IT Pro Tuesday #154
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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!
We're also asking for your favorite tips and 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
Cloud Foundry is an open-source tool for writing code in any language, with any framework, on any Kubernetes cluster. Provides a highly secure environment in which you can bypass complex configuration and routine operational tasks. Integrates with your environment and tools, including CI/CD and IDEs. Security patches are implemented quickly in response to vulnerabilities, so it stays secure for sensitive, mission-critical application development.
Heavy Networking is a weekly podcast from Packet Pushers that takes an "unabashedly nerdy" deep dive into data networking tech. Features hour-long interviews with industry experts and real-life network engineers from the tech community, standards bodies, academia, vendors and more. Appreciated by FlyingPasta.
Another Free Tool
Octopus Deploy is an easy, centralized tool to automate your deployments and operations runbooks. Integrates with your favorite CI server and brings with it fantastic enhanced deployment/ops automation capabilities. Free for 10 deployment targets. habibexpresslikes it "for .NET application deployment. Create some pipelines in Azure DevOps and send packages into Octopus for deployments. Really great for managing environments, variables and credentials amongst other things."
Regexp Cheatsheet is a helpful blog post on Basic Regular Expressions (BRE) and Extended Regular Expressions (ERE) syntax supported by GNU grep, sed and awk. It covers the differences between these somewhat complex tools — for example, awk doesn't support backreferences within regexp definition (i.e., the search portion). Kindly shared by its author, ASIC_SP.
One More Free Tool
Packetbeat is a lightweight, zero-latency-overhead network packet analyzer that sends data from your hosts and containers to Logstash or Elasticsearch. This passive tool lets you keep tabs on application latency and errors, response times, SLA performance as well as user access patterns and trends so you can understand how traffic is flowing through your network. Our thanks go to elk-content-share for the suggestion.
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
Sumatra PDF is a powerful multi-format reader for Windows. Supports PDF, EPUB, MOBI, FB2, CHM, XPS and DjVu files via a simple user interface with a top focus on speed. Thanks for this suggestion go to K0media.
Dehydrated is an easier way to sign certificates with an ACME-server. It can sign a list of domains (including wildcard domains) or a custom CSR (either standalone or completely automated), renew if a certificate is about to expire or defined set of domains changed, and revoke certificates. raad_altaie recommends it for "auto-renewing all Let's Encrypt certificates in your environment (was a huge headache before using this tool…)"
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.