Im sure every systems administrator has their own set of
tools which they use daily and just couldnt get by without. I thought I would spend a little time to let
people know what I keep in my toolbox, the programs and utilities which I guess
most administrators in a Unix/Linux environment would find useful.
– The single most useful and most used tool in my box. If I want to do anything on one of our
servers then I need putty, due to the lack of an SSH client in Windows of
course (and running a Linux desktop just isnt practical). Its free and easy to use, what more can you
– Again this one is a must, it makes transferring files to and from a Unix/Linux
server a doodle. The clutter is minimal,
you want to get the files, edit them and put them back. Norton Commander or Explorer-like interfaces
can be chosen from, drag and drop really saves some time.
– The best text editor I have used to date.
Throw away notepad, this will allow you to work with unix line
terminators, highlight code syntax and it automatically creates a .bak file
once you save changes (can be handy).
These are my top three tools, all in constant use!