Create A Free Helpdesk Portal With Spiceworks IT Desktop

Many large and medium size corporations with several end users have an IT help desk support system. In such a system one of the managers or team leads of a department uses the support software or portal to send a Ticket to the IT support staff with a note that explains the problem faced by an end user. The IT department receive this ticket and resolve the problem. Unfortunately, such a setup can cost a lot of money and making a portal or getting a helpdesk software made is difficult for small businesses. Spiceworks IT Desktop is an IT management suite that allows making your own helpdesk management system. All these tasks are done via the Spiceworks web service which is connected to its desktop client. This way you can create your own IT helpdesk and even perform network management checks for free. IT Desktop also provides options for network scanning, mapping, monitoring, network reporting, troubleshooting, Active Directory users management and so on. Read More

Check Endpoint Security For Computers With Sophos Endpoint Assessment Test

Endpoint security includes securing the numerous network connected devices, PCs, laptops, handhelds (connected to a network), just to name a few. Each device creates a potential entry point for security threats. Endpoint security is meant to secure each endpoint on the network (which is created by such devices). Having a good end point security mechanism is important for corporations that might be interested in meeting lucrative security standards, such as, PCI compliance, which allows a company to become eligible for managing credit card holder data. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements which ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. PCI compliant companies can earn huge amounts of revenue by securing such data for large corporations. However, before one can actually get to such an internationally recognized standard, it is necessary to work extensively on network security which includes endpoint security. Read More

Perform Network Security Auditing With Nmap Security Scanner

Nmap is an open source tool for network auditing and exploration. It can help system and network administrators discover available hosts and find out what services and operating systems they are running. It supports many advanced mapping and port scanning techniques and assists network inventory creation, service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. It uses raw IP packets to determine the available hosts, operating system types, services, packet filters an firewalls are in use on the network. Read More

IP Seizer Prevents IP Conflict By Tracing Available IPs On A Network

System And Network Administrators who work on networks with hundreds of computers often find it difficult to trace the range of IP addresses currently in use. I have personally worked on such a network and despite the fact that we had VLANs (Virtual LANs) to ensure that the hundreds of connected systems were never short of an IP range, yet it was often difficult to track what IPs were in use. As the setup on that network was VOIP based, therefore if e.g. 20 computers were connected to a VLAN, there were 20 IPs reserved from the same range for SIP phones (connected to each computers). For example, if a computer had the IP 10.10.10.1, the SIP phone had the IP 10.10.10.2. This meant that many IP ranges were constantly in use. On such networks it is not always easy to keep a documentation of the active IPs. At the same time when a new IP is to be assigned, one might have to Ping several IPs or check them from a server, in order to determine available IPs. IP Seizer is a small tool that resolves this problem. It has a simple and comprehensive interface that allows quickly looking up active IPs from an entered IP range. This enables identifying the free IPs from a specified range. Read More

Quickly Search Shared Files Over Network With LAN Search Pro

Do you find yourself searching music, videos, and document files which are shared over the network? It would be, arguably, very hectic task to list down and access the remote paths where all files are residing. In corporate environment with large scale network, users tend to use a tool which can significantly mitigate the time and effort involved in searching required files available over the network. If you are having a hard time finding required types of files in network shared folders, try LAN Search Pro. It is an ingeniously simple yet powerful tool to find shared files with a capacity of filtering the network locations.  Despite being efficient in searching files from shared locations, it offers password management to apply different types of constraints in accessing files from confidential remote locations. Read More

Monitor Kerberos Authentication Tickets In Ubuntu Linux With Network Authentication

Kerberos is a computer network authentication protocol, which allows node communication over a network to authenticate computers for interacting with each other securely. For example, Kerberos authentication allows a user to easily manage mails, database related activities and access across multiple places on a network with a single user profile via the Active Directory in a Domain environment. Network Authentication or Krb5- Auth – Dialog is a Linux application that monitors Kerberos tickets and pops up reminders when the ticket is about to expire. Tickets can be refreshed at any time by clicking on the tray icon. Read More

Find Out When Websites Or Network System Is Down With EasyNetMonitor

EasyNetMonitor is a portable network and website monitoring tool that allows you to check if a specified website or network computer is down. It has both free and paid versions and is a handy tool for monitoring websites and important network system (e.g. servers) in order to check their status in a timely manner rather than having to perform elaborate testing procedures.  A lay user may be able to benefit from this tool by tracking his/her favorite websites. For example, you can add Facebook, Twitter, etc to the monitoring list and check if any of these websites is down. A system or website can be easily added by entering its IP address. Read More

Network Utilities – Trace Routes, Ping Host And Run Nslookup

Network Utilities is an application developed for network administrators who need to run multiple network-specific commands from one window. You can perform many network commands, such as, ping, tracert, and nslookup without the need of entering convoluted command lines. With Network Utilities, one can simply trace a route by entering the host name instead of entering entire set of tracert commands. Read More

Add Automatic Routes For VPN Connections With NetCatcher

Some people require establishing a VPN-connection to get some tasks done or to access data from a remote network (e.g. their office network). In such a case, the IP range of the two networks (such as that of your ISP at home and your office network) may be different. For example, the DHCP server of your ADSL connection may have assigned your system with the following IP: 10.10.110.12, whereas your office network computer (to which you wish to connect via a VPN), may have an IP such as 10.10.50.50.9. Lets assume that 1.1.1.1 is your VPN-gateway and 1.1.1.2 is your VPN-connection IP-address. In this scenario, if you specify “use as default route” (in VPN-connections settings window), then the internet connection will be accessed through the VPN, i.e. the corporate network of your company. While disabling the “use as default route” option will mean that you will not be able to access the computer at your office. A remedy to this problem is NetCatcher. By using this application you can add routes automatically when the VPN connection is established, which will enable you to access the remote computer while retaining internet access from your home ISP. Read More

Watch Bandwidth Usage And Network Stats In Ubuntu Linux With KNemo

KNemo is a Linux application that provides information about your network traffic. If you want to get detailed network and system information, such as, the IP/ MAC address, default gateway, packet information, download/upload speed, etc, and wish to monitor bandwidth at all times, then you will find it quite useful. Even users who might not be barred by a broadband data cap, can utilize KNemo for accessing general information about the network traffic. For example, with KNemo you can find if your internet connection is down. Read More

Advance IP Scanner Now Scans Multiple IP Ranges And Performs Wake-On-LAN Tasks

When network administrators are in a situation when they want to get an overview of all clients in order to view diverse information, such as, MAC address, server connection up time, shared resources, etc, scanning nodes connected over network for IPs comes handy. One important feature, system admins look for in IP tools, is Wake-On-LAN which is responsible for controlling different functions of clients from remote location, such as, system wake-up and shutdown. Advance IP Scanner, which has been famous among power users, now offers Wake-On-LAN feature along with many other improvements for accessing HTTPS, HTTP, FTP with option to view shared resources of connected systems in latest version – 2.0. Since it’s one of the best tool around that can quickly scan through the multiple IP ranges, you can view, list down and control all the connected systems.  Along with wide range of connections, it also enable users to scan systems for fetching full information about the network through ARP (Address Resolution Protocol). Read More

Track Server Response Time With Free Ping Tool

If you’ve recently developed a website and want to check the server response time, you should try using FreePing Tool. It is a GUI-based application which is responsible to ping host address to track the overall server up time. It is particularly developed for web publishers who need to keep multiple websites under their tight scrutiny for reporting and addressing server down time problems. While it shows the status for each listed website, it can automatically create graphs for all the defined host addresses to track server response time visually.  System administrators can deploy it in a large scale network to consistently check response time of servers, member-servers, routers and other devices which keep network operations stable. Read More

Dukto R4 – Transfer Files On LAN Between Clients Running Different OS

In homogenous network environment, transferring files from one place to another is easy once you’ve set up sharing permissions, firewall and other server-client specific settings, but problem arises when you’re dealing with nodes in heterogeneous network, where every other client machine is running different OS platform with respective set of protocols and firewall configurations. In such scenario, preparing each client machine for seamless data sharing will be rather difficult, until you use portable Dukto R4 for transferring data. While it supports multiple types of OS platforms, the application offers the easiest way of sharing data between systems connected over network. No matter which OS you’re using (Windows, Mac, or Linux), sharing can be initiated without configuring any sort of permissions, firewall, protocols and settings from either ends (server or clients). It can discover all the connected clients, allowing you to transfer files via simple drag & drop. Apart from transferring files, it also lets you send text messages to connected users while maintaining a log of transferred files and text for verification purposes. In Windows 7, it makes use of taskbar progress bar to let user check the amount of data which has been transferred. Read More

Bare FTP Is Simple Minimalist FTP Client For Ubuntu Linux

Bare FTP is a Linux based FTP client that is much similar yet quite simple to the widely used Filezilla client. In fact it contains a lot of characteristics of the Firefox extension known as FireFTP. Bare FTP is a fast, effective and easy to use application to help you transfer files to or from an FTP server. It supports FTP, FTPS and SSH (also known as SFTP). Read More

Change Your MAC Address To Avoid Bandwidth Limitations [Hack]

Media Access Controller or (MAC) address is a unique identification serial number which is assigned to a network interface for communication over a network. Ryll MAC Editor is a tool that allows users to replace the MAC address of their computers. This can be particularly useful for people who often use free internet from public places that restrict bandwidth which can be utilized by each user. Channing the MAC address makes your system appear as a new user on the internet, hence, renewing your internet access after you have reached the bandwidth quota. Read More

Monitor Health Of Upto 10 Servers In Network With Windows Health Monitor

Windows Health Monitor is a powerful monitoring utility which is developed by ManageEngine - famous for developing Enterprise IT Management Software. The free application is designed for large-scale network models, where system administrators are dealing with more than 100 nodes with around 10 servers working simultaneously. While it is compatible with both commonly used Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, it can be used in a small LAN as well, where systems are running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.  As far as inspection is concerned, it is designed to monitor bandwidth and disks utilization, including disc space, read & write functions, and network traffic with an option to define a threshold in order to consistently observe CPU and memory utilization of running servers. The application monitors all the elements in real-time, however, you can specify refresh time according to your requirements. Read More

Apply Automatic Updates To Computers Offline With WSUS Offline Update

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a server that downloads Windows Automatic Updates and deploys them via the network to other systems. This eliminates the need to apply automatic updates to each system individually. For example, if a large corporation has thousands of computers, it can be near impossible to apply selective updates to each system individually. Leaving the automatic update option enabled for each system will also choke bandwidth as thousands of systems will be downloading updates separately. A remedy to this problem is to make a WSUS server which updates all system even when they are not connected to the internet. WSUS Offline is a freeware that downloads Microsoft's Automatic Updates for the Windows Server Update Services. Read More

Monitor And Troubleshoot Multiple Hosts (Networks) With Pinkie

You must have noticed that over the last few days we have covered some articles regarding network troubleshooting via the command prompt. There are many GUI (Graphical User Interface) based network troubleshooting tools as well that can help you trace a route, ping multiple hosts, perform forward and reverse DNS lookup, etc. Pinkie is a suite of network troubleshooting utilities pack into one easy-to-use graphical interface, that allows users to troubleshoot multiple network related problems. Read More

Explanation Of IP Config Command Lines And Their Functions

Having knowledge of the command prompt is considered unnecessary in the wake of several applications and online tools that identify and resolve many issues for the average user. However, many people don’t realize that knowledge of the command prompt is still an effective requirement. Following are some essential command prompt commands that are not only widely used by network professionals,  but can also be quite handy for the average PC user to identify and resolve network related issue. Read More