We know administrators love those tools that make life easier – especially when they’re free! So here are some of them!Any free tools you know of that are missing from this list? Leave us a comment!
Using this MMC snap-in you can quickly visualize the user and group permissions of a local or remote folder or drive in a hierarchical format to help identify problems.
Wi-Fi Inspector is a powerful Wi-Fi management and troubleshooting tool that allows you to locate and verify Wi-Fi devices, detect rogue Access Points, troubleshoot connections, and search for Wi-Fi networks.
TCP View allows you to view detailed TCP and UDP connection information in a user friendly format.
The MBSA is a tool that can be used to detect missing security updates and typical security misconfigurations.
Look@LAN allows you to quickly scan your network looking for active nodes. It provides monitoring, reporting, logging and OS detection features.
Using this tool you can monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose issues on your network. It has a Microsoft Office-like user interface.
Blast is a lightweight TCP service stress test tool that can help pinpoint weaknesses in your network.
NetStumbler is an application that allows you to detect the presence of a wireless network using 802.11a/b/g. It is useful for detecting rogue access points, finding locations with poor signal, verifying network configurations and determining the cause of wireless interference.
Ping Plotter is a lightweight tracert application that generates graphs to help you visualize the route of the packets from source to destination.
Bluetooth View monitors the activity of Bluetooth devices in the area and displays information related to them, such as Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Device Type, etc.
VMWare Player is a multi-platform virtualization solution that 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-purpose virtualization solution that can be used to create and run multiple virtual machines. Ideal for testing or development environments.
SpiceWorks Network Troubleshooting is an all-in-one tool that allows you to perform routine troubleshooting tasks such as killing processes remotely; access devices remotely, ping, tracert and nslookup, and even compare the status of two devices.
RAM Map allows you to analyze physical memory allocation in your system. You are able to determine how much file data is cached in RAM, how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers, etc.
Autoruns allows you to view which programs are configured to run at system boot up or login.
Using LogFusion you can view and monitor log files in real-time.
Using Microsoft Log Parser you can generate a custom-formatted output file containing the results of multiple log file sources such as XML, CSV, Event Logs, or the Registry.
Root Kit Revealer allows you to detect the presence of rootkits that operate by attempting to hide their files or registry entries.
SNARE (System iNtrusion Analysis and Reporting Environment) allows you to install agents onto your server machines to facilitate the centralized collection of logs, including Windows, Solaris, AIX, ISA Server, IIS Server, SMTP, Exchange, Apache, etc.
Cyberx Password Generator Pro allows you to create random highly secure passwords.
KeePass is a lightweight, user-friendly password manager. It allows you to store all your passwords in a central location that is encrypted using military grade encryption.
FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client.
Disk2vhd allows you to create a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) of a live machine, which can then be loaded using Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V.
Using Defragler you can defrag individual files on an NTFS or FAT32 file system.
PageDefrag allows you to view the defragmentation status of the system Page File and Registry Hives and defragments them. It also allows you to defragment events logs and Windows 2000/XP hibernation files.
7-Zip is a powerful file archiving utility with a high compression ratio that supports a multitude of compression formats, including 7z, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, CAB, MSI, etc.
PeaZip is a cross-platform file and archive manager that supports volume spanning, high levels of compression and encryption and support for a wide range of archiving formats.
Notepad++ is a powerful text editor that can be used as a substitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, file comparison, etc.
Free IP Tools is a collection of common tools used to troubleshoot network applications and services in a single interface. It includes tools such as PortScan, TraceRoute, Shares, SNMPAudit, etc.