Sunday, 28 December 2014

Five Great Applications For Systems Admins

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  23:44 2 comments

Being a sysadmin is a difficult job, but we can help. We’ve compiled a list of a few awesome apps perfect for any admin looking to make things a bit easier.

Being a systems administrator is a difficult, often thankless job. You’re one of the people responsible for keeping the entire IT infrastructure of your business up and running. What that means is that whenever something doesn’t work the way it should, all eyes immediately turn in your direction.

You can hardly be blamed for looking to make your life a bit easier. I’d actually recommend that you do so, truth be told. The less time you spend slogging through all the basics of administration, the more time you can devote to improving your server.

To that end, I’ve compiled a list of a few of the best sysadmin apps on the web; tools that any Linux administrator worth their salt should consider using.

ServerAuditor(Remote SSH)

ServerAuditor is quite possibly one of the most powerful remote SSH clients on the web. Even better, it’s available on Android, iOS, and the Chrome Web Store - meaning that you’ll have access to it no matter what system you’re using. Free users gain access to its highly-secure SSH terminal; users who shell out for a subscription, meanwhile, gain access to multiplatform synchronization through the cloud, an easy, Python-based SSH config tool, tabbed navigation*, an SFTP client*, and a screen widget that allows you to view all servers and active connections*.

*Android only.

Alternatives: ConnectBot, Prompt 2

Cura SysAdmin (Remote Server Administration)

If you’re running a Linux server, then Cura’s pretty much the best tool you’ll find if you’re looking for remote management. It makes maintenance, configuration, and general administration incredibly simple, equipping you with a personalized Terminal emulator, a Syslog module that lets you read logs directly from your server, a monitor that visually graphs your resource usage, login monitoring with notifications, general server statistics, and a remote wipe feature (in the event that your smartphone isn’t already equipped with one).




Server Monitor(Remote Monitoring)

If you’re just looking for a general monitoring app, then Server Monitor is just the ticket. It adds a widget to your Android device that allows you to monitor any number of servers. It allows you to keep track of everything from accessibility to ping between hosts. Better still, it’ll notify you if and when your server goes down - allowing you to respond immediately to any problems it may have encountered.

Alternatives: Pingdom, Pulseway



Hacker’s Keyboard(Usability/Ease Of Use)

Have you ever tried to configure your server through your Smartphone or Tablet and found yourself frustrated by the lack of functionality? If so, Hacker’s Keyboard should be like a dream come true. It’s a tool designed to make the soft keyboard on your tablet or phone a bit more like the one you’d find on a standard desktop - including separate number keys and arrow keys.

Alternatives: N/A

PushBullet(Productivity)

Last but certainly not least, we’ve a bit of an unusual choice for our fifth entry- an application known as PushBullet, which allows you to link all your devices together for a more unified workspace. That might not sound particularly useful at first glance, until you consider the fact that, as a systems administrator, you’re probably working with at least two or three separate devices on a daily basis.

As such, the capacity to link all those gadgets together into a single workstation - that includes files and notifications, by the way - should prove invaluable.

Alternatives:Trello

Anyway, there you have it - a few of our favorite apps for systems administrators. Got a suggestion of your own that didn’t appear on this list? Give us a shout in the comments - we’d love to hear from you!


About Graeme Caldwell -- Graeme works as an inbound marketer for InterWorx, a revolutionary web hosting control panel for hosts who need scalability and reliability. Follow InterWorx on Twitter at @interworx, Like them on Facebook and check out their blog, http://www.interworx.com/community.

About the Author

Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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