Spiceworks 1.6 and SBS

I’ve recently been taking a look at Spiceworks, which is a free network administration tool. I am not either promoting or recommending this tool. But other people I have talked with have looked at it, so I wanted to see for myself.


I installed Spiceworks on my workstation (not on the server). An issue you may run into is that when Spiceworks does a scan of your network, it may not be able to identify either your workstations or your SBS server.


If your SBS server is running ISA 2004:
Within the ISA Server Management console, right click on the SBS Protected Networks Access Rule and choose Configure RPC Protocol and clear out the check box for the Enforce strict RPC compliance option.


For your workstations, you will need to enable Remote Admin for the workstations in your network. You can do this in one of two ways, either via GPO or by visiting each computer and running a NETSH command


Method 1: GPO (Note: there is a general Microsoft Technet article on the subject)
1. Open up Group Policy from your SBS Mgmt Console
2. Go to the SBS Firewall GPO and right click and select Edit
3. Open Computer Configuration, open Administrative Templates, open Network, open Network Connections, open Windows Firewall, and then open Domain Profile
4. In the details pane, double-click Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception.
5. In the Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception properties dialog box, on the Settings tab, click Enabled


Method 2: NETSH Command line
– Click Start > Run > cmd
– Type: netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable


Hope this helps!
-kw

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