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Must have Windows Systems Client-side tools and settings

What tools do you install on Windows systems on a regular basis - the 'can't live without' tools? (Edit : I mean to focus on more client tools for usage rather than sysadmin tools - as pointed out ...
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Tools for managing code deployment/versioning for IIS / Windows enviroments

Ive got a strong background in Linux and OSX, and just left a job where I was architecting systems based on those platforms. Now I've got a Windows Server running IIS that has a number of different ...
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Method for finding unnecessary indexes of an operational SQL Server database?

Besides wasting space on the database, unnecessary indexes on SQL Server can slow down insert and update operations. Developers who lack experience in database principles sometimes tend to create ...
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What is a good modern parallel SSH tool? [duplicate]

I have heard that pssh and clusterssh are two popular ones, but I thought I would open it to discussion here and see what the community's experiences with these tools were? What are the gotchas? Any ...
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Self-healing archive file format with redundancy

When I used RAR, I had an option to add some extra recovery data in order to be able to cope with a not-perfect medium (think floppy disks). It saved my day several times, specially when dealing with ...
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Desert Island Tools? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Server room survival kit? If you could pick five commands/tools to have with you to admin a system, what would they be?
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How can I prove that a web server and site are working?

We have a web server that is in our DMZ serving up a ASP.NET web application. The application has been live for around 2 months and working great but we are getting periodic emails from users saying ...
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Any cross-platform two-panel file manager? [closed]

Using a two-panel file manager really helps for some file operations. Midnight Commander is available for any Linux distribution. There's Servant Salamander for Windows. I have also looked at ...
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2answers
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Troubleshooting Group Policies?

we built a plain Windows 2008 Server park a few months back, and set up a few Group Policies. Most of them seem to work fine, but once in a while I have the feeling that one or more have not been ...
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Good internal wiki software

I am looking to deploy an internal wiki at work and im looking for a wiki that has a easy to use interface and WYSIWYG editor (For the people who cant find the start menu in vista :) ) Both free and ...
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5answers
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What are good command line utilites in Windows to monitor processes?

I would love to have ps, top, and time on Windows to monitor the performance of a developed C++ application on Windows from a remote shell. Are any of these available?
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Image software that can push to a network share

I am in a situation where our portable hard drive has taken a turn for the worst and now our only alternative is to push images to a network share. Unfortunaly norton ghost does not support networks ...
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10answers
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Find Sniffer on LAN

HI, What tools or techniques are available for *nix and Windows that help in finding if someone else on the LAN is using a sniffer? Having said that and strongly considering that there are tools out ...
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Convenient Windows equivalent to tail -f logfile?

Is there some convenient alternative to this on Windows? I always miss this away from Linux. And no I don't consider Cygwin or some other bash port to be "convenient". :) Either a small app that'll ...
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2answers
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How to remove dead SQL Server registrations from SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager?

We had some databases decommissioned recently, and my SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager still shows the server group I originally created containing those servers. I tried deleting the entire server ...
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4answers
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How to convert text file from Windows line breaks to Unix ones on Unix/Linux?

Is there a quick way to convert text file from Unix line breaks to Windows ones in Unix environment? I thought there could be a standard utility.
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2answers
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How can you test an external (USB) hard drive?

I have an external drive that has had issues with corrupt data in the past. However, I'm not sure if this is a physical problem with the drive, or whether it was just a file problem. Typically, I ...
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7answers
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Any tools for saving web pages and related links to view offline? [closed]

I am going on a vacation and will be bringing my laptop. I am trying to read during wait time (at the air port) and flight There are tons of articles to catch up. What would be a good way to save web ...
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3answers
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Tool to Show Real Time Disk Usage in Windows (XP, Vista) [closed]

If you run Task Manager (or Process Explorer) and minimise it, it puts an icon in the icon tray which shows current processor usage as a little bar graph. I would like to find a similar tool which ...
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7answers
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Secure Formatting Disks

I heard about people that used tools to recover deleted data and found a lot of unusual data, that after discovered that the their brand new pc in truth was used... When discarding HD's, as sysadmin, ...
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7answers
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What Good PostgreSQL Administration Tools Exist? [closed]

Does PostgreSQL have good performance or administration tools? I have been using postgres for quite some time now, but I still do not know a huge amount about ways to optimise and maintain a ...
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5answers
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Portable Virtual Machine Recommendation?

I want to set-up a virtual machine on a pen drive, but I don't know what VM software might be portable or if it's possible to run virtual machine software without installation. Just for starters, it ...
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42answers
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Tools a Unix administrator cannot live without [closed]

After administering Unix or Unix-like servers, what tools (command-line preferably) do you feel you cannot live without?
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11answers
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Free SQL Server tools [closed]

Anyone have an update to date list of Free administrative Tools for SQL Server. There is a forum post on SQLServerCentral but its pretty outdated. Please provide a link as some vendors do a pretty ...
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5answers
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Best Network Tape Backup tool

We have a medium sized network with both Windows and Linux servers (about 50 of each), and I'm just wondering what the best multi-OS backup solution for this situation is. Right now we are using ...
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4answers
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How do you burn an ISO image on a Mac? [closed]

Is there a utility built into the Mac software to allow for burning ISO downloaded from the internet. Or.. Is there a better utility on the Net for performing this function? Thank you, Keith
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6answers
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Essential Hardware Tools

When I'm taking hardware apart or (hopefully) putting it back together, I usually end up relying on my Leatherman Wave. Sometimes, though, that's clearly not the right tool for the job, or not the ...
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3answers
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Tools for conducting a Security Audit / Probe

What are some good tools to run tests validating a Windows server Web & DB server is properly secure? Are there any tools which are comprehensive and will scan for all the popular known ...
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11answers
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Tools for load-testing HTTP servers?

I've had to load test HTTP servers/web applications a few times, and each time I've been underwhelmed by the quality of tools I've been able to find. So, when you're load testing a HTTP server, what ...
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11answers
703 views

Sugestions for cleansing PC's before recycling / disposal

What procedures do people follow before recycling or disposing of old PC's? Do you: Remove the hard drive Damage it beyond repair Use a tool to completely wipe the hard drive. If so, which? Other ...
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2answers
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Method or tool to migrate Bugzilla to Team Foundation Server (TFS)

What's is the best method or tool Bugzilla posts to the Team Foundation Server (TFS)?
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16answers
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What are good tools to show disk usage (for Windows)? [closed]

I like to use TreeSize and WinDirStat. What else is out there, and why should I use it?
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4answers
368 views

Suggestions for recovery toolkit [closed]

For someone looking after a small 50 Windows PC network (Mainly XP - some Vista), what is a good set of recovery tools that can put installed on a USB drive (or perhaps CD?) to enable us to ...
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12answers
1k views

application monitoring tools

we're an ISV about to deploy our SaaS application over the internet to our end users, and are currently looking for an application monitoring solution. In addition to monitoring the usual OS-level ...
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MySQL monitoring tools

What tools do you use to monitor the health of your MySQL server instance? Are they for free or commercial?
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4answers
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What tools exist for identity management w/ Active Directory? [closed]

What products do you use to manage identity propagation in your environment? For example, Joe gets hired at the company. HR inputs Joe's profile in the HR employee management application. A ticket ...
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3answers
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What would be a barely-adequate portable virtual machine?

I want set up a virtual machine on a thumb drive and load it down with tools for repairing borked Windows installations. I figure i need just enough to piggy-back on the machine's installed drivers ...
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3answers
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Utilities for Managing Hyper-V

Outside of SCVMM and Powershell, are there any good utilities for managing a Hyper-V install?
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What is your list of programs to install to Mac OS X after a fresh install?

Similar to the Windows question, but for Mac OS X. I am looking for others' list of program that absolutely must be installed to a fresh install of Windows before going any further. I hope to ...
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2answers
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What are good tools/techniques for monitoring and debugging IIS performance problems?

I'm looking for the best tools/techniques for monitoring IIS performance problems and then debugging them. I'm particularly interested in ASP.NET applications. This may be a combination of tools or ...
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5answers
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What do you do to verify that your network is secure?

Securing a network can be a very difficult task. There are a lot of ins and outs hardware and software wise (users aside!) What steps do you take to verify that your network is secure? What tools ...
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26answers
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What tools should you absolutely know as a Windows/Linux Sysadmin? [closed]

What are tools/utilities that you should absolutely know while working as a Linux or Windows Sysadmin. I'm thinking for example about GNU/screen that you'll need if you're working on Linux servers.
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3answers
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Server Uptime Reporting and Tracking

My department maintains 6 servers running both Windows Server 2003 and Ubuntu Server. We have to report and track our uptime. I believe we have to have a 95% uptime and we have no real way to track ...
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1answer
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Best tool for managing IIS metabase [closed]

What is the best tool for managing IIS metabase? A free tool please.
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61answers
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Good tools that fit on a thumb drive [closed]

I have been on the lookout lately for some good tools to fill up my flash drive and I thought I would ask the Server Fault community for recommendations on good tools that will fit onto a thumb drive. ...
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9answers
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Open Source Image Software [closed]

I need an open source disk imaging application (something like Ghost or Acronis). Which one would you suggest?