Five free desktop backup tools you may never have heard of It's nice to know there are backup tools that can be installed, free of charge, which can handle one, simple task. It's simple: If you're not backing up your data, at some point you're going to regret that mistake. For many medium to large businesses, data is typically backed up via shared directories on a server. But for smaller companies, or end users who have needs outside of shared directories, it's nice to know there are backup tools that can be installed, free of charge, and can handle one, simple task: Backup your desktop data. I'm not talking about applications with bells and whistles to suit every need. What I'm looking for are applications that can do one job and do it dependably.
RegSnap - Registry Tracer RegSnap is a tool that can help you analyze changes made to the Windows Registry. Using RegSnap snapshots of registry values can be created and compared. This now only allows for a comparison of what all keys were modified, deleted, and/or added but also furnish system critical information, such as file listings say in Windows System directories. Lucid HTML reports are generated. Alongside .reg files are also generated (these are backups of system registry values) using which the registry changes can be undone and any older/changed version can be applied.
An Enterprise-Class Open Source Distributed Monitoring Solution Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for monitoring availability and performance of IT infrastructure components. Zabbix is open source and comes at no cost. With Zabbix it is possible to gather virtually limitless types of data from the network. Compare Application-Aware Network Performance Management (NPM) Products - ExtraHop Networks The ExtraHop platform offers considerable advantages compared to traditional network performance management (NPM) products, including Visual Network Systems (formerly under Fluke Networks), AppResponse Xpert (formerly ACE Live), CA NetQoS (now part of the CA Service Assurance suite), Riverbed Cascade (formerly Mazu), NetScout nGenius Service Assurance, and Network Instruments Observer and GigaStor. ** Some network metrics are sampled. ‡ Requires configuration. Limited to 5,000 concurrent flows. Network performance management (NPM) is the IT management discipline responsible for ensuring the reliable and speedy delivery of application traffic between network nodes and to end users.
Five optical disc apps for Windows Matthew Nawrocki lists five optical disc tools that he finds particularly helpful. For most tasks, the disc burning functions built into Windows usually cover all of our basic needs. Personally though, I might want to really get access to under-the-hood settings and fine tune my output. For instance, when I want to burn an ISO for a disc that will go into a finicky drive, I want to be able to not only adjust the burning speed, but also choose additional settings for disc-at-once or session-at-once modes. With discs going out of style in this day and age, it might seem old hat to look at some utilities that handle the medium, whether it be CD-Rs, DVD-Rs or even BD-Rs.
Compound File Explorer (Click on the image to see a full screen shot of CFX) The Compound File EXplorer (CFX) is a Windows® developer's tool for examining and editing the structure and contents of OLE structured storage files (aka 'compound files'). Compound files - used, for example, by Microsoft Office applications to store documents - allow the application developer to store information streams in a structured, hierarchically-organised, single file. Several advantages can be gained from using Compound Files. For the developer, different types of information can be organised and navigated more easily without having to resort to a multi-file document structure (and all the maintenance issues that presents), and without you having to be concerned about the mechanics of data organisation. Single-file structured documents become more manageable for your users too, and more easily portable.
Nagios Overview Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes. Designed with scalability and flexibility in mind, Nagios gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your organization's business processes won't be affected by unknown outages. Nagios is a powerful tool that provides you with instant awareness of your organization's mission-critical IT infrastructure. Nagios allows you to detect and repair problems and mitigate future issues before they affect end-users and customers. What Nagios Provides By using Nagios, you can: Application Aware Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) and Network Packet Broker (NPB) research Jonah Kowall Research Vice President 2 years with Gartner 18 years IT industry Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), event correlation and analysis (ECA), network management systems (NMS), network performance management (NPM), network configuration and change management (NCCM), and general system and infrastructure monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio
Five Apps for working with disk partitions Matthew Nawrocki shares five freeware partition editors that should serve as effective replacements for the tools that come with Windows. Most of us probably have rather large hard disks or SSDs at our disposal. If you like to work with multiple operating systems or need a better way to segregate the storage of data, like separate partitions for media files and apps for instance, it's important to use a tool that can perform the task of slicing up a disk easily and safely. Although all Windows versions since Vista come with a basic, built-in partition manager, it still might be too simple or limiting for some tasks.
API Monitor: Spy on API Calls and COM Interfaces (Freeware 32-bit and 64-bit Versions!) API Monitor API Monitor v2 is currently in Alpha. Installers for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are now available. Download Now. Save Capture and Monitor Metro apps using the latest release, which includes 2500 new API’s. Vendor Landscape for Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring and Network Packet Brokers Vendor Landscape for Application-Aware NPM and NPB Solutions Expands The vendor landscape for application-aware NPM and NPB solutions continues to expand, with acquisitions, consolidation and innovation in the monitoring space. These market movements prompt a closer look at the solutions, especially given the ever-increasing upgrade cycles of network bandwidth. These technologies allow visibility and monitoring of network-centric applications, end-user experience and network-based application tracing, and an understanding of the infrastructure components used to deliver an application. The NPB layer makes this data stream manageable, and is grouped into this research because these are often bought together, though up until this point they have been procured from different vendors.
Five apps for task automation Automating tedious tasks with the right tool can save you time and energy. For those experienced enough to be users of Windows 3.1 back in the early to mid-90s, Microsoft had this neat little utility called Macro Recorder, which could log your keystrokes as well as mouse movements and clicks, then record them to a file for playback at a later time. Such automation could take the tedious nature of tasks completely out of the picture all the while saving you time and energy. In subsequent versions of Windows, the Macro Recorder no longer was bundled with the operating system. This blog post is also available as a TechRepublic Screenshot Gallery.
Freeware Tools and System Utilities for Windows All the utilities and tools in this Web site are compressed in a ZIP file. If you don't have a software that can open a ZIP file, you can download the CAM UnZip utility. CAM UnZip is a small freeware utility that allows you to easily extract files from any ZIP file.