8 Portable Windows Apps for Your System Management Toolkit
Any decent sysadmin will have a robust set of tools, most likely stored somewhere on a remote server. But what if you need some of these powerful tools outside of your network?
In that case, adding some portable systems management tools to your arsenal is a fantastic way to stay armed no matter where you are. Let’s look at some portable programs that any system administrator could use.
1. TFTPD wearable
We cover the bare basics here. TFTPD32 is your answer for file transfer on the go.
It supports a wide range of connection types, including the titular TFTP, and even has a full-featured client interface.
It has certain advanced security and directory modification features, but other than that, this program keeps it simple.
Downloads: TFTPD32 Portable (Free)
2. Wireshark portable
Wireshark is a well-respected network analyzer. You can see what’s happening on a network you’re connected to, which is a feature you should almost definitely take with you when you’re out and about.
The fact that this program comes with a portable variant is what makes Wireshark such a powerful tool. We’ve written in the past about how to use Wireshark to analyze your network, and the program remains as powerful as it was then.
Downloads: Wireshark portable (Free)
3. Angry Portable IP Scanner
After Wireshark’s comprehensive network analysis, you can use Angry IP Scanner to scan specific IP ranges and their ports.
Use this app to check if specific IP addresses are still active, and then use it to troubleshoot hostname issues or perform other diagnostic steps.
Downloads: Angry IP Scanner Portable (Free)
4. OpenJDK JRE Portable
Troubleshooting applets running outside of the Java framework can be tedious at the best of times. If you’re working outside of your network environment or on a computer that doesn’t have Java installed at all, it’s a complete non-starter.
OpenJDK has a portable variant that can be run from a cloud folder, an external drive, or a local folder. It’s basically a way to run some Java applets without installing Java on Windows.
Downloads: OpenJDK JRE Portable (Free)
5. Portable TightVNC viewer
TightVNC Viewer covers most of your remote control needs on the go.
It allows you to remotely connect to a computer to view its desktop and send mouse and keyboard input. It’s basic but a fully wearable offering, so it’s somewhat expected.
As the name suggests, this is a light or “tight” program. Perfect for a software kit on the go.
Downloads: TightVNC Viewer Portable (Free)
6. Registry Scanner
RegScanner would be a must have for most power users.
It is a lightweight program that allows you to search the registry for either exact values or categorical listings.
Pretty simple but very handy to always have with you. Not sure why this should be a must? We’ve written about what the registry is and why you might want to edit it.
Downloads: RegScanner (Free)
ProduKey shows you the product keys for specific Microsoft programs on your PC.
It is very simple in execution, but this utility cannot be overlooked by system administrators who may need to quickly verify activation keys.
The program displays confidential information, so be careful when you open it. In addition, the program triggers false alarms on certain antivirus programs.
This is solely due to the information being accessed. See the download page for more information on the details of this false positive. So be careful if you are worried.
Downloads: ProduKey (Free)
BlueScreenView is a fantastic tool if you want to analyze minidump files created during a blue screen of death.
It collects all the relevant information that a blue screen generates, down to the timestamp and the drivers that caused it.
While much of this information could be displayed by more advanced tools, BlueScreenView makes itself indispensable as it is lightweight and completely portable.
Downloads: BlueScreenView (Free)
System administrators have it hard enough
It’s already a nightmare juggling advanced networks, so why risk being caught without proper tools? Portable software kits are extremely useful for anyone dealing with system diagnostics or general repairs.