Keeping a company's desktops up and running smoothly can be a daunting undertaking, but today's IT pros can take advantage of a variety of utilities that can facilitate that task. Whether you're defragging a sluggish computer, managing file permissions, or recovering an unbootable hard disk, there's likely a tool that can simplify the job. Find out which applications our readers rely on to perform routine tasks and thus free up time for other responsibilities. You might just come across a new best friend.


UTILITIES

Defragmentation Utility
1st—Raxco Software PerfectDisk
http://www.raxco.com
2nd—Diskeeper (formerly Executive Software) Diskeeper
http://www.executive.com
3rd—Winternals Software Defrag Manager
http://www.winternals.com

Emergency Recovery Console Utility
1st—Winternals Software ERD Commander 2005
http://www.winternals.com
2nd—Microsoft Windows Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com
3rd—Quest Software ERDisk
http://www.quest.com

File-Compression Tool
1st—WinZip Computing WinZip
http://www.winzip.com
2nd (tie)—RARLAB WinRAR
http://www.rarlab.com
2nd (tie)—Red Earth Software Policy Patrol Zip
http://www.redearthsoftware.com

File-System Tool
1st—ScriptLogic Security Explorer
http://www.scriptlogic.com
2nd—Genie-Soft Genie Backup Manager Pro
http://www.genie-soft.com
3rd—NetIQ File Security Administrator
http://www.netiq.com

Scripting Editor
1st—ScriptLogic Enterprise
http://www.scriptlogic.com
2nd—SAPIEN Technologies PrimalScript
http://www.sapien.com

Undelete Utility
1st—Diskeeper (formerly Executive Software) Undelete
http://www.executive.com
2nd—Winternals Software FileRestore
http://www.winternals.com
3rd—Quest Software Object Restore for Active Directory
http://www.quest.com

Automation/Scheduling Tool
1st—ScriptLogic Desktop Authority
http://www.scriptlogic.com
2nd—Camellia Software Batch Job Server
http://www.camelliasoftware
3rd (tie)—BMC Software CONTROL-M tie
http://www.bmc.com
3rd (tie)—Lieberman Software Task Scheduler Pro
http://www.liebsoft.com

Interoperability Solution
1st—Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX
http://www.microsoft.com
2nd—Quest Software (formerly Vintela) Vintela Group Policy Framework
http://www.vintela.com
3rd—Centrify DirectControl
http://www.centrify.com