Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Four Free Tools that every Administrator should Know About


There are certain tools which an administrator should know. Thus, cover up this tutorial to come across these tools.


Microsoft Network Monitor

Microsoft Network Monitor is a network protocol analyzer which enables you to capture, view, and analyze network traffic. Its version 3.3 of Network Monitor is available in 32- and 64-bit versions.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is designed for administrators of small and medium sized businesses to let them keep their Windows-based computers secure. As per the information, the current version is MBSA 2.1 with 32- and 64-bit versions. It also provides specific remediation guidance for security problems like misconfigurations and missing security updates. To get information regarding version for Windows 7, visit

Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool

Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool is helpful for network administrators to troubleshoot network-related failures focusing primarily on Internet Protocol security (IPsec). It finds out common network problems on the host machine as well as suggests repair commands. You can derive the diagnostic report from the system logs.

Windows Sysinternals Suite

It is a set of advanced tools to fix the issues with Windows-based computers. Some of the useful and popular tools included in this suite are:

• Autoruns – Through this, you can see what programs are configured to start up automatically when your system boots. Also, it displays the full list of registry and file locations where applications can configure autostart settings.

• BgInfo – With this tool, you can generate desktop backgrounds that include important information about the system, including IP addresses, computer name, network adapters, and more.

• Process Explorer –You can find out what files, registry keys, and other objects that your processes have open, which dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) they have loaded, and who owns each process.

• Process Monitor – You can monitor the file system, registry, process, thread, and DLL activity on your computer using this tool.

• PsTools – Through this set of command-line tools, you can list the processes running on local or remote computers, running processes remotely, rebooting computers, discarding event logs, and performing other tasks.

• RootkitRevealer -This tool allows you to scan your system for rootkit-based malware.

• ShellRunas - Using a shell context-menu entry, this tool allows launching programs as a different user.

• TCPView – It helps to view active sockets on the computer in real time.

These are the tools which you should know as an administrator. For more from the XpertCrewTM team, please follow us on Twitter @Techvedic or contact Techvedic’s computer support helpdesk, as per below contact-details:

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