Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

455 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 90

Topic # 140681 17-Feb-2014 14:16
Send private message

I have recently moved from network/infrastructure work across to small server and PC work.

I have found a bunch of tools and utilities that have come in handy so far but wondering if others have any good recommendations for freeware tools etc that they could make.

Mainly I have been using tools from Nursoft for doing password and serial number recovery off running and dead machines. Also have a few boot disks with file/disk/virus tools on them.


Create new topic
3321 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 694


  Reply # 991450 20-Feb-2014 22:19
Send private message

I use mailpassview from nirsoft 
snadboy's revelation for showing passwords behind stars in general
NK2 editor from nirsoft

sysinternals process explorer

Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here

455 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 90

  Reply # 991555 21-Feb-2014 08:41
Send private message

Thanks for the reply Ray - those Nirsoft utils are very handy.

Thanks for the other suggestions.



547 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 122

  Reply # 991611 21-Feb-2014 09:08
Send private message

+1 for the sysinternals tools.

I would suggest learning some PowerShell.

1088 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 66

  Reply # 991624 21-Feb-2014 09:19
Send private message

I carry around a wallet of several USB drives, some with virus removal tools (manually locked to read only) and other tools.

Here is a dump of some of my most used tools:

Treesize Free (used to find large folders/files)

Firefox Portable (for use when you quickly need to test internet access)

NAS Performance Tester (Great for testing NAS network performance, or any other file share performance)

WinMTR (Great tool for running a constant ping that shows each "Hop")

HP Printer Doctor (Useful to track down issues with HP Printers)

I have all the software from, brilliant tools all over. you can download each section in one zip file which makes life easier.

I also have a bunch of CD's that i use also.

27 posts

+1 received by user: 1

  Reply # 995343 27-Feb-2014 10:44
Send private message

I use WSUS Offline a fair bit, can be handy


1505 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 454

  Reply # 995395 27-Feb-2014 11:41
Send private message

I hammer, very efficient when the darn thing won't do what you want it to and you have the threaten it.

5405 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1438

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 995400 27-Feb-2014 11:45
Send private message

Sysinternals for sure. Also you can usually install the actual MS administration tools locally on your machine - things like Hyper V Manager, VMM Manager, Failover Clustering Manager, etc and so on. Just google whatever remote service you want to administer and see if there is a Windows 7 MSI that can be installed to let you do it remotely.

454 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 95


  Reply # 995499 27-Feb-2014 14:06
Send private message

Treesize Free (used to find large folders/files) 

I user scanner to do this.. it creates a cascading pie graph which I find much easier to quickly trace the biggest problem on a drive than a tree list.

Warning: reality may differ from above post


753 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 91

  Reply # 995543 27-Feb-2014 14:50
Send private message

RoyalTS is what I use to manage multiple remote desktop sessions as well as a few putty ones. Really good and free for 10 or less connections.

[Amstrad CPC 6128: 128k Memory: 3 inch floppy drive: Colour Screen]

218 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 35

  Reply # 995547 27-Feb-2014 15:00
Send private message

Rescuecd on a USB stick for when the operating system or hard drive are completely borked

Also memtest for testing memory.

PowerShell +1 Built into windows. A steep learning curve if you are used to point and click system administration but worth it. If you become a PowerShell Ninja you will be amazed at your productivity

Obsequious hypocrite

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19

Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58

2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35

Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35

Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19

HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12

Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09

Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07

Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03

New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59

Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05

DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51

RackWare hybrid cloud platform removes barriers to enterprise cloud adoption
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:50

Top partner named at MYOB High Achievers Awards
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:48

Great ideas start in Gisborne with hackathon event back for another round
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:42

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.