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Many IT pros don't fully take advantage of all the available features for managing Windows Server 2003 from a Windows XP system. One way to enhance this type of setup is by installing the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools on a Windows XP machine.
In addition to providing a whole host of tools for managing Windows Server 2003, the Resource Kit Tools also contains a set of utilities that can you can use in Windows XP—regardless of whether the XP machine is connected to a Windows Server 2003 domain.
There are a variety of tools in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools that you can run in Windows XP, including the following:
- Cdburn.exe: An ISO CD-ROM burner tool that allows you to burn data images from image files located on the hard disk.
- Diskuse.exe: Scans the hard disk and reports how much disk space is allocated to a particular user.
- Robocopy.exe: A powerful copy tool that you can use to create mirror images of large folder tree structures on the same computer or on a network drive.
- Winexit.scr: A screen saver that will automatically log the current user out after a period of inactivity.
Visit the Microsoft site to download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. Keep in mind that the download is 12MB and requires 30MB of free space to install.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.