I'm in charge of retrieving some files from lots and lots of computers. I began logging into each one individually and grabbing the file, however, the computers are off when I get them and they all have unique login credentials (which means I have to go track down the owner to login).
I've come up with a couple of theories how to solve my issue, but the main one is using some kind of system booted off of my drive at startup that will just copy all the files into a folder on my drive. This saves me from actually having to boot in, locate the file, and having to track the user down for credentials. The log is always located in the same location, is there some kind of semi-modifiable macro that can booted at startup from a flash drive and do something like this?
If not, I've got quite a lot of computers, what would be the first step in researching on how to make something such as this? I have a couple years programming experience and making a tool to do it would be an option as well.