As a system/network administrator, you have the task cut out for yourself. It is your job to avoid any attacks on your system, protect it against attacks that do happen and maintain the system in general. To do this, you would be using some tools and the work is done best when you use the best possible tools. Here's a handy list!

System and Network Analysis: As an administrator, it is your job to monitor the system and network that you are presiding over. Analysis is an important part of being in the know of what's happening and when a particular action is required. That is where system and network analysis tools come in handy.

1. NTFS Permissions Explorer

2. Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

3. Whois

4. ShareEnum

5. PipeList

6. TcpView

7. The Dude

8. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

9. WireShark

10. Look@LAN

11. RogueScanner

12. Capsa Free Network Analyzer

13. SuperScan

14. Blast

15. UDPFlood

16. IPplan

17. NetStumbler

18. PingPlotter

19. SolarWinds Free Permissions Analyzer for AD

20. Angry IP Scanner

21. FreePortMonitor

22. WirelessNetView

23. BluetoothView

24. Vision

25. Attacker

26. Total Network Monitor

27. IIS Logfile Analyser

28. ntop

System testing and troubleshooting: What's the next logical step after analysis your network? Of course, testing whether your analysis was right or wrong. To put it more clearly, as a system or network admin, it is one of your jobs to perform tests on your domain. These are the tools that let you do that.

29. Pinkie

30. VMWare Player

31. Oracle VirtualBox

32. ADInsight

33. Process Monitor

34. SpiceWorks Network Troubleshooting

35. RAMMap

36. Autoruns

37. LogFusion

38. Microsoft Log Parser

39. AppCrashView

40. RootKitRevealer

System and network management: These are tools that allow you to manage the network or system. In a way, they comprise of various tools that help an IT professional to manage a bunch of tasks or certain specific tasks.

41. Bitcricket IP Subnet Calculator

42. EMCO Remote Installer Starter

43. ManagePC

44. Pandora FMS

45. SNARE Audit and EventLog Management

46. OCS Inventory

47. Zenoss Core – Enterprise IT Monitoring

48. Unipress Free Help Desk

49. SysAidIT Free Help Desk

50. Cyberx Password Generator Pro

System and Network Management: These are tools that allow you to manage the network or system. In a way, they comprise of various tools that help an IT professional to manage a bunch of tasks or certain specific tasks.

51. KeePass Password Safe

52. TweakUAC

53. Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

54. ExtraSpy Employee Monitor

55. NetWrix USB Blocker Freeware

56. FileZilla

57. Wake On Lan 2 .NET

58. Speccy

59. Active Directory Explorer (ADExplorer)

60. ADRestore

File and disk management: These are tools that allow you to perform various operations on your files. These include operations like de-duplication, copying, file comparison, merging, encryption, syncing, searching and renaming of files. These files can be invaluable additions to your arsenal as a system administrator.

61. Disk2vhd

62. Defraggler

63. PageDefrag

64. PsPad

65. MD5Summer

66. Universal Viewer

67. FreeCommander

68. Recuva

69. Steganos LockNote

70. Microsoft SyncToy

71. 7-Zip

72. PeaZip

73. Bacula

74. Areca Backup

75. DirSync Pro

76. Amanda Network Backup

77. WebSynchronizer

78. KGB Archiver

79. Iometer

80. Notepad++

Performance and availability monitoring: These tools allow you to monitor your system and network performance and monitor them for possible errors etc. They provide functions such as monitoring of memory utilisation, network utilisation, disk utilisation, CPU utilisation etc. In addition, you can also use the network monitoring tools in order to ensure that your network is performing at its optimal levels and is stable.

81. ManageEngine Free HyperV Performance Monitor

82. Nagios

83. ManageEngine Free Exchange Health Monitor

84. Kratos Exchange Monitor

85. ManageEngine Free Windows Health Monitor

86. ManageEngine Free Ping Tool

87. ManageEngine Free SQL Health Monitor Tool

88. ManageEngine Free VM Configuration Tool

89. Kratos Network Device Monitor

90. IxChariot QCheck

91. EasyNetMonitor

Remote management: As a system or network admin, you will be dealing with a lot of remote connections and clients. In order to manage this task efficiently, you need tools like the ones mentioned below. You can use them to remotely administer clients and servers, manage remote desktop sessions and various other functions.

92. Remote Desktop Manager

93. TightVNC

94. Microsoft RDCMan

95. Terminals

96. PsFile

All-in-one toolkits: Sometimes you do not want to use different tools for different purposes. You want tools that can manage multiple functionalities by themselves so that you don't have to switch over to a new one whenever your attention is needed in a new direction. These are all-in-one kits that fill up some of the gaps that exist in this respect.

97. Net Tools 5.0

98. ManageEngine Free Windows Tools 2

99. Axence NetTools Pro

100. Free IP Tools

101. PsTools

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