Here’s a nice piece on SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com by Gary Olsen that covers some often overlooked and under-appreciated tools, many of which are built right into Windows 7. In fact, if administering Windows 7 systems is anywhere on your list of responsibilities, you’ll find there are many free tools at your disposal for administering, securing, troubleshooting—you name it—your Windows 7 systems.
In his piece, Gary touches on my favorite suite of tools: Sysinternals. Over the years I’ve found that hardly anything matches the power and utility of the free Sysinternals tools. It’s no wonder Microsoft acquired them. The Sysinternals tools actually take me back to my days working with Novell NetWare and JRBUtils. No one around offered a more comprehensive set of niche tools that could take the pain out of administering NetWare (which really wasn’t painful). Interestingly, JRB software apparently saw the proverbial writing on the wall with Novell and has moved on to Active Directory tools. They’ve begun charging for them (the NetWare stuff used to be free), but they’re still worth checking out.
If you’re not all that familiar with Sysinternals, check out these pieces I’ve written for TechTarget that describe what they’re all about:
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.