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What tools should every sysadmin use that no one's heard of? [closed]

I'm wondering about tools that are powerful and that most system administrators either don't know about or don't use (but should). Thus, things like sudo, vi, emacs, dtrace, ps, and top are out. I ...
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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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Odd Tools and Techniques for System Administrators [closed]

There's been a lot of questions centering on Software Tools for System Administrators. But I would like to know about any odd physical tools or techniques that you've used; Something that you never ...
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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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Are there any good and lightweight LDAP querying tools? [closed]

As developers we sometimes need querying LDAP. Do you know useful tools for this task? edit: I don't mean in code, I mean utility/tool (command-line or gui, mostly gui) for just to look/confirm data, ...
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Good resources for Linux sysadmin tools, techniques and practices

Coming from a Windows background, i'm a little lost in terms of Linux so are there any good resorces etc for an experienced sysadm who is unfamiliar to Linux.
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Hard drive fail - How to regain confidence on the drive or make some use of it

After a hard drive fail (lots of corrupted sectors) I reformat it, but the drive give me no confidence to use it in production. Is there a tool to stress test so I know I can use it? In which ways ...
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Tools to test multicast routing

I am looking for a good simple tool that runs on a standard OS (Windows or Linux) that I can used to test that multicast is being passed properly by a router. I have been asked by a client to enable ...
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Visual Network Topology Map?

If I have no idea of the current network setup, and I'm connected to the LAN - is there any GUI that could possibly identify nodes visually or give me any sort of insight? I'm looking for a more ...
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Ping replacement that shows real time

Is there a ping replacement that will display the system's date/time in addition to the round trip time and sequence number? I would prefer a tool that runs on Linux, but if there is a cli tool I can ...
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How do you administer your EC2 Linux boxes?

I have a few EC2 Linux images that do nightly processing jobs for one of my projects. From time to time, I'll need to get in, make some code changes, configure some things, and re-bundle the image. ...
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Is there a tool to compare values in .ini files? [closed]

I'm looking for a file comparison utility specifically for .ini files, typically used as settings files. There are plenty of file comparison tools (WinDiff, Beyond Compare, CompareIt, WinMerge, ...), ...
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Fast extraction of a time range from syslog logfile?

I've got a logfile in the standard syslog format. It looks like this, except with hundreds of lines per second: Jan 11 07:48:46 blahblahblah... Jan 11 07:49:00 blahblahblah... Jan 11 07:50:13 ...
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How do you lift heavy servers into a rack? [duplicate]

In this video can I see that they use a dedicated "server lift", which looks quite expensive. Does anyone know of cheap server lifts or other tools that can be used for this?
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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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Graphical MySQL tools

Are there any good graphical tools (preferably free) for navigating a MySQL database? I find myself doing a lot of the same SQL queries to look at data in the tables. I would imagine there's a GUI ...
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How should I check a site for dead links?

How should I check my website for dead links? I've used some web based utilities that were okay, e.g.: http://dead-links.com http://validator.w3.org/checklink I've used some freeware apps in the ...
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Free Tools for Hard Drive Diagnostics [closed]

Are there any free tools available to perform hard drive diagnostic? I have an old 3.5 IDE Samsung HDD which I use as an external drive through USB connection. I recently started to have problems with ...
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Parallel execution of different commands on multiple hosts

I'm looking for a tool for running a series of commands like the existing tool: parallel -h parallel [OPTIONS] command -- arguments for each argument, run command with argument, in parallel ...
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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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What is a simple & common command line tool to show network usage on a Linux machine?

I'm looking for a simple command line linux tool that will show me the current network usage, the same way top displays CPU usage. What is the most standard tool (I can't install new things on the ...
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Purposely setting poor Signal Quality on my own WiFi

I would like to measure how different applications will perform under poor Signal Quality. Where Signal Quality is measured by: Signal / Noise * SNR = Signal Quality -80 / -90 * 10 = 8.9% ...
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Far manager for linux? [closed]

I've been using far manager under windows for about the last 6 years, and can't find anything like it for linux. mc is not a reasonable replacement, and gnome commander is not either. Are there any ...
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Keeping track of changes to a System during Software/Patch Installation

Let's say I'm installing a software on Windows and I want to see all the changes it has made during its installation, what is the easiest way to keep track of system changes. The change could happen ...
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Tool for network/infrastructure graph

I search for Linux a graphic tool to document our network/server infrastructure. A script that converts maybe some textual representation into dot (i.e. graphviz) would be enough. Nodes should be ...
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Better alternatives to common command line tools?

I've recently found some awesome replacements for common command line tools and wanted to share them and learn about others. The three of these have made my recent troubleshooting much more ...
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Usefulness of tablets in the System Admin world

So in my new job as System Admin, more and more I have been looking into tablets but I try to be a frugal person and justify my costs. One application I was attempting to think of was if I could use ...
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List of tools you install on your debian/red-hat server

Here in a list of tools I install after a fresh install (debian most of time): logcheck: to check the log files and generate reports apticron: send me e-mails when packages updates are available ...
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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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Leatherman tool for administrators? [closed]

I have only been able to find to find threads about software tools on this subject :) Is there any multi-purpose tool out there for it-administrators? I am thinking of something like a leatherman ...
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What tools, parts, and supplies should be kept in a data center?

I've been tasked with putting together a list of tools and supplies to keep on hand in a newly renovated data center. So far my list includes things that I think are fairly common (partial list ...
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Server Monitoring tool

I am looking for a webserver monitoring tool. As of now one of my websites is hosted on Dreamhost Linux VPS, whenever there is an issue like high RAM usage , their standard response is to look in ...
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1answer
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Manage Certificates on 500 Mobile Devices

Is there a tool to facilitate setting up and managing certificates for mobile devices (running Windows Mobile 5) The end goal I have is to have my WCF Services (run on IIS) only trust these ...
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Physical/portable Hard drive tester/diagnostics tool

Are there any tools that I can plug into a hard drive and perform diagnostics such as displaying if there are SMART errors? I work with a lot of commodity hardware and need to check if some of the ...
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How do I view NTFS metadata?

On a Windows Server 2008 R2 file server, we are encountering a memory usage problem. We used RAMMap to troubleshoot, and found that 10GB of NTFS Metadata is being cached in memory and never gets ...
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1answer
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Who's consuming the most network bandwitdth?

I'm connected to a LAN in my office, which has many users. Using NAT all the machines get a global IP address through which they can access Internet. What i'm trying to figure out is, is it possible ...
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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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1answer
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Is there a way to show list of all open sockets on a Windows server and the socket properties?

We are using a third party library in one of our applications. We would like to find a tool which will list all of the open sockets on the machine AND give us the ability to see the various TCP ...
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graphic visualization of a process memory

Is there any tool that draws a graphic visualization of a process' memory? I'd like a graph showing the percentage of pages in physical memory and in the page file.
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What are the best system monitoring/capture and reporting tools for medium sized business

The IT department has been growing over the last few years and we are to the point where we need to get some software to capture and report information from the computers, servers, managed switches ...
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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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Network Security Tools

Hi i have one question that i need suggestion from you all I am studying computer security and i need to make the presentation one security tool any interesting tools about security... any ...
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Replace Notepad with Notepad2 (or Notepad++)

What is the correct way to install Notepad2 (or some other equivalent) in Windows 7 so that it is executed when WindowsKey-R -> notepad is entered? I've tried creating shortcuts in ...
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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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Need - fast exhaustive memory testing tool for Dell server

I've got a Dell 2950 running ESXi. I'm having weird issues in one of the VMs and I would like to do a memory test to eliminate (or identify) faulty RAM as the problem. What is the easiest/fastest ...
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Free tool/script for directory size calculation

Does anyone know of a free command-line tool or script that calculates the size of a directory including all subdirectories? It needs to be compatible with Windows 7, work with hard links and ...
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AD tool for searching and manipulating

My company uses Micorosoft Active Directory Application Mode in one of our applications. Some times i have to look inside to find if things are stored properly. So i have to be able to search and ...
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3answers
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How do I monitor RAID status when using an external eSATA RAID5 SATA port multiplier?

I am using an external eSATA device which takes 5 SATA drives and presents them as one large HW RAID5 to linux (ubuntu). It uses a SiI3726 chipset. Linux sees and handles the sata device just fine, ...
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Online configuration tool for iptables? [closed]

Are there any online tools that can spit-out a customised config for iptables? I'm specifically looking for something that has options to include/exclude rules to guard against common attacks.
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Appropriate network monitoring tool(s) for logging hiccups

I have a customer who has problems with our software crashing from time to time. Unfortunately, if you unplug the network cable in the middle of a transaction our software will crash every time and ...