IT Professionals rely on all sorts of tools to get the job done. There's system monitoring, system tweaks, automation, log parsers, diagnostics, security apps--the list goes on and on.
Did you know that TechNet Magazine has a Toolbox column dedicated to helping you find the tools you need to get your job done. Every month, Greg Steen (an IT professional like yourself) does a round up of new and interesting tools he likes to use on the job. Best of all, they are always cheap, and a lot of them are actually free software utilities that you can download right now (without filing a purchase order). Greg also covers informative books and once in a while a very handy device or gadget.
Take a look at what Greg has had to say about the products he's covered in the last 6 issues of TechNet Magazine:
June 2008 Make announcements over the network: NetSupport Notify Monitor your network: NetOptics Teeny Tap Optimize your computer: DTweak Pro Book Review: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Companion
May 2008 Analyze Disk Space: FolderSizes Manage User Accounts: Inactive Users Tracker Enhance E-Mail Communications: Exclaimer Mail Utilities 2007 Book Review: How to Cheat at Securing SQL Server 2005 Powerful Screen Capturing: ScreenHunter 5 Pro
April 2008 Manage Multiple Monitors: UltraMon Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Diagnose Database Issues: ApexSQL Audit Automate Password Expiration Reminders: Password Reminder PRO v1.4 Remote Troubleshooting Simplified: UltraVnc SC
March 2008 Manage SQL Databases: SQL Sentry Event Manager Manage Systems Remotely: Mobile Admin Book Review: Managing Windows Network Forensics and Investigation Gather System Data: MetaLAN Automate Tasks: AutoHotkey
February 2008 Unlock Files: Unlocker Analyze Network Traffic: Wireshark Beef Up Windows PowerShell: PowerShell Community Extensions
January 2008 Take Control of Windows PowerShell: PowerGUI Think Green When Acquiring Products: Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool Book Review: Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant Monitor Your Web Site: Pingdom.com