9 wickedly helpful Web sites for Windows administrators

9 wickedly useful Web sites for Windows administrators

Blogger Ron Barrett has compiled a list of Windows Web sites guaranteed to save you hours of effort. Also check out Barrett's longer write-up of each site in his A Better Windows World blog. Have you got a favorite Windows Web site? Post a comment and let us know.

Event ID

Need help finding answers to the warnings and errors listed in Event Viewer? Then check out EventID.net . ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

DNS Goodies

If you need to a resource for DNS lookups, open relay testing and all things DNS, take a look at DNS Goodies . ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

FILExt

Has someone sent you a file you can't open? Find out where it came from with this cool Web site FILExt . ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Task List

If Task Manager has you scratching your head at all those running processes, use the Tasks List Web site to find out what those processes are and what they are doing. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Boot disks

Have a need for a boot disk to recover XP or that 8-year-old system your boss insists on keeping? This site can help you. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

The Internet Storm Center

If you have ever wondered which ports are attacked most and what the threat level is for a particular day, check out the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center . ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Vmyths

Before you panic over the latest Trojan or virus, make sure the threat is real. This site will tell you if you're dealing with a harmless hoax or myth. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

ShieldsUp!

You need to know for sure if you are vulnerable or properly concealed from Internet threats. This site will let you test your network. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Ports Database

If you need to figure out which of the 65,535 ports a particular service is using, here is the site for you. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

We want to hear from YOU!

What do you think of our picks? Do you find them useful? What are your favorite Web sites for Windows admins? Post a comment and let us know.