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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Power Tools for Windows

Scott Hanselman has a great list of the power tools he uses for Windows and development. It’s worth a read, and worth checking some of them out. I have used quite a few of these tools over the years, and I find them great, however I’m definitely considering trying a few of his recommendations out.

Ones I like:

  • Paint.NET – Beware the big download buttons that take you to GIMP. Click download at the top and follow the text.
  • 7-Zip – I moved to this a few years ago and it works great. Is it better than others? No idea, but it works well and easily for me. It doesn’t get in the way.
  • DropBox – This works well for me. Is it better than Box, or Live Mesh? I still use LiveMesh, but this gives me a nice integration with a lot of iPhone apps.
  • SysInternals – If you admin a network or an AD domain, you need these.
  • PowerShell - If you work with SQL Server, spend a few minutes working with this.
  • ZoomIt -  If you present, drop this on every machine, and a flash drive.
  • TortoiseSVN – Use a VCS, any of them.
  • Skype- I’ve also tried Oovoo, but size matters. Skype works well for me.
  • Bart’s Preinstalled Enviroment (BartPE) – Saved my wife one time
  • DVDDecrypter- With kids this is handy. Rip your own DVDs and give the kids the copy.

The tools I am interested in trying from the list:

  • Boot to VHD – I’ve heard a lot about it and maybe it will make things simpler. When (if?) I go back to a Windows laptop, I might try this.
  • LogParser – On my list as a way to dig through log files in Windows.
  • Hiren’s BootCD – Probably worth keeping around
  • SyncBack -Windows Home Server is a POS for me. Looking for a basic file server and scheduled backups.

If you have your own recommendations, I’d love to hear them.


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