Network Admin Toolkit - Must have apps!

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  1. ralph123

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    Ok i've setup a new windows7 netbook computer to enable me to do my network administration tasks easily.

    What i want to know is which apps would you have in your networking toolkit?

    Currently i have :

    - Hyperterm (well looking for alternatives for console access - as it is not part of win7)
    - Putty
    - Ip Wild Subnet calculator
    - Visio
    - 3CDeamon - FTP, TFTP
    - Wireshark
    - SCP
    - Advanced Port Scanner
    - ???

    What else can you suggest?
     
  2. Gumby

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    Isn't there a recent thread on this?
     
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    SecureCRT....
     
  4. bobrandom

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    backtrack works for me
     
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    Coming from a network eng point of view:-

    -SecureCRT if you have $, Putty otherwise.
    -a good text editor - ultraedit if you have $, notepad++ otherwise
    -tftp server (solarwinds works for me)
    -Wireshark
     
  6. ruro

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    I find Tera term quite good for console work, and rather than 3CDaemon I use http://tftp-server.sourceforge.net/ . It's a great little windows service. Other than that it's lots of little utilities I've written myself to make my life easier.
     
  7. FiShy

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    Secure is good, gnome terminal and bash is better.
     
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    other then various wireless hacking attempts, i didnt' really see what further use Backtrack would provde me in normal day to day troubleshooting.
     
  9. j3ll0

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    I use Poderosa for console work.
     
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    Great, poderosa looks good, was going to go to Terra Term but it hasn't been updated since 1998. Probably just as many updates as hyperterm.
     
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    TeraTerm is still a thousand times better than any version of Hyperterminal. It's so good it doesn't need updates.

    I second FiShy though - a Linux install with Gnome/KDE gives you minicom, nmap, dig, Wireshark and of course a well polished terminal.
     
  12. Gecko

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    - nmap
    - wireshark
    - PuTTY
    - Your choice of documentation tool (we use dokuwiki)
    - Nagios/Cacti
     
  13. Whisper

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    If you are any good, you can afford SecureCRT easily. :leet:
     
  14. malbert

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    Alarm/Monitoring on the admin machine? Maybe if you have no operations infrastructure.

    Visio is great, we use apache on a management server with Visio published as html for the noc guys. Lots of hyperlinks and a drop down page list. Too many compatibility problems with Visio viewer. Putty connection manager is excellent too. Encrypted password database, macro login profiles, tabbed windows. A little outside the scope of network tools, but half of my work is documentation so Foxit reader for pdf docos. Teraterm is good for console access, there's a transmit delay function so you don't flood the 9600bps line and drop config.

    Edit: Forgot to mention that my choice of OS (32 or 64 bit) came down to the fact that my company's choice of VPN client only supports 32-bit still. Bit of a pain running a VM just to work from home.
     
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    Misread the OP - in that case, I'll change my recommendation to your choice of web browser to view Nagios/Cacti :)
     
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    Cacti - Very flexible and robust tool. Add some modern plugins and its good for almost anything
    Some kind of MIB Browser - I used to use OIDView
    Wireshark for sure
    Kiwi CatTools is 100% worth the money - Scripting engine and scheduler for command line tasks. 20 minutes of scripting sure beats logging into 500 switches manually ;)
    Nmap - Windows version is fine.

    I recently bought a 2nd hand HP nc2400 as a networking toolbox. Ultra portable, good battery life and looks sexy too.
     
  18. Spingo

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    Recent releases of puTTY support connecting to serial interfaces. About the only disadvantage to using puTTY for this purpose is that it doesn't have any way to send files down the link (XMODEM, etc). Then again, I've never come across a case where I've needed to do this (I've always been able to access a TFTP server).
     
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    That's pretty much the only advantage of Poderosa. If puTTY supported X/Zmodem I'd ditch Poderosa in a flash.
     
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