19 essential open source tools for Windows admins working with Windows 10: Free open source software for sysadmins

Microsoft offers great tools for enhancing your server-side experience, but open source has impressive options as well


You may imagine the best place to improve your Microsoft server-side experience is by going straight to the mothership itself. There are a meaningful number of open source tools that go above and beyond what Microsoft has to offer in support of Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint - and all for free.

From networking troubleshooting to security to performance analysis, we've compiled a list of the top open source tools for your Windows-based systems. 

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