Mobile phones can do more and more every day. There’s an app for just about everything and everybody, including server admins. With these 11 server-related apps for the Android platform, you’ll never again have an excuse to not take time off. These apps will enable you to monitor and manage your systems, all via your mobile phone or tablet.
1. Linux Monitor
Need remote monitoring and management for servers in you data center? Android’s got (many) an app for that.
Linux Monitor ($2.39) displays resource details, such as CPU load, RAM and disk usage, and network activity, on a remote Linux machine. You have a choice of a data view with numbers or a visual view with progress bars. The app requires an Apache web server and PHP on the Linux machine, where you must install a PHP script. It is also available in a demo version that displays static info to give you an idea of what it can do.
2. Cellica Database for Android
Cellica Database for Android ($39.99 after a 10-day trial) lets you read, write and manage a desktop-side database on a Windows computer via mobile Internet or a Wi-Fi connection. Add, edit, and delete data; update fields; apply SQL select queries and filters; and sort. You can even create your own databases from scratch or use Cellica’s templates.
Cellica’s desktop software must be installed on the Windows PC running the database, which enables the magic. Supported databases include: Microsoft Access, Access 2007, Microsoft Excel, Excel 2007, Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL, FoxPro, dBase, R:BASE and any ODBC-compliant database. The data between the PC and Android is secured with 128-bit AES encryption.
3. PC Monitor
PC Monitor($1.41 or free) lets you securely monitor and manage up to five Windows PCs or servers (more with a yearly subscription), right from your Android. You can see the uptime at a glance. Viewing computer details gives you CPU and memory usage and info on events, hardware, network and hard disks. You can view and manage the services, processes, scheduled tasks, logged-on users and more. PC Monitor also gives you a remote command prompt and even supports basic user account management for Active Directory.
4. ActiveDir Manage
ActiveDir Manager ($1.99 or free) lets you view and manage users, groups and computers of a Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain. You can handle most of the basic AD admin tasks right from the palm of your hand while roaming around the building. Reset user passwords, disable or edit user accounts, adjust group memberships, and more.
ActiveDir Manage natively connects to the AD server via Wi-Fi or VPN; no proprietary server software is required. It supports Windows Server 2000/2003/2008+ with StartTLS, SSL or no encryption. The free version doesn’t save connection details to the server, but it does save changes to the directory.
ConnectBot (free) is an open-source Secure Shell (SSH) client that supports local, telnet and SSH connections. You can connect to Linux machines, routers, switches, network appliances — basically anything accepting SSH connections. Then, you can enter commands to monitor, manage or maintain.