Top 10 Must-Have IT Tools for SysAdmins & IT Pros In 2021

SysAdmin day is all about you, the system administrator! And since we know how hard your job is, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to get the job done. But not all tools are equal, so we've assembled a list of the top 10 IT tools in 2021 -- the most popular tools that are loved by the sysadmin community. This is last updated on the 29th of June 2021.

1. PowerShell ISE

PowerShell is an essential tool for the SysAdmin toolbox. A cross-platform task automation tool consisting of a command-line shell, scripting language and configuration management framework, it enables you to automate tasks such as OS management, using scripts. The tool works like a command prompt environment on steroids, enabling you to easily search for and browse scripts for solving various problems, from finding basic system information to performing advanced actions. The tool's script analyzer automatically analyzes and optimizes your scripts for maximum performance.

2. Cyberstockroom

Cyberstockroom is an IT asset visualization tool that pulls data from your IT asset inventory and creates a visual map of your IT assets, giving you a bird's eye view of everything you have "in stock" and where it's located. Cyberstockroom eliminates the need of sorting through and analyzing your IT asset data, and provides drag-and-drop features to help you to better allocate resources to serve your business.

3. Lansweeper

Our platform is the leading IT asset discovery tool on the market today. You can use Lansweeper to create a single source of truth and unified repository for all of your IT asset data -- in minutes -- to support multiple IT use cases. It combines independent, agentless scanning and agent-based scanning with data aggregation across existing systems, and organizes and contextualizes the data according to your organization's projects and processes. Lansweeper connects data back to operational systems to provide complete visibility and actionable insights across the IT estate.

4. Wireshark

Used by commercial, nonprofit and government agencies, and educational institutions, Wireshark is a free, popular network protocol analyzer and monitoring tool that enables you to see what's happening on your network at a very granular level. The tool captures packets traveling to and from connected computers so you can see what traffic is crossing your network and track issues that arise over time. It provides deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, live capture and offline analysis, and works across multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Solaris and more.

5. Clonezilla

Clonezilla is a free, open-source disk cloning and imaging, data recovery and deployment tool, similar to Norton Ghost. It enables you to clone disks and individual hard disk partitions, and facilitates system backup and disaster recovery. There are two types of Clonezilla available: Clonezilla Live is for single machine backup and restore; while Clonezilla SE is server edition for larger deployments. You can use Clonezilla to copy contents of a hard drive and transfer them to another type of storage, such as another hard drive or removable drive.

6. Freshservice

An enterprise-grade, cloud-based IT helpdesk and service management solution, Freshservice features a ticketing system, self-service portal and knowledge base. The tool automates repetitive tasks and augments support with virtual agents and AI-powered chatbots. It's also customizable.

7. 7-Zip

This free, open-source file archiver used to compress and uncompress files, which is useful if you need to free up some disk space. The tool has a higher compression ratio than PKZIP or WinZip and is compatible with zip, rar, Gzip, bzip2, tar, xz, and WIM formats. 7-Zip can be run through a GUI or straight from the command line, provides secure file encryption, and it's available in 87 languages.

8. FileZilla

FileZilla is a free, cross-platform FTP solution that enables you to connect to SSH secured hosts. This popular tool makes it easy for anyone to upload and download files from a web hosting server, or edit files and save changes without manually downloading or uploading. FileZilla is great if you prefer working with a GUI rather than CLI, and it supports Windows, Linux and macOS. There's also a professional version with support for cloud storage (Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage and MS OneDrive).

9. KeyPass

Have trouble remembering all of your passwords? KeyPass is a free, open-source tool that helps you manage passwords securely. With KeyPass, you can store all your passwords in one database, and lock them away with a master key. All you have to remember is the one key. The solution encrypts the database files with highly secure encryption algorithms for safe-keeping.

10. Sysinternals Suite

A collection of more than 40 tools across six categories of functionality, the Sysinternals Suite helps you manage, diagnose and troubleshoot problems and security issues on Windows systems and applications. For example, one of the tools, System Monitor, enriches your Windows event log with additional data. Another tool, AccessChk, provides insight into user access to files, tools and other resources. You can download the tools individually -- or get them all at once by downloading the Sysinternals Suite.

Of course, there are dozens of great IT tools in 2021 -- some free and some for a fee -- aimed at helping system administrators be more efficient and productive. And, many of them rely on having the most accurate, up-to-date and complete IT asset inventory. That's why starting with Lansweeper is a smart plan! Download Lansweeper and start a free trial today.

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