Android Apps for a System Administrator

With phones getting smarter and smarter, its now possible to monitor servers and perform basic administration tasks from your android handset. Here are a few tools I find useful.

Connectbot is a great SSH client for the Android. It is fully functional, supporting SSH keys and copy/paste etc.


For Windows RDP connections, I found PocketCloud to be the nicest to use free app, but at the time of writing there was a keyboard bug on Samsung handsets. Remote RDP Lite does the same thing in a less elegant way.

K-9 Mail + APG – The standard Android mail client isn’t too impressive. K-9 mail bring much more functionality and usability, whilst adding APG allows you to manage GPG/PGP encrypted emails.

net swiss tools – A small networking utility suite allowing you to quickly ping, check ports, traceroute etc.

andftp – A pretty decent FTP client that also support SCP, FTPS etc.

Generally I get my nagios monitoring alerts via email, but nagdroid is quite a cool little nagios monitoring app for the android. It’s not great looking, but runs as a service and pops up whenever there is an alert.

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