Saturday, December 4, 2010

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.
Acronis True Image with Universal Restore - Disk Imaging tool
Belarc Advisor - Audits installed software, list keys, hardware, Microsoft patches, and generates a report
Clonezilla is an OpenSource clone system with unicasting and multicasting! Goodbye to Ghost
CPUz. Accurate PC motherboard, RAM, graphics card details and MUCH more without opening up the box
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.
DBAN - Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.
Desktop Restore is a tiny shell extension that records the position of your desktop icons and lets you easily restore your favorite desktop layout.
ExamDiff is a good file-comparison tool
File-Rescue Plus is an easy to use recovery utility to remotely scan WindowsHard Drives, and removable media
GParted is the GNOME partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions.
InfraRecorder is a graphical tool for burning ISO images. Supports many DVD and CD drives that are available, burn ISO images, CDs and DVDs.
Iometer is great to pound on hard drives - a good I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool
Kdiff3 is a file-comparison tool that does unicode, editing, directories and 3 way merge, all for free.
Kon-Boot - Log into any local or domain account on a pc without a password. Very cool tool.
Lansweeper is a network inventory tool that performs hardware scanning, software scanning, and reporting on Active Directory (AD) users. Needs SQL.
LUA BugLight - For finding out where a program hangs with it run under restricted mode so you can make system changes
MyDefrag-4.0 - Flexible Hard Drive Defrag program with a scripting language
Nmap Security Scanner version 5.00.
Norton removal tool. LOL:
Notepad++ features a tabbed interface, syntax highlighting for all popular programming and scripting languages, bracket matching, and macro recording.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - Boot CD that can change local account passwords
Paint.NET is a huge improvement over Windows' built-in Paint program for image manipulation.
Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list.
PEESR - Periodic Emailed Event Summary Report. Order today and save 10% with coupon code SUNB-PXTO-SAUG
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.
SpinRite Boot CD - Hard Disk recovery tool
Sunbelt Sandbox. Upload suspicious files to the Sunbelt Labs and have them scanned. Similar to VirusTotal
Superscan 3.0 - fast little port scanner. A quick way to tell whats on the network.
Sysinternals - An sysadmin's best friend - especially Process Explorer that shows why a PC is slow
Total Commander is a powerful shareware file manager for all flavors of Windows
TrueCrypt. Brilliant file and whole-disk encryption
UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem.
Ultimate Boot CD has over 100 tools for diagnostics and repair.
Ultra VNC. Say no more:
UltraTech's list of tools that needs some updating but has dozens of popular tools and their links
USB Deview. Untangle all those devices sensibly. In fact, most of Nir's utilities are pretty good
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
VirtualBox is a powerful, free x86 virtualization tool for Windows, Linux and more
Voidtools - everything search engine. Locate files and folders by name instantly.
WinDirStat is a very good disk space usage visualization and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows
Windows Installer CleanUp Utility for failed or partially installed software
Wireshark is a popular network protocol analyzer (sniffer), used in many industries and educational institutions.
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.
ZoomIt lets you magnify portions of your screen while doing demos and presos, as well as draw on and annotate the screen.

Source:Sunbelt Software


  1. right click, saved.

    very helpfull. Thanks

  2. Wow this is very helpful! I'm gonna refer back to this. Thanks.

  3. My admin bag consists of a couple different linux distros. Using superior operating system to fix worthless operating systems for almost a decade now.

  4. many good ones here I wasn't aware of, thanks

  5. Very very helpful, bookmarked, thanks a lot!

  6. I've only heard of a couple of these. A lot of them seem very useful. I'll have to bookmark this!