Can you access the registry of a remote computer? If so, How?


This was an interview question a few years ago and I did not know the answer then.
You have to start the registry (Start-Run-Regedit)
In the file menu Select: “Connect network Registry”
Enter the computer name wait to resolve, once it resolves you can modify the remote computer registry
3 Important details:
1. The Remote Registry service must be enabled on both computers
2. You must be a member of the admin group on both computers
3. Make sure Network policy settings are not preventing you from completing this procedure

Click here for the Microsoft technet article on remote registry
or

copied from the Microsoft technet article on remote registry:

Connecting to a registry over a network
To connect to a registry over a network

In Registry Editor, on the File menu, click Connect Network Registry.

In the Select Computer dialog box, click Object Types, select the specific object you are searching for (usually Computers), and then click OK.

Click Locations, specify the location you want to search, and then click OK.

Type the name of the computer to whose registry you want to connect in Enter the object name to select and then click Check Names.

When the computer name resolves, click OK.

Additional considerations

To connect to a remote registry, you do not need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on your computer, but you do need administrator privileges on the remote computer.

To edit a remote registry, you must to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on your local computer.

Both computers must be running the Remote Registry service. If the Remote Registry service is not started on either computer, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on the computer in order to start the service.

Network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure.

Disconnecting from a registry over a network
To disconnect from a network registry

In Registry Editor, on the File menu, click Disconnect Network Registry.

In the Disconnect Network Registry dialog box, click the name of the computer whose registry you want to disconnect and then click OK.

source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732388%28WS.10%29.aspx

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