Microsoft has made available for download a long list of Server resource tools on their Web site. These tools offer administrators numerous utilities (listed on that page), many of which are useful in network management of applications, services, network connections, Active Directory, and other issues. It's valuable to have these tools saved in a common location so that they can be used by IT staff, or with direction knowledgeable users....
Of the 126 commands or utilities that are listed, the following are particularly useful in network management:
- Diskuse.exe: User Disk Usage Tool
- Dnsdiag.exe: SMTP DNS Diagnostic Tool (documented in Readme.htm)
- Fcopy.exe: File Copy Utility for Message Queuing
- Inetesc.adm: Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
- Memmonitor.exe: Memory Monitor
- Mibcc.exe: SNMP MIB Compiler
- Moveuser.exe: Move Users
- Pathman.exe: Path Manager
- Pmon.exe: Process Resource Monitor
- Queryad.vbs: Query Active Directory
- Robocopy.exe: Robust File Copy Utility
- Showperf.exe: Performance Data Block Dump Utility
- Srvinfo.exe: Remote Server Information
- Vrfydsk.exe: Verify Disk
- Winpolicies.exe: Policy Spy
You'll need 30 MB of storage space for this download, and these tools will work on versions of Windows Server 2003 and XP.
Barrie Sosinsky is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.