10 Android Apps for Linux Server Admins - page 2
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The Android-VNC-Viewer, developed by a team on Google Code, is a free and open-source remote desktop client for connecting to remote desktop servers via the platform-independent VNC protocol . It works via Wi-Fi and Cellular connections. Most VNC servers are supported, such as TightVNC or RealVNC on Windows, x11vnc on Linux, and Apple Remote Desktop on Mac OS X. Unlike the previous client, this one doesn't have advertisements and gives you pinch zooming for free. However, for securing your remote desktop connection you should use a separate app, such as ConnectBot, to encrypt your Internet connection before using the Android-VNC-Viewer.
This isn't a typical remote desktop app; it does the opposite of most. Instead of giving you remote access to a PC, it gives you remote access to your Android phone. The free Remote Web Desktop app, developed by SmartDog Studio, provides web-based access to your phone's messaging, files, clipboard, contacts, notes, and settings from the comfort of your PC or laptop. It works via a Wi-Fi or USB connection, and some 3G connections. This app is great if your fingers are tired or you want to perform tasks quicker.
The messaging feature gives you an interface to send, read, and manage your messages. The File Explorer lets you manage SD card files, providing drag-and-drop and FTP transfer between your phone and computer. The Wi-Fi keyboard functionality lets you type on the phone using your computer's keyboard.
Overlook Fing is a free network discovery and TCP port scan app, developed by Overlook. It will display the details of your Wi-Fi connection: speed, IP subnet, gateway, and DNS. It also lists all the detected computers and devices with their details: IP address, MAC, vendor, and customizable node names and icons. All the network discovery details can also be viewed later offline. The TCP port scan feature lets you input a hostname or IP address to see the ports used by the device.
The PC Monitor Lite app, developed by Marius Mihalec, lets you monitor and manage the vitals of up to 5 Windows PCs or servers. You can view each PC's uptime and event logs. You can check on the CPU, memory, and hard drive usage. You can set alerts for the up and down status of PCs or services. You can review the statuses of services, running processes, and scheduled tasks. You can see a list of logged on local and remote users. It also displays hardware details, such component temperatures and fan speeds. You can even remotely restart, shut down, power off and suspend a computer.
The full paid version of PC Monitor is listed for $4.97. It gives you more remote control capabilities, such as starting/stopping services, killing processes, starting tasks, and logging off users. You even get remote Command Prompt access with support to send commands to multiple computers.
Exchange Touchdown ($19.99) by NitroDesk is a groupware client that works with numerous servers, including Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and later. It supports the synchronization of email, contacts, calendar, tasks, and SMS messages. It also supports security policy enforcement, enabling the administrator to set PIN, remote wiping, and other privacy settings.
Though Android has a native groupware client, Exchange Touchdown provides additional functionalities. Most importantly, it encrypts the stored data, protecting the user's privacy incase the phone becomes lost or stolen. Remember, Android doesn't have hardware-level encryption like Apple iOS and Blackberry provides.
To get started with Exchange Touchdown, you must first install the 30-Day Trial version, which lets you experiment with most features. To convert to the full version, you must then purchase the key from the market.
There are many more server and admin apps out there! Check out the Android Market now also finally online.
Eric Geier is the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise mode of WPA/WPA2 encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS/802.1X service. He is also a freelance tech writer, and has authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press.
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