10 Network Admin Apps for iOS

by [Published on 22 Sept. 2011 / Last Updated on 22 Sept. 2011]

Among the hundreds of thousands of apps in the iTunes App Store, there are numerous tools and utilities to help in network administration. They can assistance with monitoring, managing, tracking, troubleshooting, and connecting. Here we’ll look at 10 of these apps.

1. Spiceworks (Free)

This is a client for the Spiceworks IT management solution, which is 100% free ad-based software. It helps with network monitoring, helpdesk and ticketing, UPS power management, and asset inventory. The iOS and Android app lets IT staff view devices, work tickets, access user info, read IT discussions, and more.

The app lets you view your network and PC inventory. You can view, create, edit, close, and re-open trouble tickets. You can lookup contact info for end users and manage user details, with support of Active Directory. Additionally, you can communicate with other IT pros in the Spiceworks community.

2. Rove Mobile Admin Client (Free)

This is a client for the Rove Mobile Admin IT management solution and is designed for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. It helps you manage and track your IT issues, your network and computers, and integrates with a variety of third party systems and services. Though the app is free, you must have separately purchased and installed the Rove Mobile Admin server on your network, for which they offer a 14-day free trial for.

You get real-time alerts from the Rove Monitoring System, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, BMC Performance Manager Portal, Nagios Monitoring, BMC Remedy Service Desk, CA Service Desk, and Symantec Backup Exec. You get also monitoring capabilities for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, BMC Performance Manager Portal, and Nagios Monitoring. Additionally, virtualization control supported for VMware Infrastructure and Microsoft Hyper-V.

It offers incident report editing and searching for BMC Remedy Service Desk and CA Service Desk and Change Orders. It features mail system administration support for Microsoft Exchange and Domino. It provides numerous Windows management capabilities, including Command Prompt, Event Viewer,  Local Users and Groups, File Explorer, Printers, Restart, Scheduled Tasks, Shared Folders, Services,  System Information, Task Manager, Terminal Services, PowerShell, and Dial-up Connections

It supports the Active Directory and Novell Console directories. Database support includes Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. Also supported is backup system administration of Symantec BackupExec and Symantec NetBackup. Additionally, it features management of the Microsoft IIS web server.

3. Network Utility (Free or $0.99)

This app lets you ping websites or servers using a hostname or IP address, useful during troubleshooting connectivity issues or for occasional checks. Additionally, it can do simple TCP/IP port scans, GeoIP lookups with Google Maps, or Whois queries. It also offers IP address information and can save remote addresses.

The free version includes the same features but the Pro version eliminates the Ads.

4. Scanny ($5.99)

This is a fairly advanced port scanner with additional network tools. It’s great for looking up info on devices, troubleshooting, and network security auditing. It scans the network and displays detailed device information on clients. This includes the IP and MAC address, vendor name, Windows and Bonjour hostnames, device names (UPnP, SSDP, DLNA), and opened ports. It also includes the basic networking utilities: ping, traceroute, Wake-on-LAN (WOL), Whois, and Geo IP. Additionally, it shows information about your active network connection, along with the public IP address.

You can type in a single domain name or IP of a server/device or enter a range to scan specific addresses or the entire network. Scan for devices via ICMP, TCP and UDP located on the local network or out on the Internet. Though all the popular services/ports are predefined, you can add custom entries.

To better analyze the scanning results, you can sort, copy, or email them. You can sort alphabetically by name or by the IP. It can also group the results into multiple histories.

5. AD HelpDesk (Free or $7.99)

This app lets you do Active Directory (AD) user account management. It securely connects directly to the AD server and doesn’t require any server-side software. You can diagnose and fix user account issues, such as disabled, locked, and password expired accounts.

It enables you to reset user passwords, force reset at next login, unlock accounts, enable/disable user or computer accounts, edit user and computer attributes, and manage groups and group membership. You can even send new password reminders to users via text message from your iPhone.

The free version includes all the same features and functionality of the full paid version but doesn’t offer the native iPad interface.

6. ADManger Mobile ($4.99)

This is another Active Directory (AD) management tool, designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can create and modify user accounts, including passwords, unlocking, and force change on next login. In addition to user account management, it offers management of contacts, computers, groups, and organizational units. It also offers search capability of Active Directory by keyword and/or object type.

7. VMware vSphere Client for iPad (Free)

This offers a mobile interface to the VMware vSphere client so you can monitor and manage your vSphere hosts and virtual machines. You have the ability to start, stop and suspend virtual machines, and view and restore their snapshots. You can also reboot vSphere hosts or enable maintenance mode. Additionally, the built-in ping and traceroute tools come in handy when troubleshooting.

This app requires VMware vSphere or VMware vCenter Server 4.x or higher. Additionally, the vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) virtual appliance is required. You must also have a network connection to the vCMA virtual appliance, which you can do via the built-in VPN client.

8. iSSH - SSH / VNC Console ($9.99)

This is a SSH, Telnet, VNC, and RDP client, also with an X server. It’s designed for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. Multiple concurrent connections are supported on standard or custom ports. You can save unlimited connection configurations, organize them into groups, and import/export between devices. Additionally, it can generate RSA and DSA keys and distribute them via email, password-connected SSH or pasteboard.

9. MySQL Mobile Database Client ($7.99)

You can directly connect to MySQL databases (versions 3 – 5), to browse, search, and update data. You can also run queries or use custom SQL, generate charts, and build reports. It features exporting data to Numbers, Mail, CSV files, or saving for offline access. For secure access, it has a built-in SSH client or you can use a third-party VPN client.

10. iRemoteWin (Free or $2.99)

This is a Remote Desktop client for connecting to Windows PCs via the native Microsoft RDP protocol. iRemoteWin is the iPhone and iPod Touch version and iRemoteWin HD is version designed for the iPad. These can be useful to view your files or use your applications, or for troubleshooting other computers. You can save the connection settings for the PCs. It even supports multiple simultaneous sessions and the ability to easily switch between sessions.

It lets you scroll/pan/zoom the screen in both portrait and landscape, operate the mouse, and drag and drop. It also includes a tool bar for copy/cut/paste, the Windows key, Tab key, and other shortcuts.

All the Windows editions that natively support RDP are supported. You can connect to Windows XP Professional or Media Center 2005, Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise; and Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server are also supported.

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