NetFloor Live!
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NetFloor Live is written by a Network Administrator. It is to aid Network Administrators/Helpdesk Supports with their every day tasks. The ideal candidates to use this program are those Administrators that love to run scripts to peform their tasks. An Administrator that has scripts to install software remotely, reset users' passwords, retrieve workstations' registry values, or check for files on workstations, etc..  NetFloor Live! allows you to execute your scripts to multiple workstations (or devices) by selecting them. It can retreive information from the devices and store the information on NetFloor Live! for viewing in a graphical way. 

Let's say, you want to look into which computers on your network have a file named "setup.log" in c:\winnt folder. You can instruct NetFloor Live! to do so. NetFloor Live! will run this in the background going through each device. The retrieved information is saved on NetFloor Live!'s graphical workspace. Later on, you will see all the devices that have the file "setup.log". This is all shown to you on a floor plan layout of your office. 

You design the floor plan layout of your office first. It could be a scanned image from a blue print or an AutoCad drawing. Save the image in bitmap format. Once you have that, load it into NetFloor Live! (from the menu, Tools->Floormap...). This will be your background. You can scroll around, zoom in and out, and print. 

From here, you can add objects/devices. The devices will lay on top of the floor plan. You can move these devices around to place them according to where they are actually located in your office. If you don't want to add the devices manaully, you can turn on "Live Discover" to automatically find them by IP Address. When the device is found, it will be added to the Discover/Msic window. The Discover/Misc window is a container that holds the new devices and miscellaneous devices that don't belong on the main workspace. Move the new device to the main workspace. Change the device type to a known type, like computer or phone etc.

You can watch your devices go on/off, users logon/logoff, and other information by turning on "Live Stat". "Live Stat" will go through each device. Run each device's property function to retrieve the information. You can change the functions "Live Stat" uses to check for device status information. This is done in the Live Stat Criteria setting (from the menu, Tools->Live Stat/Disc setting, click on the "Live Stat Criteria setting" button.) Mulitiple devices are checked at once to speed up the process. Multi-thread is used for this. The default number of devices to check at once is 30. 

Now you have the live information of your networked office. It is time to take advantage of this information and use it to help ease your work. This is where you add your applications/scripts into NetFloor Live! (from the menu, Tools->Add External Apps). NetFloor Live! runs the scripts passing the devices' property values as the argument. For example, you often have to send messages to users to instruct them to perform a task. Normally, you would need to look up the computername or username. Find out if the computer is on or the user is logon. You open up the command prompt and type in 'net send <username> <message>' to send a message to one user. If you want to send a message to multiple users, you would repeat this multiple times. Using NetFloor Live!, you would add the command, 'net send $nfU <message>', once.  On the  workspace, select the devices you want to send the messsage to, right-click to pull up the context-menu, and select the net send command. The message is send to the selected devices using the device's username property value. If you change the command to 'net send $nfU $nfW' and run it. You will be prompted to type the message before the message is sent. Look at the User's Manual for more detail. Check the QA and Tips web pages to see what scripts other users are implementing in NetFloor Live!