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.
With Pinkie you can troubleshoot multiple networks at the same time. This can be particularly helpful for network administrators who might wish to check their connectivity with multiple networks when troubleshooting problems. For example one can ping the Domain and the DHCP server at the same time to check whether anyone of them may be non-responsive. In most workplaces, multiple servers are present in server rooms that are located in places where it might not be convenient to go every now and then such as on another floor of the building. In such as case, remote management of these servers is far more convenient. Pining multiple hosts at the same time can be quite helpful for checking connectivity problems in cases such as the inability of the network admin to connect remotely to the server. Many companies also have multiple servers such as a proxy server, an FTP server, an exchange server and a domain. Being able to see the ping results for multiple servers in the same window is obviously far better than opening separate command prompt windows for checking results. To see such troubleshooting information about any server you simply need to right-click on the workspace tab and add a host name. This can also be done from the Edit drop down menu.
Pinkie also displays the DNS (Domain Name Service) information in the DNS tab. This shows the name and IP of the added hosts.
A few days back we explained the benefits of the tracert command. The Taceroute tab essentially does the same for the added hosts.
Pinkie also comes with a subnet calculator that shows class ID, IP range within the ID and other related information about the entered IP address.
A ping sweep is used to determine which of a range of IP addresses map to live hosts. You can copy the result by clicking on Copy to Clipboard button.
The port scanner is also another useful utility in this application that you can use to scan either the default or specific ports. For instance if a system or network administrator is unable to use remote desktop it might worth checking out if port 3389 is being blocked by the firewall.
TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) is a simple file transfer protocol, like FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The TFTP server tab (as the name implies) displays information about the TFTP Server. You can enter information about the server and click on start to initiate the process.
For more elaborate settings of each tab you can go to the Edit drop down menu and select the settings option. From there you can change numerous options such as setting the timeout settings when you start pinging a host, trace a route or initiate a ping sweep.
It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit OS. Testing was done on Windows 7 64-bit system.