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      Paolo Maffezzoli
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      Hello all,

      many sysadmin have a favorite list of must-have tools that you could not live without.
      I wonder what are your favorite tools ?

      The basic idea about this post is make a list of helpful tool that can be shared in the community.

       

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      Paolo Maffezzoli
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      And here a short list of my favorites tools :

      • Notepad++
      • RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10)
      • Tools from the Sysinternals Suite, AccessChk, Autoruns, Process Explorer, Process Monitor and others.
      • PingInfoView (Nirsoft), a small utility that allows you to easily ping multiple host names and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table
        TreeSize
      • USB Disk Ejector, allows you to quickly remove USB (and firewire) drives in Windows.
        DeviceTool, a Device Manager for administrators. DeviceTool can enable and disable devices remotely – and run on Windows 10.
      • Rufus, a small portable tool to create bootable USB Flash drives, includes an option to download the Windows.
      • Microsoft WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool, designed to aid the WSUS administrator in troubleshooting client machines which may be failing to report back to the WSUS Server.
      • Putty
      • RVTools, windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter.
      • vCenter Converter, quickly converts local and remote physical machines into virtual machines without any downtime.
      • Starwind V2V Converter, makes VM and virtual disk migration between different hardware sets easier by booting the migrated VM in Windows Repair Mode.

       

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        Paul Tower
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        mRemoteNG – Free tabbed remote desktop management tool.  Allows you to save different credentials for various machines.  I just wish they had a search.

        SecureCRT – paid ssh management tool – remote into switches, routers, etc.

        PDQ Deploy/Inventory – paid application management software, scan machines to see what’s out there, update install or remove software on a schedule

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          Surendra
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          I love PDQ Inventory & PDQ Deploy, make my work easier.

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      Luc Fullenwarth
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      That really depends on the context of your work.

      For example, someone working with VMware will not have the same tools as someone working with Microsoft HyperV

      But basically:

      • PowerShell
      • Notepad++
      •  VS Code
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      Leos Marek
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      • ASG Remote Desktop – best RDP tool I know – free for max 3 connections, unlimited connections + option to have connections/credentials in SQL database in paid version
      • Powershell ISE
      • ISE-Steroids – paid plugin to ISE
      • Keepass – ultimate tool for password management, amazing auto-type feature
      • Greenshot – really nice, rich, easy and free print screen tool
      • f.lux – adapts screen color temperature based on day time – eye saver
      • Ditto  – easy clipboard manager
      • Filezilla – FTP client/server
      • WinSCP – transfer files over SSH
      • PAL 2.0 – performance log analyzer
      • Regshot – capture Registry snapshot allowing to compare the Registry before and after some changes
      • TreeSizePortable – disk space info
      • BlueScreenView – BSOD dump analyzer

      + tools you already mentioned like RVTools, Putty,Notepad++, RSAT

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      Luc Fullenwarth
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      Yeah! Forgot KeePass!!!
      Thanks Leos!

      And also forgot RDP, because sometimes you have to execute your PowerShell cmdlets directly on the server instead inside a remote PS session.
      However, because I am going from customer to customer, I prefer to stick to free products instead of having every time to change my habits for each customer. Therefore Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager is my choice. Otherwise Royal TS could also be a could alternative.

      Thus my list is:

      • PowerShell
      • Notepad++
      • VS Code
      • KeePass
      • Remote Desktop Connection Manager
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        Leos Marek
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        Hey Luc,

        check out invoke-commandAs module for powershell, it allows to execute commands remotely under the target system account 🙂

        I was using ASG Remote in free version for years until we purchased it. Even with 3RDP connection limit I love the credentials management there.

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          Paolo Maffezzoli
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          @Leos, I didn’t know ASG Remote, I’d like to test this program. Do you have info if VNC protol support is supported ?
          BTW, in my case I use he Remote Desktop Manager for server management through the WAN , here the interesting 4SYSOPS post : FREE: Remote Desktop Manager – A powerful RDP client .

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          Leos Marek
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          List of supported protocols 🙂

          What I like the most is that you can save as many credentials as you want for different domains/customers and then you can either create a connection database for each server/customer and assign those credentials. Or you can use Quick connect where you simply type hostname/IP and select credentials from the popup menu. Really powerful!

           

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        • #1091937
          Paolo Maffezzoli
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          Thanks Leos !

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          Luc Fullenwarth
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          @gibon

          Yes I discovered the invoke-commandAs module lately.
          However, usually it’s a double-hop problem and I am too lazy to handle it with alternate credentials.
          But thanks for the reminder, I problably should use it more often than I currently do… 🙂

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      Paolo Maffezzoli
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      Thank you Leos and Luc!

      Here other tools for network and remote control.

      Remote Desktop and Remote Control Tools

      • TightVNC
      • Remote Desktop Manager (Devolutions)

      Network Monitoring Tools

      • Angry IP Scanner
      • Wireshark
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      • #1091983
        Luc Fullenwarth
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        Oh yeah Paolo,
        You reminded me that I also use Microsoft Message Analyzer (instead of Wireshark).

        My updated list is:

        • PowerShell
        • Notepad++
        • VS Code
        • KeePass
        • Remote Desktop Connection Manager
        • Microsoft Message Analyzer

        My goal is to keep this list :

        • as short as possible
        • portable (I can use all tools to whichever customer I go) which means they downloadable from anywhere and must also be free

        I remember a promise from ‘Jeffrey Snover’ the inventor of PowerShell:

        “If you learn PowerShell, this is the only and last thing you need to learn because you will be able to do everything with it”.

        Not completely true because configuring GPOs with PowerShell is not really feasable…
        However, thanks to PowerShell I don’t need too many tools as a SysAdmin.

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      Carlos Montoya
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      Some of the tools that make my life easier at work are:

      WIRESHARK: Wireshark is a free and open-source packet analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. (Careful, must have written consent from CEO before using)

      Kali-Linux: Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd  (Careful, must have written consent from CEO before using)

      Angry IP Scanner: Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of gathered data about each host can be extended with plugins.

      Recuva: Recuva is an undeletion program for Windows, developed by Piriform. It is able to undelete files that have been marked as deleted; the operating system marks the areas of the disk in which they were stored as free.

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      Paolo Maffezzoli
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      Other helpful tools :

      • Wipe 18.01 , powerful security tool, it allows to clear browser history and cache, cleaning index.dat files, etc.
      • DOSBox 0.74-3 , an open source DOS emulator to run old DOS programs. Not for a daily activity but helpful in case you need.
      • Spotlight , a nice System Information Viewer
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      Swapnil Kambli
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      Two tools commonly used for storage performance troubleshooting:
      -Windows Performance Analyzer
      -SQLIO

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      Paolo Maffezzoli
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      Some additional tools:

      • FreeFileSync- Synchronize Files and Folders
      • XnShell, extension for Windows Explorer, it allows to resize, convert, rotate images from the context menu
      • Rufus, USB Formatting Utility
      • Ultimate Boot CD, Live Rescue CD based on Debian
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