System and network analysis
Using this MMC snap-in you can quickly visualize the userand group permissions of a local or remote folder or drive in a hierarchicalformat to help identify problems.
Wi-Fi Inspector is a powerful Wi-Fi management andtroubleshooting tool that allows you to locate and verify Wi-Fi devices, detectrogue Access Points, troubleshoot connections, and search for Wi-Fi networks.
Whois performs a lookup of the registration information of agiven IP address or domain name.
ShareEnum allows you to scan and view the security settingsof file shares on your network.
PipeList displays a list of named pipes on your system,including the number of active instances and the instance threshold.
TCPView allows you to view detailed TCP and UDP connectioninformation in a user friendly format.
The Dude from MicroTik can automatically scan all deviceswithin a given subnet and then draw and layout a map of your network.
The MBSA is a tool that can be used to detect missingsecurity updates and typical security misconfigurations.
WireShark is an interactive network protocol analyser andcapture utility. It provides for in-depth inspection of hundreds of protocolsand runs on multiple platforms.
Look@LAN allows you to quickly scan your network looking foractive nodes. It provides monitoring, reporting, logging and OS detectionfeatures.
RogueScanner will scan your network looking for roguedevices and access points, classifying them in a way that allows you to quicklysee what’s on your network.
Using this tool you can monitor, troubleshoot and diagnoseissues on your network. It has a Microsoft Office-like user interface.
SuperScan is a fast connection-based TCP port scanner,pinger and hostname resolution tool.
Blast is a lightweight TCP service stress test tool that canhelp pinpoint weaknesses in your network.
UDPFlood is a lightweight UDP service stress test tool thatsends out packets to a specified IP or port.
This tool allows you to quickly and easily track and manageyour network IP addresses.
NetStumbler is an application that allows you to detect thepresence of a wireless network using 802.11a/b/g. It is useful for detectingrogue access points, finding locations with poor signal, verifying networkconfigurations and determining the cause of wireless interference.
PingPlotter is a lightweight tracert application thatgenerates graphs to help you visualize the route of the packets from source todestination.
Using this tool you can quickly visualize the user and grouppermissions of a folder or shared drive in a hierarchical format. It can trackshare level permissions, provide a breakdown of share level and file levelpermissions and help identify why certain users have the permissions they do.
Angry IP Scanner is a fast standalone IP address and portscanner.
FreePortMonitor is a tool for monitoring servers andapplications on your network.
WirelessNetView monitors the activity of wireless networksin the area and displays information related to them, such as SSID, SignalQuality, MAC Address, Channel Frequency, etc.
BluetoothView monitors the activity of Bluetooth devices inthe area and displays information related to them, such as Device Name,Bluetooth Address, Device Type, etc.
Vision allows you to view all open TCP and UDP ports andthen maps them back to the owning process or application.
Attacker is a TCP/UDP port listener that allows you todefine a list of ports that you want it to listen on and it will notify youwhen a connection is established on that port.
Total Network Monitor is a comprehensive network monitoringapplication that allows you to view the state of your network. It iscustomizable and has advanced alerting features, letting you know whensomething is wrong.
This tool allows you to analyse your IIS logfiles todetermine website statistics such as number of visitors, number of downloads,etc.
ntop uses a web-based interface that allows you to monitornetwork traffic and statistics.
System testing and troubleshooting
Pinkie is a collection of network troubleshooting utilitiesthat allows pinging multiple hosts, forward and reverse DNS lookup, a pingsweeper, and a subnet calculator.
VMWare Player is a multi-platform virtualization solutionthat can be used to create and run multiple 32-bit or 64-bit virtual machines.Ideal for testing or development environments.
VirtualBox is a free, multi-platform general-purposevirtualization solution that can be used to create and run multiple virtualmachines. Ideal for testing or development environments.
ADInsight is a real-time monitoring tool used fortroubleshooting LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) clients.
Process Monitor allows you to monitor activity related toprocesses, threads, DLLs, the registry and file system in real-time. Useful fortroubleshooting application and system related issues.
SpiceWorks Network Troubleshooting is an all-in-one toolthat allows you to perform routine troubleshooting tasks such as killingprocesses remotely, access devices remotely, ping, tracert and nslookup, andeven compare the status of two devices.
RAMMap allows you to analyse physical memory allocation inyour system. You are able to determine how much file data is cached in RAM, howmuch RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers, etc.
Autoruns allows you to view which programs are configured torun at system boot up or login.
Using LogFusion you can view and monitor log files inreal-time.
Using Microsoft Log Parser you can generate acustom-formatted output file containing the results of multiple log filesources such as XML, CSV, Event Logs, or the Registry.
AppCrashView allows you to view Windows Error Reporting(*.WER) files in a simple user interface and then save the results intoTXT/CSV/HTML/XML file format.
RootKitRevealer allows you to detect the presence ofrootkits that operate by attempting to hide their files or registry entries.
System and network management
This tool allows you to calculate subnets and CIDR routesautomatically using its intuitive interface and auto-discovery feature.
The free version of EMCO Remote Installer (Starter edition)allows you to perform a software inventory of applications installed on yournetwork. You can retrieve and track changes as well as save reports.
ManagePC allows you to create an inventory of all yourmachines in the domain, including hardware, software, devices, patches, grouppolicies, etc.
Pandora FMS is a network monitoring solution that allows youto monitor multiple platforms, from Linux machines, to Solaris machine, toWindows machines. It provides alerts and reporting for CPU, disk and memoryusage, temperature, or even application values.
SNARE (System iNtrusion Analysis and Reporting Environment)allows you to install agents onto your server machines to facilitate thecentralized collection of logs, including Windows, Solaris, AIX, ISA Server, IISServer, SMTP, Exchange, Apache, etc.
OCS Inventory is an automated inventory and deploymentapplication. It allows you to determine what devices or software are installedon your network and deploy software or configuration scripts using a simpleweb-based interface.
Using the Zenoss Core application, you can monitor systemsavailability, performance, events and configuration across the network.
Unipress Free Help Desk is a simple yet powerful Help Desksolution that allows you to create, assign and receive issue tickets. Itcontains a web portal and knowledgebase for self-help.
Using this tool, you can easily manage and service requestsand create an inventory of installed software and network devices on yournetwork.
Cyberx Password Generator Pro allows you to create randomhighly secure passwords.
KeePass is a lightweight, user-friendly password manager. Itallows you to store all your passwords in a central location that is encryptedusing military grade encryption.
Using TweakUAC you can quickly enable, disable UAC or set itto quiet mode.
The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit allows youto evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues during thepre-deployment phase of a Windows 7, Windows Vista, or new Internet Explorerversion installation.
ExtraSpy Employee Monitor allows you to monitor employeeactivities across your network to help detect misuse of company property orunproductive individuals.
Using this tool you can centrally manage access control ofremovable media on your network.
FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client.
The Wake On Lan 2 .NET tool allows you to manually orautomatically power on, restart or shutdown machines or devices over your localnetwork.
Speccy is a system information tool that allows you toquickly see comprehensive details related to your machine.
ADExplorer is an advanced Active Directory viewer and editortool. It allows you to navigate through an Active Directory database and viewand edit object properties and attributes.
ADRestore allows you to restore deleted Windows Server 2003Active Directory server objects.
File and disk management
Disk2vhd allows you to create a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) of alive machine, which can then be loaded using Microsoft Virtual PC or MicrosoftHyper-V.
Using Defragler you can defrag individual files on an NTFSor FAT32 file system.
PageDefrag allows you to view the defragmentation status ofthe system Page File and Registry Hives and defragments them. It also allowsyou to defragment events logs and Windows 2000/XP hibernation files.
PsPad is a powerful text editor that can be used as asubstitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, filecomparison, etc.
Using MD5Summer, you can quickly generate MD5 hashes forfiles within a folder, allowing you to ensure or verify file integrity.
Universal Viewer is a multi-format file viewer that allowsyou to view different file types from a single interface. Supported fileformats include Text, Image, MS Office, Audio, Video, amongst others.
FreeCommander is a comprehensive file manager that aims tobe an alternative to Windows Explorer.
Using Recuva you can recover files you accidentally deletedfrom your machine.
Steganos LockNote allows you to securely store confidentialnotes such as license keys, passwords, phone numbers, etc. It uses AES-256encryption to store your text in a self-executable container that requires apassword to open it.
SyncToy is an application that can be used as a backuputility to synchronized files and folders between two locations.
7-Zip is a powerful file archiving utility with a highcompression ratio that supports a multitude of compression formats, including7z, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, CAB, MSI, etc.
PeaZip is a cross-platform file and archive manager thatsupports volume spanning, high levels of compression and encryption and supportfor a wide range of archiving formats.
Bacula is a suite of applications that allow for the backup,recovery and verification of data across a network.
Areca Backup is a file-based backup application thatsupports incremental, image and delta backups to a local drive or an FTPserver.
Directory Synchronize Pro is a powerful synchronizationutility used to synchronize the contents of a directory to a given location. Itprovides scheduling, filtering, and logging functionality.
Amanda is a powerful multi-platform backup and archivingapplication that supports tape, disk, and optical media. Using a single masterbackup server, you can set Amanda to backup multiple clients across yournetwork.
WebSyncrhonizer allows you to manually or automaticallybackup, replicate and synchronize files to an FTP server or across yournetwork.
KGB Archiver is a file archiving tool with a high level ofcompression that uses AES-256 for its encryption feature.
Iometer is a disk I/O performance analysis tool that allowsyou to perform stress tests and displays the read and write speed of aspecified drive.
Notepad++ is a powerful text editor that can be used as asubstitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, filecomparison, etc.
Performance and availability monitoring
HyperV Performance Monitor allows you to monitor CPU,Memory, Disk and Network utilization of your Microsoft Hyper-V virtual servers.It displays the results in a dashboard.
Nagios is a powerful network monitoring tool that allows youto ensure that your critical systems, applications and services are always upand running. It provides features such as alerting, event handling, andreporting.
Exchange Health Monitor allows you to monitor CPU and memoryresource utilization, mail queue status, POP/IMAP performance counters, mailboxusers, etc of your Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010 servers. It displays theresults in a dashboard.
Kratos Exchange Monitor will continuously monitor yourMicrosoft Exchange Servers and provide a real-time view of its health,including mail queues, CPU and memory utilization, hard drive space, etc.
Windows Health Monitor allows you to monitor CPU and memoryresource utilization, disk usage and I/O, running applications, etc of yourWindows Client and Server machines. It displays the results in a dashboard.
Free Ping Tool monitors the availability of servers,routers, switches, mail servers and web servers using the power of ICMP ping.It displays the results in a dashboard.
The SQL Health Monitor Tool will monitor the performance andavailability of your Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008 servers. It can monitorCPU, memory and disk usage, as well as SQL specific parameters such as pagereads/writes and buffer cache. It displays the results in a dashboard.
Using the VM Configuration Tool you can configure VMWare ESXvirtual servers options like increasing or decreasing RAM and allocating moreCPUs. It also monitors the performance of the virtual machines, reporting onCPU, memory, disk and network utilization.
This tool allows you to monitor any SNMP devices on yournetwork, ensuring their availability and performance.
QCheck is a small yet powerful network performancemanagement tool that allows you to quickly check network response times,TCP/UDP throughput, streaming traffic, and troubleshoot wireless networkperformance problems.
A small, lightweight tool for monitoring local and remotehosts to determine if they are alive or not.
Remote Desktop Manager is a tool that allows you tocentrally manage your remote connections. It support RDP, VNC, TeamViewer, FTP,SSH, Telnet, etc.
TightVNC is a cross-platform lightweight application usedfor remotely administering clients and server machines.
RDCMan allows you to manage multiple remote desktop sessionsfrom a single interface.
Terminals is a secure multi-tab remote connection managementclient. It supports both terminal services and remote desktop client and allowsyou to better manage multiple connections from a single interface.
PsFile displays a list of files on a system that are openedremotely and allows you to close them.
Net Tools is a comprehensive set of monitoring, networkscanning, security and administration tools packed into an intuitive and userfriendly UI. It includes 175 utilities including an Advanced Port Scanner, TCPPacket Sniffer, Bandwidth Monitor, Hash MD5 Checker, Fast FTP Client, andStandard Encrypter.
The ‘Free Windows Tools 2’ kit contains a set of freeWindows tools for Network Administrators, including the Remote Task ManagerTool, Wake on LAN, Software Inventory Tool, Remote Command Prompt Tool, GPOUpdate, Shutdown/Restart Tool, Join/Unjoin Computer Tool, Currently Logged OnUser, Hard Disk Space Detector Tool, Local Users/Groups List Tool, NetworkShare Browser Tool, and Laptop Battery Power Monitor Tool.
NetTools Pro is a set of tools that network administratorscan use for monitoring, network scanning, security and administration.
Free IP Tools is a collection of common tools used totroubleshoot network applications and services in a single interface. Itincludes tools such as PortScan, TraceRoute, Shares, SNMPAudit, etc.
PsTools is a suite of tools that help you to administer yoursystems. The tools including in the package allow you to display, execute andkill processes remotely, retrieve system and logon information, and controlaccount passwords and services.