Cross-platform networks are usually more complicated to manage compared to single-platform systems especially if free network management tools have to be used. The network management software KontrolPack is an Open Source cross-platform network controller that is easy to deploy and operate. KontrolPack is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems covering most of the operating systems that are in use these days.
Deployment could not be easier. The network administrator needs to install KontrolPack on all computer systems that should be managed or used to manage the network. The client systems then need to be started in client mode while the administrative systems need to be started in administrative mode.
Network administrators can then, among other things use functionality like:
You can manage your computers and execute the same shell commands on them regardless of the operating system. On top of this, it provides an easy interface that can be used to view your LAN activity and manage your network without difficulties.
Users who are using this software on any supported operating system will be able to perform administrative tasks remotely on multiple computers that run on different operating systems without any technical issues.
For example, from a machine running a GNU/Linux distribution you can send an order to a hundred computers running MS Windows telling them to restart or to defrag their root partition. You can also retrieve IP addresses and routing tables from a variety of computers in order to help manage a network. Sometimes single commands are not enough, and it is possible to execute batch files and scripts simultaneously throughout the network
All different platform releases of the network management software KontrolPack are available from the developer's website.Advertisement
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