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8 Tools To Make MS Shops Run Smoother

The following is an excerpt from the original post by Network World. I found this list to be very helpful since I'm in the Windows Admin world. This list is for my reference and for anyone who finds this useful.


This is a tool you can use to create Group Policy "Paks" that can manage apps like Acrobat Reader, Firefox, Skype. It handles many apps that currently are a nightmare for a network admin -- or require a ton of work


A task-oriented video training tool that users can easily alter in order to meet precise software training needs. ClipTraining offers a hosted training portal, internal portal hosted on your server or on the ClipTraining appliance CheeTAh.

Password Reminder Pro

A tool for monitoring and auditing passwords in an Active Directory environment. It provides alerts for expiring passwords both for internal and external users. The software offers a full reporting and alert system to help keep your organization secure and in compliance.


A document collaboration tool for Microsoft Word that allows two or more users to edit an active document at the same time without interfering with each other. This is an add-on that uses p2p technology to share documents that change in real time.

Open VPN

A full featured SSL VPN solutio. It is easy to configure and manage. It is open source, it is also priced right.

Excito Bubba Server

A full featured Web-based server (running a Debian Linux distribution) that provides all the power of a full sized server in a small form factor. Bubba II adds Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectors.

Windows 2008 Server Core Configurator

This is for those who want the security of Server 2008 core, but have not quite gotten used to the command line feel yet. Here is a GUI tool to help you configure your core server easily.

Open IT Online

A plug-in for Firefox that allows you to open and edit your documents wherever you are. The extension allows you to also open and edit spreadsheets, presentations and image files.

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Anonymous said...

Password Reminder PRO rocks, period. It's about time someone came up with a GOOD solution for reminding users of expiring domain passwords and keeping ahead of issues. The Report Console is fabulous. www.sysoptools.com

PolicyPak is an excellent time saver as well.

(my 2c - Mike)

FrugalNYC said...

Thanks for the feedback Mike. I use Keepass for personal password manager. These apps are a lifesaver.

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