Tue 5 Feb 2008
Managing a small or medium sized network can be challenging, over the years I have found these free tools that provide solutions to common IT problems:
- Spiceworks – Inventory, monitoring and help desk.
- OpenDNS – Reliable, secure outbound DNS that blocks phishing sites and gives you the power to block adult sites, proxies and individual domains.
- SSL-Explorer Community Edition – An open-source, browser-based SSL VPN solution that can authenticate against Active Directory and give your users remote access without installing any client-side software.
- VMware Server – Server virtualization allows you to test and deploy new servers quickly and easily. Virtual appliances allow you to trial/run complex applications without having to go through the full install proces.
- GenControl – A simple desktop remote control program that can temporarily install VNC and connect to another machine on your domain in a matter of seconds.
- PaperCut Print Logger – A free print logging application for Windows systems designed to provide real-time activity logs detailing all printer use.
- CrossLoop – Simple and secure screen sharing, great for when you have to help out the boss with his home computer.
- Hamachi – Instant, zero configuration VPN for when you need more than simple screen sharing.
- Montastic – Free website monitoring service.
- Sysinternals – An assortment of utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.
- PacketTrap pt360 – Network management tools with real time reporting.
- Clonezilla or g4u – Hard disk cloning.
- Knoppix – A bootable live Linux operating system on CD or DVD complete with troubleshooting and diagnostic utilities.
- SyncToy, RoboCopy or rsync – Move those files around.
- DNSstuff Tools – DNS, WHOIS,and other network tools.
What “kewl tools” do you use on your network?