IT Pro Tuesday #136

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we're asking for your favorite tools and timesavers 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

Invoke-GPOZaurr is a cmdlet found in the GPOZaurr PowerShell module that allows you to access a nice assortment of useful group policy reports. MadBoyEvo recommends it as "a tool to eat your Group Policies and tell you what's wrong with them or give you data for further analysis with zero effort on your side."

A Website

Threatpost provides the latest cybersecurity information for an audience of IT pros. Includes security news, videos, original feature reports, expert commentary and reader discussion on high-priority news. Credit for this resource goes to CGKL25.

Another Fee Tool

CADE is a 2D vector editor that's ideal for creating detailed network diagrams, flowcharts, schemas, maps and more with an intuitive GUI. It's Visio-style functions allow you to drag-n-drop and connect predefined blocks, shapes and both raster and vector images. Blocks/attributes collections can be modified and extended. Our appreciation for the recommendation goes to baychildx.

A Tip

in00tj offers a nice shortcut that works on any system that doesn't block broadcast responses: “If you ping the broadcast address, it will build an arp table."


One More Free Tool

TFC Temp File Cleaner cleans out the folders that house temporary files for Java and Windows and the IE, Opera, Chrome and Safari caches. It cleans the folders for all accounts on the computer, including Admin, NetworkService and LocalService. Kindly recommended by KenTankrus.

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

GNU Wget enables you to retrieve files from the web via HTTP and FTP. Retrievals can be time-stamped, so a new version can be retrieved when the file has changed. Supports proxy servers, for a lighter network load and access behind firewalls. Our thanks go to mikedopp for the suggestion.

VcXsrv is an open-source display server for Microsoft Windows that allows a Windows OS user to run GUI programs designed for the X Window System. VcXsrv can run Linux GUI programs installed with WSL, the Windows Subsystem for Linux. A shout out to JustAnotherITUser for pointing us to this one.

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

IT Pro title: 
Group Policy Reporting, Security Website, Diagram Tool & More