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Video: Five iPhone apps for IT pros

Bill Detwiler examines iPhone apps that help IT pros monitor their networks, administer servers remotely, and more.

In an increasingly mobile world, IT pros are relying on smartphones to perform tasks for which they once lugged around laptops. And if your smartphone of choice is the iPhone, there are several applications, every IT pros should check out. During this TR Dojo episode, I'll look at five handy iPhone apps that TechRepublic blogger Michael Kassner thinks IT admins should add to their toolkit, including:

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Michael Kassner's article, "10 indispensable iPhone apps for IT administrators," on which this episode is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

23 comments
JCitizen
JCitizen

both are free depending how you use them; even better yet, simply use those two on the iTouch, and forget the iPhone? I'm only suggesting this because it would be in my top five. Michael Kassner, a very wise man! Thanks for quoting him!

jbrewer
jbrewer

VManage has been great for me. Control your VMware hosts and clients.

dmack
dmack

it would be nice if the article included the costs

rh_77
rh_77

Costs are included for iphone apps - in both the video and transcript.

16pound
16pound

How about Weave - remote monitoring and alerting for Windows servers? www.weave4iphone.com

version7x
version7x

I know someone already mentioned this... but since this is TECH Republic and not HACK Republic, I'll say it again.... If you're an IT pro, you probably have telnet disabled on any servers you admin. There are better tools out there anyway that do ssh and telnet.... not to mention vnc(for non windows admins). Granted, I do use a telnet client to hit app ports (email,dns,etc), but I use the telnet client thats already included with my ssh client. I've heard it before and I'll say it again. Retire the clear text admin tools!!!

ckelly
ckelly

Linux boxes - sure, no TELNET there. But you don't always get to choose. If you have 200+ pieces of networking equipment infrastructure that doesn't support the latest code release, then you get to use TELNET whether you like it or not. VPN from outside, then go where you need to go. TELNET is going to be with us for a long time. And don't say "time to upgrade" unless you plan to include the $1M check for the parts, thanks.

CuMorrigu
CuMorrigu

Check out WinAdmin, iExplorer and RemotePad

cappiels
cappiels

Another favorite app of mine has been FTP on the go. You can open file remotely on the server, edit code, and save them right back to the server. Really handy.

achapman
achapman

I've tried them all and iTap was is much better. Expensive yes, but if being able to remote in with your phone when away from a computer with great functionality is a huge plus.

Clayton L.
Clayton L.

I've been using Jaadu RDP. It's spendy, but it uses a cursor, which is handy if I need to make a quick AD adjustment. It's also seemingly quicker than the RDP from MochaSoft, but I can't confirm that.

johnnycannuk
johnnycannuk

Uhm, telnet? Seriously? Could you have not reviewed ssh clients. As a security professional, let me say, NO ONE should be using telnet. Use ssh. And the aforementioned MochaSoft also makes a ssh client. If you are a network admin that is using telnet to admin your boxes, you should lose your job. Come on TR Dojo, stop pimping insecure apps that no one in the network should be using.

achapman
achapman

There are lots of devices that do not support SSH, like Cisco's Voicegateway's. Sometimes you have to use telnet even though you don't want to.

jfolk
jfolk

Totally agree, but if there is Cisco equipment running anything less than IOS 12.1 you are stuck with telnet.

PaulK66
PaulK66

So... Because Crisco couldn't get their head out of their telnet until ios 12.1 you recommend telnetting into your router/switch, etc via WLAN...OK homer step away from the console and call a someone with a clue. They will ssh into a bastion host with a wired connection to the router and manage it from their iphone without displaying their credentials on the wlan. If you ask nicely they might even upgrade your firmware to a version that suports ssh :-)

dsmith
dsmith

I've also had a few sites that have custom built numeric controlers that can only be accessed via telnet.

michael.pinnell
michael.pinnell

5 Android apps for IT professionals who don't use iPhones: Remote VNC Pro 1.7 Android Telnet Client 1.0 Wifi Analyzer 2.2 DroidFTP SpeedTest

rpb_
rpb_

Sorry, just spotted that tiny link. I saw the "10 indispensible..." link, and realised that was not the same thing as the video, but missed the little transcript link.

rpb_
rpb_

Nothing personal, but as always, I can read much faster than you can talk, and I can't realistically skim a video.

avnerbz
avnerbz

what about the poor android users !!! can you help us to find apps for IT

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In the above TR Dojo post, I examine five iPhone apps that help IT pros monitor their networks, administer their servers remotely, and more. Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1453 But, have smartphones evolved to a state that allows them to replace a laptop and an IT pro's primary remote support device? Let us know by taking the article's poll.

bo
bo

I still carry a netbook with a USB cell card or a notebook with one built in, unless I forget them or it's late at night...then the iPhone apps can come in handy. RDP Lite has truly saved me a couple of times, because I leave one PC accessible. However, the other apps are not that useful to me(No Linux to support) because you have to be onsite connected to a wireless network to use them. If I am onsite - I will likely have a computer with an actual keyboard.