15 essential Open source Tools for Windows Admins

by January 11, 2017 0 comments

Here are some best tools those can help the Windows admin in day to day network troubleshooting, backup, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education.

1: Wireshark

Wireshark is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. Wireshark is cross-platform, using the Qt widget toolkit in current releases to implement its user interface, and using pcap to capture packets, it runs on GNU/Linux, OS X, BSD, Solaris, some other Unix-like operating systems, and Microsoft Windows.


Download: www.wireshark.org


AMANDA, the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is a backup solution that allows the IT administrator to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts over network to tape drives/changers or disks or optical media. Amanda uses native utilities and formats (e.g. dump and/or GNU tar) and can back up a large number of servers and workstations running multiple versions of Linux or Unix. Amanda is a fully integrated business system which contains everything from customer details, offer, order, production, logistics, project, economy, salary to market and personal planning.

Download: www.amanda.org

3: MailArchiva

MailArchiva is a powerful, full featured email archiving and compliance solution for mail systems such as Microsoft Exchange. It stores all incoming, outgoing and internal emails for long term storage. MailArchiva is the development, to provide, dual license of e-mail archiving software free of the Open Source Edition and paid Enterprise Edition. Various OS, can respond to the mail server environment, because of the multi-lingual, have been used in various countries and regions.

Download: www.mailarchiva.com

4: Exchange 2010 RBAC Manager

Exchange 2010 RBAC Manager is a tool for admins working with role-based access control and Exchange. RBAC Manager helps overcome the lack of a GUI tool to work with the new role-based administration side to Exchange, enabling admins to connect, whether or not you a PowerShell master. The tool is written in C# and uses PowerShell behind the scenes to allow you to create and manage roles in your Exchange 2010 environment.

Download: rbac.codeplex.com

5: Core Configurator 2.0

It is completely open source so it can be amended and change to fit your requirements, this version has been a year in the making and has been written in powershell with a reference to Winforms so that a GUI format is displayed. Core Configuration tasks include Product Licensing, Networking Features, DCPromo Tool.

Download: coreconfig.codeplex.com

6: AutoSPInstaller for SharePoint 2010

AutoSPInstaller is an open source set of PowerShell scripts that installs and performs a base configuration of SharePoint Server 2010 or 2013. This project consists of PowerShell scripts, an XMLbinput file, and a standard windows batch file which together provide a quick and near-unattended installation and initial configuration (Service Apps, My Sites) of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010/2013. It configures a single or multi-server SharePoint farm based on a predefined configuration XML file.

Download: autospinstaller.codeplex.com

7: OCS Inventory

If you need a cool tool for locating all the devices connected to your network and what software and hardware you have installed on your systems, then OCS-NG is the one for you. It requires you install the OCS client inventory agent on your systems; you can then pull all that information into a repository that easy to visualize and search.

Download: launchpad.net/ocsinventory

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