A list of server apps I like I may get around to updating it someday but for now it’s a way for me to remember them.
From the developer’s site (Glenn Delahoya) “…displays system information on your desktop… looks like wallpaper… and continues to update the display in real time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero cpu. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customisable including language.” Shows Host Name, Up Time, CPU Temp, Battery, CPU usage, Top Processes, RAM, Page Faults/sec, NIC, IP Address, NIC usage, Disk space and usage.
From CodeSector “TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention.” Features: Copy files faster, Pause and resume file transfer activities, Error recovery, Interactive file list, Replace the Explorer copy and move functions.
Visual representation of disk space usage. The developer says: “WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows. On start up, it reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views. The directory list, The treemap, and The extension list.”
“Secure backup to your own computers and hard drives”
Back up to an external drive or network drive FREE. (Great for a home with a server. Works with Amahi)
I often need to view pdf files while I’m working on a Windows server. Instead of installing a the bloated and insecure Adobe Reader I install Foxit.
“Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set… Incredibly small, Fast, Annotation tool(s), Text converter, (and above all)… High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware.
The Internet Explorer on a Windows Server install is extremely locked down (for good reason. You dont want to get viruses on your server) But, its too restrictive to get any work done. I install Chrome so I can get stuff done. There are a few restrictions, like downloading files, that Chrome inherits from Internet Explorer but changing the setting in the Internet Properties of IE fixes that.
“ACCESS, SUPPORT AND MANAGE DEVICES ANYTIME, ANYWHERE” I use a free logmein.com on all my servers. So I can make changes from anywhere I am. The iphone and ipad app work extremely well.
“The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik which can dramatically improve the way you manage your network environment. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems.”
Linux based home server (Completely GUI based install process that automatically sets up shared folders). “Amahi is software that runs on a dedicated PC as a central computer for your home. It handles your entertainment, storage, and computing needs. You can store, organize and deliver your recorded TV shows, videos and music to media devices in your network. Share them locally or safely around the world. And it’s expandable with a multitude of one-click install apps”