5 Must Have Free Tools For System Admins

Here is a list of 5 must have tools for Sys admins and their brief description. These tools are free and if used properly can yield great output! Tools for Platform Engineers!


WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows. It is a tool that shows an advanced details of files and folders on the PC and effectively lets you take decision on disk usage.


S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools

Control and monitor storage devices effectively. These tools uses Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA and SCSI harddisks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced warning of disk degradation and failure. Very handy in detecting Disk related issues and failures.

SNARE – Auditing and EventLog Management

SNARE (System iNtrusion Analysis and Reporting Environment) is a series of log collection agents that facilitate centralised analysis of audit log data. Agents are available for Linux, Windows, Solaris, IIS, Lotus Notes, Irix, AIX, ISA/IIS + more

APC UPS Control Daemon

apcupsd is tool that manages and monitors APS UPS systems on Windows and Linux. During a power failure, apcupsd will inform the users about the power failure and that a shutdown may occur. If power is not restored, a system shutdown will follow when the battery is exhausted, a timeout (seconds) expires, or runtime expires based on internal APC calculations determined by power consumption rates.

Startup Manager

Startup Manager is an open source startup manager for the Windows platform. With this tool, you can do custom activities during Windows Startup. Very useful in running startup scripts etc.


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One comment

  1. Piotr Shirokov says:

    WinDirStat is a little bit outdated and is not updated for Windows 7.

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