From a MS MVP for active directory… some very useful and cool tools. I personally use oldcomp quite frequently.
How could I make a list of software I use without including this one (the site is quite the tech resource too):
There is a package called the Sysinternals Suite, it includes all the current tools authored by them (Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell), they are all free, most of them are fantastic.
From Bare Metal Software, a (text) log file monitoring tool, small and fast:
Great GUI tool for dealing with USB drives in WinPE. Verified it works in WinPE 3.1.
So I’ve been digging around looking at what can be done with WinPE and remote control. I’ve implemented UltraVNC server inside WinPE and the console performance leaves a lot to be desired, it’s quite laggy. So I started digging around for other versions, etc. Turns out TigerVNC (based on TightVNC) was touted to be impressively fast. The console performance with WinPE 3.1 did not disappoint. One thing TigerVNC didn’t have vs UltraVNC though is the ability to save all the settings in an INI file instead of the registry. That’s only a minor obstacle really.
TimeDicer - http://www.timedicer.co.uk/ - Full-Blown backup solution using rdiff-backup + linux server
BackupPC - http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/ - Full-blown backup solution. Runs on Linux server. Deduplication across lots of data, backup initiated from server using Samba, tar over ssh/rsh/nfs, or rsync. Have to mention the articles over at http://www.goodjobsucking.com/. They cover getting Volume Shadow running to get “Locked Open” files.
rdiff-backup - http://rdiff-backup.nongnu.org/ - Command line tool for backing up one directory to another. Sweet way to deal with Incrementals vs. Full backup. Same idea basic as Apple’s “Time Machine”
Volume Shadow Copy Simple Client - http://vscsc.sourceforge.net/ - Creates a Volume Shadow so you can back up locked open or in use files.
StrArc - http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html - Stream Archive tool can assert the Backup privilege but can’t get locked or open files. Does however output to STDOUT and take input from STDIN, so it can be used in unique ways the other programs above can’t.
Pretty cool little UI for USMT (User State Migration Tool).