Free System Administrator Tools for Windows | Online CBT Training
There are two sites with free tools that administrators need to know about and peruse often.
Sysinternals has been around for a while and was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.
Some of the tools that are pretty popular include AutoRuns (which shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them) Process Monitor v2.95 (shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity) and Desktops (which allows you to have up to 4 different virtual desktops). Two of our favorite tools is BGInfo (which automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more) and ZoomIt v4.2 (which is a zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations). These are just a handful of tools… there are lots more and you should take some time to see which ones you can utilize in your environment.
CodePlex is a unique site. Here is what is said on the home page: “CodePlex is hosted by Microsoft. Microsoft does not control, review, revise, endorse or distribute the third party projects on this site. Microsoft is hosting the CodePlex site solely as a web storage site as a service to the developer community.”
There are tons of tools you can benefit from within the CodePlex site. You have to take your time to search for them. ClipTraining’s J. Peter Bruzzese has highlighted some of these tools in his InfoWorld column (Enterprise Windows) entitled: CodePlex offers invaluable open source tools for Windows admins
Some of the tools that have been highlighted include Core Configurator (a GUI tool for working with Server Core systems) and Exchange 2010 RBAC Manager (a tool for working with RBAC). In the article “5 tips for SharePoint 2010 deployment and configuration” the AutoSPInstaller tool was highlighted (which helps you install SharePoint and maintains more organized SQL databases than the standard installation wizard).
So, we hope these sites will prove invaluable to you admins out there that are always looking for a little more help!