IT Pro Tuesday #131

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we're asking for your favorite tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

As always, we’re updating the full, searchable list on our website here. Enjoy.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most-interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops and phones this week. Hornetsecurity has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

DevDocs offers an organized library of API documentation with a fast, searchable interface. glmdev explains, "It has normalized the docs for a ton of stuff like bash/fish/nginx into one interface and can even sync offline."

A List

Ops Report Card is a list of essential best practices for sysadmin teams that helps you determine which improvement areas your team should focus on among the hundreds of possibilities. digitaltransmutation adds, "If you are entering a new environment, this is a great list of stuff to look at in order to get your bearings. This website is a companion to a book, 'The Practice of System and Network Administration,' which I strongly recommend to anyone."

Another Free Tool

sngrep displays SIP calls message flows from the terminal and supports live capture so you can display real-time SIP packets. Can be used as a PCAP viewer. Our appreciation for this suggestion goes to shonrah.

A Tip

Some shortcuts kindly shared by thecravenone:

  • history to see your recent history. Each entry has a line number next to it.
    ! followed by a number will re-run that command. (E.g., !21 will re-run the command at line 21 in your history.)
  • ^a^b^ to find a in the previous command and replace it with b. Useful for repeating commands across multiple files, or correcting a typo in a long command.


One More Free Tool

Win10XPE provides a fast, simple foundation for building a PE environment using a Windows 10 DVD. Lets you use XPE plugins to customize your build to meet your needs. Supports both x86 and x64 architectures for Windows 10 October 2018 (1809) or earlier. Reverent likes it because it "allows you to generate your own custom Windows 10 PE environment, with all of the tools/imaging/forensics you could hope for."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

NeDi enables you to discover your network and all the connected end nodes, so you can see where your assets are located. Shows which networking devices are active or have been rebooted. abuzze appreciates that it "can poll via snmp and lldp from the switches. It will also find stuff that nmap can’t see, because it uses the mac addresses that the switch sees."

Electronics Calculators is an iOS app for solving circuit problems. Works more easily than manual or digital board calculators, with a range of calculators, convertors and an FM transmitter to conduct any circuit calculation. Offers more than 55 options, including logic gate calculations, variable calculations and a binary-to-decimal/decimal-to-binary converter. Provides a faster way to find the impedance of a resistor using color code.


Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.

IT Pro title: 
API Library, Ops Best Practices, Shortcuts & More