7 Useful Open Source Applications for Network Administrators

As an I.T. Professional who has had experience working with non-profit organizations, finding using tools to do my job was sometimes a struggle. Here's just a few the saved my life at some point along the line.

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.

Concerto is a Web-based digital signage system. Using Concerto, it's easy to engage your community with graphical, video, and textual messages. These messages can come from moderated user submissions or automatically from sources anywhere on the Web.

Snipe-IT Asset Management is a Free Open Source (FOSS) project for IT asset management, to enable IT departments to track who has which laptop, when it was purchased, which software licenses and accessories are available, and so on.

Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what's happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

Metasploit is a penetration testing platform that enables you to find, exploit, and validate vulnerabilities. The platform includes the Metasploit Framework and the commercial editions: Metasploit Pro, Express, Community, and Nexpose Ultimate.

Observium is an auto-discovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium seeks to provide a powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.

ClearOS is an operating system for your Server, Network, and Gateway systems. It is designed for homes, small to medium businesses, and distributed environments. ClearOS is commonly known as the Next Generation Small Business Server, while including indispensable Gateway and Networking functionality. It delivers a powerful IT solution with an elegant user interface that is completely web-based. Simply put.. ClearOS is the new way of delivering IT.

JaVaun Joseph

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