Here are 10 of the best free admin tools for carrying out everyday administrative tasks and troubleshooting system issues. These tools should help you to perform a routine task or identify and fix a problem more quickly.
BareTail is a real-time log file monitoring tool that allows you to simultaneously monitor multiple files for changes. You can watch files as they change and configure visual indicators to highlight changes within the contents of the file. BareTail does not require installation and support files of GBs in size.
NirLauncher bundles more than 200 portable freeware utilities into a single interface. The different categories of tools—ranging from network tools, system tools, or web browsers tools—allow you to troubleshoot issues and gather information from systems.
Some of the tools bundled with NirSoft NirLauncher include:
Joeware Utilities are a bunch of free troubleshooting and system information tools built by a full-time IT admin to solve technical issues he encountered over the years. Some of the tools include:
Note: Each of the tools found in the Joeware Utilities collection can be incorporated into the NirSoft NirLauncher for convenience and portability.
The Microsoft SysInternals Suite comprises of almost 70 SysInternals tools rolled up into a single package. All these tools are designed to help you manage, troubleshoot, and diagnose system and application issues.
Some of the most popular tools bundled in the Microsoft SysInternals Suite include:
Hiren’s BootCD is marketed as “a first aid kit for your computer” and comes packed with data recovery tools, data wiping tools, system information tools, partitioning tools, antivirus, anti-spyware tools, and many more.
Last updated in 2012, Hiren’s BootCD still remains one of the most respected Rescue CDs on the open source market. It is downloadable as an ISO for easy installation onto a USB or CD.
The boot menu allows you to boot into the MiniXP environment, the Linux®-based rescue environment, run a series of command-line tools, or boot directly from a specified partition.
Remote Desktop Manager Free allows you to quickly and easily manage all of your remote connections, passwords, and virtual machines from a centralized interface.
Remote Desktop Manager Free supports connection types including RDP, VNC, SSH®, Telnet, Remote Assistance, pcAnywhere®, and TeamViewer®. It has an in-built password generator, a password management feature with web browser integration, as well as VPN connection management.
Greenshot is an impressively simple, effective, and feature-rich screenshot capture tool. Using pre-defined hotkeys, you can quickly and easily capture specific portions of the screen—a region, a window, or the entire screen.
The built-in image editor allows you to annotate, obfuscate, highlight, and add text to the image. The export capability can send screenshots to a file, printer, Microsoft® Office application, or the clipboard.
CloneZilla™ is a disk imaging tool that allows you to clone servers and desktops with ease. It comes in two editions—CloneZilla Live and CloneZilla SE (Server Edition). CloneZilla Live is a bootable Linux distro used to clone machines individually, whereas CloneZilla SE is a package you install and configure on Linux that will push images to multiple clients simultaneously over the network.
With KeePass, your passwords are stored in a local database secured using military grade encryption. This tool is lightweight, easy to use, and also comes as a portable version that you can run off a USB. Features include intuitive searching, a password generator, and the ability to easily transfer the database from one machine to another.
WinSCP is an FTP/SFTP/SCP/WebDAV client for Windows that allows file transfer between a local and remote host. Features include a basic file manager, integrated text editor, scripting engine, easy-to-use interface with drag-and-drop functionality, and a master password that uses a strong AES cipher to protect stored site passwords. WinSCP is also available as a portable version, allowing you to run it directly off a USB drive.
Andrew Tabona is a cybersecurity analyst and freelance technical writer.
Find out how SolarWinds® MSP Remote Monitoring & Management can help you do your job more effectively.
© 2017 SolarWinds MSP UK Ltd. All rights reserved.