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  1. happy new year paul i knew you would say that, you missed my major point. of course you can bundle different products for marketing purposes, microsoft also sells powerpoint and access in a bundle wich has nothing to do with each other. but there is an access development team not really interacting with the powerpoint development team and both creating a product where access could become an excellent product and powerpoint a very poor piece of software. if they create a poweraccesspoint it would be a poor product overall and the market for access is open for an other solution on the market that focusses it better.
  2. yes, but it is a different product for a different market. the pc monitor architecture would also be well prepared for video conferencing, grid computing or cloud storage. in my eyes the destination market is well defined and you can use it as a solid reliable solution as it is. if it wants to be also a remote support solution, or snmp management, or something else, it looses focus and becomes a worse product in its primary function. a good idea in my mind could be to build a remote support appliance like bomgar and the like with the pc monitor core functionality, name it different and let it have no interferences. compare it to microsoft, they have all technologies to launch windows software but they created "word", "excel" and "powerpoint" and not the "everything" that can write letters, calculate spreadsheets and combine everything to a fancy self-extracting presentation.
  3. yes, but claiming a motto does not change the world managing does not neccessarily mean full screen access. i do not only think but i am sure that "adding everything" can make a product lose its focus and simplicity. there are monitoring solutions out there that have a much bigger funcionality range than pc monitor but can be outperformed by pc monitor by simplicity and ease of use. if remote access can be provided without losing the push-architecture and without making the whole product more expensive i will welcome it, i only have doubts that this is possible without negative impacts. yes, a data stream is the only way to achieve a good remote control, i am sure with that. of course not direct, i didn't say that. but especially when managing a data stream over the enterprise server for instance causes many traffic issues and although this all can be solved it must make the product more expensive for the end user.
  4. i don't think so in general. pc monitor should not loose its focus and not try to become a "PC Everything" instead of pc monitor. don't get me wrong, a remote screen control would be a great feature to pc monitor but it is not what the original architecture of pc monitor provides, a data stream from client to agent. but providing this it _must_ be more expensive and becomes less secure.
  5. LMI has 2 services. LMI and LMI Maintenance. LMI Maintenance starts LMI automatically if it is not in state disabled. i am using this solution in real world and i am happy with it, works very well. start LMI with PC monitor and then connect via LMI dashboard. very secure and straight.
  6. i would like to understand the reason for the salting of the passwords in this case. salting itself is clear because then often used passwords do not appear in any md5 cracking database. it is the nature of md5 hashing that a simple change in the clear-text results in a very different hash, so just adding an "a" for example is already a good salting because it completely changes the hash. wouldn't it be possible to use a salting-parameter (a short formula, a text extension etc...) per enterprise server and the license owner is allowed to know? this would make it possible for the operaters of enterprise servers to use own authentication methods.
  7. my requirement is that my own application (only one by now, but it will become more) is able to authenticate against the user accounts in the pcmonitor database. at http://watch.esecure.at/nr for example you provide a username and a password and the website authenticates against the database. i have seen a passwortSalted binary-field in the accounts table. does this mean i can choose using salted passwords or unsalted md5? an api is only the second best solution because i want my application work stand-alone, even when the enterprise server itself stops operation. but maybe you have a good idea on that issue. my only solution by now would be to have seperate passwords for pcmonitor itself and my applications.
  8. i extend my enterprise servers capabilities by own applications and i use the pc monitor logon (username/passwort) to authenticate. i had to notice that my notification router (the app) cannot be used anymore since the passwords are salted before stored into the database. has the salting started with an update of the enterprise server? i didn't install/change something. i need to know the salting algorithm to make that working again, i have to be able to calculate the salted-hash outside the enterprise server in my own application.
  9. because i would want to see the integration of the scripts and if this method has any advantages or disadvantages over starting/stopping the service from pc monitor.
  10. i registered with logmein yesterday and i am not sure by now what stays for free and what is only a trial period but the product itself seems to be very usable for unattended remote access. digbyp: can you send me the scripts? this is a very good idea to control the service with pcmonitor.
  11. I.P.


    cloud api is definitely the key for integration with other monitoring systems or applications. for me it has much more potential than pc monitor plugins. i have not done much .NET development so far and nearly no C# but when i can get productive results on the first day it is a good sign
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    just finished my first .NET Cloud API application. a cloud instance named WorldAgent that is fired from a web-application which allows other monitoring systems like nagios creating http-calls that end as a pc monitor notification visible in all pc monitor clients the nagios apps just call http:// {myenterpriseserver/wa/?message=the_message&priority={normal|elevated|critical}&code={auth-code} and the notification is fired. there is no need to wait for the http answer so it can be implemented nearly everywhere. an easy to use API to use and sell the excellent pc monitor clients to clients that already have set up other monitoring systems and do not want to throw them
  13. no, have not tried till now. my favourite is teamviewer but i registered at logmein now and give it a try - thank you
  14. i know you plan to rule the world is there already something more specific? because i will have to decide to buy a netviewer/teamviewer/citrix assist/bomgar license within the next months to be able to remote control my servers as many remote control tools do not work anymore since server2008r2.
  15. a remote control feature would put pc monitor on a new level and open new markets. i am already doing this trick by firing a command script from pc monitor that opens a ssh tunnel from the target machine to my enterprise server running a ssh server allowing a server2client tunnel from enterpriseserver:30001 to localhost:3389 and then i can connect to enterpriseserver:33001 with any RDP client and can remote control the target machine. but this is a hacking trick and not usable in an efficient way for all agents, if pc monitor comes with this functionality just opening a tcp connection to a localhost tcp port of choice it would be enough one step further would be an integrated VNC functionality, afaik VNC is free to use in own applications, but only opening a tunnnel would be great
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