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Service Explorer allows administrators to manage multiple services and tasks across multiple servers simultaneously, fixing security holes, saving time and money in Windows NT/2000/XP/.NET networks.

Key Benefits

Centralize Management of Services and Tasks

  • Change service account passwords on multiple machines in one operation.
  • Browse for services and tasks across multiples servers.
  • Control start-up options and properties from a single workstation.
  • Manage scheduled tasks without having to physically go to other computers.
  • Use sophisticated search options to find remote services based on multiple criteria.
  • Organize servers into groups to simplify management.
  • Save and load sets of services to save time.
  • Install, remove and configure services on remote computers.
  • Save and load service search criteria to ensure consistent results.

Tighten Security on Services and Tasks

  • Change passwords on multiple services in one operation.
  • Find accounts that have access to run services.
  • Find out how old service account passwords are.
  • Set passwords on tasks for accounts whose passwords have changed.
  • Get a list of all user accounts that are running services.

Uniformly Control Service Settings

  • Make changes to all of your servers simultaneously to prevent errors.
  • Set and enforce service options for all of your client computers.
  • Remove unnecessary services and install those that you need on an enterprise wide scope.
  • Configure service accounts for any and all services consistently.
  • Export lists of services for use in reporting and troubleshooting across your network.


Key Features

Multiple service management
Target multiple services on multiple systems in one operation. For example, you can now change the password on hundreds of services spread across your network.

Multiple task management
Using the new task scheduler that comes with Windows 2000 (also distributed with IE4+), individual tasks can now be scheduled to run under a specific account just like a service. Service Explorer now allows you to change the account name and password on multiple tasks across multiple servers simultaneously!

Remote Service Management
Control any service on any server in your network easily with Service Explorer. Easy to use GUI allows you to stop, start, restart, and change any property of services on any system on your network.

Service/Task Search Capability
You can now search your network for any task or service by service/task name or account name. When a service or task that meets the search criteria is found, it is added to the results list so that you can perform operations on all the services and tasks at once.

No agents required
Service Explorer requires no agents to be installed on managed systems.

Remotely Install / Remove Services
Easily install and remove Windows NT/2000 services. You can choose to remove a single service on a single system, or remove ten services on hundreds of systems in one simple operation.

View All Accounts Used On Selected Services
With the click of a button, Service Explorer allows you to see a list of all accounts used by the selected services and change the SAM password for any of those accounts without having to open User Manager.

Set the Account on any Task
Just like services, tasks run under a particular account. Service Explorer allows you to set the account name and password for any task just as you would for a service.



Other Features

In the latest version of Service Explorer, service management has been greatly improved. Here are some of the ways:

  • The ability to use advanced search criteria and save and load this criteria for later use, has simplified management by allowing you to view and manage only the services you are interested in.
  • Service Explorer has added the ability to manage multiple services on multiple servers simultaneously.
  • Tasks scheduled using the Microsoft Task Scheduler Service can now be remotely managed using Service Explorer, making it a complete service and task management solution.
  • The ability to start, stop, restart and configure multiple services on multiple platforms was added to reduce administrative time and overhead.
  • Service explorer now allows you to find out what accounts are running service and how old the service account passwords are. Then it easily lets you change the passwords on these accounts to provide an enterprise wide service security initiative.
  • For documentation and reporting, Service Explorer has added export functionality. This allows a list of services and all of their properties to be exported to a file.
  • Service Explorer now is distributed using the Microsoft Windows Installer package format.



SCREEN SHOTS


DOCUMENTATION, WHITE PAPERS and OTHER FILES

Service Explorer Data Sheet
Overview - Documentation to Help you better understand thew Service Explorer GUI.
Service Explorer Evaluator's Guide



LICENSING

Service Explorer is initially sold as a 10 System Pack. Additional systems can be purchased in increments of 5 Systems Packs. Large Volume discounts will apply for 500 systems and above.



MAINTENANCE

Maintenance and Upgrades are available in 1 and 2 years options.



HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Supported Platforms:
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
Windows NT 4.0 Server
Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Windows XP Professional
Windows .NET Standard Server
Windows .NET Enterprise Server

Minimum Hardware:
x86 Pentium class or equivalent processor
128 MB RAM

Recommended Hardware:
Intel Pentium III/AMD Athlon or equivalent or higher
256 MB RAM
25 MB Free Hard Disk Space

FAQ's

What is Service Explorer and why do I need it?
Everyone knows that NT/2000 services can log on as a user. The problem is that the username and password for each service is stored locally for each system. This poses a problem when you are required to change that account's password - you may have hundreds or thousands of systems on your network that use that account to log in as a service. You would manually have to go into the control panel/services on each system and reset the username and password. This is one reason why the passwords rarely get changed on these accounts, thus posing a security threat. Service Explorer steps in and allows you to select hundreds of systems and change the username and password on a service with ONE operation. This timesaving alone makes Service Explorer worth every dime.

Can I start and stop services with Service Explorer?
Yes, Service Explorer does everything that the Service Control Manager does and more. You can start and stop multiple services on several systems with one operation. You can easily browse your network and connect to any system and remotely manage their services with ease.

What about my Task Scheduler jobs? Can Service Explorer change those accounts too?
Absolutely. You can set the account on any task created through the task scheduler that ships with Windows 2000 or Internet Explorer 5 or later with the Offline Browsing Pack.

Does this mean I can create new tasks and manage existing ones?
Yes. Service Explorer allows you to create a new task on any computer, not just your own. Additionally, you can remove a task from any computer or change the properties of any task on any computer. Essentially, we've centralized task management for you!

Is there a way to find all the services and tasks that use a certain account?
Yes. Service Explorer can search your entire network and find all services and tasks that meet specific criteria. You can locate services and tasks based on service/task name or the account name the service/task runs under.

I can't seem to remove a service through the native NT/2000/XP tools. Can Service Explorer help?
People often have the need to remove a service from a server or workstation. The native tools that come with the operating system do not allow you to remove services. With Service Explorer, it's as easy as a point & click.

What operating systems does Service Explorer run on?
Service Explorer runs on all versions Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000, as well as Windows XP.

Does Service Explorer process services on multiple servers simultaneously?
Yes. Service Explorer is a multi-threaded application that will process all servers simultaneously up to a user-specified number. Services on the same server are not processed simultaneously due to service dependency issues.

Does Service explorer require client software or agents to be installed?
No. Service Explorer accomplishes all of its functions without the need for agent or client software to be installed on computers to be managed. All remote computer services can be handled by a single workstation.



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