VMware VI Toolkit for Windows Beta is now available

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The VMware VI Toolkit for Windows Beta is now available for download. The toolkit provides cmdlets for managing, monitoring, automating, and handling life-cycle operations for VMware Infrastructure components – virtual machines, datacenters, storage, networks, etc. Less experienced administrators can use PowerShell commands included in the VI Toolkit to manage their VMware virtual infrastructure from the […]

Free Utility to Determine Which of Your Windows Applications Require Administrative Rights to Run

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BeyondTrust Application Rights Auditor is a free product that automatically identifies and reports the Windows applications that require users to have administrative rights. Once those applications are identified, enterprises can develop informed plans to remove users’ administrative rights without any application downtime, creating a more secure and compliant environment, and lowering the cost of administering […]

ShellRunas – Launch Programs with Different Account Credentials from the Windows Context Menu

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ShellRunas is free utility from Microsoft that integrates into the Windows context menu to launch programs as a different user. It provides similar functionality to that of the command line based RunAs utility. ShellRunas works on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, and is created by Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals […]

New TrueCrypt Available – Free Open Source Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP , Mac OS X, and Linux

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TrueCrypt is a great little freeware tool I’ve used on my USB flash drive for quite a while. A new version was just released that includes the following features: Ability to encrypt a system partition/drive (i.e. a partition/drive where Windows is installed) with pre-boot authentication (anyone who wants to gain access and use the system, […]

Online port forwarding tester

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Having problems getting applications to work through your firewall or router? Use the online Port Forwarding Tester to determine if your device is properly configured to pass traffic through the appropriate ports. This application will automatically detect the public IP address your browser is originating from, or you can specify the IP of your choice. […]

Ninotech Path Copy – a free Shell extension to copy the path of a file or directory to the Clipboard

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Ninotech Path Copy is one of those free utilities I’ve just discovered recently, although it has been around for years. I found it on Novell’s Cool Tools web site, and it isn’t just for use in a Novell Netware environment. You can quickly install it into your Windows 95-Windows XP context menu, where it can […]

Microsoft’s Zune Device Diagnostic Tool Now Available

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Microsoft’s Zune Device Diagnostic Tool is now available. The Zune Device Diagnostic Tool compiles data to help Product Support Services diagnose Zune USB and wireless sync connection problems. While you’re troubleshooting your Zune, go ahead and upgrade to the most recent version of the Zune client software, version 2.1 as of today [12-24-2007]. Kurt also […]

the back room tech utilities for November 26, 2007

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XVI32 – freeware hex editor Quickpar – Parchive creation and repair utility Protected Storage Pass View – see contents of Windows Protected Storage AutoPatcher Updater – slipstream Microsoft updates and patches into your installation media

the back room tech utilities for November 25, 2007

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smartmontools – hard drive monitoring DeltaCopy – Rsync for Windows ShareWatch – Windows Share Monitoring Medusa – Parallel Network Login Auditor

the back room tech’s utilities page is live

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You can find my collection of links to tools and utilities highlighted on thebackroomtech.com at http://thebackroomtechutilities.wordpress.com I hope these tools and utilities will be useful to network administrators and IT professionals. The majority of programs will be freeware, shareware, and open source.