System Administrators are also referred to as ‘Sysadmin’ and he is usually an individual within an organization who is accountable for maintenance, along with the required configuration and reliable and consistent operations of your computer system in a multi-user environment. He is the one who is required to perform a multitude of tasks ranging from installation, maintenance and required support of your computer systems to the scheduling of various important tasks to be performed by your computer system and providing solutions to any of the system outrages.
Each sysadmin regardless of his expertise or hand on experience in his field, does require some beneficial and handy tools to trail with. Windows operating system is a patent of Microsoft and it is just not like an open source software that are readily available just like UNIX or LINUX. So, whatever be the tools that a windows administrator requires are the reliable products of Microsoft. Some of these tools, you may get while installing windows on your laptop while several others of such tools can be easily downloaded by entering your credentials in the official website of Microsoft.
Nevertheless, there are innumerable open source tools that are readily available to Windows System Administrators for free, which thus helps a lot in handling the windows based setup ad installation on your laptop. Let’s have an insight into 6 such amazing, beneficial and handy tools used by the System Administrators for carrying out their maintenance related tasks in an organization:
1. Windows Power Shell:
Windows Power shell is one of the most desired tools that can help a System Administrator significantly in the automation of tasks. This tool has a command line shell that has somewhat similar look and syntax like UNIX shell or command like interface and the scripting language used in this tool has been incorporated well into the .NET framework. But the only limitation of this System Administrator tool is that the sysadmins are required to remember the commands to be used in the Power Shell and it does require a substantial effort and time as well to memorize those commands. The commands used in Power Shell are also referred to as ‘Cmdlets’ and are widely used to perform the common sys-administration tasks like maintaining event logs, managing the services, processes as well as the registry of the tasks and many more.
An acronym ‘AMANDA’ stands for ‘Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver’ and is usually considered as an amazing back up tool that is designed specifically to work with centralized back-up Servers, which is aimed at managing the remotely located servers as if they we are using these servers locally. Not only this, it accommodates both the windows servers and desktops quite efficiently and works in synchronization with even the single bit of vital information required by an organization ,just like sound project planning, up-to-date records of employees’ salaries and precise customer details and much more.
3. Windows Remote Server Administration Tools:
This is one of the most frequently used System Administration tool that assists System administrators in controlling the remotely located servers or the services that are usually installed on a remote located machines with Windows Operating system. But the only limitation of this tool is that this software tool can’t be installed on machines or laptops that have an installed either the home versions or standard editions of windows operating system. That is to say, this tool works significantly only on those machines that have been installed with the Enterprise or Professional editions of windows operating system.
4. Windows Performance Monitor:
This system administrator tool is basically used to Monitor or supervise the performance or throughput of your machine along with generating the diagnostic reports, when you initiate executing programs on it. It doesn’t have any contrasting features as compared to the default Task Manager Functionality of the windows operating system. This is not at all a simple tool to handle. That is to say, you need to have some prior knowledge of this tool before using it. This Sysadmin tool has an inbuilt capability termed as ‘Performance Counters’ that is basically used to measure how well the operating System or a driver, application or service is performing on your machine. Not only has this, but the accumulated counter data also helps you in controlling the systems flaws along with amending the various applications that is creating issues on your machines. Along with this, the Windows performance monitor tool also aids in the assembling of the system’s configuration information from the index values stored in the windows registry.
5. Resource Monitor Tool:
The Resource Monitor tool is quite handy and beneficial for Sysadmins because this tool clearly demonstrates all the details about the precise hardware usage on your machine. It specifically includes all the information about the usage of Memory, Network, CPU and Disk space usage. Besides this, the Resource Monitoring tool also modularizes the precise details of usage by a particular application, so that you can efficiently monitor the detailing’s of all the applications that running and consuming system resource’s along with the clear specification of all toe programs that are writing to the disk drive.
Wireshark has been licensed under GNU GPL (General Public License). This one is an open source Sysadmin network troubleshooting, communication protocol development and analysis tool. Initially this tool was named as Ethereal and is later retitled as Wireshark due to some brand issues. Wireshark is often considered as a packet analyzer that seizes the packets of information in the real time and illustrates them in presentable format. This Sysadmin software tool can compatibly runs on windows Operating systems along with UNIX, LINUX BSD, Solaris and Mac OS. By using this tool, you can easily view the network traffic from a live network connection or alternatively you can read the status of the network traffic from file that has already made the entry of the captured packets in the windows registry.
This is all about the 6 most amazing, beneficial and handy tools that can be used by System administrators for carrying out the various maintenance related tasks.