10 Server and Admin Apps for Your iPhone or iPad

By Eric Geier (Send Email)
Posted Jul 28, 2011


Earlier this month, we looked at some server admin apps for Android. Now we'll look at some iOS apps -- for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. We'll discuss apps for monitoring, file transfers, administration, job reference and more.

1. ServerMonitor (Free)

Find out the 10 best iOS-powered apps for server monitoring, transferring files and administering your data center from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

This is a simple server or workstation monitoring app. It can connect to and monitor Linux, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD machines via the SSH protocol. It shows uptime, load averages and memory status.

2. Network Utility (Free)

This provides tools to do on-demand checking of websites or servers, troubleshooting, and simple security auditing. You can enter the hostname or IP address of a server to do pings, TCP/IP port scans, GeoIP lookups or Whois queries. It also features IP address information and can save the remote address.

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

This is a full-featured SSH, Telnet, VNC and RDP client, and X server. It supports multiple simultaneous connections via EDGE, Wi-Fi or 3G on standard or custom ports. You can store unlimited connection configurations, organize them into groups, and import/export between devices. It can generate RSA and DSA keys and distribute via email, password-connected SSH or pasteboard.

4. OpenSSH (Free)

This gives you an OpenSSH server on your jail broken iOS device so you can transfer files between a computer via Wi-Fi. On your computer, you can use the SSH command-line via a client like Putty or do drag-and-drop transfers via SFTP/SCP protocol using a client like WinSCP. To connect, you must check for the IP address assigned to your iOS device: Just tap Settings > Wi-Fi and select the Wi-Fi network's details.

5. GuizmOVPN (Free)

This is an OpenVPN client for jail broken iOS devices. It is great for remote file/network access and secure web browsing when using Wi-Fi hotspots. It's a GUI-based port of the OpenVPN command-line client with a tunemu patch.

The connection settings must be defined in an OpenVPN configuration file (.conf or .ovpn), just like the PC version of the OpenVPN client. Within the app you can download config files for third-party VPN providers.

You can import custom settings by packaging your OpenVPN configuration file and any certificates into a ZIP file using your PC. Then you can upload it to GuizmOVPN via Wi-Fi with the app's built-in web interface, or you can upload to a web server on the Internet and download within GuizmOVPN.

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