Please share with me your utility favorites.
Here's the deal:
I want to make sure, I get the best utilities to make my job easier. So, I am going to evaluate your utility favorites and may/may not impliment them on my domain. I am making this a 500 pt question because I am hoping to share points between the comments.
I have two domain controllers (either 2003 or 2008 server Std edition) that service a site. Then there is one (2003 server) security server/backup server, and about 50 computers on that site with a mixture of XP Pro and Vista. But, I have 22 sites.
These are my favorites so far:
--I use Symmtime on each PDCe to synch my servers to an outside time source. Then I set up flags to make the PDCe the authoritative time server for the domains.
-- on the same site I have domain time check. that monitors my time servers and how the domain is syncrhonized to them.
--I use Event Sentry to monitor event logs. I am just getting my feet wet on this utility, and I like what I see so far.
--I use the server's services for group policy and GPMC, WSUS, AD, DNS, DHCP, and like centralizing it under MMC console.
--I love this free utility called Angry IPscan that will check IPs and ports to those IPs on a IP space or on an individual computer.
--I use Harris Stat scan to scan my system for security vulnerabilities and *really* like it.
--I use Acronis enterprise addition to backup my datar and have experienced very good luck with it. This one I won't sway from.
--I love sysinternals "process monitor" to check for CPU usage, but would like a domain-based utility for monitoring CPU usage.
--I also like "speedfan" for monitoring CPU core temperatures, but would like a domain tool for warning me if the core temp on one computer is a bit high.
This is what I need most of all: (in order)
1) I need the ability to scan the network for network inventory of software and hardware, while also looking at MS product keys for the possibility of duplicate keys that are not my volume licenses. I know Belar advisor does this, but they want a fortune to cover us on this utility.
2) I need ideas for network troubleshooting:
Currently I rely upon the server support utilities. with netdom, dcdiag, netdiag, ping, portquery, browstat, nbtstat, ect...... But there is a limit to their capabilities. Have any ideas on this?
3) I would like something that looks at the domain shares and tells me the permissions on them. I saw one called tree. I am looking for something similar.
4) Is ther any cool utilities I missed?
So, let me pick your brain.
Please help me keep within the tiny budget and focus more on site or domain utilities if you can.