IT Pro Tuesday #143

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we're asking for your favorite free 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.


NetworkChuck Video Channel features tutorials on pretty much any IT certification area you might be pursuing offered by a CBT Nuggets Trainer. Covers Cisco, CompTIA, AWS and Microsoft with a focus on teaching the concepts in a way that is actually fun. lifeinbedlam tells us "he's taught me a lot about the future of networking and how I can prepare myself."

More Tutorials

Lawrence Systems Blog offers video tutorials on firewalls, storage solutions, MSP tools, security tools and open-source topics. There's also discussion on some of the products and solutions they've worked with in addressing problems for their clients.

A Free Tool

Unimus is a multi-vendor network device backup and configuration management system aimed at making automation, disaster recover, change management and configuration auditing easy. Free for up to 5 device licenses. Appreciated by TheDerpie, who explains, "Unimus fully discovers devices that you add into it, no need to configure each device credentials, vendor, model, etc. manually - just add a bunch of IPs in, it will figure everything out. Mass Config Push for automation is also really nice. Config change notifications with a few clicks. You have a multi-user RBAC system, with per-device access rights. It supports proxies for distributed device polling ... I could go on :)"

Another Free Tool

Joplin is an open-source notetaking/to-do app that can sync via plain text files for optimal flexibility. Notes can be organized in notebooks; are searchable; and can be copied, tagged and edited from the applications directly or from your text editor. Recommended by 1flewoverthereddit, who adds, "I have been using Joplin with success, android, windows, linux and a web browser clipping tool. All sync using one drive or nextcloud. Markdown."

A Cheatsheet

Awk Cheatsheet is a collection of one-line Awk scripts compiled into a time-saving resource by Eric Pement. Kindly shared by Bluecobra, who appreciates it as a quick place to look for "nearly everything I need for Awk in one cheatsheet."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Filezilla is a fast, reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client and server. It's ability to connect to SSH secured hosts makes it a great choice if you need to give access to a client who is more comfortable with GUI than CLI interfaces. Our thanks for this one go to Matt F.

Kate is a feature-packed editor for viewing and editing text files. Offers a wide variety of plugins, including an embedded terminal that can launch console commands, a powerful search and replace, on-the-fly spellcheck and a preview that shows how your MD, HTML and SVG will look. Supports highlighting for 300+ languages, understands how brackets work and helps navigate complex code block hierarchies. N0repi appreciates the "session feature which can resume everything i was previously working on. When it starts, a menu displays all of the sessions you saved and leaves it up to your choice. The tabs features saves me from having to open more than one window. You can also change the Kate's window theme, which is a small feature but very noticeable."

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

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Networking Tutorials, Configuration Management, Server Tutorials & More