoft provide an updated HAL which adds APM support for many
systems, for details of how to obtain this please refer to the support
area of the NetSupport web site or contact your computer
manufacturer to establish if APM can be provided for your system on
Windows NT 4.0.
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Rebooting or Logging out Clients
Enables a Control to remotely reboot or logoff Client workstations
either individually or by selected group.
To reboot or logout a Client
1. Select the Client in the Control Window List View.
2. Choose {Client}{Reboot or Logout} from the Control Window
drop down menu.
or
Right-click on the Client icon and select Reboot or Logout.
or
Select the Reboot or Logout icons from the Control Window
Toolbar.
3. Click Yes, to confirm send Reboot/Logout.
4. You will be immediately disconnected from the Client.
Or,
1.
2.
3.
While Viewing the Client, choose {Client}{Reboot or Logout}
from the View Window drop down menu.
or
Select the Reboot or Logout icons from the View Window Toolbar.
Click Yes, to confirm send Reboot/Logout.
You will be immediately disconnected from the Client.
To reboot or logout a Group of Clients
1. Select the members of the Group in the Control Window List View
or the entire Group in the Control Window Tree View.
2. Choose {Group}{Reboot or Logout} from the Control Window
drop down menu.
or
Right-click on the group name in the Tree View and select Reboot
or Logout.
3. Click Yes, to confirm send Reboot/Logout to the Group.
4. You will be immediately disconnected from the members of the
Group.
Note: Make sure that all workstations within the Group are available
and not being used by other staff before you use this
function!
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Sending Ctrl+Alt+Delete
You can send Ctrl+Alt+Delete to a workstation that you are Viewing
or simply connected to.
To send Ctrl+Alt+Delete to a connected Client
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys simultaneously.
Or,
1.
2.
Choose {Client}{Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete} from the Control Window
drop down menu.
Click Yes, to confirm Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
To send Ctrl+Alt+Delete to a Client you are Viewing
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys simultaneously.
Or,
1.
2.
Choose {Client}{Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete} from the View Window
drop down menu.
Click Yes, to confirm Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
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Viewing
The View Window
The View Window is the primary interface for interacting with
individual Clients. Each Client has its own View Window. The Client
View Windows are used for displaying the screens of the Clients at
the Control. You can have multiple Client View Windows open and
displayed simultaneously.
The View Window is divided into the following sections:
The Title Bar
This displays the name of the Client that is displayed in the Client
Screen Area.
The Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
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The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Double clicking on an individual item takes you
straight to that task or function, eliminating the need to work through
the drop down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display
a brief description of its function. You can adjust the size of the
displayed Toolbar icons, large or small.
Items can be added or removed by right-clicking on the toolbar and
selecting customise.
The Client Screen Area
This is used for displaying the screen of the Client.
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Viewing Clients
Having connected to a Client, you can now remotely control it. This is
called Viewing. The Client’s Screen will be displayed in a Window on
the Control workstation. NetSupport will allow you to View multiple
Client screens, each in its own Window, simultaneously.
To View a Client
1. Choose {Client}{View} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Right click on the Client’s icon you want to View, choose {View}.
Or,
Click on the appropriate Client button in the Quick View Toolbar.
Or,
Double click on the Client icon in the List View.
2. The View Window for that Client will now appear with its screen
displayed.
To return to the Control Window
1. Choose {Client}{Close} from the View Window drop down menu.
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Viewing Modes
You can View a Client in three modes:
Share
The Client’s screen will be displayed at both the Control and the
Client. Both the Control and the user at the Client will be able to
enter keystrokes and mouse movements.
Watch
The Client’s screen will be displayed at both the Control and the
Client. Only the user at the Client will be able to enter keystrokes
and mouse movements. The user at the Control will be locked out.
Control
The Client's screen will be displayed at both the Control and the
Client. Only the user at the Control will be able to enter keystrokes
and mouse movements. The user at the Client will be locked out.
To change the View mode
1. Select the mode Share, Watch or Control from the View Toolbar.
Or,
Press PAUSE+ALT keys and select Watch, Share or Control from
the View Window {Client} drop down menu.
Maximising the View Area
Viewing a Client in Full Screen Mode, maximises the View Window.
What you see is exactly what would be seen on the workstation you
are Viewing.
To maximise the View area
1. Choose {View}{Full Screen} from the Client View Window drop
down menu.
Or,
Click on the Full Screen icon in the Clients View Window toolbar.
2. The Full Screen dialog will appear.
By default NetSupport will provide you with a floating toolbar while in
Full Screen Mode.
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Viewing multiple Client screens simultaneously
NetSupport enables you to View multiple Clients screens
simultaneously, each in its own Window. You can even scale their
individual View Windows to fit on the Control’s screen.
To View multiple Client screens
1. View each Client you want to include.
2. From the Control Window drop down menu or any Client {View}
drop down menu, choose {Window}{Tile} and then select which
NetSupport Windows you want to display.
Your chosen Windows will be tiled on the Control’s screen. If you
want to see the entire Client’s screen then choose the Scale to Fit
option in the toolbar of each Client’s View Window.
Note: Scale to Fit is set by default. To View the screen in normal
resolution, turn off Scale to Fit.
Blanking the Clients screen while Viewing
For security reasons, you may require the Client screen to be blank
while you are remotely controlling it.
1.
2.
3.
Choose {Client}{Blank screen} from the View Window drop down
menu.
The Clients screen will be blanked.
To restore the screen, choose {Client}{Blank screen} from the
View Window drop down menu.
Scale to Fit Mode
Scale to Fit allows you to view a remote screen within the available
size of the Remote Window rather than providing you with a series of
scroll bars so that you can pan around the screen.
This allows you View multiple screens simultaneously to maintain an
overview of a number of selected workstations.
Note:
Using Scale to Fit does impact on the quality and clarity of
the View, and is designed to allow you to monitor a screen
as opposed to work on it. Try it for yourself and decide what
level of scaling is acceptable for your purposes.
To view a View Window to scale
1. From the Client View Window, choose {View}{Scale to Fit}.
Or,
Click on the Scale to Fit icon on the View Toolbar.
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Displaying the View Settings for a Client
During any control session where you may be working with more than
one Client, you can tailor how each Client interacts with the Control.
For example, on one Client you may want to use compression
because it is on a slow link, but on another you may want to turn
compression off. NetSupport allows you do this by modifying the
default settings for the current Control Profile.
To adjust View Settings while viewing
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the Client to view.
Choose {View}{Settings for Client} from the View Window drop
down menus.
Or,
Select the Settings button on the View Window Toolbar.
The Settings dialog will appear.
Configure which options will be enabled, when you start a View
Session. (Refer to the Control Configuration - Remote Control
Settings section of this manual for detailed information about the
available options)
Note: If you edit the Client Settings, the changes you make only
apply to that Client during the current Control session. If you
want to change the settings permanently check the Update
Configuration box.
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Scanning
The Scan function enables you to cycle through each connected Client
in turn, displaying its screen on the Control. It is an alternative to
Viewing multiple Clients in scaled windows, which may cause their
screens to be unreadable.
Multiple Client screens can also be scanned in one Scan Window.
Scan one Client screen at a time
1. Choose {Tools}{Scan} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
2. The Scan dialog will appear.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Specify which Clients to Scan by removing or including the check
mark next to the Client name.
Select the Scan interval.
Select Display one Client at a time.
Click Scan.
The Scan Window will appear and immediately show you the first
Client in the sequence. It will cycle through the selected Clients,
showing their screens on the Control, until you end the Scan.
Note: If you want to start scanning from a particular Client, select
their name in the Scan dialog.
To end a Scan
1. Choose {Scan}{Close} from the Scan Window drop down menu.
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Scanning Multiple Client Screens
Multiple Client screens can be scanned simultaneously in one Scan
Window.
To Scan multiple screens simultaneously
1. Choose {Tools}{Scan} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
2. The Scan dialog will appear.
3. Specify which Clients to Scan by removing or including the check
mark next to the Client name.
4. Select Display multiple Clients at a time.
5. Select number of Client screens to be displayed in the Scan
Window.
6. If scanning more than four Client screens, select a Scan interval.
7. Click Scan.
8. The Scan Window will appear.
To End the Scan
1. Choose {Scan}{Close} from the Scan Window drop down menu.
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The Scan Window
The Scan Window is a special type of View Window that cycles
through the selected Client screens, displaying each in turn, for the
pre-determined Scan Interval.
The Scan Window, for a single Client scan, is divided into the following
sections:
Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The size of the displayed Toolbar icons can be adjusted, large or
small, by selecting {View}{Toolbar} from the Scan Window menu.
The toolbar buttons for a single Client Scan have the following
functions: Previous, Auto and Next buttons
You can turn auto timing on or off from the Scan Window toolbar, or
choose to move forwards or backwards between individual Clients.
The previous button shows the previous Client screen scanned. The
next button shows the next Clients screen in the scan cycle.
Scaling to Fit
It may be that the Client is running in a higher resolution than the
Control. In this case choosing the Scale to Fit option from the View
Window Menu or Toolbar, will re-size its screen to fit the Window in
which it is displayed.
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Full Screen
When Scanning in full screen mode, you can use the Scan Floating
toolbar to control the operation.
Capture
A snapshot of the current Client view window will be taken. You will
then have the option to name and save the current screen contents
to a file.
The Status Bar
The Status Bar indicates which Client you are currently scanning and
how far through the Scan interval you are.
The Scan Window, for a multiple Client scan, is divided into the
following sections:
Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The toolbar buttons for a multiple Client Scan have the following
functions: Previous, Auto and Next buttons
You can turn auto timing on or off from the Scan Window toolbar, or
choose to move forwards or backwards between individual Clients.
The previous button shows the previous Client screen scanned. The
next button shows the next Clients screen in the scan cycle.
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Scaling to Fit
It may be that the Client is running in a higher resolution than the
Control. In this case choosing the Scale to Fit button, will re-size its
screen to fit the Window in which it is displayed.
Maximise
To enlarge a Client View Window. This button will be greyed out until
you select a Client View Window. To maximise the Client View
Window, click the Maximise button or click the box in the top right
hand corner of the Client View Window.
Lock
To lock a selected Clients keyboard and mouse.
Chat
To initiate a chat session between a Client and the Control.
Share
To View a Client in Share Mode.
Capture
A snapshot of the current Client view window will be taken. You will
then have the option to name and save the current screen contents
to a file.
The Status Bar
The Status Bar indicates which Client you are currently scanning and
how far through the Scan interval you are.
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Thumbnail View / Monitor Mode
Thumbnail View or Monitor Mode, similar to the Scan feature, enables
the Control to view multiple Client screens simultaneously.
A convenient thumbnail view of each connected Client screen is
displayed at the Control providing a quick and easy method for
monitoring Client activity. While in Monitor mode the Control still has
access to the full range of NetSupport features such as View, Chat
and File Transfer.
1.
Display the required Client List by selecting the appropriate folder
in the Control Window Tree View. You would generally want to
limit the number of displayed Thumbnails to Connected Clients
only.
2. Choose {View}{Thumbnail} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
or
Right-click on a clear area of the List View and select Thumbnail.
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The List View will display each Client thumbnail. Double-clicking a
thumbnail will open a view session to that Client, right-click and you
can select from the full range of available Client features. For
example, by selecting multiple thumbnails you can invite those
Clients into a Chat session.
Thumbnails can be re-sized to suit and the frequency at which the
displayed data is refreshed can be adjusted in the Control
Configuration.
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menu and select the configuration to update.
or
To
adjust
the
currently
loaded
configuration,
choose
{View}{Settings for current configuration} or click Settings on
the toolbar.
2. Select Control Interface – Settings.
3. Amend the Thumbnail properties as required.
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Launching Applications
This feature allows you to launch (execute) an application on an
individual Client workstation or a Group of Client workstation’s
without the need to remote control them.
Note: The application itself must be installed on or available to the
Client workstations.
To Execute an application on a Client Workstation:
1. Open the Connected or Browse Folder in the Tree View, select the
required Clients.
2. Choose {Client}{Execute at Client} from the Control Window
drop down menu.
Or,
Right click on the desired Client(s) in the List View and choose
Execute at Client.
3. The Execute Application dialog will appear.
4.
Enter the name and path of the application to execute at the
Client.
Or,
Click on Local Browse button and select an executable application
on the Control workstation.
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Note: Check that Client applications are stored in the same location
as the Control to ensure successful execution.
5. Check the box Add to List, to save it for future use in the Saved
List Tab.
6. Confirm the description and path.
7. Click Execute.
The application will now be launched at all selected Clients and the
result of the operation displayed in the Results Box.
To Execute an application on a Group of Clients
1.
Open the Group Folder in the Tree View and right Click on the
desired Group.
2. Select Execute at Client.
Or,
1. Open the Group Folder, select the required Client.
2. Choose {Group}{Execute at Client} from the Control Window
drop down menu bar.
3. The Execute Application dialog will appear.
4. Enter the name and path of the application to execute at the
Client.
Or,
Click on Local Browse button and select an executable application
on the Control workstation.
Note: Check that Client applications are stored in the same location
as the Control to ensure successful execution.
5. Check the box Add to List, to save it for future use in the Saved
List Tab.
6. Confirm the description and path.
7. Click Execute.
The application will now be launched at all selected Clients in the
Group and the result of the operation displayed in the Results Box.
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To
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Save the details of your executed application for future use
Open the Execute dialog box.
Select the Execute Tab.
Enter the name and path of the executable application.
Click Add to List button.
The Add/Edit Program details dialog will appear.
Confirm the description and path of the executable application.
Click OK.
Select the Saved List Tab.
Check the Show Toolbar box to execute from the Control Window
toolbar.
10. Click Close.
A short cut button for easy launching of an application will appear on
the Quick Execute toolbar.
To
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
edit a saved Executable application
Open the Execute Application dialog.
Select the Saved List Tab.
Select the Application to edit.
Click Edit.
The Add/Edit Program details dialog will appear.
When finished, click OK.
To
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
remove a saved Executable application
Open the Execute Application dialog.
Select the Saved List Tab.
Select the Application to remove.
Click Remove.
A confirmation dialog is displayed, click Yes.
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User Defined Tools
As well as allowing a Control to launch applications on Client
workstations, you can automatically run a task on a Control
workstation using a Defined Tool. These tools can also be copied to
other Control workstations for use.
To Add a Tool
1. Choose {Tools}{User Defined – Edit} from the Control Window
drop down menus.
2. The User Defined Tool dialog will appear.
3. Click on the Add button.
4. The Add Tool dialog will appear.
5. Choose to add a Program or Script tool by selecting the
appropriate Tab.
6. Enter the required information.
7. Click OK.
8. The tool will be listed.
To Edit a Tool
1. Choose {Tools}{User Defined – Edit} from the Control Window
drop down menus.
2. The User Defined Tool dialog will appear.
3. Select the tool you wish to edit or delete.
4. Click on the Edit button.
5. The Edit dialog will appear.
6. Edit the appropriate information, click OK.
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To Delete a Tool
1. Choose {Tools}{User Defined – Delete} from the Control Window
drop down menus.
2. The User Defined Tool dialog will appear.
3. Select the tool you wish to edit or delete.
4. Click on the Delete button.
5. A confirmation dialog will appear, click Yes.
6. The Tool will be removed.
To run a Tool
1. Choose {Tools}{User Defined Tools} from the Control Window
drop down menus.
2. Select the tool you wish to run.
3. The Tool automatically run.
To copy User Defined Tool Settings to other Control
workstations
1. From the Control Configurator, select File Locations.
2. The Tools file section, click on the Change button.
3. Specify and alternate location or name for the Tools file.
4. Make this file available to Control workstation that is going to
adopt this Tools file.
5. From the workstations Control Configurator, {File Locations –
Tools file section}, click on the Change button.
6. Select the new Tools file, click Open.
7. The new Tools file will be implemented.
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Showing the Control screen to Clients
As well as enabling you to remote control Clients, NetSupport allows
you to show your screen to: •
a selected individual Client.
•
a pre-defined group of Clients.
•
an ad hoc selection of Clients.
•
replay files can also be shown to Clients.
Notes:
•
When showing the Control screen to Clients, the screen
information is sent to each Client machine in turn. In some
network environments where there is limited network
bandwidth available or when showing to larger numbers of
machines this can affect performance. In these circumstances,
NetSupport’s Broadcast Show facility can be enabled, see
Configuring the Control, Connectivity. This results in the screen
information being sent to all machines simultaneously thus
improving the speed of transfer. Whilst reducing overall
network traffic generated by NetSupport, using this feature will
generate additional broadcast packets on your network. It is
recommended that you consult your Network administrator
before using this feature.
The broadcast show feature is only supported in version 7.10 or
•
higher.
To Show a Control screen
1. Select the connected Client you wish to Show to.
2. Choose {Tools}{Show} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Choose the Show button on the Toolbar.
3.
The Show Configuration dialog will appear.
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In this dialog, you must select the Client, or Clients, that you will
Show your screen or replay file to. If you are connected to only one
Client, or have selected a specific Client before choosing Show, they
will appear as an individual option. If you only want to Show to this
Client, click Show, otherwise make your selection as follows:
These Clients
The list displays all of the connected Clients and their descriptions. If
you are only connected to one Client, this list is disabled. Once you
have chosen the Clients you want to Show to, click Show.
Set Show Mode at Client (Windowed or Full Screen)
This option allows you to Show at the Client, either in a small window
or in full screen.
Advanced>>
Show icon on taskbar
This option enables you to choose whether you want to display the
NetSupport icon or button on the Control task bar, when Showing.
This icon is displayed on the taskbar of Windows 95/98 and Windows
NT 4 operating systems. By double clicking on either, you return to
the Show dialog box.
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Enable Audio Support
This turns Audio Support on. If you are Showing to only one Client,
both the Control and Client can speak. If you are Showing to many,
only the Control can speak (Announce). See Using Audio Support for
details.
Show Replay File
This option enables you to show Clients a stored Replay File instead
of the current display. Use the Browse button to navigate to the
folder containing the required Replay File.
Send Physical Fonts
In order to reduce the volume of data being sent when sharing
information of this nature, NetSupport passes the font information by
reference. The target workstation will refer to it’s own internal font
mappings to find an appropriate match to the one that has been sent.
In most cases the same fonts will be available but if there are
instances where this isn’t the case you can send the full information.
Check this box to enable.
To End the Show
1. Click on the NetSupport button on the taskbar.
Or,
Right click on the NetSupport icon on the taskbar.
2. This will display the Showing dialog.
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The buttons have the following purposes: End
Ends the Show and releases the Client’s screens and keyboards.
Resume
Resumes the Show.
Continue
The Client’s screens and keyboards will remain locked while you
prepare other work at the Control. They will not be able to see what
you are doing. Effectively the Show is suspended.
Note: In order to Show to a Client from the Control you must first
have installed the Client programs on the Control
workstation. However, it does not need to be activated.
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Showing a Client’s screen on a number of Client
screens
With NetSupport, it is possible to Show the Control’s screen to a
number of connected Clients. It is also possible to Show a Clients
screen to a number of other connected Clients. This is known as
Exhibiting.
For example, it may be that workstation_1 has an application on it
that you need to Show to the Accounts department. Therefore, by
Viewing workstation_1 and then Showing to all members of the
Accounts department, they will now be able to see workstation_1’s
screen.
To Show a Clients screen
1. Connect to the Clients you wish to Show to and the Client you
wish to View.
2. View the Client whose screen you wish to Show.
3. Choose {Tools}{Show} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Select the Show icon on the Toolbar.
4. Choose Show to ‘These Clients’.
5. Exclude the Client you are currently Viewing from the Show: the
green tick should be changed to a red cross. If you don’t do this,
you will get an error saying that the Control cannot Show to this
Client while you are Viewing it.
6. Click Show to start the Show.
The Client’s screen that is being Viewed will be shown to the other
Clients. You can use features such as Scale to Fit and Full Screen to
Show more of the Client’s screen.
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Audio Support
NetSupport allows you to use Audio Support, via microphones,
headphones and speakers while Viewing a Clients screen and
Showing your screen to a Client workstation. For this function to work
you must have Audio Support hardware and software installed.
To use Audio Support when Viewing
1. Click on the Audio Button on the Toolbar in the View Window.
2. The Audio options will be displayed. From here you can: •
Turn Audio on or off;
•
Enable only the Control or the Client to talk;
•
Set the microphone sensitivity;
•
Select the Audio Quality;
The Mute Button turns the speaker and microphone on and off.
To use Audio Support when Showing
1. In the Show dialog box select the check box Enable Audio
Support.
2. The Audio Settings set in the Control Configurator Audio option
will apply during these sessions.
Audio Announcements
This feature sends an audible announcement to all selected Clients
headphones or speakers. They will be able to hear the Control but will
not be able to speak back.
Making an Announcement
1. Click on {Tools}{Announce} from the Control Window drop down
menu bar.
2. The Announce dialog box will appear, include (green tick), or
exclude (red cross), Clients from the announcement, then click
Announce.
3. A dialog will appear, indicating that you can now announce. Click
OK when you have finished speaking.
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Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Volume
You can adjust the audio settings within NetSupport to match the
capabilities of your multimedia workstations or to fine tune
performance. However, you should note that the higher the quality of
sound you select the greater the volume of data that needs to be
sent. This can affect screen update performance on slower
workstations.
To Access the Volume Controls
1.
Right click on the speaker icon in the task bar.
To change other options, such as sound quality, do one of the
following: Global Method (Changes default setting for all Clients)
1.
Choose {View}{Settings for Current Configuration}{Remote
Control – Audio} from the Control Window drop down menu.
Individual Client Method (While Viewing):
1.
2.
While Viewing the Client.
Choose {View}{Settings for Client – Audio} from the View
Window drop down menu.
Or,
Click on the Settings button on the View Window Toolbar and
select Audio.
Or,
Click on the Audio button on the View Window Toolbar.
In both cases, the Audio Setting dialog will be displayed. This allows
you to set the following properties:
Volume Settings adjustments
Threshold
Microphone sensitivity
Microphone
Volume of microphone
Speaker
Volume of speakers
Wave
Volume of Operating Systems Sound Effects
Enable Options
On
Turn Audio on
Off
Turn Audio off
Talk
Set the Control Audio to Talk function only
Listen
Set the Control Audio to Listen function only
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Video Player Support
NetSupport provides exceptional multimedia support with full Audio,
Video and Remote Control capabilities. This section deals specifically
with the use of the NetSupport Video Player.
While the NetSupport Video Player can be used for viewing a video
file on an individual workstation, the combination of NetSupport’s
remote control capabilities with full Audio Support allows you to use
this tool to enhance training sessions and demonstrations. By running
a Show, then launching NetSupport Video Player, all Clients will be
able to watch video files from their own workstations, with full audio
support.
The Video Player supports all standard video files for example, avi
and mpg. The Video Player runs locally on each Client workstation
while the video file can be accessed locally or on a network drive. If
video files are stored locally, network traffic is restricted to video
player controls and synchronisation and is therefore minimal, making
it possible to control video sequences running on a larger number of
workstations simultaneously.
If video files are stored on a network drive and Clients have to
retrieve files across the network there will be a greater impact on the
network. For optimum performance, store the video files locally on
each workstation, you may wish to use File Distribution to do this.
Other influencing factors will be:
The number of Client workstations accessing the file;
The speed of the network eg: 10/100 MB;
The size of the video file;
Client workstation memory/performance specification;
Other traffic on the network.
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•
•
•
Notes
•
If a Client workstation is required to retrieve files from a Server,
for smooth operation, ensure that the Client workstation has
sufficient access rights to the relevant drive and files.
•
The video adapter of the workstation and how the screen
resolution is configured will affect the quality of the display.
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To Play a Video file on a workstation
1. Perform a Show to the Client workstations you want to watch the
video file.
2. While performing the Show, launch NetSupport Video Player by
double clicking on the NetSupport Video Player icon in the
NetSupport Program Folder.
3. The Video Player control panel will appear.
4. Choose {File}{Open} from the Video Player drop down menus to
select the correct video file.
5. The Video Player video screen will then appear below the toolbar
with the selected file loaded, ready to be played.
Note: NetSupport’s Video Player utilises the Audio Support software
and hardware installed on your operating system, please
adjust these to suit your needs.
6.
Click on the Play button on the Video Player toolbar.
Or,
Choose {Play}{Play} from the Video Player drop down menus.
To Pause or Stop a Video file and return to the beginning while
it is playing
1.
Click on the Pause or Stop button on the toolbar.
Or,
Choose {Play}{Stop or Pause} from the Video Player drop down
menus.
Note: The Pause command blanks any Clients video screens you may
be Showing the Video file to.
To return to the beginning of the video file
1. Click on the Start button on the toolbar to return to the beginning
of the Video file.
Or,
Choose {Play}{Start} from the Video Player drop down menus.
To fast forward to the end of the video file
1. Click on the End button on the toolbar to fast forward to the end
of the Video file.
Or,
Choose {Play}{End} from the Video Player drop down menus.
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Video Player Control Panel
The Video Player Control Panel operates in a similar manner to
standard audio and visual aids. Although the commands on the
toolbar perform the same actions as would be expected, please find a
detailed explanation below:
File Menu
The File drop down menu contains the following options:
Open
Allows you to select and load the appropriate video file.
Close
Closes the open video file.
Exit
Shuts down the Video Player.
View Menu
The View drop down menu contains the following options:
Text Labels
Hides and displays text labels on the Video Player toolbar.
Toolbar
Hides and displays the Video Player toolbar.
Status Bar
Hides and displays the Status Bar of the Video Player.
Zoom
Resizes the video screen
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Play Menu
The Play drop down menu contains the following options:
Play
Starts the loaded video file.
Stop
Returns to the beginning of the loaded video file.
Pause
Blanks the Clients video screen and pauses the video file at the
Control workstation.
Start
Returns to the beginning of the video file.
End
Fast-forwards to the end of the video file.
Mute Clients
If Clients are not using headphones while they are watching a video,
the sound coming from each workstation can be distracting. This
option turns audio off at the Client workstations but leaves it on at
the Control machine.
Help Menu
Provides access to the on-line Help and general Version information.
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Replay Files
During a Remote Control session the screen, keyboard and mouse
activity at a Client or Control PC can be recorded, stored in a file and
played back. If the PCs are configured for Audio, any narration that
takes place can also be recorded.
A Control can determine how and when recordings take place by
enabling the appropriate configuration options:
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Local Recording
At individual or all Client PCs
Recording Local Activity
Activity at the local machine can be recorded and played back. If
required, the Replay File can also be ‘shown’ to remote Clients.
1. Choose {Tools}{Record} from the Control Window drop down
menu. The Record Local Activity dialog will appear.
2.
3.
Include Audio
In addition to the screen, mouse and keyboard activity, if the
workstation is configured for Audio, you can record any narration
that takes place. Check this box to enable.
Record Physical Fonts
In order to reduce the volume of data being sent when sharing
information of this nature, NetSupport passes the font
information by reference. The target workstation will refer to it’s
own internal font mappings to find an appropriate match to the
one that has been sent. In most cases the same fonts will be
available but if there are instances where this isn’t the case you
can send the full information. Check this box to enable.
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4.
5.
6.
In Directory
Specify where you want the Replay Files stored. In order to
identify each file, filenames will be prefixed with ‘Local’ and the
date and time of the recording.
Click OK to start recording. The Recording icon will appear in the
task bar.
To stop recording, double click the Recording icon.
Recording Replay Files At Client PCs
Activity at remote PCs is recorded when a Control ‘Views’ a Client that
is configured to Record Replay Files. The option can be enabled at
individual Client level or set globally.
Record Replay Files For All Viewed Clients
This procedure enables the Control to create a Replay File each time
it ‘views’ a Client PC. The settings can be applied to the current
control configuration or to a ‘named’ configuration.
1.
2.
3.
To amend the current configuration choose {View}{Settings for
current configuration} from the Control Window drop down menu.
or
Click Settings on the toolbar.
or
To apply the changes to a named configuration, choose
{Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop down
menu. Select the named configuration and click Settings.
The Settings for Configuration dialog will appear.
Choose Security - Replay Files and enable the appropriate
options. See Configuring The Control - Security Options – Replay
Files for more information.
Record Replay Files for Individual Clients
This procedure enables Replay Files to be created at machines where
the Client Configuration has the Record Replay Files option enabled.
1. Run the Advanced Client Configurator at the required PCs.
2. Select the profile to amend.
3. Select Security - Replay Files and enable the appropriate options.
See Configuring the Client - Security Options – Replay File
Settings for more information.
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Watching Recorded Replay Files
Replay Files can be watched by Controls with appropriate access
levels to the files, these in turn, can be shown to Clients.
At a local level, the NetSupport Client program also provides a Replay
option enabling Clients to launch files.
At the Control
1. Choose {Tools}{Replay} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
or
If enabled, click the Replay icon on the toolbar.
2. Navigate to the Directory where the Replay Files are stored.
3. Select the file to replay.
4. Click Open. The Replay Window will appear. Use the Replay
Controls to Start/Stop the file.
At the Client
1. Right-click on the NetSupport Client icon in the system tray and
choose Replay.
or
Double-click on the Client Icon and choose {Commands}{Replay}
from the drop down menu.
2. Navigate to the Directory where the Replay Files are stored.
3. Select the file to replay.
4. Click Open. The Replay Window will appear. Use the Replay
Controls to Start/Stop the file.
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Showing Replay Files to Clients
Replay Files can be watched by individual Controls and Clients. The
Control also has the option of ‘showing’ a specific file to multiple
Clients.
1. Choose {Tools}{Show} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
or
Click the Show icon on the toolbar.
2. The Show Configuration dialog will appear.
3. From the Client list, select the Clients to show the Replay File to.
4. Click Advanced.
5. Check the Show Replay File box and browse for the required
Replay File.
6. Click Show.
7. The Replay Window will open at the Control machine and start
playing the Replay File to the selected Clients.
8. Click End on the Replay Window toolbar to end the show.
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File Transfer
The File Transfer Window
When you choose to perform a File Transfer operation on an
individual Client, the File Transfer Window is displayed. At its
simplest, you transfer files by dragging them from one location to
another.
The File Transfer Window is divided into five sections
The Title Bar
This shows which Client this particular File Transfer Window is
working with.
The Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Double clicking on an individual item takes you
straight to that task or function, eliminating the need to work through
the drop down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display
a brief description of its function. Please also refer to the toolbar
menu for details on how you can customise it to reflect the functions
that you use most.
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The Local Pane
The Local Pane displays a Tree View of the Directories of the Control
on the Left-hand side, and a List View of the contents of those
directories on the Right-hand side. Right-click on any item in one of
the columns in the list view and a range of context-sensitive functions
become available.
The Remote Pane
The Remote Pane displays a Tree View of the Directories of the Client
on the Left-hand side and a List View of the contents of those
directories on the Right-hand side. Right-click on any item in one of
the columns in the list view and a range of context-sensitive functions
become available.
Copying Files and Directories
NetSupport includes sophisticated File Transfer functionality that
enables you to transfer files to and from a Control and Client
workstation.
Note: To help improve performance, NetSupport Manager uses
Delta File Transfer technology meaning that only the changed
parts of a file that may already exist in the destination
directory are transferred. This can prove most useful when
updating database files between two locations where either
bandwidth usage or availability is an issue.
To copy files and Directories from a Control to a Client
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Select the required Client in the List View.
Choose {Client}{File Transfer} from the Control drop down
menu.
Or,
Select the File Transfer icon on the Control Toolbar.
Or,
If you are Viewing the Client, choose {Tools}{File Transfer} from
the View Window drop down menu.
The File Transfer Window to that Client will open.
From the Client Tree View, select the destination drive or
directory into which the items will be copied.
From the Control List select the item(s) to be copied to the Client.
Click on the toolbar Copy File button.
A confirmation dialog will be displayed, click Yes.
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Note: The selected item(s) can also be ‘dragged’ from the Control
List and ‘dropped’ into the destination drive or directory in the
Client View.
To copy files and Directories from a Client to a Control
1. Select the required Client in the List View.
2. Choose {Client}{File Transfer} from the Control drop down
menu.
Or,
Select the File Transfer icon on the Control Toolbar.
Or,
If you are Viewing the Client, choose {Tools}{File Transfer} from
the View Window drop down menu.
3. The File Transfer Window to that Client will open.
4. From the Control Tree View, select the destination drive or
directory into which the items will be copied.
5. From the Client List View, select the item(s) to be copied to the
Control.
6. Click on the toolbar Copy File button.
7. A confirmation dialog will be displayed, click Yes.
Note: The selected item(s) can also be ‘dragged’ from the Client List
and ‘dropped’ into the destination drive or directory in the
Control View.
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To transfer files between Clients
With NetSupport’s File Transfer it is also possible to copy files and
directories between two Clients. To do this, connect to each Client
and display the File Transfer Window for each.
Arrange the File Transfer Windows so you can see both and simply
drag file/directories from one Client to the other.
You can see more of a Clients files and directories by moving the
horizontal sizing bar or clicking on the maximise button located above
the Clients directory tree.
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Deleting Files and Directories
You can delete files and directories from either a Control or Client
machine using the File Transfer Window.
To
1.
2.
3.
delete a file
Select the file you wish to delete.
Click on the toolbar Delete button.
A confirmation dialog will be displayed, click Yes
To
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
delete a Directory
Select the Directory you wish to delete.
Click on the toolbar Delete button.
The Remove Directory dialog will be displayed.
Select the Include Contents check box.
Click Yes.
Note:
You cannot remove more than one Directory at a time. If
you have several directories selected in the List View when
performing the Delete operation, only the last selected
Directory will be removed.
Creating Directories
To create a Directory
1. Select the Client or Control Tree View.
2. Select the drive or directory in which the directory you want to
create will appear.
3. Click on the toolbar Create button.
4. The Create Directory dialog will be displayed.
5. Enter a name for the directory, click OK.
Renaming Files
To
1.
2.
3.
4.
Rename a file
Select either the Control or Client pane List View.
Select the file to be renamed.
Click on the toolbar Rename button.
Enter the new name for the file in the black boarder next the file
icon.
5. Press the Enter key when finished
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Changing File Attributes
There may be times when you want to change the attributes of a file,
for example to read only.
To
1.
2.
3.
change a files attribute
Open a File Transfer session to the desired Client.
Select the File whose attributes you want to view or change.
Right click and choose Properties.
Or,
From the drop down menu bar choose {File}{Properties}.
4. The File Properties dialog will appear.
5. Check or uncheck the attributes you wish to set.
Print File Transfer List
The File Transfer Window provides an option to print a list of files
from either the local or remote pane. This can be useful if a record of
file transfer operations is required.
You can print a complete directory tree or file list or a selected area.
To Print a Directory or File List
1. Select the required Client in the List View.
2. Choose {Client}{File Transfer} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
Or,
Select the File Transfer icon on the Control Toolbar.
Or,
Right click and select File Transfer.
Or,
If you are Viewing the Client, choose {Tools}{File Transfer} from
the View Window drop down menu.
3. The File Transfer Window to that Client will open.
4. In either the local or remote pane, select the directory tree or
individual file list to be printed.
5. Select {View}{Print} from the File Transfer Window drop down
menu. The Print Options dialog will appear.
6. Confirm whether you are printing a directory tree or file list and if
it is the full list or selected area. You can also choose to include
the application icon appropriate to each file by checking the Print
Images box.
7. Click OK to print.
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Synchronising Directories
You can synchronise the contents of selected directories on the
Control and Client. When you synchronise two directories, any new or
updated files in either directory will be automatically copied to the
other directory.
To synchronise Directories
1. Select the Control Directory from the Control Tree View to be
synchronised with the Client.
2. Select the Client Directory from the Client Tree View to be
synchronised with the Control.
3. Click on the toolbar Synchronise button.
4. The Synchronise Directories dialog will be displayed.
5. Check the displayed paths of the two selected Directories.
6. Choose to include the subdirectories by selecting the Include
Subdirectories check box.
7. Choose OK.
8. A confirmation dialog will be displayed, click Yes.
9. The Directory Synchronisation Progress dialog will be displayed.
10. When completed, the result will be displayed in the Directory
Synchronisation Results dialog box.
11. Read, click OK
Arranging multiple File Transfer Windows
Just as you can View to more than one Client at a time, you can have
more than one File Transfer Windows open at a time. These File
Transfer Windows can be easily arranged using the commands in the
Window, Tile submenu.
To arrange multiple File Transfer Windows
1. Make sure a File Transfer Window or the Control Window is
active.
2. Choose {Window}{Tile – File Transfer Windows} from the Control
Window drop down menus.
3. All open File Transfer Windows will be arranged so that they
proportionality fill the Control workstation screen.
Notes
•
When working with multiple File Transfer Windows, refer to the
File Transfer Window’s title bar to check which Client is being
viewed in a particular File Transfer Window.
•
You can use the Tile Windows function, to similarly arrange all
open View and Control Windows.
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Applying a filter to files in List View
You can specify a filter to the contents of a Control or Client’s List
View, so that only file names which met a certain criteria will be
displayed. To do this, use the Filter text boxes located above both
panes’ List Views.
Any filter settings applied to the Control Panel will not affect the
display of the Client pane and vice versa.
Filter settings will remain applied to a Control or Client pane until you
reset them or close the File Transfer Window.
To apply a filter to files in the List View
1. Click in the Filter text box above the pane whose List View you
wish to filter.
2. Replace the default filter (*.*) with your own, for example, if you
wanted to view all file names beginning with the letter MKT, then
you would type MKT*.* in the Filter text box.
3. Press the Enter key to apply the filter
To reset the filter to files in the List View
1. Click in the Filter text box above the pane whose List View you
wish to reset.
2. Replace the contents of the Filter text box with (*.*), this is the
default filter and means no filter will be applied to the files in the
current List View.
3. Press the Enter key to apply the filter.
Changing the View format in the File Transfer
Window
The contents of the List Views of the Control pane and Client pane
can be displayed in different formats. You can also sort the contents
of the List Views in order to make them easier to navigate.
There are two types of view in which you can display the contents of
the List View in a File Transfer Window:
Name Only view
Displays only the file and directory names
Details view
Displays the file and directory names, along
with related details which are displayed in
adjacent columns.
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To change the Name Only view
1. Click on Name Only button on the far right of the File Transfer
Window.
To change the Details View.
1. Click the Detail button on the far right of the File Transfer
Window.
Note: You can also change the view type, choose {View}{Show
Details} from the File Transfer Window drop down menus.
Changing the sort orders in a File Transfer Window
Typically, the contents of List Views in a File Transfer Window can be
sorted into the following orders:
Sort Order
Description
By Name
The contents will be sorted alphanumerically by
file name.
The contents will be sorted alphanumerically by
file extension. This is not applicable to drives
and directories in the List View.
The contents will be sorted according to the date
they were last modified.
The contents will be sorted according to the size
of the file. This is not applicable to drives and
directories in the List View.
The contents will be sorted alphanumerically
using the shortened versions of their names.
By Type
By Modified Date
By Size
By Short Name
Note: You can also specify whether the contents are to be sorted in
ascending or descending order.
To change the sort order
1. Select the appropriate pane (Control or Client).
2. Click the Sort Order button on the right hand side of the File
Transfer Window.
3. A drop down menu will be displayed.
4. Select a Sort Order command.
Note: When the List View is displayed in Details View, you can click
on the Column headings, such as Name and Description, to
sort the order by an appropriate column heading. Clicking on
a column heading the second time will toggle the order
direction. The current order direction will be indicated by a
small arrow on the right of the column heading, by which the
List View is sorted, for example, an arrow pointing up
indicates the List is sorted in ascending order.
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File Distribution
The File Distribution Window
The File Distribution Window is used for distributing files to multiple
Clients, simultaneously.
The File Distribution Window is divided into five sections
The Title Bar
This shows which group of client this particular File Distribution
Window is working with.
The Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Double clicking on an individual item takes you
straight to that task or function, eliminating the need to work through
the drop down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display
a brief description of its function. Please also refer to the toolbar
menu for details on how you can customise it to reflect the functions
that you use most.
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The Local Pane
The Local Pane displays a Tree View of the Directories of the Control
on the left-hand side and a List View of the contents of those
directories on the left-hand side. Right-click on any item in one of the
columns in the list view and a range of context-sensitive functions
become available.
The Remote Pane
The Remote Pane shows the Clients to whom the Files will be
distributed. Right-click on any item in one of the columns in the list
view and a range of context-sensitive functions become available.
Distributing Files
You can Distribute Files to
All connected Clients;
Selected Clients;
A pre-defined Group of Clients.
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•
•
To Distribute Files to a defined Group of Clients
1. Select the Group of Clients you wish to distribute files to from the
Group Folder in the Tree View.
2. Choose {Group}{File Distribution} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
3. The File Distribution Window will appear.
4. From the Local Pane Tree View, select the item(s) to be copied to
the Clients.
5. The location on the Client workstations where the files/directories
are copied to, is called the Destination Directory. Unless
otherwise specified, the Client Destination Directory will be the
same as the item(s) location on the Control workstation. If the
Client does not have the same Directory available, the item(s) will
be copied to the C Drive by default and the folders automatically
created.
Or,
To set a specific Destination Directory on the Client workstation,
right click on the Client icon in the Remote Pane and choose Set
Destination. Specify a destination, click OK.
6. Click Copy.
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To Distribute Files to a selected number of Clients
1. Open the Clients, Browse or Connected Folder in the Tree View.
2. Choose {Tools}{File Distribution} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
3. The File Distribution Window will appear.
4. In the Remote Pane indicate which Clients you wish to copy files
to by checking the tick box beside the Client name.
5. From the Local Pane Tree View, select the item(s) to be copied to
the Clients.
6. The location on the Client workstations where the files/directories
are copied to, is called the Destination Directory. Unless
otherwise specified, the Client Destination Directory will be the
same as the item(s) location on the Control workstation. If the
Client does not have the same Directory available, the item(s) will
be copied to the C Drive by default and the folders automatically
created.
Or,
To set a specific Destination Directory on the Client workstation,
right click on the Client icon in the Remote Pane and choose Set
Destination. Specify a destination, click OK.
7. Click Copy.
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File Manager
The File Manager Window
The NetSupport File Manager serves the same purpose as Microsoft
Explorer. Rather than exiting the NetSupport program and editing the
Control workstation, do it from with NetSupport Manager.
The File Manager Window is divided into four sections
The Title Bar
This shows which Client this particular File Transfer Window is
working with.
The Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains a series of drop down menus that can be used
to access the various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Double clicking on an individual item takes you
straight to that task or function, eliminating the need to work through
the drop down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display
a brief description of its function. Please also refer to the toolbar
menu for details on how you can customise it to reflect the functions
that you use most.
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The Local Pane
The Local Pane displays a Tree View of the Directories of the Control
on the Left-hand side and a List View of the contents of those
directories on the left-hand side. Right-click on any item in one of the
columns in the list view and a range of context-sensitive functions
become available.
Managing Files on the Control workstation
You can manage files on a Control workstation using the File Manager
Window. This is similar to the File Transfer Window, but only displays
the contents of the Control workstation.
To display the File Manager Window
1. Choose {Tools}{File Manager} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
The Tree View
To select a drive or directory in the Tree View, simply click on it,
the contents of the selected item will then be displayed in the
List View (on the right).
•
If the selected drive or directory contains subdirectories that are
not displayed, then a cross symbol will be displayed to the left of
the item.
•
To expand the contents of a drive or directory so that its
subdirectories are visible in the Tree View, either double click on
the drive or on the directory, or click on the cross symbol to the
left of the drive or directory you wish to expand.
•
The List View
To select an item in the List View, simply click on it.
To select multiple items in the List View:
1. If the items are adjacent to one another, select the first item,
hold down the Shift Key and then select the last item.
2. If the items are not adjacent to one another, then select the
first item, then hold down the Control Key and select each of
the other items.
3. If all files and/or directories are required choose
{View}{Select} from the drop down menu or right-click on
one of the items in the list view (not the filename) and
choose Select. You can highlight all items in the current list or
just the files or directories.
•
To display the contents of the drive or directory that is one level
up from the current directory, double click on the previous
directory item at the top of the List View.
•
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Control/Client Chat Sessions
NetSupport allows you to ‘Chat’ to any number of connected Clients
simultaneously, via a scrolling text window. A ‘Whiteboard’ facility can
also be introduced during the Chat session enabling a range of screen
annotation tools to be used.
To hold a Chat session
1. Select the Clients or Group of Clients you want to Chat to in the
List View. If you do not select a Client icon, all connected Clients
will be included.
2. Choose {Client}{Chat} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
Click the Chat icon on the Control Toolbar.
Or,
Right click on an individual Client and choose Chat.
3. The Create Discussion Dialog will appear.
The Dialog has the following options:
Topic
If required, enter a title or description for the subject to be
discussed in the Chat session. This will appear in the Title Bar of
the Chat Window that is displayed at the Client machines. If left
blank, the Control Name will appear.
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Members
To exclude Clients from the Chat session, remove the check mark
next to the Client name.
Options
Members can decline to join
If checked, a message will appear at the Clients machine inviting
them to join the Chat session. They can choose to Join or Decline.
Members can’t leave the chat
If checked, the option for Clients to Leave the Chat session will be
removed.
Chat Window is always visible
If checked, the Chat Window remains on the Clients desktop for
the duration of the Chat session. Members cannot minimise the
Window.
Confirm which Clients to include in the Chat session and select
any additional properties that should apply. Click OK to start the
Chat session.
4.
The Chat Window
workstations.
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The Chat Window
This Window is displayed at each participating members machine and
lists the progress of the Chat session.
Unless the option is disabled in the Create Discussion dialog, Clients
can choose to Leave the session.
The following options are available from the Chat Window:Chat Menu
The content of a Chat session can be stored for future reference.
Choose Save to create a file containing the text or choose Copy to
be able to paste the Chat content into another application or file.
Should the Chat members not respond, you can send an audible beep
to each workstation by selecting Send Beep. (The Client can also do
this from their Chat Window) You can configure the Client and Control
workstations to play the beep through either the PCs internal
speaker, the default, or via the installed sound card to speakers
attached to the PC. Select Client Configuration - Client Settings or
Control Configuration - Settings.
Window Menu
Only the Control’s Chat Window will have a Window drop down menu.
This menu enables you to swap between opened screens or Tile
them.
Chat Progress
The main body of the Chat Window is used to record the progress of a
Chat session. It holds details of members who have joined or left the
discussion, as well as the messages that have been sent by each
member.
Message
This is where you type your comments. Type the message and hit
Enter or click Send.
Auto Send
Each message is restricted to 128 characters. Check this box to
automatically send the message when the limit is reached.
Show/Hide Whiteboard
If required, you can introduce a ‘Whiteboard’ into the Chat session.
This provides a range of tools enabling you to annotate the screen
and display graphics.
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Whiteboard Leader
If enabled, one of the participating Clients can be nominated to take
control of the whiteboard.
Close
Ends the Chat session.
Members
Members currently included in the Chat session are listed here. The
Control can add or remove Clients from the Chat session as required.
Unless disabled, Clients have the option to Leave the session of their
own accord.
Invite
The Chat Properties dialog is initially used to select the Clients to
include/exclude from the Chat session. To add Clients when the Chat
session is in progress, click Invite. The Add Members dialog will
appear, select the required Clients and click Add. You can send a copy
of the Chat progress to new members by checking the Send
discussion history box.
Note: Clients that have been removed or have decided to leave the
Chat session can be invited back.
Eject
To remove Clients from the Chat session, select the Client in the
Members list and click Eject. Ejected Clients can be invited back into
the session if required.
Note: Clients can initiate Chat sessions with the Control by opening
the Client Main Window and choosing {Commands}{Chat}.
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Disable Chat Sessions
The Chat feature can be disabled in a Client’s Configuration,
preventing either the Client or Control from initiating a Chat session.
To Prevent the Control from Initiating a Chat Session
1. At the required Client workstation(s), choose NetSupport
Configurator from the NetSupport Program Group. The
NetSupport Client Configurator will appear.
2. Choose the Advanced Configurator option and select the profile to
amend.
3. From the list of Configuration options select Security-Access
Privileges.
4. Check the Disable Chat option.
5. Click OK.
6. Save the Profile and Restart the Client.
If the Control attempts to open a Chat session they will be advised
that they do not have access rights to perform the task at that Client.
Note: To prevent the Control from Chatting to all Clients, disable
the feature in the Control Configuration. Select ToolsConfigurations-Settings from the Control Window drop down
menu. From the list of Configurator options choose Control
Interface-Functions and check the Disable Chat option.
To Prevent the Client from Initiating a Chat Session
1. At the required Client workstation(s), choose NetSupport
Configurator from the NetSupport Program Group. The
NetSupport Client Configurator will appear.
2. Choose the Advanced Configurator option and select the profile to
amend.
3. From the list of Configuration options select Client InterfaceClient Settings.
4. Check the Disable Chat option.
5. Click OK.
6. Save the Profile and Restart the Client.
The Chat option will be unavailable at the Client.
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Sending Messages to Clients
With NetSupport, you can send a message to an individual Client, a
Group of Clients or all Clients on the Network.
To send a message
1. Choose {Client}{Message} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
Or,
If enabled, click the Message icon on the Control Window Toolbar.
Or,
Right click and choose Message.
2. The Message dialog will appear. Choose whether to send the
message to all Available Clients, All Connected Clients or only the
Currently Selected Client. Enter the message and decide whether
to show the message at Client PCs for a specified time.
3. Click Send.
The Message will be displayed in a dialog at the Client screens and
will remain until the User closes the dialog or the specified time limit
expires.
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Dealing with Help Requests
NetSupport Manager allows a User, at a Client workstation, to request
help from a specified Control workstation.
If a Control’s List View has been set to display Clients details
{View}{Details} and customised to display help messages, the
Clients help request message will be immediately displayed in the List
View. The Help Request Folder in the Tree View will also turn green.
NetSupport Manager also allows you
workstations Help Request warning settings.
to
configure
Control
To adjust a Controls Help Request warning settings
1. Choose {View}{Settings for Current Configuration}{Control
Interface - Help Requests} “When a Help Request Arrives”
section.
2. A Control can choose to receive three additional warnings when a
Client sends a help request message:
•
Have the Client selected in the List View;
•
Display an independent help request message on the Controls
screen;
•
Play a sound when a help request message arrives.
A Control can also choose to be in one of three states of availability to
receive Clients help requests.
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To adjust a Controls Help Request availability
1. Choose {View}{Settings for Current Configuration}{Control
Interface - Help Requests} ‘Control Status’ section.
2. A Control can choose from the following three settings:
• Available to take all Help Requests
• Unavailable to take any Help Requests
• Busy at the moment (ensure that you specify the number of
Clients you wish to be connected to, for this status to take
effect)
When Browsing for Clients, Controls have the option to browse only
for Clients who have requested help.
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Capturing a Client’s printed output
Print Capture redirects printer output from a local printer at the Client
workstation to the printer or file at the Control. You would use this
when running an application on a Client but want any printed output
redirected to the printer that is local to you.
Note: Print output cannot currently be captured from a Network
printer at the Client.
To redirect a Clients print output
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menus.
2. Select appropriate Configuration.
3. Click Settings.
4. Select Remote Control – Print Capture.
5.
6.
7.
Check the Enable Print Capture box.
Select a printer to redirect the Clients output to. Either confirm
that the current default is to be used or click Change to select
another option.
Or,
Select a file to capture the print file to.
When you connect to a Client, a dialog is displayed informing you
of the printer driver that has been used.
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Notes
•
In addition to enabling this option at the Control you also need
to ensure that Print Capture is enabled in the Clients
Configuration. The privileges are disabled by default. At the
Client, load the Advanced Configurator and select Security –
Access Privileges and un-check the Disable Print Capture
option.
•
Print output is captured only from the port to which the default
printer is attached. Note that the Client may change this when
Print Capture is enabled, as described above.
•
The Windows NT Client captures print output from DOS
programs from the port to which the default printer is attached.
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Remote Clipboard
During a View Session you can copy the content of the clipboard
between Control and Client PCs.
The Clipboard icon, available on the View Window Toolbar, provides
the following options:
Send Clipboard
Used when copying from the Control to a Client and using the
{edit}{cut/copy} menu option.
Retrieve Clipboard
Used when copying from the Client to the Control and using the
{edit}{cut/copy} menu option..
Auto
When enabled, provides the quickest method for copying data. Use
the short cut keys (Ctrl-C & Ctrl-V) to automatically copy to and from
the clipboard at both the Control and Client machines.
Sending the content of the clipboard from a Control to a Client
workstation
1. View the required Client.
2. Open appropriate applications on the Client and Control
workstations.
3. Select and copy the required data from the application at the
Control.
If Auto is enabled using Ctrl-C copies the data directly to the
clipboard.
or
If you have used {Edit}{Cut/Copy}, return to the Clients view
window and click the Clipboard icon on the View Window toolbar
and choose Send Clipboard.
4. To paste the data at the Client application, choose {Edit} from
the Client application drop down menu, select Paste.
or
Use the short cut keys (Ctrl-V) to paste the data.
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Sending the content of the clipboard from a Client to a Control
workstation
1. View the required Client.
2. Open appropriate applications on the Client and Control
workstations.
3. Copy the required data from the application at the Client as
above but if using menu options rather than the shortcut keys,
choose Clipboard – Retrieve Clipboard from the toolbar.
4. Return to the Control application and paste the data using the
appropriate menu options or the short cut keys (Ctrl-V).
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Integration With Explorer
NetSupport Manager integrates directly with Windows explorer,
allowing you to launch key functionality direct from your system
without needing to first start the NetSupport Control.
By selecting a PC icon from within Network Places/Neighborhood you
can establish a remote session and perform a range of common
tasks.
Notes:
•
The functionality is only available if the NetSupport Control
component is installed.
•
A Remote Control session will only be established if the target
machine is running a NetSupport Client.
To use NetSupport Functionality from within Explorer
1. Open Explorer from your desktop and navigate to Network
Places/Neighborhood to find the list of available PCs.
2. Right-click on the required PC.
3. Select the appropriate NetSupport function. You can choose:
Remote Control To view the selected Client screen.
Chat
To open a Chat session with the selected Client.
Inventory
To retrieve a full Hardware/Software Inventory
of the selected PC.
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To disable NetSupport Functionality
If required, NetSupport Explorer functionality can be disabled in the
Control Configurator.
1. Select {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
2. Select the Control Profile to apply the changes to.
3. Choose Settings.
4. From the Configuration Settings dialog, choose {Control
Interface – Settings}.
5. Check the Disable Shell Extension box.
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Remote Command Prompt
By launching the Command Prompt Window a Control can remotely
execute command line instructions at a connected Client.
1.
2.
Connect to the required Client and choose {Client}{Remote
Command Prompt} from the Control Window drop down menu.
or
Right-click on the Client icon and select Remote Command
Prompt.
The Remote Command Prompt Window will appear. The title bar
will confirm the name of the connected Client.
The Window is split into two frames. The Input Frame at the bottom
of the window, which can be resized if required, and the
output/results frame at the top.
A range of tools are available via the drop down menus and toolbar
enabling you, for example, to clear the output window and change
the displayed font.
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Using the Client
In this chapter …
The Client Main Window
Client Connect
Raising a Help Request
Chatting to a Control
Receiving Messages from a Control
Disconnecting from a Control
Resetting the Client Video Driver
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The Client Main Window
When a Client double clicks on the NetSupport icon on their task bar
or presses the hotkeys Alt-LShift-RShift, the Client Main Window
appears.
From here a Client can:
•
Initiate a Chat session with a Control;
•
Request Help from a specific Control;
•
Call a specific Control;
•
Connect or Disconnect from a Control;
•
Launch a Replay File – See ‘Watching Recorded Replay Files’
•
Switch Desktops;
•
Load or Unload a Bridge.
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Connecting to a Control
The Client Connect function only works for TCP/IP connections and is
intended to enable you to establish a connection across a Firewall or
Proxy Server.
Note: To enable a Client to call a Control, NetSupport uses TCP/IP
port 5421. For the Client to connect through a Firewall, you
will need to configure the Firewall to use this port.
To connect to a Control
Note: The Control must be running for a Client to connect.
1.
Choose {Commands}{Call Control} from the Client Main Window
drop down menus.
2. The Call Control dialog appears.
3. Enter the hostname or IP address of the Control you wish to
connect to.
Or,
Select from a list of the 10 most recently connected Controls.
Note: A maximum of 10 Controls can be stored, after which the
oldest is discarded.
The Control will receive a connecting message and either allow or
disallow the connection. If the connection is disallowed, the Control
and Client will be able to behave as normal.
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Disconnecting from a Control
To Disconnect from a Control
1. Bring
up
the
Client
Main
Window
and
choose
{Commands}{Disconnect} from the drop down menu.
Or,
Right click on the Client icon in the Taskbar’s system tray.
2. When the short cut menu appears, choose the Disconnect
command.
3. A dialog box will appear, listing the Controls to which you are
currently connected.
4. Select the Control(s) from which you want to disconnect.
5. Choose OK to disconnect from the selected Controls.
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Raising a Help Request
NetSupport Manager allows a User, at a Client workstation, to request
help from a designated Control workstation.
To Request Help
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Choose {Commands}{Request Help} from the Client Main
Window drop down menu.
Or,
Clients press the Hot Keys, usually ALT+LSHIFT+RSHIFT.
This opens a dialog box into which Clients type their name and
help request message.
Clients can then specify which Control workstation they wish to
send their help request message to, by clicking on Show Control
and selecting a Control workstation.
Clients can also choose to Cancel their previous help request by
clicking Cancel Previous Request.
Clients then click OK.
If a Control is connected when a Client sends a help request, the Help
Request Folder will immediately turn green. If the Control is not
connected, its Help Request Folder will turn green the next time it
connects to that Client.
Chatting to a Control workstation
You can Chat to a connected Control using the Chat Window.
To initiate a Chat session
1. Choose {Commands}{Chat} from the Client Main Window drop
down menus.
2.
The Chat Window will appear.
3.
Type the message and hit Enter or click Send.
4.
If you need to alert the Control User that you have initiated a
chat session, choose {Chat}{Send Beep} from the Chat Window
drop down menus.
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Receiving Messages from a Control workstation
Client workstations can receive messages from Control workstations.
These messages are automatically displayed on a Client’s screen in a
message box.
The message box’s title bar includes the name of the Control that has
sent the message, along with the date and time the message was
sent.
Having read the message sent by a Control, choose OK to remove
the message.
Resetting the Client Video Driver on Windows
95/NT4
This procedure may be necessary if you install a new video display
adapter or in Windows 95 Clients when you have changed the
display settings.
Note: When using Windows XP/ME/2000/98 the Client will
automatically reset the video driver, if required, when the
Client starts.
In Windows 95 the video driver can be stored in the SYSTEM.INI or
the registry, in NT the video driver is stored only in the registry. The
default is SYSTEM.INI, however when you reset the video driver you
can change where the information is stored. If you choose to store in
the information in the SYSTEM.INI file then you may need to reset
your video driver when you change screen resolution or other video
driver settings.
To reset the Client Video Driver
In Windows NT
1. Choose {Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{Reset Video Driver}.
In Window 95
1. Choose {Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{Reset Video Driver}.
2. Select a location to store the NetSupport Manager display drivers.
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Configuring the Client
In this chapter …
Configuring Client workstations
Editing and Creating Configuration Files
Basic Client Configurator
Advanced Client Configurator
Connectivity Settings
Security Settings
Remote Control Settings
Client Interface Settings
Profile Options
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Configuring the Client
NetSupport Clients are configured using the NetSupport Configurator.
This makes all the required changes to and sets up the initialisation
commands.
The Configurator is started from the NetSupport Configurator Icon in
the NetSupport Manager Program Group. This will display the initial
Client Configuration dialog.
You can also load the Configurator from the command line by
entering the appropriate parameters. For example, “c:\program
files\netsupport manager\pcicfgui.exe. If School Components have
been installed, you can load the NetSupport School Client
Configurator
by
entering,
“c:\program
files\netsupport
manager\pcicfgui.exe” /s.
Note: When performing a custom installation, the Configurator
Component must have been selected for this option to be
available.
The Client Configurator enables you to set all the possible options for
the Client. It also enables you to test the Network to ensure that the
Network stack that you are attaching the Client to is installed and
operating correctly.
You can run the Configurator in two modes, Basic or Advanced. Some
of the options are accessible in both modes.
Basic Client Configuration
Basic Configuration is used for standard settings such as the Client
Name, the transport(s) that it will use and simple security such as
password and security keys.
Note: Basic Client Configurations can also be set as part of the
NetSupport installation process.
Choose this option if:
•
You are using the Client Configurator for the first time.
•
You only wish to set simple security and configuration options.
•
You do not need to create multiple profiles for different Control
Users who might connect to this workstation.
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Note: Do not use the Basic option if you have set up multiple
profiles using the Advanced Option, as this will also change
the Master Profile in the Advanced Configuration.
Advanced Client Configuration
The Advanced option provides access to NetSupport’s wealth of
configuration and security options. It lets you tailor the response of
the Client to different Control Users who may access the workstation
and provides links to areas such as NT Security.
Note: When performing a custom installation, the Configurator
Component must have been selected for this option to be
available.
Choose this option if:
You are an experienced User.
You need the Client to react differently depending on which
Control User is connecting.
•
You wish to enable/disable individual features.
•
You want to link to NT Security.
•
You want to restrict a Control User’s access to specific drives,
directories or files.
•
•
Note: Any changes you make to the Master Profile in the Advanced
option will overwrite any setting that you have made using
the Basic option.
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Editing or creating Configuration Files
Choosing the Advanced Option from the Client Configurator creates
configuration files. This will display the Advanced Configuration
Window.
The default Configuration file is called CLIENT32.INI and is stored in
the NSM installation directory of the Client workstation. You can use
either this file or a different file on a Server to which the Client has
access.
Note: Once created, a Configuration file can also be remotely
deployed to multiple Client machines simultaneously using
the NetSupport Deploy utility.
To create a new Configuration File
1.
Choose NetSupport Configurator from the NetSupport Program
Group. The NetSupport Client Configurator will appear.
2.
Choose Advanced. The NSM Client Configurator dialog will
appear.
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3. Choose {File}{New} from the Advanced Configuration Window
drop down menu bar.
4. A new file will be created with a Default master Profile.
To open the default or an existing Configuration File
1. Choose {File}{Open} from the Advanced Configuration Window
drop down menu bar.
2. Select the Configuration File you want, click Open.
To set the Configuration file the Client will use
The configuration file that the Client uses when it initialises can be on
the same workstation or on another workstation or Server to which
that workstation has access. Multiple Clients can share the same
configuration file for ease of Administration. The Configuration file to
use is set by choosing {Profiles}{Client Parameters} from the
Advanced Configuration drop down menu bar.
Note: There are special requirements for setting Windows Me/98/95
Clients to use shared configuration files on an NT/Windows
2000/XP workstations.
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To Set the Client Name
1. Choose {Profiles}{Client Parameters} and insert a Client name.
Note: The Client name is separate from the Configuration file and is
stored on the local workstation. Make sure that you do not
choose the same Client name as is used on another
workstation. Setting the Client name to be an asterisk is a
useful strategy, as the Client name will then be set to be the
same as the Computer Name. The Computer Name should
always be unique.
To create a new Profile
1. Open or create the Configuration file you want to use.
2. Choose {Profile}{Add} from the Advanced Configuration Window
drop down menu bar.
3. Enter the name for the Profile.
Note: You can combine Profiles from other configuration files by
choosing the "Include File" option. This is useful where you
are using Configuration files on the local workstation but want
to include information stored on a central configuration file or
vice versa. For example, if the local workstation was using a
different NetBIOS Adapter number. Each Profile contains a
number of Property Sheets where the actual parameters are
set.
To
1.
2.
3.
edit an existing Profile
Open or create the Configuration file you want the Client to use.
Select the profile you want to Edit.
Choose {Profile}{Edit} from the Advanced Configuration Window
drop down menu bar.
4. Edit the profile.
Note: If you leave the check boxes greyed, the settings from the
Master Profile will be used.
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Basic Client Configuration
For use in a simple environment where you do not require the Client
to react differently according to the Control User connecting to it and
do not need to enable/disable individual functions.
To open the Basic Client Configurator
1. Open your NetSupport Manager Program Folder by choosing
{Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{NetSupport Configurator} from
your operating system menus.
Or,
Double click on the Configurator icon in the NetSupport Group.
2.
Select Basic. The Basic Client Configurator covers three areas:
•
Connectivity
•
Security
•
Audio
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Advanced Client Configuration
The NetSupport Manager Client is exceptionally configurable and
supports the ability to set differing levels of security and response
according to the identity of the Control User that is connecting. This is
achieved by the use of configuration files at the Client, which
determine the appropriate level of access for each Control User by
means of a Profile.
It is important that the concepts behind Configuration Files and
Profiles be fully understood.
Configuration File
A Configuration File is a Text File, consisting of sections called
Profiles.
You can specify the Configuration File that the Client will use when it
initialises. The Configuration files themselves are stored in a checksummed file, normally Client32.Ini.
This file can be either on the Client workstation or on another
workstation such as an NT Server to which the Client workstation has
access. You can even set the Client to use a fallback configuration file
in case the Server is unavailable.
Note: There are special requirements for setting Windows 9x
workstations to use shared configuration files.
Profile
A profile is a set of parameters that determine how the Client will
respond to a particular Control User and what functionality they will
allow that Control User to have.
For example, one Control User may be allowed to View the Client in
Watch only mode while another may be allowed full functionality
including File Transfer. You can even set up the profile to predetermine exactly what file access a Control User will have.
A profile set at the Client overrides a profile set at the Control.
Security is therefore always ensured.
When connecting to a profiled Client, the Control User will be
prompted for a UserID and a Password. The NetSupport Client will
then interrogate the first matching Profile in its current configuration
file to determine what level of functionality has been assigned to that
Control User.
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Master Profile
Each configuration file must contain a Master Profile. This is the
standard profile and is the one used if you only set a Basic
Configuration. Whatever is set here will, by default, apply to all other
Profiles you create.
However, you can then amend those profiles to enable or disable
particular features for Control Users whose USERID and password
match those set in the Profile.
As the Master Profile is the first one that the Client checks you should
always set maximum security features here to avoid leaving a
security back door open.
The Master Profile is also used for setting a number of Global
Parameters that apply across all individual Profiles.
Individual Profile
An individual profile allows you to enable or disable individual
features for a particular Control User or Group of Control Users. When
they connect, the Client will prompt them for a User Name and
Password. It will then search its internal profiles until it finds a match
and then apply the settings to the subsequent Control session.
The Advanced Client Configurator covers five areas:
•
Connectivity
•
Security
•
Remote Control
•
Client Interface
•
Profile Options
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Connectivity Options
These property sheets are used to set which protocols the transport
will allow a Control to connect to it by. The NetSupport Client
supports multiple protocols meaning that you can set it up to respond
to NetSupport Control’s whether they are talking over TCP/IP, IPX or
NetBIOS. You can also configure the Client for remote communication
via a modem or establish a connection through a NetSupport
Gateway. The gateway provides a method for connecting via http and
delivers web based remote control without the need for modifications
to existing Firewall configurations.
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Set TCP/IP Connection
Use TCP/IP
Check this box if you wish the Client to be able to communicate over
TCP/IP.
Port
The TCP/IP protocol requires that a port number be allocated for
applications to communicate through. To enable the Control to
communicate with a Client, and for the Client to receive the incoming
request, the default registered port for NetSupport is 5405.
Select IP Address to Listen on:
This option can prove useful for preventing unwanted connections
when the Client has multiple network cards installed, for example,
when both a public and private network are used. You can force
connections on the required network by specifying the IP Address
that the Client uses to listen for incoming Control connections.
Press [TEST] to check that the protocol is correctly installed on this
workstation.
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Notes
•
Changing port could interfere with other TCP/IP applications.
•
If you are using Routers, you must ensure that they are
configured to pass through data using this port.
•
To enable Clients to initiate a connection to the Control, the
default registered port is 5421.
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Set IPX connection
Use IPX
Check this box if you wish the Client to be able to communicate over
IPX/SPX. Press [TEST] to check that the protocol is correctly installed
on this workstation.
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Set NetBIOS connection
Use NetBIOS
Check this box if you wish the Client to be able to communicate over
NetBIOS/NetBEUI. If you are using NetBIOS, you must also select a
NetBIOS Adapter Number. Press [TEST] to check that the protocol is
correctly installed on this workstation.
Adapters (select one or more)
As you can have more than one NetBIOS stack loaded, Windows uses
the concept of Adapter numbers. Each stack is allocated an Adapter
number by the operating system. So for example, NetBEUI may be
allocated Adapter 1, NetBIOS over TCP, Adapter 2 and so on.
By default, the Client uses Adapter number 0. Depending on how
your Network is configured this may not be the correct Adapter
number for your workstation. To overcome this you must select the
required stack from the drop down list.
Notes
•
NetSupport allows you to select multiple NetBIOS Adapters.
Make sure only the ones you want are selected. If changing the
selected adapter, make sure that you first de-deselect the
existing or default adapter number.
•
Under Windows 95, changing you Network settings may also
change the NetBIOS adapter number. You may need to re-set
the NetBIOS adapter number NetSupport uses after such a
change.
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Set HTTP connection
This property sheet enables you to configure the Client to accept
connections via a NetSupport Gateway. (For more information see,
Connecting to Clients/Controls via a NetSupport Gateway)
Use HTTP:
Check this box to enable the Client to communicate over HTTP.
Port:
NetSupport’s default port for HTTP communications is 3085.
Gateway Address:
Enter the IP address of the workstation where the NetSupport
Gateway Component is installed.
Gateway Key:
The Key set here must also be set at the Control and match the key
that has been configured in the Gateway itself. Provides additional
security that enables Control Users to connect only if they have
specified the same key as at the Client.
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Dialin Bridge Settings
This property sheet is used to set up Dial-in NetSupport links either
to this workstation or to any NetSupport Client on the same LAN as
this one.
Protocol
By default, NetSupport Manager is set to have no transport for the
Bridge selected. Choose to use either the NetBIOS, IPX, TCP/IP
protocols for NetSupport Bridge.
Bridge Options
Load Bridge on Startup
Setting this option will cause the NetSupport Bridge to initialise when
the Client loads. If you do not set it then the User at the Client must
load it manually from the menu on the NSM Client before dial-in
access will be available.
Inactivity Timeout
Specify, in minutes, a maximum time span of inactivity at the Bridge
before the Control disconnects.
Dialback File
You can set up the Bridge to support both passwords and dialback
with the additional functionality of dialing back different telephone
numbers according to the password.
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Modem/ISDN
You must select a modem, from the list of modems installed in the
Control Panel of the workstation, for the Bridge to use.
Dual Channel Bonding
If enabled, both channels of your ISDN line are combined thus
increasing the amount of available bandwidth to 128k. However, in
increasing the speed of transmission you are in effect making two
calls.
MSN (Multiple Subscriber Number)
Specify a number that you want the bridge to accept incoming
connections from. Depending on the channels in use, you need only
specify the trailing digit(s). For example, if the ISDN lines in use are
0181 123456 and 0181 123457, specify 6 or 7.
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Advanced Setting
Tickle period
While a Control is connected, the Client sends Tickle packets to the
Control to verify that it is still “alive”. You might like to disable tickle
packets for ISDN links but be aware that the Client may then not
detect that the Control has disconnected unexpectedly.
The normal period between tickle packets is 18 seconds but you can
increase or decrease this value. Setting this to zero disables tickle
packets entirely.
Auto configure for XP SP2 firewall
Enabled by default, ensures that the NSM Control and Client continue
to function for those users who upgrade to XP Service Pack 2.
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Web Extensions
This property sheet allows you to configure the Client to act as a
simple Web Server. The TCP/IP transport must be enabled for this to
work.
Enable Web Extensions
When this is checked the Client is able to act as a simple Web Server.
Typically, you would enable this to allow you to access the Client via
the Internet, using the Integrated Browser. See on line help for
details.
Server Port
The Server Port number is set, default, to 80. You may want to
change this for security reasons.
Server Root Directory
The server root directory is set to where you have installed
NetSupport. You may wish to change this for security reasons.
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Security Options
These property sheets are used to set security at the Client.
General Settings
Used to set passwords to protect the Client configuration and to
prevent unauthorised access to the Client.
Identification
Client Name
Each NetSupport Client on the Network requires a unique name. You
can either set a name of your own choosing or use an asterisk to
default the Client name to be the same as the workstation name.
On NT you need to be logged in as Administrator to change the Client
name.
Note: If setting the Client Name in Advanced Configuration choose
{Profiles}{Client
parameters}
from
the
Advanced
Configuration Window menu bar.
Configurator Password
As an extra level of security, you can associate a password with a
Configuration File. This prevents unauthorised amendment of this
Client’s configuration. When the Configurator is next started, the user
must enter the required password before being able to change any
client parameters in this Configuration file. Choose Set, to set your
password.
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Client Password
This helps to protect the Client from unauthorised access from a
NetSupport Control. The Control user will be required to enter the
password before obtaining access to the Client.
Client Security Key
Provides additional security that enables Control Users to connect
only if the Control has the same security key as the Client. Optionally
this can be set as the Serial number. You must set the Security key
at both ends.
Quiet Mode (Client not visible on Taskbar)
Check this box to hide the Client icon on the Taskbar.
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Access Privileges (Basic)
This property sheet can be used to limit the range of Remote Control
options that are available to the Control User.
User Acknowledgement Required
Prevents access to the Client unless a user is present. The user at the
Client will have to explicitly accept the request to connect before
access is granted.
Disable File Transfer
This prevents a Control operator from being able to transfer files to
and from the Client. The Control user will not be able to copy, view or
otherwise manipulate files on the Client using the NetSupport Control
file transfer options.
Disable Remote Program Execution
This prevents a Control user from remotely executing applications at
the Client from within the menu option in the Control program. They
can still start applications on the Client while remote controlling the
workstation.
Disable Remote Registry Access
A Control user can remotely manage and edit the Registry on
NetSupport Clients. Setting this option will disable that function.
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Watch Only
Enables the Control user to be able to view the screen of the Client
workstation but prevents them from being able to enter keystrokes or
mouse movements.
Disable Receive Show
Prevents the Client workstation from being able to display a Show
sent by a NetSupport Manager Control.
Disable Remote Reboot
This prevents a Control user from being able to remotely reboot the
Client from the Menu option in the Control Program.
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Access Privileges (Advanced)
This property sheet can be used to limit the range of Remote Control
options that are available to the Control User.
Disable Watch
Prevents a Control from Viewing the Client at all. File transfer,
scripting and other functions are still available.
Disable Share
Allows a Control to View a Client in Watch only mode.
Disable Control
Prevents a Control from being able to lock out the Client’s keyboard
and mouse.
Disable File Transfer
Disables File transfer to and From the Client in all circumstances.
Disable Program Execution
This prevents a Control user from remotely executing applications at
the Client from within the Control program. They can still start
applications using the standard Remote Control functions.
Disable Reboot
Disables the ability of the Control User to Re-Boot the Client
workstation via the menu option in the Control Interface. You can still
Reboot while remote controlling.
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Disable Shutdown Client
Prevents the User at the Control from being able to shut down the
Client program from a script.
Disable Chat
Prevents the Control from initiating a Chat session with the Client.
However, Clients can still open a Chat session with the Control via the
Client Menu.
Disable File Transfer when no NT User is Logged on
Disables File Transfer only if it is an NT workstation and no user is
logged on. This means that the Control user could log on as with their
own User ID if they have a valid User ID and password for this
workstation.
Disable Remote Command Prompt
Prevents the Control from being able to run Command Line
instructions at the Client.
Disable Blank Screen
Prevents the Control user from being able to blank the Client screen.
Disable Ctl+Alt+Del
Ignore Ctrl+Alt+Delete sent from the menu option in the Control
Interface.
Disable Logoff
Disables the ability of the Control User to log off from the Client
workstation via the menu option in the Control Interface. You can still
Log off while remote controlling.
Disable Clipboard Access
Prevents the Control user from being able to use the Remote
Clipboard.
Ignore Messages
Ignores messages sent by Connected Controls.
Ignore Broadcast Messages
Ignores Broadcast messages from a Control whether connected or
not.
Disable Print Capture
Prevents the Control user from being able to use NetSupport’s printer
re-direction function. Disabled by default
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Disable Registry Access
The Script function and later versions of NetSupport Manager include
a function to enable a Control user to remotely manage and edit the
Registry on NetSupport Clients. Setting this option will disable that
function.
Inventory
These options are disabled by default, un-check to enable the facility.
If enabled, the following tasks can be performed when viewing the
Hardware/Software Inventory of a selected Client.
Note: If a Client is not selected, the task will be performed at the
Local machine.
Disable Close Applications
If checked, prevents the Control being able to close a currently
running Application or Process.
Disable Service Management
If checked, prevents the Control being able to stop or start a Service
at the Client machine.
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User Validation
Usernames
Usernames are used for setting the valid USERID and Password for
Control Users when they connect to the Client. The USERID is also
used to determine which Client Profile will be applied.
You can enter multiple USERNAMES each with its own password. You
do this by clicking on Change and adding the individual UserNames
and passwords.
By entering specific Usernames and Passwords the Client will restrict
access to Controls entering a matching Username and Password when
connecting.
Note: If this is an NT workstation and you have elected to use the
NT Security option to validate the Control Users ID and
password then you do not need to specify the Username and
Password. However, you may still wish to set this option to
provide an additional filter when using NT Security validation
to restrict access to particular NT Users and determine which
Client profile they will use.
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NT Options
Authenticate User and Password with NT
This only applies to NT Clients. If this option is set then the UserID
and Password entered at the Control must be a valid NT ID on the
Client workstation or its default domain.
Restrict Access to members of the following groups
You can further restrict access by specifying groups. Click on Browse
to select a group(s).
Active Directory Options
If in use you can configure the Client to validate a user connection
against members of the groups defined within Active Directory. A
connecting Control will be prompted for their USERID and Password
which will be validated against the Active Directory.
Restrict Access to Members of the following Groups:
As an additional level of security you can restrict access to members
of specified groups.
Always Prompt for Username and Password
If checked, the Control will be prompted for a username and
password each time it attempts to connect to the Client.
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User Acknowledgement Options
These security options, when enabled, display a prompt at the Client
machine advising that a Control User is attempting a remote
connection. The Client must acknowledge the message before a
remote control session can be instigated.
User Acknowledgement
User Acknowledgement Required
When a Control User attempts to connect, a message will be
displayed at the Client. Unless the user at the Client explicitly accepts
the request, the connection will be refused.
Except when no NT User Logged ON
Only applies when User Acknowledgement has been set. This means
that the Client can be configured to allow remote control when the
workstation is at the log in screen. The Control User would have to
have a valid ID and Password to be able to log in.
Acknowledge Connection Attempts from other Controls
The Client receives a message that another Control is attempting to
connect.
Acknowledge Connection Timeout:
Specify a time limit, between 0-255 seconds, for the User
Acknowledgement prompt to be displayed. If the Client has not
responded to the message within the specified time the connection
attempt will be rejected.
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Acknowledge Connection Display:
Specify a customised acknowledgement message to be displayed at
the Client workstation. The text can also incorporate a choice of
default settings should you wish the Client to know, for example, the
name of the Control User. There are four available syntax’s:
$loginname$
Returns the logged on user name of the user at
the Control.
$fullname$
Returns the full name of the logged on user at
the Control.
$computername$
Returns the machine name of the Control.
$userdomain$
Returns the domain of the logged on user at the
Control machine.
Note: The
standard
NetSupport
Graphic
in
the
User
Acknowledgement Dialog can be replaced with a customised
Graphic by placing an Icon file with the name helpdesk.ico in
the installed directory for the product on the client machine.
View Acknowledgement
Acknowledge switching to xxxxx view mode or higher.
Displays a prompt at the Client machine if, while being viewed, the
Control User wishes to switch to a higher View Mode. For example, if
the level is set to ‘Control’, the prompt will appear if the mode is
changed from Share or Watch. The Client can choose to Accept or
Reject the change.
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Connect Options
This property sheet is used to administer which Control Users or
Control workstations can connect to this Client. You can also set the
level of encryption to be used.
Security Key
Provides additional security that enables Control Users to connect
only if the Control has the same security key as the Client. Optionally
this can be set as the serial number in your NetSupport Licence File.
You must set the Security key at both ends.
Allow Connections from these Control Machines
This enables you to restrict access to Controls running on IPX or
TCP/IP networks. This feature can also be used to limit access to
Control workstations with specific addresses. Wildcards can be used
in the address field.
For example:
194.182.*.*
all workstations on TCP/IP subnet 194, 182
00000001-*
all workstations on IPX network 1
Encryption
With encryption turned on, all the information that is sent between
the Control and Client is very difficult for others to read. NetSupport
offers a range of encryption options, ranging from 56 Bit DES to 256
Bit AES, enabling you to find the necessary balance between security
and performance. The higher the level of encryption, the higher the
potential for decreased performance
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Force Controls To Use Encryption
Checking this box forces a connecting Control to use the equivalent
level of encryption, even if the option has not been enabled at the
Control end. The encryption only applies when the Control is
connected to this Client.
Set Minimum level of Encryption
Choose the level of encryption to be used while a Control is
connected.
Allow more than one Control to connect at a time
NetSupport allows multiple Controls to connect and view the Client
simultaneously. This is useful for Group Working. Checking this option
enables the function.
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Disconnect Options
The options on this property sheet provide additional security when a
Control User disconnects from the Client machine. Particularly useful
if the connection to the Client is unexpectedly lost.
Lock the workstation if not initially logged on – NT only
When the Control user disconnects the workstation will be locked. The
Control user will be able to re-connect and unlock the workstation.
This option is valuable when the Control may unexpectedly loose the
Connection. It prevents a user at the workstation inheriting the
Control users rights, (assuming they have logged in as an
Administrator for example). This only applies if the workstation was
logged off when the Control was connected.
Logoff if not initially logged on
When the Control user disconnects, the workstation will be
automatically logged off. This only applies if the workstation was
logged off when the Control connected.
Restart if not initially logged on
When the Control user disconnects the workstation will be
automatically restarted. This only applies if the workstation was
logged off when the Control connected.
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Logoff if user has changed
If a Control needs to logon to a Client workstation under a different
name to the user, for example as an Administrator, it prevents the
user inheriting the Control users rights should the connection be
unexpectedly lost.
Disconnect Display Text
Specify a customised message to be displayed at the Client
workstation when a Control disconnects. The text can also
incorporate a choice of default parameters should you wish the Client
to know, for example, the name of the Control User. The available
options are:
$loginname$
Returns the logged on user name of the user
at the Control.
$fullname$
Returns the full name of the logged on user at
the Control.
$computername$
Returns the machine name of the Control.
$userdomain$
Returns the domain of the logged on user at
the Control machine.
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Protect Configuration Settings
This property sheet allows you to protect the Client Configurations.
Configurator Password
Nominate a Security Password for the Client profile.
Authenticate User and Password with NT
This only applies to NT Clients and therefore only protects Client
Configurators on NT workstations. If this option is set, the UserID and
Password entered at the Control must be a valid “Act as part of the
Operating System” NT ID on the Client workstation, or its default
domain. This User Right is not granted by NT as default.
To
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
grant this User Right
Run {Programs}{Administrative Tools}{User Manager}.
Select {Policies}{User Rights} from the drop down menus.
Check the “Show Advanced User Rights” check box.
Select the Right.
Click on Add.
Select which users and/or groups, this right should be granted.
Click on OK.
For this User Right to be recognised you must relog into your
workstation.
Note: You can also point the Client to validate the ID in another
Domain.
Restrict Access to Members of the following Groups
You can further restrict access by specifying groups. Click on Browse
to select a group(s).
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File Transfer Settings
This property sheet is used to control file access.
Disable File Transfer
Disables File Transfer to and from the Client in all circumstances.
Disable File Transfer when no NT user is Logged on
Disables File Transfer only if it is an NT workstation and no user is
logged on. This means that the Control user could log on as
themselves if they have a valid User ID and password for this
workstation.
Impersonate Logged on NT User when Transferring Files
When using NetSupport file transfer, the Control User will have the
same file access as the Logged on user.
Access Rights to Directories and Files
This is used to explicitly allow or deny access to individual Drives,
Directories and Files. Note that it only applies to File Transfer within
NetSupport Manager.
It is hierarchical in nature so you could for example disable access to
Drive C:\ in general but explicitly grant access to sub directories.
Note: Any Access Rights set in the master profile applies to all
profiles, unless overridden.
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Replay File Settings
The Replay Files feature enables the Control to record and playback
the screen activity that takes place at a Client workstation while it is
being remote controlled/viewed.
Record Replay Files
Check this option to enable the recording of Replay Files. A Replay
File will be created each time the Control views a Client PC with the
option enabled.
Prefix Files With Client Name
In order to identify each Replay File, filenames can be prefixed with
the Client Name and the date/time of the recording. Alternatively,
with the option un-checked the files will be named sequentially in the
format 00000001.rpf etc.
In Directory
Specify where the Replay Files should be stored. If saving to a
Network share this gives you the opportunity to store each Clients
files in individual directories.
As User
The user name and password used to write to the log file.
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Event Logging
Log files record the activity that takes place at a Client machine while
it is being remote controlled. Standard information would include the
name of the Control that had initiated the connection and the date
and time that the session started and ended. The text files that are
created provide a useful audit trail but you can also enhance Client
security using this feature.
Enable Logging
Check this box to enable logging.
Log to NT Event Log
Sets the Log to be maintained within the NT Event Log.
Log to File
Sets the Log to be maintained within a text file. This file can be on
the Local workstation or on a Server. Multiple Clients can write to the
same Log file.
Primary Log File
Specify the path, and file name (*.log), where the log file will be
stored.
Secondary Log File
Specify the path for a Secondary log file. In the event that the
Primary path cannot be found, for example the server is down, the
file will be stored here.
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Notes
• To make the tracking of log files easier, particularly if multiple
Client log files are stored on the same server, the file names
specified above can include the Clients computer name and the
date
that
the
log
was
created.
For
example:
\\Logserver1\logfiles\$computername$$dd$$mm$$yy$.log. In this
instance you would be able to build up a daily record of activity on
a particular Client machine.
Acceptable formats for the date are:
$d$$m$$y$ which for 18th September 2003 returns 1893.
$dd$$mm$$yy$
returns 180903.
$ddd$$mmm$$yyy$
returns ThuSep2003.
$ddd$$dd$$mmm$$yyy$
returns Thu18Sep2003.
$dddd$$dd$$mmmm$$yyyy$ returns Thursday18September2003.
•
For NT/2000/XP, this file must be a UNC path name as a mapped
drive is not available until you log in.
•
For Windows 95/98/ME, the file must be in a Null Session Share.
As User
Log File User is the user name and password used to be able to write
to the log file when the path specified is a UNC Path.
Append to File
By checking this box, NetSupport will continually add to the existing
entries in the log file. If unchecked, existing items get overwritten.
Reject Connection if no Log Server available
By enabling this option you can apply additional security. With
logging enabled, if a Control attempts a connection and neither of the
Log Files can be found the connection request is rejected. This
ensures that any audit checks that you may have in place will not be
compromised due to the activity not being logged while the servers
are down.
Only Log while Connected
This option ensures that activity is only logged during the period that
the Control is physically connected. When logging is enabled some
additional information is recorded that you may prefer to ignore,
Client configuration data for example.
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Another useful item of information that can be recorded is the
reason why a Control connected to the Client. This comes into
effect when ‘User Acknowledgement ’ is enabled at the Client
machine and the Control Security Settings option is
configured to ‘Prompt for additional information when
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Remote Control Options
The following Remote Control attributes can be adjusted:
View Settings
Options
Send Physical Fonts
When a Windows Client is sending its screen to a Control, it passes
the font information by reference to reduce the volume of data sent.
The Control refers to its own internal font mappings and uses the
closest matching that it has to the one being displayed at the Client.
In most cases, the same fonts will be available at both the Client and
the Control and so what is displayed on the screen will appear
identical.
However, there may be occasions when a close match cannot be
found. In these cases, it is desirable that the Client sends the Control
the full information that it requires to display the data in the same
font.
Setting this option forces TrueType text to be sent as glyphs (i.e.
character shapes), rather than character codes. This guarantees that
they will be displayed correctly at the Control.
This will, however, impact on performance, especially on Dial-up
lines, and is not usually required.
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Enable Screen Scrape
NetSupport’s favoured, and the most efficient, method for capturing
screen data is to hook into the Video Driver of the workstation being
viewed.
However, there may be occasions when this method will not work
because certain applications bypass the driver. In these
circumstances you can enable ‘screen scrape’ mode in order to take a
snapshot of the screen. Although this will have a greater impact on
the network it will at least provide an accurate representation of the
Client’s screen.
Cache Size
Screen data that has been recently sent to the Control by the Client is
cached to improve performance.
A larger cache improves
performance, at the expense of using more memory at both the
Client and the Control.
Setting this option enables you to tailor the cache size used for
maximum performance. The lower of the cache size set at the Client
and Control will be used so you must set at both ends for this to be
effective.
You can determine how efficiently the cache is working by selecting
{Help}(About}{Cache} from Client View Window at the Control. This
will display statistics of hits etc.
Max Colour Depth
The higher the colour depth at the Client the greater the volume of
data that needs to be sent to the Control for each screen update.
Restricting the Colour depth will improve performance on slower
links.
Inactivity Time Out
When a Control connects to a Client, it can prevent other Controls
from connecting to that same Client, unless the Allow Multiple
Connections option has been set.
If the operator at the Control forgets to terminate the connection
then a case might arise where other Control operators who need
access are locked out.
Setting this option means that if a connected Control has not carried
out any mouse, keyboard or file transfer activity for the specified
period, the Client will assume that the connection is no longer
required and disconnect automatically. It will then be available to
other Controls.
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Enable DVD Playback and Direct 3D support (Win 2000/XP
Only)
On Windows 2000 and XP, NetSupport uses the Microsoft Mirror
Driver to capture screen data for view sessions. However, while
hooked into the Mirror Driver it is not possible to play DVD’s.
Therefore, if you do need the capability to play DVD’s, NetSupport
provides options which load and unload the Mirror Driver as required.
Except While Viewed
If checked, DVD support is enabled but will be disabled for the
duration of a view session while the Mirror Driver is loaded.
Except While Connected
If checked, DVD support is suspended while a connection to the Client
is in place.
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Show Settings
Receive Show Options
Disable Receive Show
Prevents the Control from being able to show to the Client.
Show to a Window
Enables the Client to receive a Show in a Window rather than in full
screen mode.
Scale to Fit
Automatically scales the Receive Show Window to resize the
displayed screen in the available area.
Scrollbars
Determines if Scroll Bars will be displayed with the Receive Show
Window for navigation.
Auto-Scroll Speed
When you are viewing a Show in a Window on the Client’s screen, the
Client can automatically scroll the contents when the mouse moves
close to the edges of the window. Adjusting the sliding control sets
the speed at which the view scrolls, from not at all to very fast.
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Scroll Delay
When Auto Scroll is enabled, you can change the delay before the
scroll is activated. If you want the view to scroll as soon as the
mouse is at an edge of the screen, move the slider towards Min. If
you prefer a longer delay before the AutoScroll takes effect, move the
slider towards Max.
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Audio Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for using Audio
Support at the Client.
Volume
Threshold – microphone sensitivity
Microphone – volume of microphone
Speaker – volume of speakers
Wave – volume of Operating Systems Sound Effects
Test
Check this box to test all of the above settings.
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Client Interface Options
These property sheets are used for customising the interface between
the Client and the Control.
Client Settings
Disable Client Menu items
Disable Request help
Prevents the Client User from being able to use the request Help
Function.
Disable Call Control
Disables the Call Control facility on the Client Drop Down Menu.
Disable Disconnect
Prevents the Client user from being able to force the Control User to
disconnect.
Disable Chat
Prevents the Client from initiating a Chat session with a Control.
However, the Control can still open a Chat session with the Client.
Client Program Options
Icon in System Tray
The NetSupport Client icon will be displayed in the System tray rather
than as a separate icon on the active application bar.
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Always on Top
The NetSupport Client icon can become obscured behind other
Windows. Setting this option means that it is always visible and the
user at the Client will always know when someone is viewing them.
Hide when Idle
The NetSupport Client icon will not be displayed unless a Control is
connected or viewing.
Quiet Mode (Client not visible on Taskbar)
Check this box to hide the Client icon on the Taskbar.
Silent Mode (no refresh)
Allows the Control to connect and View a Client without the Clients
knowledge. If Silent Mode is not selected the Clients screen and
mouse icon will flicker notifying the Client that a connection has been
made and their screen is being Viewed.
Use internal speaker for Beep
By default, the audible warning beep, which can be sent between
machines in functions such as Chat and View, comes from the PCs
internal speaker. There may be occasions when it is more appropriate
to use the workstations sound card to generate the beep through
speakers, in which case un-check this box.
Beep while being Viewed (every n seconds)
While a Control is viewing the Client an audible beep will be sounded.
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Help Request Settings
This property sheet is used for configuring the Clients Help Request
access. You can specify the NetSupport Controls that the Client can
forward Help Requests to or even link to a third party web based
helpdesk system.
Select a URL for Help Request
If you use a 3rd party web based helpdesk application you can direct
Clients to this rather than have them use NetSupports help request
feature. To enable, check the Use URL box and enter the appropriate
URL.
Available Controls
Lists the Controls that are available to connect to, from the Help
Request and Call Control dialogs.
Options
Disable connections from Help Request dialog
Check this box to disallow the options in the Help Request dialog for
the Client to choose which Control they wish to send a Help Request
to.
Always show Controls in Help Request
Check this box to ensure that the Client Help Request dialog shows all
Controls available for the Client to send their Help Request to.
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Hotkeys for Request Help
This sets the hot keys that the User at the Client can press to raise an
alert for Help. The alert will normally be displayed when a Control
connects to the Client. If you are using a keyboard that won’t support
three scan codes, configure your Client to use only two hotkeys.
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Customisable Text
This property sheet enables you to add customisable messages which
are displayed at the Client machine.
Display Customisable Text
In About Box
Sets the message that will be displayed in the client’s About Box.
When Connected
Sets the message that will be displayed at the Client when a Control
Connects. Leave blank if you do not want any message displayed.
When Viewed
Sets the message that will be displayed at the Client when it is being
viewed by a Control. Leave blank if you do not want any message
displayed.
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Profile Options
Disable this Profile when an NT user is logged on
If someone is logged in at the NT Client then this Profile will be
deactivated and therefore not available to a Control user. The value
of this is that it prevents a Control User inheriting rights on the
workstation that they would not otherwise have.
Note: You can have two profiles with the same UserID but with
different rights depending on whether the Client User is
logged on at the time the Control connects. In this event
make sure that the profile with this setting is the first in the
list as it will then move on and use the second profile if the
Client User is logged in.
User of this Profile has Priority over other (non-priority) Users
This works in conjunction with the option to allow more than one
Control to connect simultaneously. If one profile has this set while the
other does not the latter will be automatically disconnected.
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Configuring the Control
In this chapter …
Configuring the Control
Multiple Control Profiles
Client Settings
General Settings
Connectivity
Security
Startup Settings
Remote Control Settings
Interface Settings
File Transfer Settings
File Locations
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Configuring the Control
NetSupport allows you to fully configure how the Control Program will
operate. To provide maximum flexibility NetSupport also allows you
to set up multiple Profiles for different Control Users, each with their
own access and functionality levels.
To access the Control Configurator
1. Choose {Network}{Configure} from the Control Window drop
down menu for basic options (General, Connectivity, Security and
Startup).
Or,
Click on the Settings icon for advanced Configuration options.
2. The Setting Configurations dialog for the current Profile will
appear.
Note: If you want to change the Settings for a different Control
profile you must use {Tools}{Configurations} and select the
Profile you want to configure.
The Control Configuration options are categorised as follows:
General
This property sheet enables you to set the identification details for
the Control.
Connectivity
These property sheets enable you to specify which transport protocols
the Control will operate over.
Security
NetSupport Manager offers a wealth of security features that can be
applied to each Control profile.
Startup
This property sheet enables you to configure the options that affect
NetSupport Manager at startup.
Remote Control
These property sheets enable you to adjust the Remote Control
features that apply to each Control Profile.
Control Interface
These property sheets enable you to configure the various
components available to the Control from the Control Window
interface.
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File Transfer
These options configure the File Transfer Settings in NetSupport
Manager. They allow you to alter the way in which information is
displayed, and enables you to set safety features such as
confirmation before performing a damaging operation.
File Locations
This property sheet allows you to specify where to store this Named
Configurations Client, Group, Remote Networks, Tools and Scripting
files.
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Multiple Control Profiles
NetSupport allows you to set up multiple profiles for different Control
Users, each with their own access and functionality levels.
Each configuration can be protected by a password and an icon can
be created on the desktop to load the Control with a particular named
configuration.
You must have NetSupport Administrator rights to profile or change a
Controls Configurations.
To create a Profile
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control drop down
menu bar.
2. The Control Configurations dialog will be displayed.
3.
4.
Select the Configuration that you want to change or choose New
to create a new one. By default NetSupport is installed with a
single profile called Standard. This is set up for full functionality.
Click Settings to tailor the global functionality of this profile.
Or,
Click on Connectivity and Startup Settings to tailor the Basic
Functionality.
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To create desktop icons
Having saved the profile, you can create a desktop icon containing
the parameters required to load the configuration.
1. From the Configurations dialog, click Icons.
2. The Icon Maintenance dialog will be displayed.
3. Click anywhere in the dialog and drag to the desktop.
4. The Create or Edit Icon dialog will appear.
5. Enter the required configuration details and click OK to create the
icon.
Adjusting Client Settings for a Control session
During any control session where you may be working with more than
one Client, you can tailor how each Client interacts with the Control.
For example, on one Client you may want to use compression
because it is on a slow link, but on another you may want to turn
compression off. NetSupport allows you do this by modifying the
default settings for the current Control Profile.
To adjust View Settings
1. View the required Client.
2. Choose {View}{Settings for Client} from the View Window drop
down menu.
Or,
Select the Settings button on the View Window Toolbar.
3. The Settings dialog will appear.
4. Configure which options will be enabled, when you start a View
Session.
Note: If you edit the Client Settings, the changes you make only
apply to that Client during the current Control session. If you
want to change the settings permanently check the Update
Configuration box.
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General Settings
Use this property sheet to give the Control a specific name. If left
blank, the machine name is used.
Identification
Control Name
The name which the NetSupport Control program uses when
connecting to Clients to identify itself. Under NetBIOS this name is
registered in the NetBIOS transport.
Description
Enter a description for this Control configuration.
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Connectivity Options
Before you can connect to Clients on your network you must select
and configure the transports to use. The transport protocols must be
configured in the operating system before attempting to use them.
Set TCP/IP Connection
TCP/IP
Use TCP/IP
Check this button to enable the Control to use the TCP/IP protocol.
This protocol is used with the Internet, local and wide area networks.
In order to connect to TCP/IP Clients you need to specify the port
number that the Client is listening on.
Port
This value is used for all interactions with TCP/IP Clients. The default
registered port for NetSupport is 5405. You can configure Clients on
your network to run on a different port number if required. This is
useful to provide additional security, as other NetSupport Control
users would need to know on which port your Clients are configured.
You can also specify a port number when creating or connecting to a
client.
Note: To enable Clients to initiate a connection to the Control, the
default registered port is 5421.
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Connect By Hostname (DHCP/WINS)
Normally the Control connects to a Client by IP Address, rather than
by name.
In an environment that uses DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol), this may be undesirable as the address may
change when the Client workstation is restarted. Checking this option
forces the Control to connect by hostname.
Test
Press this button to check the configuration and version of the TCP/IP
stack installed. The version of Winsock is returned along with its
current state.
Browsing
Subnets used when browsing for clients
When you are running on a network with multiple subnets or
addresses, you need to configure the Broadcast Addresses for each
effective network. When a Browse is performed, the broadcast
messages are sent to these addresses.
Broadcast Show
When showing the Control screen to clients, the screen information is
sent to each client machine in turn. Enabling Broadcast Show results
in the screen information being sent to all machines simultaneously.
In some network environments where there is limited network
bandwidth available or when showing to larger numbers of machines
this will provide significant performance benefits.
Whilst reducing overall network traffic generated by NetSupport,
using this feature will generate additional broadcast packets on your
network. It is recommended that you consult your Network
administrator before using this feature.
Note: If you encounter problems broadcasting to Clients, you may
need to upgrade the version of the NetSupport Client that is
installed on the target machines. The broadcast show feature
is only supported in version 7.10 or higher.
Settings
If Broadcast Show is enabled, select this option to set the Broadcast
Address. The Broadcast Settings dialog will appear.
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Set IPX Connection
IPX
Use IPX
Check this box to enable the IPX transport protocol. This protocol is
used on local and wide area networks.
Record Clients’ Network Numbers
When IPX addresses are recorded for a client, the network number is
normally set to 0 if the Clients are on the same IPX network as the
Control (this prevents subsequent problems when a file server is
down). This setting forces network numbers to be recorded and used
when establishing a connection.
Use Networks
The Control normally obtains a list of network numbers from the
nearest NetWare server or bridge. On some networks, there is no
NetWare server to ask or the list generated is unreliable. Enter one
or more network numbers to use, which replaces the normal
discovery mechanism.
The numbers can be in decimal or
hexadecimal, and must be separated by commas. Such as “0x1, 0x2,
0x34db1d69”. You can also use the Test function to determine these
values automatically.
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Ignore Networks
This list of network numbers is generated in the same way as for Use
Networks except that when browsing, these network numbers are
ignored. You can also use the Test function to determine these
values automatically.
Test
Press this button to check the IPX network configuration. This
determines if the IPX network stack is available and configured
correctly. You can also scan the network for network numbers that
do and do not respond.
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Set NetBIOS Connection
NetBIOS
Use NetBIOS
Check this box to enable the use of the NetBIOS transport. NetBIOS
is a non-routed protocol and is only used on Local Area networks
(LAN). Using NetBIOS requires that you select one or more adapters
to use. See adapters below.
Adapters
This list box contains the NetBIOS adapters that have been detected
in your workstation. Select one or more of these adapters for use in
the control. NetBEUI is the most common adapter used here, as it is
used primarily by Windows systems. The adapter numbers will vary
from workstation to workstation, but the names will remain constant.
Test
Press this button to test the NetBIOS stack and determine the
adapters available. You can also display detailed information about
each adapter found.
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Set HTTP Connection
This property sheet enables you to configure the Control to
communicate via HTTP. For more information see, Connecting
Clients/Controls via a NetSupport Gateway.
Use HTTP:
Check this box to enable the Client to communicate over HTTP.
Port:
NetSupport’s default port for HTTP communications is 3085.
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Remote Dialup Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for the Dial-up
Settings for Remote Networking. Before you can dial remote
networks, you must enter information about your modem hardware.
To dial a Bridge at startup, select Configure from the Networks drop
down menu and click on the Startup option.
Modem
NetSupport displays all available modems here. Simply select which
Modem you wish to use.
Dual Channel Bonding
If enabled, both channels of your ISDN line are combined thus
increasing the amount of available bandwidth to 128k. However, in
increasing the speed of transmission you are in effect making two
calls.
MSN (Multiple Subscriber Number)
Specify a number that you want the Control to answer an incoming
dial-back from a Client Bridge.
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Diagnostics
None
Select this option to perform no diagnostics on your modem.
Basic
When the modems connect, the Control checks the following:
Flow control is correctly set (XON/OFF is disabled, etc)
There is a NetSupport Bridge at the remote number
There are not excessive delays in transferring data
Extended
The Extended setting performs the same checks as for Basic and
includes:
Line reliability
Throughput
Logging Level
None
Select this option to display the progress messages on the screen
only.
Basic
Selecting Basic logs the following information to MODEM.LOG:
The name of the modem used
The number dialled
Results of Diagnostic tests
Connection speed
Verbose
Selecting Verbose records the same information as Basic, but includes
timestamps.
Use this option is you are having problems establishing dial-up links.
View Log
Opens a window that displays the MODEM.LOG file generated by
Extended and Verbose Diagnostic and Logging settings.
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Advanced Settings
Tickle Period
Specify the period in seconds between tickle packets that are sent to
the client. These packets check to make sure that a connected Client
is still active. If the Client fails to respond, the Control assumes that
it is no longer present and will close down the connection.
Name Lookup Delay
Specify the delay in seconds between broadcast packets. Use this
value in conjunction with Name Lookup Attempts to reduce the
amount of time spent performing browses. The browse is more likely
to miss Clients if this value is too small. You should not specify a
value that when multiplied by the Name Lookup Attempts value is
less than 4 seconds.
Name Lookup Attempts
Specify the number of name lookup packets the Control broadcasts
during a Browse. The fewer broadcasts that are sent the lower the
network traffic and the quicker the browse will complete.
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Security Options
The Control Configurator provides a wealth of security features
categorised as follows:
Settings
Event Logging
Replay Files
User Permissions
Security Settings
Password
Enter the Security Password, which you will be prompted for when
starting the Control using this configuration. You must click on the
Set button next to this Control to set the password.
Security Key
The Security Key is used whenever you connect to a Client. Unless
the key entered here matches the security key on the Client, you will
be denied access to the Client workstation. Press the Set button to
change the key. Optionally this can be set as the serial number in
your NetSupport Licence File.
Prompt for Additional Information when connecting
If this box is checked, you will be required to supply a reason for
connecting to a Client workstation. This is sent to and displayed at
the Client so that the user knows why you are connecting when the
Client has User Acknowledgement enabled.
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Try Last Username before displaying login Prompt
Remembers the username and password attached to a named
configuration and will attempt to login using this information.
Use Compression
Check this box to enable the use of compression. When you are
communicating with a Client, whether it is a File Transfer, View or
chat session the data being sent and reviewed will be compressed.
This also provides a means of security, as the data will also be
encrypted.
Use Encryption
With encryption turned on, all the information that is sent between
the Control and Client is very difficult for others to read. NetSupport
offers a range of encryption options, ranging from 56 Bit DES to 256
Bit AES, enabling you to find the necessary balance between security
and performance. The higher the level of encryption, the higher the
potential for decreased performance.
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Event Logging
This property sheet enables a NetSupport Control to record, in a text
file, the actions it has performed while remote controlling a Client.
This may be useful for maintaining a history of how often a particular
Client was connected to and for what purpose.
Enable Logging
Check this box to enable the ‘Log to File’ option. Once enabled, each
time the Control subsequently connects to a Client(s), the activity for
that session will be recorded.
Log to File
Specify the path and file name for the Log File. The NetSupport
default is PCICTL.log. This file can be stored on the Local workstation
or on a Server. Multiple Controls can write to the same Log file.
As User (NT/2000/XP Only)
Log File User is the user name and password used to be able to write
to the log file when the path specified is a UNC Path.
Append to Logfile
By checking this box, NetSupport will continually add to the existing
entries in the log file. If unchecked, existing items get overwritten.
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Replay Files
The Replay Files feature enables the Control to record and playback
the screen activity that takes place at a Client workstation while it is
being remote controlled/viewed.
Record Replay Files
Check this option to enable the recording of Replay Files. A Replay
File will be created each time the Control views a Client PC.
Include Audio
In addition to recording the screen, mouse and keyboard activity, if
Client machines are configured for audio you can include any
narration that takes place.
Prefix Files With Client Name
In order to identify each Replay File, filenames are prefixed with the
Client Name and the date/time of the recording. Alternatively, by
unchecking this box the files will be named sequentially in the format
00000001.rpf etc.
In Directory
Specify where the Replay Files should be stored.
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User Permissions
These settings restrict the items that a user running a configuration
can modify.
Only if this configuration is running as an NSM
Administrator can you restrict the privileges of other users.
Permit a user of this Configuration to
Act as an Administrator
When this box is checked there are no restrictions applied to the user
of this configuration. This should be enabled for at least one account,
to allow you to alter other configurations.
Change Settings
This box is only available when the configuration is not running as an
Administrator. Check this box to prevent the user running this
configuration from changing any settings from within the user
interface.
Configure User Interface
This check box is only available when the configuration is not running
as an Administrator, and Change Settings is checked. Check this box
to prevent the user of the configuration from altering any settings
that affect the User Interface.
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Startup Settings
This section configures the options that affect NetSupport Manager at
startup. You can connect to a Client, Group or Remote Network or
even perform a Browse. This enables you to perform a repetitive
task that you would normally do every time you start the Control.
At Startup
Dial Remote Network
Check this box if you want to dial a Remote Network when the
Control starts. When this item is checked the list of remote networks
configured is enabled. Select one of these networks to continue.
Connect to Client
Check this box to connect to a Client when the Control starts. All of
the clients in your Known Clients List will be displayed here, with the
transport appended to the name. For example, TEST1<TCP>.
Connect to Group
Check this box to connect to a group of Clients when the Control
starts. All of the groups created will be displayed in this list.
Browse for Clients starting with …
When the Control starts it can perform a Browse using the
information supplied. Enter a partial Client name or leave this blank
to find all available Clients. The Clients found will appear in your
Browse folder in the Tree View.
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Start Viewing
When you have checked one of the Connect boxes above, you have
the option to view the Client when the control starts. Check this box
to enable the three buttons below. This allows you to choose the way
in which the Client is viewed.
Watch
Start Watching the Client or Clients when the Control starts.
Share
Start Sharing the Client or Clients when the Control starts.
Control
Start Controlling the Client or Clients when the Control starts.
Icons
This utility allows you to create icons on your desktop that load a
NetSupport Control with a specific Named Configuration. This means
that you can have several shortcuts that automatically connect to one
or more Clients when run.
Disconnect
The following options are only available on non-Administrative
configurations.
Exit Program on Disconnect
Check this box to force the Control to shutdown when you disconnect
from a client. This option is very useful when used in conjunction
with the option above and connecting to a Client at startup.
Exit Program after Hanging up the phone
Check this box to force the Control to shutdown once a dial-up
session has been completed. This is most useful when used with
dialling a Remote Network at startup.
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Remote Control Settings
The following property sheets enable you to configure the behaviour
of the remote control options when viewing Client workstations.
View
Keyboard/Mouse
Print Capture
Audio
View Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for Viewing Client
workstations. If editing the Client Settings, all changes you make will
only apply while you are connected to that Client. If you wish to make
your changes the Control default, check the Update Configuration
box.
Options
BIOS Keyboard
Checking this option causes the Control to emulate keystrokes on the
Client at the BIOS level, rather than the Hardware level. Use this if
an application at the Client does not appear to be correctly accepting
keystrokes from the Control.
Only use this option if you are
experiencing problems with the default low-level keyboard option.
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Confirm Switch to Full Screen
When this box is checked, you will be prompted to confirm switching
to Full Screen Mode.
Full Screen
Checking this options will force the Control to view a Client in Full
Screen Mode rather than in a windowed mode.
Scale to Fit
Check this option if you want the contents of the View Window to be
automatically shrunk to fit the sizeable frame.
Disconnect when Closed
Check this option to disconnect from a Client, when a View Window is
closed.
Screen Scrape
NetSupport’s favoured, and the most efficient, method for capturing
screen data is to hook into the Video Driver of the workstation being
viewed. However, there may be occasions when this method will not
work because certain applications bypass the driver. In these
circumstances you can enable ‘screen scrape’ mode in order to take a
snapshot of the screen. Although this will have a greater impact on
the network it will at least provide an accurate representation of the
Client’s screen.
Scrollbars
You can turn off scrollbars on the View Windows by un-checking this
option. This is useful when using Auto-Scroll, as you gain a little
extra workspace.
Use Compression
Check this box to enable compression when viewing a Client’s screen.
The state of this checkbox is also reflected in the General Settings.
Wallpaper
Check this box if you want the Client’s wallpaper to be visible when
viewing. Normally this is turned off to improve performance, so
expect the screen update speed to be impacted by selecting this
option.
Blank Client Screen
This enables the Control operator to blank the Client screen in any of
the View modes.
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Note: If another Control, with the Blank Client Screen setting
checked, attempts to connect to a Client being controlled in
Blank Client Screen mode, the original Control will be
disconnected. This is to prevent less privileged users from
‘surfing in’ on the back of a more privileged user.
Video Skipping
NetSupport Controls can now be configured for Viewing performance.
The Control program will not display Client screen updates if a
subsequent update to the area of the screen is made. Un-ticking the
box will result in all Client screen updates being displayed at the
Control.
Default Mode
When you view a client, by default, you start viewing in Share Mode.
If you prefer to start viewing in a different way, change the style from
the list provided.
Cache Size
The NetSupport Control contains a cache to help improve overall
performance. The cache sizes range from 1Mb to 16Mb and a
separate cache is allocated to each Client connection. If you are
running applications on the Client that uses lots of or large bitmaps
increase the cache size to improve the performance.
Max Colour Depth
When you connect to a Client, you can restrict the Colour Depth that
is sent. This is done to reduce the amount of traffic between Client
and Control. Reduce the Colour Depth to 16 colours if you are using
applications that do not rely on anything other than the standard 16colour palette.
Change DOS Font
Use this dialog to select the font to use when displaying DOS screens.
This will be either from DOS Clients or Windows Clients running Full
Screen DOS boxes. Windows uses a graphic character set for
displaying DOS Screens. The higher the resolution that you are
running Windows in the larger the font size you will need to set to get
an accurate representation of a DOS Screen.
Change Japanese Font
Use this dialog to select the font to use when displaying Japanese
DOS screens.
Update Configuration Standard
Check this box to update the currently selected Configuration.
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Keyboard/Mouse Settings
Keyboard Layout
Select from the list provided a keyboard layout to be used at the
Control during viewing. These layouts map keys on the Control to
keys on the Client workstation. If both Client and Control are using
the same keyboard layout, you should select Unmapped Keyboard
from the list.
Hotkeys
When you are Viewing a Client in Full Screen Mode, hot keys provide
a way of returning to the, possibly hidden, user interface. If the
screen resolution at the Client is smaller than the resolution of the
Control, you can simply click your mouse button outside the View
Window to stop Viewing and display the View Window again. Check
the boxes in this group to determine the keys that are used as
Hotkeys.
If you are using a keyboard that does not support three scan codes,
choose only two options as your hot keys.
AutoScroll Speed
When you are viewing a Client’s screen, the Control can automatically
scroll the contents when the mouse moves close to the edges of the
window. Adjusting the sliding control sets the speed at which the
view scrolls, from not at all to very fast.
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Scroll Delay
When Auto Scroll is enabled, you can change the delay before the
scroll is activated. If you want the view to scroll as soon as the
mouse is at an edge of the screen, move the slider towards Min. If
you prefer a longer delay before the AutoScroll takes effect, move the
slider towards Max.
Mouse Delay
Adjusting the mouse delay allows you to reduce the rate at which
mouse updates are sent from the Control to the Client when
controlling or sharing. Move the slider control towards Infinite to
reduce the rate and conserve bandwidth, or towards Min for the best
mouse response. This is useful on dial-up or very slow networks.
Disable Num Lock Synchronisation
Check this option if using a Laptop as the Control machine to ensure
that the keyboards behaviour corresponds with that of a standard
desktop machine.
Update Configuration Standard
Check this box to update the currently selected Configuration.
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Print Capture Settings
Print Capture redirects printer output from a local printer at the
Client, to the printer or file at this Control. You would use this when
running an application on a Client but want any printed output
redirected to the printer that is local to you.
Enable Print Capture
Check this box to enable the Print Capture feature. If this box is
unchecked, the output will be printed at the Client. These options
specify where the printed output will be redirected to on the Control.
This can be either a local or network printer, or a file.
Note: In addition to enabling this option at the Control you also
need to ensure that Print Capture is enabled in the Clients
Configuration. The privileges are disabled by default. At the
Client, load the Advanced Configurator and select Security –
Access Privileges and un-check the Disable Print Capture
option.
Capture to Printer
Select this radio button to redirect the Client printing to a local or
network printer. The name of the default printer that is currently setup is displayed.
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Change
Press this button to display a window containing all of the printers
configured on your local workstation.
Capture to File
By selecting this button, you can redirect the Client printing to a file
that can be printed later. This file can be on a local or network path.
Browse
A file browse window will appear when you press this button allowing
you to find a location for the capture file.
Use Client Printer Driver
NT Clients try to use the correct driver for the Control's default
printer (by changing the default printer on the Client workstation,
although not all applications notice this). For this to work, you need
to install the appropriate printer driver on the Client and assign it to
LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3.
On Windows 95 and Windows NT, the user can change the printer
name (in Control Panel, Printers or Settings, Printers). To
handle this situation, and because printer and driver names vary
between, Windows 95 and NT, you can specify a list of printer names
and Drivers in this field. For example:
HP DeskJet 520,DESKJETC; HP DeskJet…
Where:
HP DeskJet 520 is a printer name that the Client might recognise
DESKJETC
is the name of the driver file for this printer at the
Client (optional, .DRV assumed)
HP DeskJet
is another printer name that the Client might
recognise
When Print Capture is enabled, the Control sends this information to
the Client, and the Client then looks for the closest match in the
Drivers installed on the Client workstation. The NT Client ignores the
name of the driver file; the Clients match this preferentially, using the
printer name only in case of a tie.
Report Driver Used
When you connect to a client a dialog box will appear informing you
of the printer driver that has been used. If no matching Drivers were
found you would be informed whether you check this box or not.
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Notes
•
Print output is captured only from the port to which the default
printer is attached. Note that the Client may change this when
Print Capture is enabled, as described above.
•
The Windows NT Client captures print output from DOS
programs from the port to which the default printer is attached.
If you experience problems with the Windows Client, try:
•
Disable 'fast printing direct to port' at the Client
•
Removing any connection to a network printer at the Client.
•
Change the printing priority at the Client to Low in Print
Manager, Options, Background printing.
•
To capture printed output from DOS programs running under
Windows 95, open Printers, Settings, <Your printer>,
Properties, Details, Port Settings and ensure that Spool MSDOS print jobs is not checked.
Update Configuration Standard
Check this box to update the currently selected Configuration.
Note: If you are editing the Client Settings, any changes you make
to this property sheet will only apply while you are connected
to that Client. If you wish to make your changes the Control
default, check the Update Configuration box.
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Audio Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for using Audio
Support.
If you are editing the Client Settings, all changes you make will only
apply while you are connected to that Client. If you wish to make
your changes the Control default, check the Update Configuration
box.
Volume
Threshold – microphone sensitivity
Microphone – volume of microphone
Speaker – volume of speakers
Wave – volume of Operating Systems Sound Effects
Test – Click on Test, to test the volume settings as you adjust.
Enable
On – turn Audio on
Off – turn Audio off
Talk – turn the Control Audio to Talk function only
Listen – turn the Control Audio to Listen function only
Selecting the Audio Transmission Format buttons allows you to
change the Transmission Format. Use only the level you need for
acceptable quality. High quality settings can affect screen update
performance. Over Remote Communication links we recommend you
use a Transmission Format of less than 2 kb/sec.
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Control Interface Settings
These property sheets enable you to configure
components available to the named configuration.
the
different
the
different
Interface Settings
This property sheet enables you to configure
components available to the named configuration.
Settings
Hide Client List
Check this option to disable the display of known Clients for security
reasons. The Clients branch is removed from the Tree View and all of
the menu and toolbar items that allow you to manipulate Client
records are removed.
Hide Group List
Check this box to disable all the display of Groups for security
reasons. The Groups branch is removed from the Tree View, and all
related menu items and Toolbar buttons are removed.
Hide Dial Directory
Check this box to disable all Remote Network functions. The Remote
Networks branch is removed from the Tree View, and all related
menu items and Toolbar buttons are removed.
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Hide Gateway
Check this box to disable the Gateway function. The Gateway branch
is removed from the Tree View.
Disable Browse
Check this box to disable the Browse function. The Browse branch is
removed from the Tree View, the Toolbar button is removed and the
related menu item is removed.
Message on Disconnect
When checked, the Control user will be prompted to send a message
to the Client when disconnecting. This may be useful to notify the
user on the Client workstation that the Control user has finished
using the workstation and advise what action has been taken.
Use internal speaker for Beep
By default, the audible warning beep, which can be sent between
machines in functions such as Chat and View, comes from the PCs
internal speaker. There may be occasions when it is more appropriate
to use the workstations sound card to generate the beep through
speakers, in which case un-check this box.
Client List Read-only
Check this box to remove the ability to alter the Known Client List.
The Clients item is still available in the Tree View, but you cannot
modify or create new Clients.
Group List Read-only
Check this box to remove the ability to alter the Groups list. The
Groups item is still available in the Tree View, but you cannot modify
or create new groups.
Dial Directory Read-only
Check this box to remove the ability to alter the Remote Networks
list. The Remote Networks item is still available in the Tree View,
but you cannot modify or create new items.
Gateway Read-only
Check this box to remove the ability to alter the Gateway list. The
Gateway item is still available in the Tree View, but you cannot
modify or create new items.
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Shell Extension
NetSupport Manager integrates directly with Windows Explorer
allowing you to launch key functionality direct from your system
without needing to first start NetSupport.
Disable Shell Extension
Check this box to remove NetSupport functionality from the Explorer
shell.
Thumbnail
Thumbnail or Monitor Mode enables the Control to simultaneously
view multiple Client screens. The size of the Thumbnails and the
frequency at which the display is refreshed can be adjusted to suit
personal preferences. Select the required setting from the drop down
lists.
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Functions
This property sheet enables you to restrict the functionality that is
available to the Control.
Restrict Functionality
You can prevent the following features from appearing in the Control
profile by checking the appropriate boxes:
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Disable File Transfer
•
Disable Chat
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Disable Send Message
•
Disable Broadcast Message
•
Disable File Manager
•
Disable Duplicate Client Check*
•
Disable Quick Connect
•
Disable Remote Command Prompt
•
Disable Reboot
•
Disable Logoff
•
Disable Replay
•
Disable Execute
•
Disable Registry Editing (This option is disabled by default)
•
Disable Blank Screen
•
Disable Inventory
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* When browsing for Clients, NetSupport checks for duplicate Client
details, only connecting to the first occurrence of a particular
address. Depending on the setup of your network infrastructure
there may be instances where duplicate IDs are in use, so you can
disable the check using this option.
Remote Control
The following items disable the different view functions within the
NetSupport Manager Control.
•
•
•
•
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
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Help Request Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for receiving Help
Requests from Clients.
When a Help Request Arrives:
Highlight the Client in the Help Request List
Check this box to highlight the Client icon in the List View when a
Help Request is sent.
Display a Message
Check this box to have Help Request messages displayed on the
Control screen.
Play a Sound
Check this box to play a sound when a Client sends a Help Request.
Use the Browse function to specify the sound.
Control Status (for incoming Client Connections)
Available to take Help Requests
Check this box to be available to receive all incoming Help messages.
Not Available to take Help Requests
Check this box and not receive any Help messages.
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Busy at the moment
Check this box to be available to receive all incoming Help messages,
but not when connected to xxx number of Clients. Ensure that you
specify the number of Clients you need to be connected to, in order
to be considered busy.
Set Status to ‘Busy’ when connected to xxx or more than,
Clients
Ensure that you specify the number of Clients you need to be
connected to, in order to be considered busy.
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File Transfer Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for transferring
files. They allow you to alter the way in which information is
displayed, and enables you to set safety features such as
confirmation before performing a damaging operation.
If you are editing the Client settings, all changes you make will only
apply while you are connected to that Client. If you wish to make
your changes the Control default, check the Update Configuration
box.
Display Options
Show System/Hidden files
Check this box to display all files with System and Hidden attributes.
By default, this option is unchecked.
Show file details
Select this option to display multiple columns of information for each
file in the list. These show the file size, modified date, attributes and
short filename. You can toggle between this state and the filenames
only state, by using the list style buttons in the File Transfer User
Interface.
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Show file names only
Select this option to only display filenames in the file lists. This
allows you to display more files at the same time than with file
details. You can toggle between this state and the Details State, by
using the list style buttons in the File Transfer User Interface.
Confirm
When you perform potentially dangerous file operations, such as
deleting a directory or file you can make the Control display a
Confirmation dialog box. This helps prevent accidental loss of data.
If you are familiar with the User Interface, you can turn these options
off as required. By default, all the confirmation settings are turned
on.
Directory copy
Make the user confirm before copying a directory structure.
Directory delete
Make the user confirm before deleting a directory structure.
File overwrite
Display a confirmation dialog before overwriting one or more files.
File delete
Display a confirmation dialog before deleting one or more files.
Use Compression
Check this box to enable the use of compression. When you are
communicating with a Client, whether it is a File transfer, View or
Chat session, the data being sent and received will be compressed.
This also provides a means of security, as the data will also be
encrypted.
Delta File Transfer
Delta File Transfer improves performance by skipping the transfer of
information that is unchanged. If the file being transferred already
exists in the destination directory only the changed parts of the file
will be updated.
Delta File Transfer is enabled by default.
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Priority (when also Viewing)
When you are transferring files and viewing a Clients’ screen at the
same time, each operation impacts the performance of the other.
You can reduce the priority of a file transfer operation to make the
viewing more responsive and vice-versa. Slide the control to the left
to give the file transfer higher priority, or to the right to give Client
views higher priority. If you are not viewing a Client, this setting is
ignored.
Update Configuration Standard
Check this box to update the currently selected Configuration.
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File Location Settings
This property sheet provides configuration options for Client, Group,
Remote Networks, Tools and Scripting File Locations. This facility
allows a Control user to have unique Control files, enabling a Control
user to access their Control files from any Control workstation.
If you are editing the Client Settings, all changes you make will only
apply while you are connected to that Client. If you want your
changes to become the Control default, check the Update
Configuration box.
Client File
Use Browse to specify an alternative location for all Control’s, Client
details. To make files Read Only, check the Client List Read Only
check box, in the Control Configuration User Interface settings.
Group File
Use Browse to specify an alternative location for all profiled Control’s,
Group details. To make files Read Only, check the Group List Read
Only check box, in the Control Configuration User Interface settings.
Remote Networks File
Use Browse to specify an alternative location for all profiled Control’s,
Remote Network details. To make files Read Only, check the Dial
Directory Read Only check box, in the Control Configuration User
Interface settings.
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Tools File
Use Browse to specify an alternative location for all profiled Control’s,
Tool details. There is no facility to make these files Read Only.
Scripts File
Use Browse to specify an alternative location for all profiled Control’s,
Script details.
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Managing
Clients
and
In this chapter …
Add a new Client
Delete a Client
Rename a Client
Setting Client Properties
Creating a Group
Adding/Removing Clients in a Group
Setting Group Properties
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Add a new Client
NetSupport Manager maintains a database of all Known Clients.
These are stored in the Clients Folder in the Tree View and provide a
fast way to connect to those Clients without having to perform a
Browse.
You can also see additional information about the Client such as
names, contact numbers etc.
To populate the Known Clients database, do one of the
following
1. Use the Browse function to lookup available Clients and connect
to them. All required information about that Client will then be
stored in the Clients folder.
Or,
Choose {Client}{New} from the Control drop down menus and
manually enter the details.
2. You will then be prompted for the following information:
• The name of the Client;
• The Network Transport it is running under;
• The Network address of the Client.
At this point, you can choose to enter some additional information to
be stored with that Client's details.
The information you can
additionally store is:
•
•
•
•
An alternative name to be displayed at the Control for that
Client;
A text description about that Client;
A Contact Name;
A Contact telephone Number.
The newly created Client will now appear in the Clients Folder and be
displayed in the Clients List View.
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Delete a Client
As part of maintaining a database of Known Clients, good house
keeping requires deleting unused previously saved Clients from the
Clients Folder in the Control Tree View.
To delete a Known Client from the database
1.
2.
3.
Open the Clients Folder in the Tree View and select the required
Client.
Right click on the Client and choose Delete.
Or,
Choose {Client}{Delete} from the Control drop down menu bar.
The ‘Delete a Client’ dialog will appear and prompt for
confirmation.
Renaming a Client
Instead of displaying the Clients physical name, NetSupport allows
you to set a different name that will be displayed at the Control.
For example, a workstation running a Client may have a description
allocated by you such as Sales 2. This workstation may move to the
Accounts department and as such you wish to rename it as Accounts
3.
To Rename a Client
1. Open the Clients folder in the Tree View and select the required
Client.
2. Choose {Client}{Rename} from the Control Window drop down
menu bar.
Or,
Right click on the Client and choose Rename.
Or,
Right click on the Client icon and choose {Properties}{Details}.
Note: This only changes the stored name on the Control. It does not
affect the physical name of the Client that will be displayed at
another Control or if you do a Browse.
The Details Tab
Details about the person responsible for the Client workstation and
descriptions are displayed here. All of these fields are optional.
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Display Name
Use the Display Name to provide a friendlier name for the Client to be
displayed at the Control. By default, the physical Client name is
used.
Description
Enter a description for the Client, or some notes that may help in the
future.
Contact
This is the name of the person responsible for the maintenance of the
Client workstation. This is particularly useful on WAN’s where one
person may not be responsible for all Clients.
Phone Number
This is the contact telephone number for the person responsible for
the Client workstation, as supplied above.
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Setting Client Properties
You can store additional information about a Client workstation and
its User by completing the Properties sheet for the Client. This
information can then be viewed in the Detailed List View. You choose
which fields are displayed by using the {View}{Columns} function
from the Control Window drop down menu bar.
To Adjust Client Properties
1. Open the Clients Folder in the Tree View and select the required
Client.
2. Right click on the Client and choose {Properties}.
Or,
Choose {Client}{Properties} from the Control Window drop down
menu bar.
3. The Clients property sheet will be displayed.
The Client property sheet has three tabs: General, Details and
System Info. The System Info is only displayed once you have
connected to the Client.
The General Tab displays the following information:
•
The Physical Client name;
•
Its Network Address;
•
The transport it is using.
The Details Tab displays the following information:
•
The name you want displayed at the Control for this Client;
•
The Description that you want to associate with this Client;
•
The Contact name;
•
The Telephone Number.
The System Info Tab displays the following information:
•
What version of NetSupport Manager the Client is running;
•
What operating System it is running on;
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Creating a New Group
NetSupport allows you to organise Clients into Groups for easier
access and management. For example, you might group all the
Clients in the Accounts department in to a single group called
Accounts.
To Create a Group
1. Make sure that the required Clients have previously been
connected as this will store them in the Known Clients folder and
make them available for grouping.
2. From the Control Window drop down menu bar, choose
{Group}{New}.
Or,
Double click on the “Create a Group” icon in the Groups Folder.
3. This will display the Create New Group Wizard that will guide you
through the process of adding or removing Clients in your new
Group.
You can perform the following functions on Groups as a whole:
•
Show
•
Audio
•
File Distribution
•
Message
•
Execute
•
Reboot/Logout
•
Power On/Off
Adding/Removing Clients in a Group
NetSupport allows you to Group Clients together to allow easier
management.
For example, you may have a number of workstations all associated
with the Sales department. By placing each of the individual Clients in
a predefined group, you can then perform operations in a single
action to all members within that group.
To Add Clients to a Group
1. Select the Client in the List View.
2. Choose {Client}{Add to Group} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
3. Select the Group you want to add the Client to, click Add.
Or,
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1.
2.
3.
Open the Group Folder and right click on the Group you want to
add the Client to.
Choose {Properties- Members Tab}.
Select which Client you wish to add to the Group, click Add.
To Remove Clients from a Group
1. Open the Group Folder and right click on the Group you wish to
remove Clients from.
Or,
Choose {Group}{Properties- Members Tab} from the Control
Window drop down menu.
2. Select the Client(s) you wish to remove from the Group and click
Remove.
3. When you have finished adjusting the members of your Group,
click OK.
Setting Group Properties
Having created a Group you may be required to review or change its
name, description or members.
To adjust a Groups Properties
1. Open the Group Folder in the Tree View and select the required
Group.
2. Right click on the Group and choose Properties.
Or,
Choose {Group}{Properties} from the Control Window drop down
menu bar.
3. The Group Property sheet will be displayed.
The Group
Members.
Property
Sheet
has
two
tabs:
General
The General Tab displays the following information:
The name of the Group;
A description for the Group.
The Members Tab displays the following information:
Lists the Clients in the Group.
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Remote Communications
In this chapter …
Remote Communications Overview
Optimising Remote Connections
Setting up Remote Communications
The NetSupport Bridge
Setting up a Modem
Using NetSupport Over A Null Modem (Serial) Cable
Using NetSupport over the Internet
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Remote Communications Overview
NetSupport Manager supports communications over modems, the
Internet, ISDN or direct serial links on all protocols and operating
systems. You can either use NetSupport’s own Remote
Communications programs or a third party remote access product
such as Microsoft’s Remote Access Server.
Accessing remote workstations for remote control, has never been
easier.
If you are using NetSupport’s own Remote Communications programs
to dial-in to a Client workstation or network, you must install the
NetSupport Bridge on the Client workstation or a workstation on that
network, and the NetSupport Remote option on the workstation that
is to be used as the Control to dial-out.
The Bridge and Remote modules provide an interface that allows the
Control to connect to remote Clients, as if it were on the same LAN.
However, neither the Control nor the Client workstation needs to be
physically attached to a LAN.
Optimising Remote Connections
Performance is naturally affected when communicating with a Client
over a dialup link. To get the most out of your remote connections
follow these simple steps.
Use the highest speed modems you can.
Set the Mouse Delay to the highest possible level.
Ensure the modems are configured correctly, use the modem
diagnostics and logging to check the throughput.
Use a large cache at the Client and Control. Specifying a large
cache means the Control can store more areas of the screen
locally without having to ask the Client to send them again.
Make sure NetSupport’s compression is turned on and the
modem's compression is disabled in Windows TAPI Setting.
Limit the colour depth to 16 colours. This means that all images
sent from the Client to the Control are 16 colour only. A high
colour bitmap can be 2 or 3 times the size of a 16-colour bitmap.
This will improve performance with the only side affect being
that images won’t look as good.
Run the Client in a reasonably low resolution. The lower the
resolution the less information the Client needs to send. If you
can work at 640x480 or 800x600 then set the Client to this. The
Control doesn’t have to be at the same resolution as the Client.
•
•
•
•
•
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Setting up Remote Communications
The sequence of events for establishing a remote communications
link is:
At the (Client) Remote End
1. Turn on the modem.
2. Load the Client Bridge. This process can be automated so that the
Bridge is automatically loaded when NetSupport is initialised. See
‘Client Configuration Dialin Bridge Settings’.
At the Control
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the modem.
Start
NetSupport
Control
program
and
choose
{Network}{Remote}{Dial - New}.
The Add a remote Network dialog will be displayed. This dialog
prompts you through the process of creating a remote Network
profile.
You must enter the following information:
•
The Name that the connection will be known as.
•
The Telephone Number of the NetSupport Bridge to Dial.
•
The Transport, IPX, NetBIOS or TCP/IP to be used.
Once a dial-up or serial link has been established, operation is the
same as on a LAN.
If you are using RAS or another third party remote Access product
then simply make the dial-up networking connection before starting
the Control and use the Control as if it were on the Local LAN.
Note: In order for the connection to work, you must ensure that the
corresponding NetSupport Bridge has been set up on the
Remote Network or Standalone workstation.
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The NetSupport Bridge
When loaded on a networked workstation, the NetSupport Bridge
provides access to all other Clients, whatever their operating system,
on the same network.
Likewise all NetSupport Controls, whatever the operating system, can
dial into all versions of the Bridge program.
To load a Bridge
The NetSupport Bridge is loaded with a standard Client to provide
access to all workstations on the network. You use the NetSupport
Configurator to set up the bridge:
1.
2.
3.
Start the NetSupport Client Configurator on the workstation
that will be used as the Bridge.
Choose {Connectivity - Dial-in Bridge}.
Follow the instructions in Configuring a NetSupport Bridge.
Effect
A Control can dial-in and take control of any Clients on that remote
network which are running on the same protocol as the Bridge. It is
possible to have the Bridge running on one protocol and the Client on
another, however, in this case the Control will not be able to access
the Client as the Bridge.
Use this option if
You wish to provide dial in access to this workstation or a NetSupport
Client on the same Network.
Note: To
configure
the
Control
Bridge
choose
{Network}{Configure}{Connectivity – Remote Dialup} from
the Control Window drop down menu, or Click Settings on the
Toolbar.
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Setting up a Modem
At the Control
1. Choose {Tools}{Configurations}{Settings} from the Control
Window drop down menu if updating a specific Control profile.
or
Click Settings on the Control Window Toolbar if updating the
Standard Control profile.
2. Select Connectivity – Remote Dialup .
3. Select a Modem.
At
1.
2.
3.
the Client
Start the NetSupport Client Configurator, Basic or Advanced.
Select Connectivity - Dial-in Bridge.
Check the Bridge box and complete the form.
To adjust modem settings
Choose {Start}{Settings}{Control Panel}{Modems}.
Notes
•
The adapter number used for dialling into a NetSupport Bridge is
configured slightly differently to those used for connecting to a
Client. The adapter number you set is the adapter number
configured at the Bridge workstation. This is why the Remote
Network wizard and Properties dialog displays all adapters and
not just those set at the Control.
•
Use the Configurator at the Bridge workstation to determine the
adapter number to use, then set this same adapter number at
the Control for the Remote Network object.
•
If you attempt to dial a NetBIOS NetSupport Bridge and the
adapter number is incorrect the connection will fail and an error
message will be displayed.
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Using NetSupport Over A Null Modem (Serial)
Cable
If you do not have network adapters or modems, you can use a nullmodem (serial) cable over dial-up networking to connect a
NetSupport Control and Client.
Installing / configuring a serial cable device
In order to establish the connection between the two machines you
must install and configure a serial cable device, the following section
provides the steps required to do this on each operating system.
Windows Me/9x and Windows NT 4.0
The serial cable device is installed in the Modem utility in Control
Panel and is listed under [Standard Modem Types] as "Dial-Up
Networking Serial Cable between 2 PCs.". You will have to add this
device manually as it will not be detected automatically.
The serial cable device is configured in the System utility in Control
Panel. Click the Device Manager tab, double-click Modems, and then
double- click Serial Cable On ComX (where 'x' is the COM port where
your cable is attached.) Make sure the speed set here matches the
speed of the machine that will be attached to the other end of the
serial connection.
Windows 2000
The serial cable device is installed in the Modems tab within the
Phone and Modem options utility in Control Panel and is listed under
[Standard Modem Types] as "Communications cable between two
computers". You will have to add this device manually as it will not be
detected automatically.
The serial cable device is configured in the System utility in Control
Panel. Click the Device Manager tab, double-click Modems, and then
double- click Serial Cable On ComX (where 'x' is the COM port where
your cable is attached.) Make sure the speed set here matches the
speed of the machine that will be attached to the other end of the
serial connection.
For additional information on null-modem (serial) cables, such as the
proper pin-out configuration to work with the setups above, please
see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q142324 Cables That Are Compatible With Direct Cable Connection
Windows XP
Please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base
HOW TO: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection Between Two Windows
XP-Based Computers (Q305621)
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Configuring the NetSupport Client to listen for connections
over the Serial cable
The NetSupport Client Bridge provides the interface between
NetSupport Client and serial cable connection thus allowing the
NetSupport Control to connect.
To configure the NetSupport
following at the Client.
Client
Bridge
perform
the
1. Start the NetSupport Configurator, {Start} {Programs}
{NetSupport} {NetSupport Configurator}.
2. Select the Basic or Advanced Configurator followed by
Connectivity-Dial-in Bridge.
3. Choose the Transport protocol to run NetSupport over.
4. Choose whether to Load the Bridge at Startup.
5. In the Modem Section select the Serial cable device as installed
above.
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Configuring the NetSupport Control to connect to a NetSupport
Client over a Serial cable
The NetSupport Control must firstly be configured to use the serial
cable connection as follows:
1.
Start the NetSupport Control, {Start} {Programs} {NetSupport}
{NetSupport Control}
2. Select {Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
3. Choose Connectivity-Remote Dialup.
4. In the Modem Section select the Serial cable device as installed
above.
5. Click Ok and followed by Close to exit the configuration dialog.
You must then configure a Remote Network to Dial the Client at the
other end of the serial cable.
1. Select {Network}{Remote}{New} from the Control Window drop
down menu.
2. The "Add a remote Network" Dialog will be displayed.
3. Enter a name for the connection and a description if you wish and
click Next.
4. Enter 0 as the Telephone Number of the NetSupport Bridge to
Dial.
5. In the Connectivity section select the Network transport to be
used (this must be the same as that configured at the Client
Bridge)
6. Once a dial up or serial link has been established, operation is the
same as on a LAN.
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Using NetSupport over the Internet
NetSupport Manager works across the Internet in much the same way
as it does across Dialup Networking. It can be done to workstations
with a static connection across a LAN or to a dialup account with ISP.
If your workstation can “see” a workstation running NetSupport you
can connect to it, whether this is on the internet, via remote
communications, a RAS Dialup Link or on your local LAN/WAN.
Note:
While the following procedure can be used, NetSupport also
provides a convenient Internet Gateway feature delivering
web based remote control without the need for modifications
to existing Firewall configurations.
To remote control a Client over the Internet
1. Connect both the Control and the Client to the Internet.
2. Choose {Client}{Quick Connect} from the Control Window drop
down menus.
3. In the Quick Connect dialog, choose to connect via TCP/IP
address and type in the IP address of the Client you wish to
connect to. You should then be able to control as normal.
Finding an IP Address
The easiest way to find the IP address of the Client is to use the
command line ipconfig.
DHCP
Workstations connecting via a modem link to an ISP will normally
have a different IP address assigned to them each time they connect.
You will therefore need to find out their address each time you wish
to connect. This is done using the command line ipconfig.
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ActiveX Control
In this chapter …
ActiveX Control
Web Extensions
PCIAX.CAB – Cabinet File
ActiveX Control – HTML Examples
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ActiveX Control
It is possible to remote control a NetSupport Client using an Internet
Browser. This is obtained through an ActiveX Control. All that is
required is an Internet Server and an HTML page with the imbedded
ActiveX Control.
The ActiveX Control program is installed by default as the CABinet
file: PCIAX.CAB. NetSupport also provides appropriate HTML pages,
Control.htm and View.htm, accessible in \\program files\netsupport
manager\web, which use the available ActiveX functions.
Note: View.htm requires Web Extensions enabling in the target
Clients Configurator. Control.htm provides more flexibility in
that it does not rely on individual Clients having Web
Extensions enabled.
1.
Launch Internet Explorer and type in the Clients IP address
followed
by
Control.htm
or
View.htm.
For
example,
‘HTTP://10.0.0.1/CONTROL.HTM’.
or
Load Control.htm directly from the program folder and enter the
IP Address here.
Note: NetSupport Manager’s ActiveX Control will not work with
Netscape.
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How to Access the Client as an Internet Server
The Client Internet Server is accessed from an Internet Browser by
typing its IP address and port number in the browsers address field,
and specifying the HTML page to download. The Internet Browser
attempts to connect to the Internet Server at this address.
When the Control connects, it is connecting to the Internet Server
section of the Client. It then requests the HTML document to be
downloaded. The Client looks for this file in its Internet Server
Directory.
If the HTML is found, the Client starts sending it to the browser. As it
does, it looks for the variables in the HTML and replaces them as it
goes. When the browser has received the entire page, it processes it
locally to determine what to do.
When the Control comes across the <OBJECT>...</OBJECT> tag it
checks in its registry to see if it has an ActiveX Control registered
with this GUID. If it does then it is loaded and created on the Internet
page. If it isn't available it checks in the object tag to see if there is a
code base, this gives the browser an HTTP address where it can
download the necessary Control. An additional piece of information
supplied is the version number. Even if the Control is installed locally
it will check its version number against the one in the Internet page
to determine if it has the correct version, if not it will attempt to
download and install a new version.
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Web Extensions
It is possible to configure a Client as an Internet Server, which will
supply simple Internet pages as HTML.
Additionally, the Client interprets certain variables when processing
the HTML.
These are:
$CLIENTNAME$
$CLIENTADDR$
$IPADDRESS$
$HSCREENRES$
$VSCREENRES$
Is replaced with the name of the Client
Is replaced with the address of the Client
Is replaced with the TCP/IP address of the
Client workstation
Is replaced with the Horizontal screen
resolution
Is replaced with the Vertical screen resolution
These variables can appear anywhere within the HTML served by the
Client Internet Server.
PCIAX.CAB – Cabinet File
The Cabinet file contains three files:
pciax.inf
This installs/uninstalls the necessary files.
pciax.dll
The ActiveX Control.
tcctl32.dll
NetSupport Manager TCP/IP Transport DLL.
When this file is downloaded the browser checks to see if its safe. It
does this by checking to see if the file has a digital certificate, this
doesn't guarantee that the Control is safe but it does guarantee that
the Control hasn't been modified (with a virus or other malicious
code). This file is created by NetSupport LTD and signed using a
certificate and private key.
The certificate simply guarantee’s that the binary file hasn't changed
or been modified since NetSupport LTD signed it.
If the User trusts NetSupport LTD and continues with the download
the files are extracted and the install file: pciax.inf is executed. This
copies the files to a PCIAX folder under the SYSTEM directory. It then
registers the Control in the registry making it available.
The browser then attempts to load the newly downloaded Control and
create an instance of it to place on the Internet page.
The window_onLoad sub routine is then executed at the beginning of
the HTML, and the Client’s screen will appear.
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The following is some typical HTML which use all of the variables
available with Client Web Extensions.
<html>
<head><script LANGUAGE="VBScript">
Sub window_onLoad()
call CTLAX.Init("*")
CTLAX.Client = "$CLIENTADDR$"
call CTLAX.Connect()
CTLAX.ScaleToFit = 0
call CTLAX.View(2)
end sub
Sub CTLAX_Disconnect()
alert "Client " & CTLAX.Client & " has disconnected!"
end sub
</script>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>NetSupport Active Control - Viewing $CLIENTNAME$</title>
</head>
<body>
<p>Viewing Client $CLIENTNAME$ - $CLIENTADDR$</p>
<p>
<object ID="CTLAX" WIDTH="$HSCREENRES$" HEIGHT="$VSCREENRES$"
CLASSID="clsid:04F26A51-3DA8-11D2-B8FC-00104B4F4F6A"
standy="Please Wait.. Loading PCIAX Control"
codebase="http://$IPADDRESS$/pciax.cab#version=1,0,0,2">
</object>
</p>
</body>
</html>
The first piece of HTML that handles the Control is at the beginning.
<script LANGUAGE="VBScript">
Sub window_onLoad()
call CTLAX.Init("*")
CTLAX.Client = "$CLIENTADDR$"
call CTLAX.Connect()
CTLAX.ScaleToFit = 0
call CTLAX.View(2)
end sub
Sub CTLAX_Disconnect()
alert "Client " & CTLAX.Client & " has disconnected!"
end sub
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</script>
This is some VBScript that sets up and communicates with the
Control. Sub window_onLoad is a standard event that is called when
the Internet Page is loaded.
The following commands are executed during this function, CTLAX is
the identifier of the Control as defined in the <OBJECT> tag below:
CTLAX.Init("*") Initialises the Control where * means use workstation name.
CTLAX.Client = "$CLIENTADDR$" Sets the address of the Client to connect to,
this is in the usual NSM format - ">10.0.0.5:5405"
CTLAX.Connect() Attempts to connect to the client
CTLAX.ScaleToFit = 0 Turns scale to fit off (as the Control will be set to the
size of the Client's screen).
CTLAX.View(2) Views the screen in Share mode, 1 is watch, 3 is Control and 0
is stop viewing.
The second sub routine, CTLAX_Disconnect, is an event provided by
the PCIAX Control, this will be called if the Client is disconnected, it
simply displays a message warning the User.
The main body of the page is some text with an embedded object.
The embedded object is crucial.
<object ID="CTLAX" WIDTH="$HSCREENRES$" HEIGHT="$VSCREENRES$"
CLASSID="clsid:04F26A51-3DA8-11D2-B8FC-00104B4F4F6A"
standy="Please Wait.. Loading PCIAX Control"
codebase="http://$IPADDRESS$/pciax.cab#version=1,0,0,2">
</object>
This tells the Internet Browser that the Internet page contains an
embedded binary object and it should attempt to create one locally.
The OBJECT tag has the following parameters:
ID
WIDTH/HEIGHT
CLASSID
STANDBY
CODEBASE
Gives the Control an identifier that we can use
elsewhere on the Internet page.
Specifies the width and height of the Control,
these will be replaced with the actual screen
resolution of the Client.
The GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) this is
unique to NetSupport.
Text that is displayed while the Control loads.
Tells the browser where to find the Control and
its version if it isn't already installed.
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NetSupport Scripting
In this chapter …
NetSupport Scripting Overview
Starting the Scripting Editor
Creating a simple Script
Scheduling and running a Script
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NetSupport Scripting Overview
NetSupport includes a powerful Scripting Language and Scheduler
that allows you to automate the tasks you would normally perform
repetitively in the NetSupport Control.
For example, you might set up a Script that runs unattended
overnight to connect to a number of remote NetSupport Clients and
upload or download files to them.
This is a simple case, but the Scripting also contains a wealth of
Desktop Management functions such as the ability to interrogate
Clients and retrieve information such as their free disk space; what
operating system they are running etc.
You could even use NetSupport Scripting to distribute applications by
using a combination of File Transfer, Remotely Execute Applications
and edit the Registry.
Anything that you do manually with NetSupport Manager you can do
automatically with NetSupport Scripting.
The following are just a few of the highlights: •
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A powerful structured language
A wide range of text manipulation functions
The ability to work with multiple connected Clients
Local and remote operations are supported
Full logging of activities
The ability to supplement the system log with your own log
messages
All of the security features associated with the 32-bit control are
available
Your Scripts will not contain visible human readable passwords
to develop your Scripts.
A full description of the Script Editor can be found in the on-line help.
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Starting the Script Editor
The Scripting Editor allows you to edit and create automated
NetSupport Manager Scripts.
To start the Script Editor
1. Choose
{Start}{Programs}{NetSupport}{NetSupport
Editor}.
2. The Script Editor Main Window will appear.
Script
The Script Editor is divided into four main sections:
The Menu Bar and Toolbar.
The Command Window.
Edit dialog Window.
Script Output Frame.
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Creating a simple Script
NetSupport Scripting contains so many functions that it is not
possible to cover them all in a brief guide like this. Instead, we will
take you systematically through creating, testing and running a
simple Script. You can then explore the full functionality yourself.
To create a Script
1. Choose {File}{New} from the Scripting drop down menu bar.
2. A new Text Window, in which you will create your Script, will
appear.
3. Double click on the Functions Folder and then again on Clients
sub-folder. A list of functions relating to the Client will be
displayed.
4. Select a function and holding down your mouse, drag and drop it
into the Script dialog Window.
5. A dialog box will appear, prompting you for the variables you
need to enter.
6. Select a transport for the Script to run on by selecting the
SetTransport function, drag and drop it into the Script dialog
Window.
7. A dialog box will appear, prompting you to set a transport.
8. Select which transports you wish to use and click OK. The correct
syntax will automatically be inserted in the Script.
9. Select the Connect function, drag and drop it into the Script
dialog Window.
10. Enter the Client(s) workstation to connect to and run your Script
over.
11. Continue in this manner until you have completed your Script.
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Notes
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To access help on any function, select it, right click and choose
‘Display Help On …’.
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It is advisable to regularly check the syntax of your Script,
choose {Run}{Check Syntax} from the drop down menus. The
Script will then be checked and the results displayed in the
output frame at the bottom of the screen.
Scheduling and Running a Script
You schedule a Script to run, using the NetSupport Scripting Agent.
Start this from the NetSupport program Group.
The Scripting Agent contains many functions for tailoring the
schedule to your exact needs. You create a schedule by choosing
{Script}{Add} and selecting or adding the details you want in the
Schedule dialog.
You can set many Scripts to run in the same schedule. You can even
set the running of one Script to depend on the results from another.
NetSupport Scripting is an exceptionally powerful tool and there are
an almost unlimited number of ways on which it can be used. Here
are just a few ideas for you to consider: •
Connect to Clients at remote sites overnight via a dial-up link
and retrieve there days Sales.
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Connect to every Client on the Local LAN and retrieve its free
disk space. Raise an alert if it is less than a certain limit.
•
Send a command to every Client to log in to the File Server and
download a database.
•
Send a message to all Clients to be read by the Users first thing
in the morning.
•
Download an application overnight
Command to run its Set-up.
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Update your NetSupport Clients to the latest version.
and
use
the
Execute
The list is endless.
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Technical Reference
In this chapter …
Unloading a Client
Restarting a Client
Using Compression Effectively
Using Client Cache Effectively
Remote Client Inventory
Using NetSupport’s Security Features Effectively
Understanding IP Addresses
Understanding IPX Addresses
Using Command Line Instructions
Integration with Active Directory
Installing a NetSupport Client on Pocket PC Devices
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Unloading a NetSupport Client
Should you wish to unload the NetSupport Client on Windows
ME/98/95, you can obtain a utility called Clunload.exe from our
company website.
For NT/2000/XP
1. Use Net Stop Client32 from the command line.
Restarting a Client
In order to save any changes made to a Profile the file Client32.INI
must be saved. Once saved, Windows should be restarted for these
changes to take effect. On Windows XP, 2000 and NT you can stop
and start the Client32.INI from the Client Configurator dialog box.
To save changes made to a Profile
1. Choose {Save} from the File drop down menu in the Client
Configurator dialog box.
To restart the Client from the Client Configurator dialog box
1. Click on the Restart button on the toolbar.
2. A general information and licence NetSupport dialog box will
appear.
Or,
1.
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3.
4.
5.
From the File drop down menu, choose Stop Service.
A dialog box will appear informing you that the Client32 Service is
being stopped.
From the File drop down menu, choose Restart Service.
A dialog box will appear informing you that the Client32 Service is
being started.
A general information and licence NetSupport dialog box will
appear.
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Using Compression Effectively
Compression can be configured to three different settings, on, off or
always. When compression is turned on, screen data and file transfer
operations are compressed. However, if a file is transferred that is
already stored compressed (such as a zipped file or certain graphic
files) NetSupport will stop trying to compress it further after
64KBytes. If Use Compression is turned on the file is compressed no
matter what its internal structure is, this can be useful for encrypting
the file.
The compressing and decompressing of the information takes time.
On a dial up link the overhead of compressing and decompressing is
minimal compared to the transfer speed of the modems. However, on
a local LAN, if either the Control and/or Client are low specification
workstations the time taken to compress, transfer the data and then
decompress can be greater than just sending the information directly.
In this case, it is probably better to turn compression off.
You can use the Compression Tab in the About box to determine if file
and screen information is being compressed efficiently. Time copying
files of known sizes to determine if compression is speeding up your
connection to the Client.
Using Cache Effectively
NetSupport can store areas of the Client screen in local memory. This
enables the Control to determine whether it needs to get the area
from the Client (relatively slow) or from local memory (fast), this is
commonly referred to as a cache.
The Client and Control use the same size cache, the size of the cache
for the Client is set via the Configurator, the size of the Control cache
is set in the View settings. The lower of the Control and Client values
is used.
Use the Cache tab of the About box to determine how efficiently the
cache is currently working. If the hit rate is low then not many items
have been requested from the cache (or your remote control session
has not been very intensive). You could save memory by reducing the
size of the cache. If the hit rate is high then the cache is being used
heavily. In this case you may like to increase the size of the cache to
speed up the remote control session.
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The cache on the Control is created for each Client when it is viewed,
bear this in mind if you regularly view multiple Client’s screens. If
each Client has a 4Mbyte cache and you view 6 of them, the Control
will allocate 24Mb of memory. If the total size of all the caches
exceeds you physical memory size then the operating
system will start paging memory to disk, this will affect the
performance of the cache.
If you have Clients with different cache sizes set, configure the
Controls to be as big as the largest Client setting. That way the
Control will always allocate the largest cache the Client can support.
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Remote
Client
Inventories
Hardware
and
Software
For many support teams an important part of the problem resolution
process is knowing not only what platform the workstation is running,
but its hardware specifications and the applications installed on the
workstation. For this reason, NetSupport Manager provides the tools
to supply a full inventory of the remote workstation.
In addition to its sophisticated hardware/software reporting, where
over 50 items of information are collected specifically about the
hardware or environment of the client PC, you can obtain details of
applications in memory, installed hot-fixes, processes running and
installed services.
As well as the real-time reporting, NetSupport Manager also provides
the tools, security permitting, to allow you to remotely stop and start
services, end applications and more.
Note: In order to use the HTML based features within NetSupport’s
Inventory options, Internet Explorer 4 or above is required.
To Retrieve A Client Inventory
1. Select the required Client icon in the Control Window List View.
2. Choose {Client}{Inventory} from the Control Window drop down
menu.
or,
Right click on the Client icon and choose Inventory.
or,
Choose the Inventory icon from the toolbar.
Or,
While Viewing the Client screen, choose the Inventory icon from
the View Window toolbar.
3. The Inventory Window for the selected Client will appear.
Notes:
•
If a Client is not selected, an inventory of the local machine will
be retrieved.
•
Once collected, the various Client inventories are stored locally
in the NetSupport Manager program folder meaning that you do
not need to be connected to the target PC to be able to view the
information at a later date. Simply select the required Client
from the List View and choose the Inventory option. However, if
you subsequently want to refresh the inventory you do need to
connect to the target PC.
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The Inventory Window
The Inventory Window is the primary interface for accessing the
wealth of information that NetSupport’s inventory feature provides.
The Window is organised as follows:
The Title Bar
This displays the name of the remote Client PC, or if a Client was not
selected, the Local machine, whose system inventory is being viewed.
The Menu Bar
Contains a series of drop down menus that can be used to access the
various tools and configuration utilities.
The Toolbar
The Tool Bar contains shortcuts to many of the most frequently used
tasks and tools. Clicking on an individual item takes you straight to
that task or function, eliminating the need to work through the drop
down menus. Positioning the cursor over an icon will display a brief
description of its function.
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Hardware Tab
Over 50 items of information are collected specifically about the
hardware or environment of the client PC, providing all the key
information needed to assist in speedy problem resolution.
Note: The Inventory functions included with NetSupport Manager
are designed to run over TCP/IP. The Network adapter details
will not be displayed if TCP/IP is not installed.
Software Tab
Provides a full software inventory report for any selected client PC.
Includes the name of each installed product, the manufacturer,
product icon, version number and even the associated exe file.
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Hot-Fixes Tab
NetSupport scans for and checks the status of any ‘hot fixes’ that
have been installed on the selected Client workstation. The hot fix ID
is listed along with its status. The hot fix ID links to the appropriate
Microsoft support page where details of the fix can be found.
When verifying the status of each fix, NetSupport returns one of
three indicators:
Verifies that the fix is present on the target PC and is current.
An expected file may not be present or is not the correct
version. It would be advisable to install the fix again.
NetSupport was unable to gather the required information for
it to be able to verify the status.
Applications Tab
The detection process uses NetSupport’s new "intelliscan" technology
to locate currently running applications on the target system rather
than relying on the OS Add/Remove Records option. You need to be
connected to the target PC in order to retrieve the information. The
Control can choose to close a selected application from the list if
required.
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Processes Tab
Provides a list of processes currently running on the target PC. You
need to be connected to the target PC in order to retrieve the
information. The Control can choose to close a selected process from
the list if required.
Note: The close process/application features are disabled by
default. To enable, choose Advanced Client Configurator Access Privileges.
Services Tab (NT/2000/XP only)
Provides a list of services currently running on the target PC. If you
are not connected to the Client, this tab will not be displayed. The
Control can stop and start services as required, unless this facility has
been disabled in the Advanced Client Configurator - Access Privileges
dialog.
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Using
NetSupport’s
effectively
Security
features
NetSupport has a large number of security features that can be used
to restrict access to the Control and Client. Knowing how these work
together and their limitations is useful when planning your security
policy.
Firstly, we recommend that if you want to restrict access to or protect
a Client you do it at the Client, not at the Control.
There are a number of reasons for this. If the workstation contains
sensitive information that you want to protect it is likely that the
workstation will have some physical security measures. Perhaps it is
located in a locked room, a restricted area or maybe it has some local
security measures. For example, it runs NT using NTFS)
It doesn’t matter how good the NetSupport Client’s security is if
people can just walk up to the workstation and access the
information.
We recommend the following measures are used to secure a
NetSupport Client. They are ranked from most secure to least secure.
See the help in the Client Configurator for more information.
Physically protect access to the workstation.
Use a secure operating system such as NT and use its security to
protect the workstation locally. i.e. use NTFS and User profiles
for NT.
Store the Client Configuration files in a secure area such as NT
Server.
Set Client Profiles that restrict the access rights that individual
Control Users or Groups of Users have to what they actually
need.
Set a security key at the Control and Client. This only allows
Controls to connect to the Client only if they have the same
security key. For example, you can use this function to provide
someone in a department with access to their departments’
workstations only.
Use the audit log/event log so you can determine who has
connected and when.
Disable features at the Client that you know the Control User will
not need. For example, disable File Transfer or set Watch Only if
you don’t want people to manipulate the screen.
For NT Client Workstations use the NT Security features such as
validate USERID.
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Set a password on the Configurator and restrict access to who
can run it.
Password protect the Control workstation and set Control profiles
for individual Users.
Set restrictions in the Control Profile for accessing certain
features like File Transfer, Viewing, Show etc.
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Understanding IP Addresses
An IP address is made up of 4 bytes, each byte being made up of
eight bits, which can have a value of 1 or 0. This gives possible IP
addresses of 0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255.
Each IP address is also split into two portions, a network portion,
which identifies the network the device is on, and the local or host
portion, which identifies a particular device.
The subnet mask defines the position of this split between the
network and host portions of the address, which is associated with
the address. The subnet mask is also a four byte number. Each bit in
the subnet mask that is set to 1 denotes that the corresponding bit in
the IP address is part of the network portion.
For example if we have an IP address of 10.10.2.21 and a subnet
mask of 255.255.255.0
IP Address
Subnet Mask
10
.
10
.
2
.
21
255
.
255
.
255
.
0
IP Address In Binary
00001010.00001010.00000010.00010101
Subnet Mask in Binary
11111111.11111111.11111111.00000000
Network Portion Of IP
Address
00001010.00001010.00000010.00000000
Host Portion Of IP
Address
00000000.00000000.00000000.00010101
Network Portion Of IP
Address
Host Portion Of IP
Address
10
.
10
.
2
0
.
0
.
0
.
0
21
Therefore when we send an IP packet to 10.10.2.21 we are actually
sending a packet to device 21 on network 10.10.2.0
In the example above, the network 10.10.2.0 can have 256 host
addresses, 0 to 255. However, two of the host addresses, the first
and last, on each IP network are reserved. The reserved host address
with all bits set to 0 is the Network Address, and the one with bits set
to 1 is the broadcast address.
In our example network of 10.10.2.0
10.10.2.0 is the network address
10.10.2.255 is the broadcast address.
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When an IP packet is sent to a networks broadcast address each
device on the IP network will receive this packet.
It is this IP network broadcast address, which is used when
configuring NetSupport Manager Control to browse on an IP subnet
other than its own.
Understanding IPX Addresses
An IPX address is made up of two portions, a network portion, which
denotes which network a particular device is attached to, and a node
portion, which denotes the physical device on the network.
The network portion of an IPX address is an eight digit hexadecimal
number, valid network addresses ranging from 00000000 to
FFFFFFFF. There are no reserved IPX network numbers, however each
IPX network on an internetwork must have a unique network number.
The node portion of an IPX address is a 12 digit hexadecimal number,
this is normally the MAC (Media Access Control) address. The MAC
address is a unique number that is burnt into the EPROM of a network
card by the cards manufacturer
Below is an example of an IPX address
Network
Node
00000001 : 0000E8D67295
When configuring a NetSupport Manager Control to browse a remote
IPX network you must know the IPX network address of the remote
network.
The NetSupport Client can display the IPX network number of the IPX
network to which it is attached.
1.
From the Client Main Window select {Help}{About the Client}.
2.
Click Transports.
The IPX address is shown in full. Make a note of the network portion
of this address, it will be required when configuring the Control.
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Using Command Line Instructions
The NetSupport Control program, PCICTLUI.EXE, can be called from
the command line. A range of parameters are available, enabling you
to create shortcuts to many commonly used tasks.
Using these parameters you can, for example, create different Control
profiles, set-up a connection to specific Clients, and then create a
desktop icon to automatically execute the commands when required.
NetSupport Command Line Options
At the command line run ‘PCICTLUI.exe’, from the NetSupport
Program folder, followed by the appropriate parameters:
/N
Loads a specific Control Configuration. (Created using
{Tools}{Configurations} from the Control Window drop down
menu)
Note: When using control configuration profiles, it is advisable
to password protect the configuration and keep the
standard configuration unchanged to avoid locking
yourself out of the control.
Syntax
PCICTLUI /NPROFILE NAME (where profile name = the
stored configuration name)
/F
Used with /N, restricts the control to only use the specified
profile. By including this parameter, you prevent the Control
User from being able to alter or add configurations.
Syntax
PCICTLUI /N/FPROFILE NAME
/C
Connect to a specific Client by name or address.
Syntax
PCICTLUI /CNN.NN.NN.NN (where NN.NN.NN.NN = the IP
Address or name of the required Client)
/V
Used in conjunction with /C, opens the View Window, in share
mode, of the connected Client.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /V
/VC Opens a View Window to the connected Client in Control Mode.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /VC
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/VW Opens a View Window to the connected Client in Watch Mode.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /VW
/VS Opens a View Window to the connected Client in Share Mode.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /VS
/E
Used in conjunction with the /V options, opens the View
Window without loading the Control. When the View Window is
closed, the remote control session ends.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE
PCICTLUI.EXE
PCICTLUI.EXE
PCICTLUI.EXE
/G
/CNN.NN.NN.NN
/CNN.NN.NN.NN
/CNN.NN.NN.NN
/CNN.NN.NN.NN
Connect to a defined group of Clients on startup.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /GNNNNN
name)
/D
/V /E
/VC /E
/VW /E
/VS /E
(where NNNNN = the Group
Dial into a Remote Network. Can be used in conjunction with /C
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /DNNNNN /Cxxxxx (where NNNNN = the
name of the Remote Network and xxxxx = the name of the
Client to connect to)
/U
Specify the protocol to use. Use IP for IPX/SPX, TC for TCP/IP,
and NBn for NETBIOS where n = the stack 0-7.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /Unb1 (where nb1 = netbios stack 1)
/R
Display a NetSupport replay file.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /RNNNNN.rpf
name)
/A
(where NNNNN.rpf = the file
Open a Chat session with a selected Client.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /A
/I
Retrieves a Hardware/Software Inventory from the selected
Client machine.
Syntax
PCICTLUI.EXE /CNN.NN.NN.NN /I
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Integration with Active Directory
NetSupport integrates with Microsoft’s Active Directory structure
enabling you to centrally manage Client configurations and launch
remote control sessions. By creating an appropriate Group Policy you
can apply standardised Client Configurations to Client machines
without the need to visit individual desktops.
To make the task a little easier NetSupport supplies a ready-made
Administrative Template, NSMMASTER.ADM, containing the
configurable options. When you install NetSupport the template is
copied to the NetSupport Manager program folder. In turn, you will
need to copy this to the folder containing any existing ADM
templates.
To Apply Client Configuration Changes via Active Directory
1. At the Domain Controller, select the Active Directory Users and
Computers tool.
2. Decide at which level to apply the policies, domain or
organisational. Right-click and select the Group Policy tab.
3. Select the desired policy to add the NetSupport template to and
click Edit.
or
Select Add to create a new Policy.
4. In the Group Policy Editor under Computer Configuration, select
Administrative Templates.
5. Right-click and select Add/Remove Templates.
6. Click Add and specify the location of NetSupport’s ADM file and
click Open. The new NetSupport policy will be added.
7. Click Close.
By default, each NetSupport policy option is disabled.
Each time you make a change to an option, the Group Policy refresh
interval will determine when it is applied to Client machines. If a
remote control session is not currently active, the Client will detect
any changes to it’s own Administrative template and restart,
applying the new settings. If a remote control session is open, the
Client will restart at the next available opportunity.
For an explanation of the Configuration options that are available,
refer to the Configuring The Client section.
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Note: Please refer to the NetSupport Web site support area,
www.netsupportsoftware.com/support
for
the
latest
information on Active directory policy files, instructions on
upgrading from previous versions and applying NetSupport
Client profiles within Active Directory.
Launching Remote Control Sessions
NetSupport’s integration with Active Directory also enables you to
perform a range of common remote control tasks.
In order to enable these features a NetSupport Manager installation
must be performed by at least one user who has Domain Admin
Rights.
1.
At the Domain Controller, select the Active Directory Users and
Computers tool.
2. Select the organisational unit where your computer accounts are
held.
3. Right-click on the required computer account and select the
required NetSupport operation.
Remote Control: Launches the Control and automatically opens
a View Window to
the selected Client
machine.
Chat:
Launches the Control and opens a Chat
session with the selected Client.
Inventory:
Retrieves a full Hardware/Software Inventory
from the selected Client machine.
The NetSupport Client can be configured to validate user connections
against members of Active Directory groups. See Configuring The
Client - User Validation.
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Installing a NetSupport Client on Pocket PC
Devices
Support for Windows CE compatible devices is provided enabling
installation of a NetSupport Client on Pocket PCs. A NetSupport
Manager Control can then connect in the usual manner and perform a
range of remote control tasks such as Chat, Message and File
Transfer.
An MSI Installer can be used with Microsoft™ ActiveSync to install the
Client on a Pocket PC Device that has WiFi wireless LAN capabilities.
1.
2.
Before installing NetSupport Manager for CE ensure that the basic
pre-requisites for your Pocket PC are in place. A relationship
between your Control PC and the hand held device should be
available and ActiveSync should be running.
With your Pocket device connected to the Control PC, run
NetSupport’s CE Installer. This is a downloadable utility. Please
visit our downloads area at www.netsupportsoftware.com.
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3.
4.
The installer will detect the pocket device and install a NetSupport
Manager CE Client. The usual Client icon will appear in the system
tray. The CE Client Configurator utility will be installed at the
Control PC in Program Files. The Pocket PC must be connected to
the Control in order to configure the Client options.
With the Client installed, the Control can connect and open a
standard view session.
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Installing
Platforms
a
NetSupport
Client
on
Linux
A NetSupport Client can be installed on Linux platforms, designed to
run on a Windows manager, enabling a Control to connect, view the
screen of the remote user and perform a variety of remote control
tasks.
Note: NetSupport
currently
supports
the
following
Distributions: Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE, and Mandrake.
1.
Linux
A downloadable ZIP file containing the installation script and
program files is available from our downloads area at
www.netsupportsoftware.com. (Full installation instructions will
also be available here)
2. Download to a directory on the Linux machine.
3. Extract the TAR BALL. A sub-directory called Install will be
created.
4. Point to the directory and run the installation. (As a Root User)
5. The NetSupport Client will install to /usr/nsm, providing a Linux
daemon.
6. At the NetSupport Control connect to the Client in the usual
manner.
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Glossary
ActiveX
The Microsoft portable application.
Attribute
Property of an object, such as a file or display
advice.
Audio Support
Communicate
announcements
hardware.
Auto-scroll
When Viewing a Client in a Window the area of
the Clients screen may be too large to display in
a Window. Auto-scroll provides an alternative to
scroll bars whereby the scrollbars are turned off
and the mouse position is used to re-locate the
screen. Another alternative is to turn on Scale to
Fit, which will resize the Clients screen to fit the
available View Window.
Available Client
A workstation
running on.
Baud rate
Number of times per second a signal changes in
a communications channel. This rate varies in
the number of bits it represents.
Bridge
A module loaded on any Client, either on a
standalone or networked workstation that
provides dial-in access to that workstation or to
any workstation on the same network with a
NetSupport Client running on it.
Broadcast
Packets
A packet broadcast to all workstations on a LAN
rather than being addressed to specific network
addresses.
Browse
A means of searching the Network to autodiscover all NetSupport Clients and their
Network addresses. Those found are displayed in
the Browse Folder of the Tree View. Once you
have connected to them they become Known
Clients and are stored in the Clients Folder. They
can then be used in later sessions without the
need to Browse for them.
with
Clients
or
using
preinstalled
that
a
NetSupport
make
Audio
Client
is
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Cache
A means of storing recently used data in
memory rather than having to regenerate or
retrieve from disk. NetSupport caches screen
information to reduce the need to re-send it over
the Network. The higher the cache the more
likely that the Client screen information will
already be available to the Control and therefore
the screen update time will appear faster.
CAPI
Common Application Programming Interface. An
application
programming
interface
for
communicating over ISDN lines.
Chat
An online communication method between a
Control and Client during a remote control
session. A dynamic dialog window appears on
each screen, both the Client and Control can
type simultaneously and the messages will
appear on both screens.
Client
The workstation that is to be taken over.
Compression
Method by which data is compacted for more
efficient transmission. Data is compressed
before
transmission
and
decompressed
afterwards.
Computer Name
A name typically used on Microsoft networks to
identify a particular workstation on the network.
Also called the Machine Name.
Configure
To set the security levels of a Client and Control
workstation.
Connected
Client
A network connection has been made between
the Client and Control workstation, that will
enable you to remotely control the Client
workstation.
Control
The workstation that is used to take over
another.
Control Mode
When a Client is being controlled in Control
mode only the user at the Control can enter
keystrokes and mouse movements. The user at
the Client is locked out.
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Delta File
Transfer
A method for improving performance when using
the File Transfer feature. If the file being
transferred already exists in the destination
directory, only changed parts of the file are
updated.
Dialup
networking
Connection in which a workstation calls a server
and operates as a local workstation on the
network.
Direct Serial
Link
A connection between two workstations via a
Null Modem Cable, operating as they would over
a telephone link.
Dual Channel
Bonding
A method for increasing bandwidth across an
ISDN line. An ISDN line typically provides two
channels, each of which can send/receive data
at 64Kbps. By using both channels at once,
calling the same location, you can double the
speed to 128Kbps. However, by using both
channels in this way, you are in effect making
two calls.
Encryption
A method or algorithm used to scramble data
being transferred to protect the data from being
intercepted by unauthorised persons.
Execute
To launch an application on a Client workstation.
The application must be installed or available to
the Client workstation.
File Distribution
To move or copy a file(s) from a Control
workstation to multiple Clients, simultaneously.
File Manager
To manage the files on the Control workstation.
File Transfer
To move or copy a file(s) from a Control
workstation to a Client.
Firewall
Software to protect a network from another
network (normally the Internet) where TCP/IP
packets are only sent on certain ports.
Full screen
mode
You can View a Clients screen in Windowed
Mode, which allows you to see the NetSupport
menus or Full Screen Mode. In full screen mode
the whole of the Control’s screen is used to
display the Clients screen.
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Gateway
A NetSupport component which provides a
stable and secure method for connecting Clients
and Controls via the Internet using HTTP.
Delivers web based remote control without the
need for modifications to existing Firewall
configurations.
Group
A sub-set of NetSupport Clients that have been
“Grouped” together for faster and easier access.
Placing Clients in a Group allows you to connect
to them in total and undertake actions such as
file transfer to multiple Clients simultaneously.
Groups are stored in the Group Folder.
Help Requests
An SOS message from a Client workstation to
advice that they require assistance. Clients can
specify which Control they send the help request
to and the Control can specify when they are
available to receive the message. Help Requests
appear in the Help Request folder in the Tree
View.
Hotkeys
Short cut key combinations, set in the Control
and Client Configurators.
HTTP
Hypertext Transfer Protocol. The protocol
used to transmit and receive all data over the
World Wide Web. A NetSupport Gateway uses
this
protocol
to
enable
connections
to
Clients/Controls across the Internet.
Icon
A picture or symbol that represents an object,
task, command or choice users can select by
pointing and clicking with a mouse.
Inactivity
timeout
If a connected Control has not carried out any
mouse, keyboard or file transfer activity for the
specified period of time, the Client will assume
that the connection is no longer required and
disconnect automatically.
Initialise
1. To prepare for use. 2. In communications, to
set a modem and software parameters at the
start of a session.
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Inventory
Can be run on a Client workstation, informing
you of the hardware specifications and the
applications installed on the workstation. See
‘Remote
Client
Hardware
and
Software
Inventories’ in the Technical Reference section of
this manual.
IP Address
Internet Protocol Address.
An IP address is a number that identifies each
sender or receiver of information that is sent in
a packet across a network or the internet.
Before a workstation can be remote controlled
using the TCP/IP transport, it’s IP Address must
be known to NetSupport. See also TCP/IP.
IPX/SPX
A network protocol developed by Novell to
enable
workstations
and
servers
to
communicate. IPX/SPX is a routable, connectionorientated protocol that uses the MAC Address of
the Network Adapter to uniquely identify the
workstation and a network number to identify
the network. SPX (Sequenced Packet Exchange)
adds reliability to IPX (Internetwork Packet
Exchange) by requesting acknowledgements to
transmitted data. Windows NT implements
IPX/SPX through NWLink.
Known Clients
Clients that have previously been connected to
and whose Network address is therefore Known.
Known Clients are stored in the Clients Folder in
the List View.
LAN
Local Area Network. A group of workstations and
other devises dispersed over a relatively limited
area and connected by a communications link
that enables any devise to interact with any
other device on the network.
Leased Line
Telephone line leased from a common carrier for
private use. A leased line is faster and quieter,
but generally more expensive than a switched
telephone line.
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List View
The List View displays the contents of the
currently selected Folder in the Tree View. You
can switch the display mode between icon and
detailed view. The information within the List
View can also be customised to show specific
information,
choose
{View}{Toolbar
Customise}.
Log
To record the activities and events that take
place on a workstation while it was remote
controlled. The records are stored in a data file.
Login
To identify the user, using a name and
password, to a workstation after connecting to it
over a communications line.
Logoff
To end a session with a workstation accessed
over a communications line. Also known as
‘Logout’.
MAC Address
Media Access Control. On a network, the MAC
address is a workstation's unique hardware
number. The MAC address is used by the Media
Access Control sublayer of the Data-Link Control
(DLC) layer of telecommunication protocols.
There is a different MAC sublayer for each
physical device type. The Data-Link Layer is the
protocol layer in a program that handles the
moving of data in and out across a physical link
in a network.
Machine Name
A name typically used on Microsoft networks to
identify a particular workstation on the network.
Also called the Computer Name.
Macro
See Script
Message
Way for a Control to communicate a message to
multiple Clients, simultaneously. A dialog
window appears on the Client screen, they must
click OK for the message to disappear.
Modem
Hardware used to allow workstations to
communicate over phone lines. It modulates a
digital signal from a workstation to an analogue
signal for transferral over phone lines.
Multimedia
Use preinstalled audio hardware to communicate
and available avi/mpg video files to demonstrate
to Clients.
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Multiple
Subscriber
Number (MSN)
A facility whereby you can have more than one
telephone number allocated to your ISDN line.
In the case of NetSupport, you may want to
restrict access to the Bridge to a specific MSN.
Named
Configuration
Configurations for different Control users. By
using a named configuration you can tailor the
amount of functionality that a Control user will
have according to their security level. For
example, you might configure one user to have
full functionality but another to have Watch only
capability.
NetBEUI
See NetBIOS
NetBIOS
A protocol used to enable workstations to
communicate in a Networked environment.
NetBIOS, referred to as NetBEUI in the Microsoft
environment, is a non-routable protocol suitable
for small LANs. In the Windows environment you
can load multiple NetBEUI stacks by attaching
them to different virtual adapters.
NetBIOS
Adapter
As you can have more than one NetBios stack
loaded, each stack is allocated an Adapter
Number by the operating system.So for
example, NetBEUI may be allocated Adapter 1,
NetBIOS over TCP Adapter 2 and so on.
Network
Address
Unique address for each entity on the network,
for example, server, workstation, router, printer.
Operating
System
NetSupport runs over all Windows operating
systems.
Physical Font
If a Client sends its screen information to a
Control that does not have the same or similar
fonts available, the Client will have to send the
Control the full information required to display
the data in the same font. Setting the ‘Send
Physical Fonts’ option in the Advanced Client
Configurator Remote Control options forces
TrueType text to be sent as glyphs (character
shapes), rather than as character codes. This
guarantees that they will be displayed correctly
at the Control. If Viewing a DOS or a Japanese
font, adjust the setting ‘Change DOS Font’ or
‘Change Japanese Font’ in the Control
Configuration View options.
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Port Number
When
communicating
over
TCP/IP,
an
application needs a Port Number to be able to
identify which packets are specifically for that
application. In the case of NetSupport, two
default ports are used depending on the type of
connection being made. The NetSupport Control
uses port 5405 to send IP requests to Clients,
the Client receiving incoming requests on the
same port. To enable a Client to call the Control,
port 5421 is used.If connecting to a NetSupport
Client/Control over the Internet or anywhere
that a router or firewall is involved it is
important that the routing device be configured
to allow packets on the appropriate NetSupport
port.
Power
Management
A technique that enables hardware and software
to minimise system power consumption.
Print Capture
Redirects printer output from a local printer at
the Client workstation to the printer or file at the
Control.
Profile
A configured file that enables or disables
functionality. By default NetSupport is installed
with a single profile called Standard that is
configured to allow full functionality.
Properties
Options that contain general contact, transport,
address and system information on the Client or
Group of Clients.
Protocol
See Transport
Proxy Servers
A method of using a server where workstations
run/use software on another workstation by
‘proxy’.
RAS
Remote Access Service is supplied with Windows
NT and provides a means of connecting a
remote workstation to a LAN using dial-up
networking. It supports IPX, NetBEUI and
TCP/IP. Once the connection has been made the
remote workstation effectively becomes part of
the LAN.
Remote
Communications
Interaction with a Client by a remote
workstation through a telephone connection or
another communications line.
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Remote Control
To control a Client workstation from a remote
workstation.
Remote Deploy
A NetSupport utility enabling NetSupport
Manager to be remotely installed and configured
on multiple workstations simultaneously.
Remote
Network
Connection
A connection over a NetSupport Dial-up Link as
opposed to over the LAN.
Remote
Networking
Connecting to a LAN from an external site by
means of a dial-up link.
Replay Files
A security video file that records all mouse
movements and keyboard actions of a Control
while they were connected to the Client. Replay
files can be stored locally at the Client or at the
Control.
Scale to Fit
See Auto-Scroll
Scan
Cycling through each connected Client displaying
its screen at the Control. This is an alternative to
Viewing multiple Clients simultaneously where
definition can be lost if scale to fit is used.
Scheduling
Scripts can be run unattended overnight using
the Scripting Agent.
Script
All NetSupport functions can be automated into
a script, saving time and money when running
repetitive tasks.
Security Key
An additional level of security that requires both
the Control and the Client to have the same
security key before the Client will allow a
connection.
Selected Client
When you click on the Client icon in the List View
the Client is selected for a ‘one-to-one’ session.
Multiple Clients can be selected simultaneously.
Settings
During any control session where you may be
working with more than one Client, you can
tailor how each Client interacts with the Control.
These settings only affect the Client during that
session. For example, on one Client you may
want to use compression because it is on a slow
link, but on another you may want to turn
compression off.
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Share Mode
When a Client is being controlled in Share mode
both the Client and Control can enter keystrokes
and mouse movements.
Show
Displaying the Controls screen on a connected
Client or Clients. This is the opposite of Viewing
the Clients screen at the Control.
Silent
Installation
An installation performed with no input from the
user. You must pre-configure the Defaults.Inc
file which is used to pre-set the options you
would normally be prompted for during
installation and Release.Ini file which enables
you to pre-set the Advanced Client Configuration
options.
Subnet
Subnetwork. See: Configuring the NetSupport
Control for Subnet Browsing.
TAPI
Telephony Application Program Interface. A
standard program interface that lets you and
your computer "talk" over telephones or video
phones to people or phone-connected resources
elsewhere in the world.
TCP/IP
Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. A
protocol used to enable workstations to
communicate in a Networked environment. It is
now the standard used across LAN’s, WAN’s, the
Internet and it provides fast routable packets.
Tickle Packets
Normally when a Client is connected to a
Control, they send each other a tickle packet
every 30 seconds. This provides a check that
the other end is still active and has not been
turned off or subject to a network failure. There
may be occasions when the use of tickle packets
is undesirable, for example over an ISDN line
where you wish the line to be dropped if there is
no activity. You can turn off tickle packets at
both the Client and the Control.
Transports
The networking protocol that the Control or
Client has been configured to use. NetSupport
supports IPX, NetBIOS, TCP/IP and HTTP. The
Control can support all four simultaneously.
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Tree View
The Tree View Pane in the main Window
provides an explorer like structure for creating,
displaying and organising NetSupport objects
such as Clients and Groups.
Unattended
See Silent Installation
Video Driver
Software that captures video signals from the
operating system then interprets them into
colours and positions on a monitor.
Video skipping
Sets a maximum number of screen updates to
be sent to reduce network usage and improves
performance.
Video Support
Show an avi or mpg file to Clients. Files must be
local or available to the Client.
View
Controlling a Client workstation from a Control
workstation.
VNC
Virtual Network Computing. Remote display
system which allows you to view a desktop
environment not only on the machine where it is
running, but from anywhere on the Internet and
from a wide variety of machine architectures.
You can use NetSupport to connect to a Linux or
MAC based system which has a previously
installed VNC Client.
WAN
Wide
Area
Network.
Network,
usually
constructed with serial lines, extending over
distances. NetSupport Manager incorporates
features that allow a NetSupport Manager
installation on one network to be used to
remotely manage workstations on another
interconnected network.
Watch Mode
When a Client is being controlled in Watch mode
only the user at the Client can enter keystrokes
and mouse movements. The user at the Control
is locked out.
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configuration, or operation of this package please contact us.
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equipment. We may have inadvertently introduced a restriction or
incompatibility, which affects you. We apologise for any shortcomings
that you may discover. Please let us know so that we can resolve
them.
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A
access privileges, 172, 174
access rights
for file transfer, 187
active directory, 289
authenticate, 178
ActiveX Control, 264
cabinet file, 266
HTML examples, 267
adding Clients, 248
Mac systems, 78
advanced Client configuration, 158
applications running at Client. See
inventory
applications, using NetSupport, 17
audio support, 107
adjusting microphone sensitivity,
108
adjusting speaker volume, 108
Client configuration, 197
Control configuration, 234
making announcements, 107
B
basic Client configuration, 157
beep
when Control receives help
request, 240
while chatting, 133
while viewing, 198
blanking Clients screens, 88
broadcast show, 102, 210
browsing, 61
for Gateway Clients, 61
Gateways, 75
IPX network, 68
over a subnet, 67
over an IP subnet, 67
specify subnets, 210
understanding IP addresses, 285
understanding IPX addresses, 286
C
cache, 192, 226, 275
capture print output, 139, 231
capture screen, 92
change file attributes, 122
chat
Client initated, 149
Control initiated, 131
disable, 135, 174, 198
group chat, 131
initiate in explorer, 142
send audible beep, 133
Client
acknowledge connection, 180
chat to a Control, 149
Client Main Window, 146
configuration, 157
connecting to Controls, 147
disconnecting a Control, 148
features, 145
inventories, 277
load bridge at startup, 166
power off, 80
power on, 80
properties, 251
raising a help request, 149
receiving messages, 150
remote installation, 35
resetting video driver, 150
restarting, 274
security. See security, at the
Client
unloading, 274
Client Configurator
access privileges, 172, 174
audio settings, 197
Client interface options, 198
Client settings, 198
connect options, 182
connectivity options, 160
dialin options, 166
disconnect options, 184
enable web extensions, 169
help request settings, 200
profile options, 203
remote control settings, 192
replay file settings, 188
security, 170
set Client password, 170
set Configurator password, 170
set HTTP, 165
set IPX, 163
set NetBIOS, 164
set Security key, 170
set TCP/IP, 161
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set tickle period, 168
show settings, 195
user acknowledgement, 180
user validation, 178
view settings, 192
Client settings, 208
clipboard, 141
command line instructions, 144, 287
components
installing, 24
compression, 219
file transfer, 242
use while viewing, 226
using effectively, 275
configuration files
creating, 154
editing, 154
configuring a gateway, 70
configuring Clients, 157
connect
by hostname, 210
connecting to Clients
Linux, 293
Mac systems, 78
on different protocols, 66
over a remote IPX network, 68
over a subnet, 67
over an IP subnet, 67
pocket PCs, 291
quick connect, 64
through a gateway, 69
through firewalls, 76
through proxy servers, 76
through the Internet, 262
understanding IP addresses, 285
understanding IPX addresses, 286
using IP address, 64
connecting to Controls, 147
through a gateway, 69
through firewalls, 76
through proxy servers, 76
through the Internet, 262
connectivity
dialin options, 166
remote dialup at Control, 216
set HTTP, 165, 215
set IPX, 163, 212
set NetBIOS, 164
set NetBIOS connection, 214
set TCP/IP, 161, 210
contact us, 305
308
Control
adjusting microphone and
speaker volume, 108
applications, 17
audio announcements, 107
audio support, 107
capture Client print output, 139
chat to Client, 131
clipboard, 141
connecting to Clients, 63
connecting to Clients, different
protocols, 66
Ctrl+Alt+Delete, 83
dealing with help requests, 137
disconnecting Clients, 79
executing applications, 97
features, 13
file distribution, 127
file manager, 130
finding Clients on a gateway, 61
finding Clients on the network, 61
Internet, use over, 262
logout, 82
managing Control files, 130
messages, sending, 136
power management, 80
quick connect, 64
reboot, 82
recording replay files, 113
scanning clients, 90
security. See security, at Control
set name, 209
showing a Client's screen, 106
showing the Control screen, 102
starting, 49
user defined tools, 100
video support, 109
viewing a Client, 86
Control configuration
create desktop icons, 207
multiple profiles, 207
Control Configurator, 205
advanced settings, 218
audio settings, 234
configure interface settings, 235
connectivity options, 210
Control interface settings, 235
event logging, 189, 221
file locations, 245
file transfer settings, 187, 242
general settings, 209
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help request settings, 240
keyboard/mouse settings, 229
print capture settings, 231
protect configuration, 186
remote control settings, 226
remote dialup settings, 216
replay files, 222
restrict functionality, 238
security settings, 219
set HTTP connection, 215
set IPX connection, 212
set NetBIOS connection, 214
set TCP/IP connection, 210
startup settings, 224
user permissions, 223
control panel video player, 111
Control Window, 50
hide options, 235
list view, 59
toolbar, customise, 52
tree view, 56
Ctrl+Alt+Delete, 83
customisable display text, 180, 184,
202
customise
toolbar, 52
cut and paste, remotely, 141
D
database, Client
adding, 248
deleting, 249
properties, 251
renaming, 249
default settings, customise. See
customise
deleting Clients, 249
deleting files and directories, 121
delta file transfer, 118, 242
deploy
a Client configuration, 42
a NetSupport license file, 43
a NetSupport package, 38
getting started, 36
log files, 47
main window, 36
pre-define settings, 46
remote Install, 35
remote uninstall, 44
DHCP
connect by hostname, 210
dial-up links, 256
directory
copying, 118
creating, 121
deleting, 121
synchronise, 123
disable functionality, 172, 174, 198,
238
configure Control interface, 235
disconnect
a Client, 79
a Control, 148
all Clients, 79
configuration options, 184
distributing files, 127
dual channel bonding
enable at Client, 166
enable at Control, 216
DVD
enable playback support, 192
E
encryption
at Control, 219
force encryption, 182
evaluation kits, 28
event logging
enable at Client, 189
enable at Control, 221
executing applications, 97
explorer integration, 142
disable shell, 235
F
Fedora, 293
file
change attributes, 122
copying, 118
copying between Clients, 120
deleting, 121
renaming, 121
file distribution, 127
File Distribution Window, 126
file locations, 245
file manager, 130
File Manager Window, 129
file transfer
applying a filter in List View, 124
arranging multiple Windows, 123
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between Clients, 120
change file attributes, 122
changing the sort orders, 125
changing the view format, 124
configuring access rights, 187
control settings, 242
copying files and directories, 118
creating directories, 121
deleting file and directories, 121
delta file transfer, 118
print file list, 122
synchronising directories, 123
File Transfer Window, 117
applying a filter in List View, 124
arranging multiple Windows, 123
changing the sort orders, 125
changing the view format, 124
finding Clients on the network, 61
firewalls, 69, 76
G
gateway
configuration utility, 70
configure Client for HTTP, 165
configure Control for HTTP, 215
connecting Clients/Controls, 69
key, 71
glossary, 294
groups, 252
adding, 252
chat, 131
creating, 252
properties, 253
removing, 252
H
hand-held devices, 291
hardware inventory, 277
help requests
configure Control settings, 240
configuring settings, 200
dealing with, 137
sending, 149
use web based application, 200
hide
interface settings, 235
hot fixes. See inventory
hotkeys, 229
HTTP
connecting Clients/Controls, 69
310
set at Client, 165
set at Control, 215
I
icons
create desktop icons, 207
use small toolbar icons, 50, 84,
92
using command line instructions,
287
inactivity timeout
set at Client, 192
initialising NetSupport, 49
install configuration options, 32
installing, 19
components, 24
evaluation kits, 28
existing installation detected, 22
gateway, 23
on Linux machines, 293
on Pocket PCs, 291
on Windows, 20
planning, 19
properties for silent install, 32
remote deploy, 35
select an installation type, 23
Server, 30
silent/unattended, 31
uninstalling, 28
values.txt file, 31
instcfg.exe, 31
integration with active directory,
289
integration with explorer, 142
disable shell, 235
interface settings
configure, 235
Internet
ActiveX. See ActiveX Control
gateway, 69
use over, 262
inventory, 277
check for hot fixes, 280
disable at control, 238
disable features, 174
list applications, 280
list processes, 281
list services, 281
retrieve via explorer, 142
software and hardware, 277
NetSupport Manager v9
IP connections, 64
IP subnet browsing, 67
IPX
set at Client, 163
set at Control, 212
IPX subnet browsing, 68
L
launching applications, 97
Linux support, 293
list view, 59
load bridge on startup, 166
load control from command line,
287
log files
during a remote deploy, 47
enable at Client, 189
log events at Control, 221
logout, 82
M
MAC based systems
connecting to, 78
managing Clients, 247. See groups
add a new Client, 248
delete a Client, 249
rename a Client, 249
setting Client properties, 251
managing files
Control, 130
Mandrake, 293
max colour depth, 192
messages
customisable display text, 180,
184
messages, sending, 136
modem
at Control, 216
setting up, 258
using a serial link, 259
monitor mode, 95
configure settings, 235
multiple subscriber number
set at Client, 166
set at Control, 216
N
NetBIOS
set at Client, 164
set at Control, 214
NetSupport
applications, 17
components, 24
features, 13
internet gateway, 69
NetSupport deploy, 35
a Client configuration, 42
a NetSupport license file, 43
a NetSupport package, 38
getting started, 36
log files, 47
main window, 36
pre-define settings, 46
remote uninstall, 44
NT
installation, 20
power management, 81
security, 158
num lock synchronisation, 229
O
organising Clients. See also
managing Clients
P
parameters
command line, 287
silent installation, 32
passwords, 219
play sound
during chat session, 133
when help request arrives, 137
pocket PC support, 291
port number, 76
for gateway connection, 69
for HTTP connection, 69, 165,
215
for TCP/IP connections, 161
web extensions, 169
power management
Client power off, 80
Client power on, 80
NT issues, 81
pre-define deploy settings, 46
print
deploy log file, 47
file transfer list, 122
print capture, 139, 231
311
NetSupport Manager v9
processes running at Client. See
inventory
profiles, 154, 207
using command line instructions,
287
prompt for connection reason, 219
properties, Client, 251
protecting the Client configuration,
186
Q
quick connect, 64
disable at control, 238
quiet mode, 198
R
reboot, 82
receive show options, 195
disable, 195
Red Hat, 293
remote clipboard, 141
remote command prompt, 144
remote communications, 255
dual channel bonding, 166, 216
optimising connections, 255
planning, 256
set MSN number, 166, 216
setting up a modem, 258
remote control
configure settings at Client, 192
configure view settings, 226
disable functionality, 238
viewing Clients, 86
remote controlling a Client, 86
via explorer, 142
remote deploy utility, 35
remote install
a Client configuration, 42
a NetSupport license file, 43
a NetSupport package, 38
log files, 47
remote uninstall, 44
renaming Clients, 249
replay files
create for all students, 114
create for selected students, 114
enable at Client, 188
enable at Control, 222
recording, 113
showing, 102, 116
312
watching, 115
requesting help, 149
restarting a Client, 274
S
scale to fit, 227
show window, 195
scale to fit mode, 88
Scan Window, 92
scanning Client screens, 90
individually, 90
multiple, 91
screen capture, 92
screen scrape
set at Client, 192
set at Control, 226
scripting, 270
creating a, 271
running, 272
scheduling, 272
starting the editor, 271
scrollbars
in show window, 195
security
using effectively, 283
security at Client
connect options, 182
disconnect options, 184
event logging, 189
force encryption, 182
set access privileges, 172, 174
set password, 170
set set security key, 170
user acknowledgement, 180
user validation, 178
using log files, 189
security at Control, 219
compression, 220
encryption, 219
event logging, 221
password, 219
replay files, 222
user permissions, 223
using log files, 221
security key, 219
send physical fonts, 192
serial link, 259
services at Client. See inventory
settings, Client, 208
set-up. See installing:planning
NetSupport Manager v9
shell extension
disable explorer shell, 235
showing
a Client’s screen, 106
broadcast show, 102
configure options at Client, 195
enable broadcast show, 210
replay files, 102, 116
the Control screen, 102
video support, 109
silent installation, 31
install configuration options, 32
values.txt file, 31
silent mode, 198
software inventory, 277
SOS messages
sending, 149
starting NetSupport, 49
configure startup settings, 224
subnet
browse IPX networks, 68
configuring the control to browse,
67
IP subnet browsing, 67
understanding IP addresses, 285
understanding IPX addresses, 286
support for Linux, 293
support for Pocket PCs, 291
SuSE, 293
synchronisation, num lock, 229
synchronising directories, 123
T
TCP/IP
set at Client, 161
set at Control, 210
thumbnail view, 95
configure settings, 235
tickle packets, 168, 218
toolbar
customise, 52
use small icons, 50, 84, 92
transport
set for dialin, 166
set HTTP, 165, 215
set IPX, 163, 212
set NetBIOS, 164, 214
set TCP/IP, 161, 210
tree view, 56
U
understanding IP addresses, 285
understanding IPX addresses, 286
uninstalling, 28
unloading a Client, 274
url
route help requests to web based
system, 200
user acknowledgement, 180
user defined tools, 100
user permissions, 223
user validation, 178
using a serial link, 259
V
values.txt file, 31
video driver, resetting, 150
video player, 109
control panel, 111
video skipping, 228
view modes, 87
view settings, 89
View Window, 84
use small toolbar icons, 84
viewing, 86
blank Client screen, 88
configure default mode, 226
maximising view area, 87
multiple screens, 88
scale to fit, 88
use explorer to initiate, 142
view modes, 87
view settings, 89
VNC Clients
connecting to, 78
W
WAN
IP subnet browsing, 67
IPX subnet browsing, 68
subnet browsing, 67
understanding IP addresses, 285
understanding IPX addresses, 286
web extensions, 169, 266
cabinet file, 266
whiteboard, 131
Window
chat, 133
Client Main, 146
313
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Control Main, 50
deploy, 36
file distribution, 126
file manager, 129
file transfer, 117
inventory, 278
scan, 92
view, 84
Windows 2000
installation, 20
314
security, 158
Windows 95/98
installation, 20
Windows CE, 291
Windows explorer
integration with NetSupport, 142
Windows Millennium
installation, 20
Windows XP
installation, 20