The 40 Most Popular Tools For Your System Admin Bag


Tool Name & Description URL
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. http://www.7-zip.org/
Acronis True Image with Universal Restore – Disk Imaging tool http://www.acronis.com/
Belarc Advisor – Audits installed software, list keys, hardware, Microsoft patches, and generates a report http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Clonezilla is an OpenSource clone system with unicasting and multicasting! Goodbye to Ghost http://clonezilla.org
CPUz. Accurate PC motherboard, RAM, graphics card details and MUCH more without opening up the box http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
cURL a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax, supporting FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, TELNET, DICT, LDAP, LDAPS and FILE. http://curl.haxx.se/
DBAN – Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. http://www.dban.org/
Desktop Restore is a tiny shell extension that records the position of your desktop icons and lets you easily restore your favorite desktop layout. http://www.midiox.com/desktoprestore.htm
ExamDiff is a good file-comparison tool http://www.prestosoft.com/edp_examdiff.asp
File-Rescue Plus is an easy to use recovery utility to remotely scan WindowsHard Drives, and removable media http://www.softwareshelf.com/products/file_rescue_plus_enterprise.htm
GParted is the GNOME partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
InfraRecorder is a graphical tool for burning ISO images. Supports many DVD and CD drives that are available, burn ISO images, CDs and DVDs. http://infrarecorder.org/?page_id=5
Iometer is great to pound on hard drives – a good I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool http://www.iometer.org/
Kdiff3 is a file-comparison tool that does unicode, editing, directories and 3 way merge, all for free. http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/
Kon-Boot – Log into any local or domain account on a pc without a password. Very cool tool. http://www.piotrbania.com/all/kon-boot/
Lansweeper is a network inventory tool that performs hardware scanning, software scanning, and reporting on Active Directory (AD) users. Needs SQL. http://www.lansweeper.com/
LUA BugLight – For finding out where a program hangs with it run under restricted mode so you can make system changes http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2006/08/07/LuaBuglight.aspx
MyDefrag-4.0 – Flexible Hard Drive Defrag program with a scripting language http://www.kessels.com/Jkdefrag/
Nmap Security Scanner version 5.00. http://nmap.org/
Norton removal tool. LOL: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/Norton-Removal-Tool.shtml
Notepad++ features a tabbed interface, syntax highlighting for all popular programming and scripting languages, bracket matching, and macro recording. http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/download.php
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor – Boot CD that can change local account passwords http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
Paint.NET is a huge improvement over Windows’ built-in Paint program for image manipulation. http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list. http://passwordsafe.sf.net
PEESR – Periodic Emailed Event Summary Report. Order today and save 10% with coupon code SUNB-PXTO-SAUG http://jntae.com/peesr/peesr.html
PING makes a sector-based image copy of a disk partition. The bootable PING ISO tool copies a full system disk to on a bigger disk. http://ping.windowsdream.com
SpinRite Boot CD – Hard Disk recovery tool http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
Sunbelt Sandbox. Upload suspicious files to the Sunbelt Labs and have them scanned. Similar to VirusTotal http://www.sunbeltsecurity.com
Superscan 3.0 – fast little port scanner. A quick way to tell whats on the network. http://www.foundstone.com/us/resources/proddesc/superscan3.htm
Sysinternals – An sysadmin’s best friend – especially Process Explorer that shows why a PC is slow http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Total Commander is a powerful shareware file manager for all flavors of Windows http://www.ghisler.com/
TrueCrypt. Brilliant file and whole-disk encryption http://www.truecrypt.org
UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. http://www.ubcd4win.com/
Ultimate Boot CD has over 100 tools for diagnostics and repair. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Ultra VNC. Say no more: http://www.uvnc.com
UltraTech’s list of tools that needs some updating but has dozens of popular tools and their links http://KB.UltraTech-llc.com/?File=Utils.TXT
USB Deview. Untangle all those devices sensibly. In fact, most of Nir’s utilities are pretty good http://www.nirsoft.net/
VIPRE Rescue is a command-line utility that will scan and clean an infected computer that is so infected that programs cannot be easily run http://live.sunbeltsoftware.com/
VirtualBox is a powerful, free x86 virtualization tool for Windows, Linux and more http://www.virtualbox.org/
Voidtools – everything search engine. Locate files and folders by name instantly. http://www.voidtools.com/
WinDirStat is a very good disk space usage visualization and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows http://windirstat.info/
Windows Installer CleanUp Utility for failed or partially installed software http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
Wireshark is a popular network protocol analyzer (sniffer), used in many industries and educational institutions. http://www.wireshark.org/
XML Notepad is a specialized MS XML editor with a small footprint. It has a Tree View and a Node Text View and a built-in XML Diff capability. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=72d6aa49-787d-4118-ba5f-4f30fe913628
ZoomIt lets you magnify portions of your screen while doing demos and presos, as well as draw on and annotate the screen. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb897434.aspx

source> http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/stu/tools/

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