This is something I've been looking into a little bit (basically started tonight) and so far I have found 3 things that may be similar to what you are looking for.
Cisco's Network Magic
SpiceWorks has a free program that seems to be add supported
and SingleClick's HomeNet Manager
None of them quite seem to match what I'm looking for so I plan to keep looking, though SpiceWorks seems close enough to seriously consider it. Googleing the term 'Home network management software' seems to yield the kind of results we're both looking for. Happy hunting & good luck.
I am adding my 4th laptop to my home network and am starting to have the need to manage the other laptops on my home network remotely (while traveling on business) as well as I'm just getting tired of having to touch each one when I want to make sure Windows is updated, the virus software is updated, etc.
I'm looking for recommendations on software or utilities that will allow me to manage my home network remotely so that I can make sure things are running smoothly or help my wife and kids when needed.
I run Windows on my entire home network and the network now consists of 4 laptops of various configurations. Any recommendations or tips are appreciated!