The following is Tool #1 from "Readers' Choice: 15 admin tools you can't live without," a collection of top Windows admin tools nominated by SearchWinSystems.com readers.
Nominated by: Doug Crist
In an Active Directory domain, you can drill down either by servers or organizational units (OUs). For each server, you can drill into:
- Local Groups
- Shares, both regular and hidden, and into the entire file system from there
- Open Files
- Event Logs
- Disk Space
- User Rights
- Performance Counters
- Scheduled Jobs
- WMI stuff (Windows Management Instrumentation)
Hyena also handles NT domains, showing the same stuff. Almost all of these things are read/write, except for Disk Space. So you can do things like:
- Copy local groups from one server to another, including the members
- Start/stop services and change properties (login name, password, etc.)
- Create a share on a remote folder, including permissions
- Add/modify/delete user rights
- Disconnect an open file connection
- Filter event logs, change their size, etc.
- Add/modify/delete scheduled tasks
- Drill into the entire file system and Registry, with read/write capability
Right-clicking a server and selecting properties yields the following tabs:
- General -- shows what type of server it is (DC, etc.), uptime, remote time
- Hotfix -- shows all the hotfixes applied to this server, which can be copied to your clipboard and pasted into Excel. You can highlight a single fix and click a button that takes you to the Microsoft site for that fix.
- Software -- basically, what you see in Add/Remove programs. Again, a copy to clipboard option.
- System -- shows speed of the processors, memory, current logged on users, BIOS and so on
- Environment -- shows all environment variables
- Network -- shows the IP information for each NIC, DNS suffix search order
Other right-click options:
- Account Policy
- Audit Policy
- Remove from Domain
- View Logged On Users
- Remote Control (you can set this up to launch VNC (virtual network computing), which will install the VNC stuff and open a remote session).
There are many AD functions. You can do a find and get properties for any AD object. You can drill down to an OU and add a machine account. There is an extensive export subsystem that can export a wealth of information to tab-separated files. I hope this gives you an idea of the power of this tool. It's definitely worth a look. The vendor is very responsive to both problems and suggestions for future releases.
Readers' Choice: 15 admin tools you can't live without!
Tool 1: Readers' Choice admin tool winner: Hyena
Tool 2: Toad for Oracle
Tool 3: Fastpush
Tool 4: Belarc Advisor
Tool 5: Angry IP Scanner
Tool 6: Dameware NT
Tool 7: Microsoft Computer Management Tool
Tool 8: PC Duo and PC Duo Enterprise
Tool 9: CheckIt Pro
Tool 10: WinSCP 3.7.5
Tool 11: Treepad
Tool 12: Remote Administrator
Tool 13: BartPE
Tool 14: Sam Spade
Tool 15: EventID.net