Useful Tools

Below is a collection of useful websites and tools that I find myself using on an regular basis.

whatsmydns.netwhatsmydns.net Useful website for checking DNS propogation.
mxtoolbox.commxtoolbox.com
Excellent MX record and Blacklist checking website.
network-tools.comnetwork-tools.com Excellent general purpose DNS and Network tools website.
remote.12dt.comremote.12dt.com Good reverse DNS checking website.
www.microsoftvirtualacademy.comwww.microsoftvirtualacademy.com Good free training resource for Microsoft products.
windirstatWinDirStathttp://windirstat.info/Great visual representation of used disk space.
mRemotemRemote – (mremoteNG) – http://www.mremoteng.org/Useful resource to keep all your RDP connections in order. I’ve used mRemote for years, but it is no longer available, mRemoteNG is a fork of the code, I’ve yet to test it but it looks identical and is still being developed.
Puttyhttp://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/A free Telnet, SSH, Serial client for Windows by Simon Tatham. A really useful tool for Switch, ESXi and Terminal Sessions.
SamSpadeSam Spade – http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/sam_spade.htmlA great little DNS query tool for Windows, useful for check nameservers, MX records, whois information.
ClassicShellClassic Shell http://www.classicshell.net/A Windows 8 and 8.1 Start Menu that I’ve been using since I upgraded. Really useful, great little program.
TeamViewerTeamViewer – http://www.teamviewer.comExcellent remote support/remote connection program.

FileZilla FTP ClientFilezilla FTP Client – https://filezilla-project.org/Excellent FTP client and server.
IrfanViewIrfanview – http://www.irfanview.com/Simple and quick image viewer. I mainly use for cropping images, and batch processing.
CutePDFCutePDFhttp://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.aspFreeware PDF writer
SyncToySync Toyhttp://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=15155Excellent simple File synchronisation program by Microsoft.
TrueCryptTruecrypthttp://www.truecrypt.org/If you synchronise files, you’re going to want a secure environment to store them. TrueCrypt is great free open-source disk encryption software.
EvernoteEvernotehttp://evernote.com/Useful tool for keeping notes, and synchronising them between devices.
VeeamVeeamhttp://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.htmlI’ve used the full version of Veeam with VMware for nearly four years, and with Hyper-V for the past year. The free version is packed with many of the features from the paid for versions.