ServerControl for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Windows Servers

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Posted January 14, 2011 by in Stratospherix

Rating

Design & Aesthetics
7.0


Performance
7.0


Feature Set
8.0


Value for the Application
8.0


Total Score
7.5

7.5/ 10

Vendor:
 
 

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Great application for server admins
 

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Could be a bit faster.
 
Bottom Line

Stratospherix ServerControl iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad review of a management app for Windows server platforms.

by Patrick Kennedy
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The company behind both FileBrowser and NetPortal reviewed on this site, Stratospherix, has a third app in the stable which has a few pieces of core functionality covered on this site a few times.  ServerControl is Stratospherix’s third application that combines some of the file browsing capabilities of the company’s other applications, but then adds support for remote reboot and shutdown, as well as the administration of Windows Server services through a simple GUI.

Features

First, is the ability to remotely shutdown and reboot a Windows server. This is not IPMI 2.0 like capability which is done at the baseboard management level, instead this is from within in the operating system.  This is an important capability and similar to either ASoft’s AutoExit or using DOS commands/ RDP for shutdown also covered previously.

ServerControl Shutdown Restart Screen

ServerControl Shutdown Restart Screen

ServerControl has a free version that lets a user shutdown a server and also view service states.

ServerControl Services View

ServerControl Services View

This may be adequate for some users, however, I would offer that in most cases one would remotely want to be able to start/ stop/ pause services (for example if a mail service hangs) or reboot the server so it comes back online after a short period of time. For this, Stratospherix has a ServerControl Pro ($4.99 in-app purchase) that adds those capabilities as well as a basic file browsing application similar to NetPortal.

ServerControl Favorite Servers Screen

ServerControl Favorite Servers Screen

Conclusion

ServerControl is a fairly simple application that works well. I do think that FileBrowser is the gem in Stratospherix’s stable, but for users that need the ability to start/ stop services and Windows servers remotely, ServerControl works as stated. The free app is a handy way to shut down servers en-route for maintenance because oftentimes Windows servers require a bit of time to shutdown while various services are running.


About the Author

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

2 Comments


  1.  
    cindy roscoe

    I want to know how a cell ph to I pod works. As my 11 yr old daughters friend gave her his number to text his ipod. Now I have an extreme bill for this when she has unlimited texting……the kid lives a few streets away………..whats up with that and if thats the case where that is how charges are made………should not all people with cell phones be made aware of this.
    Please respond




  2.  
    Jesus

    It is not already at Itunes Store…I have updated to ios 8 and now I have not de app…Is there anyone similar? Thanks….





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