I am used to using linux and it's cool tools to admin hundreds of linux systems.
Now I have hundreds of windows 2k3 and 2k8 systems that appear to have been "minimally" maintained.
Yes we have a snmp monitoring system but it does not do the full job, it misses issues like "Duplicate IP address" being shown on the screen or perhaps a "missing in action domain controller" .
what tool / tool can I get for free / cheap to admin these systems ? I would like to remotely check out the event logs and perhaps run some heath-check commands ( perhaps a drive is full ? ).
Or team just happens to be savy with ruby/rails