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

 

Cheers,
matt