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Ultimate Geek

# 140681 17-Feb-2014 14:16
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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.


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Uber Geek


  # 991450 20-Feb-2014 22:19
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I use mailpassview from nirsoft 
snadboy's revelation for showing passwords behind stars in general
NK2 editor from nirsoft

sysinternals process explorer

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Ultimate Geek

  # 991555 21-Feb-2014 08:41
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Thanks for the reply Ray - those Nirsoft utils are very handy.

Thanks for the other suggestions.



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Ultimate Geek

  # 991611 21-Feb-2014 09:08
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+1 for the sysinternals tools.

I would suggest learning some PowerShell.

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Uber Geek

  # 991624 21-Feb-2014 09:19
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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.

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  # 995343 27-Feb-2014 10:44
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I use WSUS Offline a fair bit, can be handy


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Uber Geek

  # 995395 27-Feb-2014 11:41
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I hammer, very efficient when the darn thing won't do what you want it to and you have the threaten it.

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  # 995400 27-Feb-2014 11:45
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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.


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Ultimate Geek


  # 995499 27-Feb-2014 14:06
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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


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Ultimate Geek

  # 995543 27-Feb-2014 14:50
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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.

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Master Geek

  # 995547 27-Feb-2014 15:00
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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

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