Sunday, January 10, 2010

Important Free Tools For Windows Administrators!

Microsoft Network Monitor
Definitely, you should know about the Microsoft Network Monitor, it is a Network Protocol Analyzer is used to capture, view and analyze the network traffic. Now, the version 3.3 Network Monitor is available for download in 32 and 64 bit versions.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a user friendly and easy to handle tool. It has been especially used to help administrators of small and medium-sized business ensure that the Windows based computers are secured. Moreover, you can use MBSA in order to determine the security state of your computers in accordance with Microsoft Security recommendations. At the same time, MBSA offers specific remediation guidance for security problems like misconfigurations and missing security updates.

In addition, the current version was MBSA 2.1 is available in 32 and 64 bit versions, but is not compatible with Windows 7. However, a new version that supports Windows 7 is due to be released sometime in the future.

Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool

Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool is used to help network administrator in order to troubleshoot the errors related to networks. At the same time, if focuses primarily on Internet Protocol security (IPsec) and checks for common network problems on the host machine and if any problem finds, it suggests repair commands. Moreover, Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool is able to collect IPsec policy information on the system and parses the IPsec logs to try determining the reason for the error.
At the same time, you can have the trace collection for virtual private network (VPN) connection, the Network Access Protection (NAP) client, Windows Firewall, Group Policy updates and wireless and system events.

Windows Sysinternals Suite
The Windows Sysinternals Suite is used to troubleshoot the issues with Windows-based computers. A set of tools for troubleshooting is used in this suite to troubleshoot the issues. It is originally developed by Winternals Software LP, which is acquired by Microsoft in 2006. We have given some useful and famous tools of this suite below.
•    Autoruns:
It lets you see what are the programs configured to start up automatically when the system boots. Moreover, it is able to display the full list of registry and file locations where applications are able to configure the autostart settings.
•    BgInfo:
The tool is able to automatically generate the desktop backgrounds that comprise important information about the system like IP addresses, Computer name, Network adapters and much more.
Process Explorer:
As the name suggests, the tool lets you find out the opened files, registry keys and other objects, which Dynamic Link libraries are loaded and who owns the process.

•    Process Monitor:
Even this is used to monitor the file system, registry, process, thread and DLL activity on your computer in real time.
•    PsTools:
It is set of command-line tools and used for listing the processes that run on local or remote computers at present. And used for running processes remotely, rebooting computers, dumping event logs and to perform other tasks.
•    RootkitRevealer:
It is used to scan the system for rootkit-based malware.
•    ShellRunas:
It is used to launch programs as a different user using a shell context-menu entry.
•    TCPView:
It is used to view active sockets on the computer in real time.