In this article my aim is to list down the tools that are important for a Windows System Administrator (The Must Have!!)
1) The Basic:
First of all the basics Ping, telnet, traceroute, whois net and netstat one must be familiar to these tools as no matter how basic, yet these tools will be start of most troubleshooting process.
Then we move on toTCPView, procexp (Process Explorer), procmon (Process Monitor) and psexec (Execute processes remotely) which are essential in system monitoring, tracing and troubleshooting. In fact I would suggest to install the compelte SysInternals Suit my Mark Russonowich.
3) Windows Administration Tools:
Moving on, the third most important thing is Windows Administration Tools, out of which I will list some of the important ones; Remote Desktop Services Manager, Active Directory Administrative Center, Active Directory Sites and Services, Group Policy Management, Hyper-V Manager, Debugging Tools for Windows and Windows PowerShell etc.
4) Secure Remote Access Tools
Connectivity tools like putty and winscp403.
5) Packet Tracer
Any packet tracer would do but WireShark
is probably the best and it is free.
6) Network Scanning Tool
is the one tool, every system administrator must try to use more and more, and not only for network scanning but for OS fingerprints, audits and troubleshooting.
7) Auditing tools
One should have MBSA
but the one I have liked is PSI Scan, very rich and audits almost all major windows applicaiotns on client computer.
8) Miscellaneous Tools
Following are some miscellaneous but very helpful tools;
is a very useful tool for accessing and editing user''s terminal service profile settings in AD
: for advance troubleshooting
: The classic sniffer for network monitoring and data acquisition
: Convenient packet matching & display
GnuPG / PGP
: Secure your files and communication w/advanced encryption
: HDD analysis with excellent visuals
: For ease of access to remote server using RDP
When I say Google as a tool, I am referring to Google as a very powerful search engine. You can find out anything on internet using Google.
go to www.portableapps.com
download and install in a USB stcik, and you have the liberty to port the most important tools you need to any where you can take that USB stick.
11) System Cleanup and Security
* Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
Hopefully in times to come we will discuss many examples which will involve the use of these tools.