4 Memorize command-line tools to save timeFor those of you who are dealing with low bandwidth connections, having your commonadministrative tasks memorized from a command line can save everyone's time. For Windows XP systems, consider memorizing the following commands:Compmgmt.msc — Computer Management MMC snap-in, a good hub of all types of information, including the Event Log, Device Manager, and Services.Ipconfig — The TCP/IP configuration utility. Some common parameters include /release,/renew, /flushdns, and /registerdns.Shutdown.exe — A tool to remotely reboot or shut down a system. With appropriate permissions, a system can be rebooted remotely as well. Net Use — can be used to map a drive, simply authenticate, or stop a mapping.5 Make everything as centralized and singular as possibleWhen possible, have every element of your workstation infrastructure collected in one place and one instance. The last thing you want to have to worry about is a large number of little file servers scattered around your enterprise. So for file storage, having remoteusers use the central resource is critical.That way, your backups and consistent security access policies are the same for your remote users as for your central users. Your IT costs will be lower and you'll ensure thatadministration and access are controlled in one manner regardless of location. A notableexception may be a large remote site with a number of users who may end up floodingthe remote connection between the sites with consistent traffic. If you have a remoteoffice that has, say, 40 people in it, a local file server may be appropriate, with backupsoccurring over the network, time and traffic permitting. By contrast, consider the exampleof a store, where you may have fewer than 10 users and only a few computers. In thissituation, you want to do everything possible to keep the IT footprint low.6 Have Internet distribution mechanismsFor remote locations, consider going directly to the Internet instead of using the VPN or wide area connection. For instance, say you need to deploy a large service pack for theclient operating system. If you are looking at a 300MB download for a handful of clients,deployment would not be possible on most remote connections. Certain clientadministration tools can manage distribution of packages over the Internet to help remotelocations and laptop users while away from the central network. For example, whenremote workstations (including laptops) are to receive their management packs throughthe Internet, iPass may provide the quickest download.7 Line up alternate connectivity options We all find ourselves using a tool in a primary fashion and being able to address 95% of our issues through that tool. For Windows XP, that would generally be Remote Desktop.