Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!
This week, we're asking for your favorite tools and resources 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 Training Resource
Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge Fundamentals Training Day Sessions offers a limited chance to get a free MS certification. Beginning Mar. 2, you can earn your certification from among a list of 9 options as long as you complete the challenge by Mar. 30. Wargh0st adds, "This is a great opportunity guys, don’t pass it up. Also check out their training day sessions, they’re offering free certification exams."
A Free Tool
Altaro VM Backup is a reliable, easy-to-use backup solution for Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware. The award-winning free version allows you to back up 2 virtual machines per host, so smaller businesses can enjoy robust, streamlined, enterprise-level functionality. Full disclosure: Altaro is affliliated with Hornetsecurity, but their free product earns a mention here based truly on merit.
NANOG Tutorials is the video channel of the North American Network Operators’ Group, which offers a good selection of highly useful tutorials on networking engineering, operations and architecture. Content is intended for both students and those working in the field, with a goal of sharing industry best practices, tools and resources. Our appreciation for helping us find this one goes to rankinrez.
Network Diagram 101 explains how you can employ 17 specific strategies to create vastly improved network diagrams. You'll learn how to leverage both your creative and analytical skill sets to produce diagrams that are visually stimulating and technically informative. A shout out for this recommendation goes to VA_Network_Nerd.
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
XnView is an image viewer that allows you to easily edit photo files in all major formats (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, WEBP, PSD, JPEG2000, OpenEXR, camera RAW, HEIC, PDF, DNG, CR2). Features include color adjustment, resizing, cropping, metadata editing (IPTC, XMP), batch rename/convert, duplicate image finder, image compare and more. Credit for this suggestion goes to K0media.
Inject is a Perl program that enables you to generate and inject BGP routes, which the author has mostly envisioned as useful in network testing. Our thanks go to arnie_apesacrappin for directing us to this tool.
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.