15 essential Open source Tools for Windows Admins

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8: UltraDefrag

UltraDefrag is a tool for Windows that can defrag system files, registry hives, and the paging file. It continually updated to ensure improvements in performance. UltraDefrag is fully compatible with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server2008, Windows 7, and all of the 64-bit editions of Windows. It a valuable addition to any Windows environment.

Download: ultradefrag.sourceforge.net

9: Nmap for Windows

Originally a Unix-only tool, Nmap for Windows has been an important security resource for Windows. This security scanner and network mapper can also be used to perform network inventory, manage service upgrade schedules, and monitor host or service uptime. It supports Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows XP SP1 and later.

Download: http://filehippo.com/download_nmap/

10: Zenmap

Zenmap is a cool tool for mapping a topology of devices connected to your network. This security scanner works off of Nmap, providing an interactive, animated visualization of hosts on a network, configured in rings.With Zenmap, information regarding potential vulnerabilities becomes that much easier to pinpoint, ensuring your firewalls and routers are working correctly.

Download: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network- Monitoring/Zenmap.shtml

11: PowerGUI

It is no secret that PowerShell is taking the Windows world by storm. It feels like a retro pleasure for many long-term admins who remember the command-line days. But for others, banging on the command line to administer systems can be a pain. Those looking for a more graphical means of tapping into PowerShell should check out PowerGUI, a free graphical user interface and script editor for PowerShell. More valuable perhaps is the community built around PowerGUI, with its vast store of contributed scripts and libraries for administering your fleet.

Download: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/File-Editors/Quest- PowerGUI.shtml

12: Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool

The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log and analyzes it using known thresholds. This open source tool helps read performance monitor counter logs and analyzes them , using built-in thresholds that relate to the majority of your Windows products, including Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, and more.

Download: pal.codeplex.com

13: ClamWin Antivirus

This open source antivirus solution is a valuable tool for security-minded admins. ClamWin supports Windows .The tool includes a scanning scheduler that you can use to configure appropriate scan times but does not come with an on-access real-time scanner. It also has the ability to integrate into Windows Explorer and Outlook for easy scanning.

Download: www.clamwin.com

14: Virtual Router

Virtual Router is a nifty tool that turns any Windows R2 system into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any Internet connection (Wi-Fi, LAN, cable modem, dial-up, cellular, and so on) with any Wi-Fi- enabled device. Laptops, smartphones, netbooks, wireless printers — all can connect to Virtual Router just as they would any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2, the most secure wireless encryption.

Download: virtualrouter.codeplex.com

15: VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a must-have open source virtualization solution for any admin seeking to run guest OSes on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, or Solaris machines. Using VirtualBox, admins can run virtual instances of a wide array of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, OpenSolaris, OS/2, OpenBSD, and even DOS.

Download: www.virtualbox.org

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