Tools/Utilities for MS 2008 network administrator

What tools/utilities are most useful for a MS 2008 network administrator?  Please include whether free or not.
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Active Directory AD Auditor - Track changes to your AD - Not Free

I like Hyena. Definitely not free, but it is worth the cost.
everything you want is in the server manager of windows 2008 basically.
Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
Well sysinternals: (free)
PRTG: (free up till 20 sensors)

But then there are a LOT of tools out there (have a look at:, you will have to try and experiment which work the best for you in your IT environment.
Just play around with everything you come acreoss and build your own toolkit.

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