Dameware would be great as it has a nice function built into it to do batch service modification (ie. Disable/Enable/Start/Stop etc.) - sadly, the software portion of DNTU and DNExporter only provide lists and no functionality beyond that (we don't have SMS (or much in the way of login scripts unfortunately...long story don't ask...)

I would probably use _vbscript_ and WMI calls to uninstall the software (this depends on a few things - would have to look a little closer to confirm if this would work) - you can easily feed a text file of IP addresses or computer names to this script in order to execute it on a bunch o' machines.  This could then in theory be run from your workstation, the script executing the correct command on each machine.  Failing that, there's always psexec, which has also proven useful in recent weeks :)



(Highly recommend Dameware for anyone not using it - has totally changed the way we do support here...)

Derek Harris wrote:
I use UltraVNC here, and the command to remove the service is winvnc.exe -remove.  Don't know if that works with RealVNC.

Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 12:37 PM
To: ActiveDir@mail.activedir.org
Subject: Re: [ActiveDir] RealVNC removal

I was hoping to automate it, as it is on hundreds of laptops - which may or may not be currently connected to the domain. 
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Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 11:13 AM
Subject: RE: [ActiveDir] RealVNC removal

You could use a piece of software called Dameware, another remote control program. There are options that will uninstall the software when you disconnect from the session. I would install that software on your computer then use it to remote control to the laptops in question and remove VNC. After that is done, use the Dameware to logout and then when you click on the disconnect button it will remove the Dameware service also.  That should leave you with no remote control program.






Jack Smrekar

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Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 12:46 PM
To: ActiveDir@mail.activedir.org
Subject: [ActiveDir] RealVNC removal


I'd like to uninstall RealVNC from a number of machines remotely.  These were part of a system image that was rolled out quite some time ago.  Unfortunately, re-imaging the machines (they are laptops) after simply removing the program from the image, is not an option.  Luckily, it's an AD environment - all Windows XP in a Windows 2003 single domain environment.  It appears that the RealVNC app was installed in service mode, and each machine runs the service upon boot.  SMS 2003 is on the network as well, and all of these laptops are SMS clients, but the app was not rolled out using an SMS package or MSI file.


What's the best way to uninstall such an application from all these laptops at this point?  Startup script?  Something else using SMS perhaps (I'm not TOO familiar with SMS)?  I have some ideas, but would welcome any additional input from others, as I am sure that there are better ideas and methods out there that I haven't thought of yet.  If uninstallation is going to prove difficult, I can live with just disabling the service if tha can be done easier than a complete removal of the app.


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