eWeek's 10 iPhone IT Admin Applications

Recently, eWeek posted a handy round-up of 10 iPhone IT administration utilities. As it happens, I have to do a fair amount of sys admin work and was looking for just such a list. Only 2 of these apps are gratis (an SSH terminal app and flashlight), but most of them are under 10 bucks. I wish someone could point me to a consolidated set of good iPhone/Touch network admin tools, like the excellent vxUtils for WinMo (which were free, by the way). The "network ping" app mentioned in the eWeek round-up has only a few of the tools vxUtil has. I have to ask why I should pay a dollar for a subnet calculator, when I can browse to one for free? Same goes for whois domain lookup?

The list includes:

1. Network Admin- A $5.99 database app that stores your network information. Looks like it can't do discovery however, so not sure who would take the time to hand jam in all this information in yet another database.

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2. pTerm- A $4.99 PuTTY-like terminal emulator.

3. WinAdmin- An $11.99 RDP client for Windows that supports multiple OS flavors, etc. If you only need XP control, search for Mocha Remote Desktop Lite (which is free).

4. TouchTerm- Free SSH terminal app.  [this appears to have changed to $0.99 -ed]

5. Network Ping- $3.99 to ping, ping sweep and traceroute hosts on your network. Also a telnet console..

6. Mobile Studio- File transfer and managament for $1.99

7. aSubnet- $.99 subnet calculator

8. Flashlight- Free...hadn't thought of this, but yeah the back of a server rack can be a dark and scary place depending on the cable management (or lack thereof).

9. Jaadu- Pricy ($24.99) VNC client.

10. Whois- Pay $.99 to view the output of a whois query.

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.