Freeware - SolarWinds All Free Network/System/Security/DB/clients monitoring tools



Today I would like to mention several SolarWinds Free tools. 

They have limited options against full versions but have interesting features useful for day by day System and Network administration tasks/monitoring/troubleshooting.


System Administrations tools

  1. Solar-PuTTY Connect to any server or device in your network with Solar-PuTTY for Windows. This is an interesting Putty or PuttyCM alternative.
  2. VM Monitor Hyper-V: monitors your VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V host and associated virtual machines in real-time.
  3. Server Health Monitor Monitor the health, status, and availability of server hardware.
  4. Exchange Monitor  Monitor and alert on performance, availability, and capacity of your Microsoft Exchange servers.
  5. Remote Execution Enabler for PowerShell Streamline PowerShell tasks across all of your servers.
  6. Admin Bundle for Active Directory Keep your Active Directory tidy with this trio of management tools
  7. Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory Get instant visibility into user and group permissions.
  8. VM Monitor Continuously monitor a VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V host and associated virtual machines.
  9. Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent Test WSUS connections and validate Windows Update Agent configuration.
  10. Web Transaction Watcher Easily record and capture the results of a single web transaction.
  11. WMI Monitor  Monitor real-time performance metrics on Windows servers and applications.
  12. SNMP Enabler for Windows Remotely configure SNMP on Windows servers and workstations.
  13. VM Console Bounce problematic VMs without ever logging into VMware vCenter.
  14. Storage Response Time Monitor Track your sluggish VMs and pinpoint exactly where you have high storage latency.

Security and various tools

  1. Free IT Security Tools:  Manage all end-user trouble tickets and track service request lifecycle, from ticket creation to resolution, from one centralized help desk management web interface.
  2. Event Log Forwarder for Windows Forward Windows events based on event source, event ID, users, computers, and keywords in the event to your syslog server in order to take further action.
  3. Firewall Browser Verify firewall rule changes and perform unlimited configuration searches.
  4. Event Log Consolidator  Consolidate logs from up to five Windows servers or workstations Graph events over time to find patterns and troubleshoot issues Send desktop alerts for specific events or export events to CSV.
  5. Free IT Help Desk Tools Manage all end-user trouble tickets and track service request lifecycle, from ticket creation to resolution, from one centralized help desk management web interface.
  6. Database Performance Analyzer Free Reveal performance bottlenecks deep inside your SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 and SAP ASE instances. No other database monitoring tool focuses on response time and Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis™ like DPA does.

Network Management Tools

  1. Traceroute NG Perform accurate network path analysis.
  2. Port Scanner  Scan available IP addresses and their corresponding TCP and UDP ports to identify network vulnerabilities.
  3. Network Device Monitor: it work on any devieces with snmp credentials enabled there
  4. NetFlow Configurator Quickly and easily activate NetFlow on your network devices with NetFlow Configurator.
  5. GNS3 Network Emulator Construct and test your network in a risk-free virtual environment.
  6. Real Time AppFlow Analyzer Investigate, troubleshoot, and quickly resolve application and network slowdowns.
  7. Response Time Viewer for Wireshark Quickly analyze Wireshark® packet capture files to troubleshoot performance issues.
  8. Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle Monitor network bandwidth usage with our free network analyzer and bandwidth monitor.
  9. TFTP Server Free TFTP server for reliable and secure network file transfers.
  10. IP Address Tracker Scan, track, and manage IP addresses and obtain detailed IP histories and event logs.
  11. Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor Keep a close eye on bandwidth usage with this free bandwidth monitor from SolarWinds.
  12. Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer See what types of traffic are on your network with SolarWinds free netflow analyzer.
  13. Call Detail Record Tracker The free SolarWinds tool that lets you monitor VoIP performance.
  14. Network Configuration Generator Automatically create template-based configuration scripts for network devices.
  15. IP SLA Monitor Analyze IP service levels for network-based apps and services with our free IP SLA Monitor.
  16. Advanced Subnet Calculator Help ensure that your IP addresses don’t conflict with one another, and save time managing DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses.
  17. Wake-On-LAN Power up your network PC remotely.
  18. Kiwi Syslog Server Free Edition View and archive syslog messages and SNMP traps in real time.
  19. FTP Voyager FTP Client for Windows FTP, FTPS, and SFTP secure file transfer and automation with a full-featured scheduler.
  20. SFTP/SCP Server Free SFTP server for reliable and secure network file transfers.

Windows 10 - How to increase Jump list items number

Windows 10, differently from Windows 7, has not a specific menu where increase Jump list items number.

If you would like to change this setting you should apply some registry changes.

Here it is relative workflow:

  1. start --> regedit
  2. Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. (be aware to check this section too) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  4. You should Right-click Advanced folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value JumpListItems_Maximum 
  5. Double-click JumpListItems_Maximum value to open its properties window.
  6. You should put a value between 15 and 20.



Freeware - Visio Alternative free

Today I would like to mention this useful software that is similar to Microsoft visio but free at all:

https://www.ganttproject.biz/

I hope that this information could be useful for someone.





Networking - Packet Tracer Free Cisco tool to have all network simulation done

There is an interesting free Cisco tools that permit you to have all sort of tests and simulations done using different Cisco devices.

An interesting part is that simulation and configuration setting up could be useful in production deployment environment as well withouth having all physical devices.:

You should register here:

https://www.netacad.com/

You might download packet tracer from below link and with several video and training on line:

https://www.netacad.com/courses/packet-tracer

Consider athat Packet Tracer is an exciting network design, simulation and modelling tool that allows you to develop your skill set in networking, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT). It allows you to model complex systems without the need for dedicated equipment. 

Here it is Cisco Acadamy link as well.

I hope to have time to publish more information and article related to this fantastic tool.

https://www.netacad.com/courses/all-courses

Tools - GRC Network tool website

Today I would like to mention this website:

https://www.grc.com/intro.htm

It has several interesting tool, one of them it permit to check, on line open ports on your pc, public Firewall, Router, Server etc. etc.:

Open the link
“http://www.grc.com”
click on “ShieldsUP!!” link
click on “ShieldsUP!” link
click on “Proceed” button
click on “All Service Port” button

Here it is direct tool link:

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

And here it is an easy video that drive you, step by step, on relative usage:






Extra IT - IT Crowd series on Youtube

Today I would like to share this youtube channel and playlist related to IT crowd series videos.

I got these video information from a colleagues, considering that they are really funny and amazing I am going to share here videos and a minimal history.

IT Crowd youtube channel

IT Crowd Playlist

Series 1 was the most famous, here it is relative playlist:



finally here it is a Wikipedia presentation and history:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_IT_Crowd




Tips - How to send thousands of newsletter using Excel file with Macro

There are several internet services that permit sending thousands of newsletter to huge destination contact list.

One of advantages are that receiving contacts would see email sent only to him and not in ccn. 

This result could be done easily in your own for free. Infact you should simply have a properly configured excel file (using macro) in conjunction with configured outlook program.

Before creating Excel macro you should read below article:


Here it is excel file appearance that you will get implementing following script. Obviously several enhancements and customizations could be done on script shown below.






Freeware - 3 DWG viewers

During these weeks I noted that I never published any Autocad freeware tool article/mention.

Meanwhile, during these days, I got these input from some colleagues and so I am finally sharing these tools information


I hope that they would be useful for someone.


  1. On line viewer:
    https://viewer.autodesk.com/
  2. DrawSighth 2018
    https://www.3ds.com/it/prodotti-e-servizi/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/

  3. Autodesk DWG TrueView 2018
    https://www.autodesk.it/products/dwg/viewers