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Google Apps adds DKIM email signing to help fight spam

That battle against spam is a never ending one for sysadmins, and Google has announced that they're giving Apps admins a brand new weapon: DKIM, or Domain Keys Identified Mail. DKIM allows administrators to validate outgoing email messages with a digital signature, and Google is making it available to all Apps customers at no cost. Enabling DKIM on your domain is as simple as a few mouse clicks i...

Process Explorer 14 brings better multi-process app support, new monitoring tools

The SysInternals team has just announced a major new update to technician favorite Process Explorer. Version 14 includes a lengthy list of feature additions and tweaks, and it's available for download now. Process Explorer now shows the total CPU utilization for multiprocess apps like Google Chrome. A pair of new monitoring tools have been added, and allow tracking of hard disk and network act...

Admin templates for Google Chrome make it more enterprise-friendly

System admins generally aren't fond of rolling out new software to their users if they don't have a measure of control over what those users can and can't do with the app in question. Google knows that, and they've been working for a while now to add enterprise-friendly policy support to Chrome. Now, Google has made policy templates available for download which provide a measure of lockdown fu...

MonitorServerUptime is a monitoring solution for small websites

Large websites (like DownloadSquad or any other major blog/site) have full-time sysadmins, dedicated hosting facilities, and a ton of fail-safe mechanisms to ensure that they're always up and available. However, if you have a small site that's running off of a shared host you may sometimes be surprised to discover that it's down. That rarely happens, but when it does happen you usually discover i...

FreeApps lets you install a ton of quality free applications at once

FreeApps is a software catalog with a twist. It has a ton of quality, freeware/open source offerings that are sorted by category. You browse the catalog, and then you tick the box next to every application that you'd like to install. You then hit Get Installer and download a small file (about 0.5MB). Run the file, and it downloads all of the applications that you've marked and sets them all up, s...

Screenshot Tour: Process Explorer 12 is now out

Process Explorer is one of the staples of the hard-core Windows geek. It's a Task Manager replacement which does so much more; some would say it does too much. It's produced by Microsoft-acquired Sysinternals, which have been making some of the best in-depth system utilities for Windows even before Microsoft bought them out (years ago). My favorite feature in the new update is that I can now...

Happy SysAdmin Day!

As we all marvel at the miracle of modern technology today (you're soaking in it right now), let's raise a glass to your local System Administrator: the guy or gal or team who keep the servers humming and the network intact and safe. Have a happy SysAdmin day today, the 10th anniversary of the "event," and take your IT crew out to lunch or something. Here's a gallery of sysadmin pics we found ...

Desktop Central packages 11 handy tools for sysadmins

Manage Engine develop a number of excellent products for network administrators. Even better, some of their tools - like Desktop Central - are completely free. Desktop Central is a handy application that packages several useful utilities for sysadmins, including remote task management, software inventory, remote command prompt, wake on lan, and remote shutdown/restart. Reporting tools (users/gro...

Three apps for the Windows sysadmin - Holiday Gift Guide

If you have a Windows systems admin (the kind of person responsible for managing a computer network and/or server farm) on your holiday gift-giving list, check out these three commercial apps that they are sure to love: Hyena ($199) - This Windows application is an Active Directory admin's sidekick. In addition to acting as a an AD Users/Computers snap-in on steroids, it also lets you easily chan...

How could we forget ; Happy System Administrator's Day

We've been reminded that it's System Administrator's Day. Ok, reminded isn't the way to put it. We were attacked brutally by our hosting / content management staff with admonishment about how we never buy them flowers or candy anymore. So, for all the system administrators out there, happy sys admin day. If you do your job well, what you do day-to-day goes largely unnoticed, and that's a talent t...

Ten tools for every admin

Okay, we've seen plenty of lists of apps for every user, or every Windows user, or every Mac user. But what about the sysadmins? This list of 10 tools for every admin is a good start, if very Windows-centric. The list is a bit different than it might have been a few years ago, with now-essential tools like a virtual CD app, VMWare or Virtual PC, a USB key, and even an RSS reader making the cut. Ok...