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May 7, 2009  2:39 PM

Essential tools: Treesize another disk free space utility with a powerful punch– and a low low price tag



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Disk space, diskspace, drive space, drive utilities, drivedpace, essential tools, spacemonger

This essential tool came to me as a comment submission some time back on another essential tool post I made, for SpaceMonger. The two tools display the same type data a litte differently, but depending on how you look at it you may prefer one over te other. A big thanks to Eva007 for commenting...

January 8, 2009  2:18 AM

Essential tools: Fiddler Web Debugger, Display HTTP packets LIVE without a packet sniffer



Posted by: Jerry Lees
essential tools, free software, free tools, System Administration, Web applications, web sites, webmaster

You may have been thinking I had forgotten about this series of articles since I haven't posted to it in a while. Nope! Just haven't run across anything that was truely aazing enough to be an "Essential Tool". Well, I recently found just that web I had to troubleshoot a application that was making...


December 15, 2008  5:41 PM

Essential tools: A useful tool to remove dead favorites links from your bookmarks



Posted by: Jerry Lees
am-tools, bookmark, bookmark management, essential tools, tools, web tools

As a quick addition to my additional tools series I wanted to share with you a great utility I found in the past few weeks that helps to manage old bookmarks. If you're like me, you have tons of bookmarks in your book marks and it's There's nothing worse than trying to weed through them to find...


August 27, 2008  6:12 PM

Essential Tools: A free undelete utility that actually recovers files effectively



Posted by: Jerry Lees
disk utilities, drive utilities, essential tools, free software, free tools, Recovery Tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, undelete, undelete files, windows tools

Please note: This is a re-posting of a previously deleted post, details to come. 

The next tool I'd like to share with you in my Essential Tools series is another useful...


August 22, 2008  2:23 PM

Essential Tools: A FREE File Level Drive Defragmenter



Posted by: Jerry Lees
deframent, disk utilities, drive utilities, essential tools, free software, free tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

Please note: This is a re-posting of a previous post that was deleted, further details to come. The first tool I want to call out in my Essential Tools series, and the inspiration...


August 21, 2008  2:25 PM

Essential Tools: A free tool to mount an ISO cdrom or DVD image as a Virtual CDROM drive



Posted by: Jerry Lees
CDROM Tools, disk utilities, drive utilities, DVD Tools, essential tools, free software, free tools, ISO, ISO Tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

We've all had times when we needed a file from an installation CD or DVD, but only had an ISO image available on the network. So, we have to copy the image to our machine then burn the image to media-- just to get the file. There are utilities out there that do this, like


August 18, 2008  5:48 PM

Essential Tools: Determining disk usage graphically with free tools



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Disk space, diskspace, drive space, drivespace, essential tools, free software, spacemonger, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

The next essential tool is one that I have used for quite some time now, and one I searched to find for some time. As a systems administrator, its an ever ending battle for you to keep space...


August 13, 2008  2:29 PM

Essential tools: Wget, a command line tool to retrieve web pages



Posted by: Jerry Lees
essential tools, free tools, http tools, Systems administrator tools, Toolkit, web tools, wget, windows tools

There is nothing more annoying than having a web server or site down and IE (or FireFox, for that matter) become dog slow or simply getting in the way of trouble shooting the page. Additionally, sometimes these browsers actually get in the way of troubleshooting the problem by masking the error...


July 23, 2008  5:54 PM

Essential tools: Tools every systems administrator needs to know about and use



Posted by: Jerry Lees
essential tools, free software, free tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, Toolkit

If you read this blog regularly, you know that much of what I write about is VBScript. But that's not completely the goal of this blog. The main goal is to make your life as a systems admin easier! (Scripting just happens to be a big way to accomplish this.) So, on occasion I do write about other...


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