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Simple Management Tasks

In addition to interacting with users by chat, messages, and observation and control, you can also perform a number of common user-related tasks directly from Remote Desktop’s main window. They include issuing the shut down, restart, sleep, and wake from sleep commands as well as the ability to log out the current user of a computer. You can also empty the computer’s Trash folder.

Each of these commands can be performed by select computers in a computer list, in a multiple observe window, or from a message from users window and then selecting the appropriate item from the Manage menu. As with other tasks or commands in Remote Desktop, this will bring up a task dialog box that can be used to add more computers to the task by dragging and dropping them from additional computers onto the dialog box, and can be saved or scheduled. As we’ll discuss more in part 5 of this series, you can even use the Mac OS X Automator to string several of these commands together into a workflow that can be run at the end of a work day or the end of a class. In particular, using Remote Desktop can be helpful to see whether any students have forgotten to log out of their computers after a class and to log them out or perform other actions in preparation for the next class.

You might notice that there are a number of additional features in the Manage menu, including Rename Computers and Send Unix Commands. We’ll be getting to the majority of these features in the part 4 of this series, which will include the deployment and computer management tools that are built into Apple Remote Desktop.

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