New Software to Evaluate

While browsing through the depths of Sourceforge I ran across a number of different software packages that really caught my attention. I will begin looking at them in more depth over the next couple of days. I hope to write some reviews of the packages. If you’ve used any of the following software packages I’d love to hear you experience, or if there are ones that you think I should look at then please leave me a comment.

  • SYDI – Network Documentation Project – SYDI is a project aimed to help system administrators in getting started with their Network Documentation. It can document Windows Servers, MS SQL Servers, Exchange Organizations and Linux systems.
  • phpMSAdmin is a tool written in PHP that allows you to administer a Microsoft SQL Server through a web browser, without the need for Windows or the proprietary Enterprise Manager. It allows you to create/modify: databases, tables, views, triggers, etc.
  • SSLBridge An AJAX enabled Samba web GUI that provides users access to corporate documents without any specialized hardware or software clients.
  • RackMonkey is a web-based tool for managing racks of equipment such as web servers, video encoders, routers and storage devices. Using a simple interface you can keep track of what’s where, which OS it runs, when it was installed, who it belongs to etc. RackMonkey is open source software licensed under the GPL.
  • Davenport is a servlet-based WebDAV gateway to a CIFS network. This allows you to access Windows/Samba shares using any web browser. WebDAV clients (such as Windows Web Folders) can upload and download from the shares as if they were local folders.
  • Clonezilla is a partition or disk clone software similar to Ghost. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive. By using clonezilla, you can clone a 5 GB system to 40 clients in about 10 minutes.
  • Detritus is a package of programs for aiding power users or systems administrators in finding, and as needed trimming or deleting, the variety of useless files that Windows accumulates, such as tmps, caches, logs, . . . that the MS Disk Cleanup misses.
  • openSIMS is a Security Infrastructure Management Systems that ties together the open source tools used for security event management into a common infrastructure. These tools include NMap, Snort, and many others. The best way to experience openSIMS is by downloading the openSIMS liveCD.
  • php-AD-admin will allow users to update their own AD attributes ( phonenumber etc ) and reset their own passwords. This will improve the quality of the data in your Active Directory by forms validation to create new users/groups etc.
  • PasswordNotify This tool monitors your Active Directory or OpenLDAP server via LDAP on a daily basis, and sends emails out to users who’s account are about to expire. Notification timing, messages, and frequency can all be customized with multiple profiles.
  • FWNUA (Free Windows Network User Accounting) runs silently in a Windows login script and collects data about user logins. It allows more freedom in standardized computer naming. FWNUA keeps track of the workstations so you don’t have to!
  • ManagePC is a tool for remotely administering & controlling XP/2000 machines in an Active Directory environment. It retrieves data on the hardware and software, lets you control currently running services and processes and much more.
  • Active Directory Browser (AD Browser) is a remote browser tool for viewing, managing, personalizing Microsoft(c) Server Active Directory(tm) User accounts. AD Browser could also be used as a LAN Chat application within Enterprise (Company).
  • Weyland is a tool that collects information about a switched network, presents the information in a convenient format, and displays a graph of the spanning tree of the network.
  • DAD is a Windows event log and syslog management tool that allows you to aggregate logs from hundreds to thousands of systems in real time. DAD requires no agents on the servers or workstations. Correlation and analysis is driven through a web front end.
  • SB EventLog Monitor is monitoring and consolidating Windows EventLogs. Events are collected from server using VBS and WMI or by Windows agent. Events are parsed using PHP and YOUR rules and are stored in MySQL database. Email alerts are supported.
  • Pandora FMS is a distributed monitoring and performance Free System. It supports many OS and can monitor applications, services, network daemons, SNMP, OS parameters, and much more.
Leave a comment


  1. php myadmin is a great tool

  2. Sir Jorge,

    I agree phpMyAdmin is a great tool. I use it all of the time. My goal with this list to identify some products that might not be quite as well known. So I don’t know if I’ll write something up about it, but I do give it a big thumbs up.


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