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Toolbox

Greg Steen
The tools this month help you with remote administration, password and data packet analysis, and consolidating Windows desktop- and server-management tools.
June2013
Greg Steen
These two systems-monitoring products give you a sweeping view of network operations, right down to system-level details.
May2013
Greg Steen
This month’s tools help you aggregate application logs, emulate the old Windows 7 interface on your desktops and check SQL Server fragmentation levels.
April2013
Greg Steen
This month’s tools are all about monitoring, whether monitoring the uptime of your Web site or monitoring enterprise-wide systems and applications.
March2013
This month’s tools help you troubleshoot Web services, centrally manage automated tasks and elevate remote host signal testing.
January2013
Greg Steen
Monitor Web services and event logs with these easy-to-use solutions.
December2012
Greg Steen
These two suites of tools help you monitor and maintain the TCP ports in use on your system and keep your system clean after deleting applications.
November2012
Greg Steen
Stress test your application stack and expand your toolset with Windows versions of popular Unix/Linux-based command-line utilities with this month’s tools.
October2012
Greg Steen
Streamline your enterprise-wise backup and recovery operations and your command prompt dashboards with this month’s tools.
September2012
Greg Steen
The trio of free tools this month helps you create and test regular expressions, remove Active Directory addresses and track IP usage.
August2012
Greg Steen
The pair of tools in the spotlight this month helps facilitate virtual meetings and track file logs for troubleshooting and monitoring.
July2012
Greg Steen
The tools in this month’s toolbox help you secure data in transit and monitor open network ports and services.
June2012
Greg Steen
Manage access permissions to your Windows systems, quickly scan log entries, and examine and manage locked files with this month’s selection of tools.
May2012
Greg Steen
This month’s tools cover a variety of file management tasks, from organizing your desktop and unlocking files to copying files from Linux disks.
April2012
Greg Steen
This month’s tools let you mine files and folders for e-mail addresses, perform bulk file-renaming tasks, and test your attack surface and port exposure online.
March2012
Greg Steen
This month’s tools will help you verify e-mail messages sent via a messaging service, seamlessly integrate multiple monitors, and copy and paste plain text.
February2012
Greg Steen
Manage your library of SQL scripts, organize your taskbar and run Checksum virus scans with this month’s tools.
January2012
Greg Steen
This month’s tools help you with two perennial IT tasks: managing SQL Server and automating network inventory.
December2011
Greg Steen
The tools in this month’s toolbox help tie together additional systems to give you extra screen real estate and an alternate backup solution.
November2011
Greg Steen
These tools can help you monitor and report on server availability, seamlessly switch keyboard and mouse input between systems, and measure bandwidth.
October2011
Greg Steen
Asset management and monitoring is the name of the game with this month’s tools. You can use these to inventory your network and monitor your connections and servers.
September2011
Greg Steen
Manage your cloud storage and database connections from anywhere with this month’s IT tools.
August2011
Greg Steen
You can simplify and streamline your patch management and security update process, and clean up system tracks with this month’s tools.
July2011
Greg Steen
This month’s tools add software-based Web application protection and a quick and easy way to transfer files.
June2011
Greg Steen
The tools in this month’s toolbox help you protect your public-facing Web site, decipher error codes, and organize and remember your username/password combinations.
May2011
Greg Steen
You can manage and control network bandwidth usage and your Exchange repositories with the tools in this month’s toolbox.
April2011
Greg Steen
If you need to quickly find duplicate files or perform a pattern-based search for groups of files, this month’s tools can help you out.
March2011
Greg Steen
The tools in this month’s Toolbox can help you keep track of your scripts and updates, aid you in securing remote desktop connections, as well as assist you in benchmarking new hardware.
January2011
Greg Steen
The tools in this month’s toolbox help you categorize, organize and archive e-mail from a variety of sources, and import PST files into Exchange 2010.
December2010
Greg Steen
You can use the tools in this month’s toolbox to create a Storage Area Network, compare Microsoft Excel worksheets or speed up your scripting.
November2010
Greg Steen
This month, the TechNet IT toolbox includes tools for consolidating monitoring data, automatically adjusting the brightness of your monitor, and scheduling and managing tasks.
October2010
Greg Steen
This month’s tools include a free RAM disk emulator and a top-notch synchronization tool.
September2010
Greg Steen
You can download CSVs and transfer the data into a database, copy batches of files, and securely manage files with the utilities in this month’s toolbox.
August2010
Greg Steen
Manage Windows systems with the power of PowerShell, schedule and run backups, and test Linux apps with this month’s collection of tools.
July2010
Greg Steen
A tool to help users self-manage their passwords and other fundamental issues, and another that consolidates IT management tasks headline this month's Toolbox.
June2010
Greg Steen
Greg Steen takes a look at VirtualBox, CPU-Z and Prime95.
April2010
Greg Steen
Greg Steen examines a trio of useful products this month, including Alloy Navigator Express, CleanAfterMe, and KBAlertz.com.
March2010
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses how to wipe disks clean with Eraser, streamline backups with SQL Backup Pro and map out projects and ideas with MindManager.
December2009
Greg Steen
Learn about free and low-cost tools that can help you more easily compare and manage files, obtain information on IP addresses and restore accidentally deleted Active Directory objects.
November2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses encrypting sensitive data with AxCrypt; connecting remotely to your PC with Kavoom! KVM; and discovering unknown file extensions with FILExt.com. He also looks at the book, "Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code," from Syngress.
October2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses free tools that can help you clone hard drives, identify unknown files, protect sensitive data and monitor disk space
September2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen highlights new tools and utilities for the IT Professional.
August2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen highlights new tools and utilities for the IT Professional.
July2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen highlights new tools and utilities for the IT Professional.
June2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen looks at using Admin Script Editor Enterprise Edition and finding SQL Server instances with Quest Discovery Wizard for SQL Server. He also discusses the book "Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide".
May2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses NetCmdlets V2 for Windows PowerShell, KeePass Password Safe V2 for managing passwords, and Regular Expression Designer. He also looks at the book "Windows Administration Resource Kit".
April2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses tweaking your system with TuneUp Utilities, auditing system configurations with SysCompare Pro, and fixing configuration errors with HijackThis. He also looks at the Microsoft Press book "Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator’s Companion".
March2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses using HTTP Debugger Pro to view and analyze HTTP data, using switcher to switch between applications, launching your applications with RocketDock, backing up your databases with SQLsafe, and performing fast recoveries with ReplayRA.
February2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen discusses recovering from system crashes with Replay RA - Recovery Accelerator, managing compressed archives with WinRAR, using TortoiseSVN to simplify source control, measuring disk I/O with Iometer, as well as rebooting servers remotely with the APC Switched Rack PDU, and looks at the book "Windows Group Policy: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista".
January2009
Greg Steen
Greg Steen looks at managing your environment with Desktop Authority, checking site links with Xenu Link Sleuth, and managing partitions with GParted Live. Greg also discusses the book “How to Cheat at Administering Office Communications Server 2007”.
December2008
Greg Steen
November2008
Greg Steen
October2008
Greg Steen
September2008
Greg Steen
August2008
Greg Steen
February2008
Greg Steen
January2008
Greg Steen
December2007
Greg Steen
November2007
Greg Steen
October2007
Greg Steen
September2007
Greg Steen
August2007
Greg Steen
February2007
Greg Steen
January2007
Greg Steen
December2006
Greg Steen
November2006
Greg Steen
October2006
Greg Steen
September2006
Greg Steen
System and network administrators always seem to be looking for a better monitoring solution. By better, I mean more stable, more cost-effective, more scalable, and loaded with more features. NETIKUS.
July2006
Greg Steen
Cobian Backup
May • June2006
Greg Steen
Process Explorer
March • April2006
Greg Steen
Overseer Network Monitor
January • February2006
Nino Bilic
WinTasks 5.0 Professional, WinTasks 5.0 Administrator
November • December2005
Marnie Hutcheson
www.gpsoft.com.au
Spring2005
Marnie Hutcheson
www.reasoning.com
Winter2005