IT Pro Tuesday #170

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

On October 13, we will be hosting a free educational webinar entitled “What's New in Windows Server 2022.” You'll get a full breakdown of the brand-new OS and a deep dive into the standout features that will have the biggest impact to organizations looking to upgrade to Windows Server 2022.

The event will be presented by Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Paul Schnackenburg.

You can find all the details and sign up here.

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

As always, we’re updating the full 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

InfraRecorder is a CD/DVD burning solution for Windows that offers a wide range of powerful features with an intuitive interface and Explorer integration. Allows you to create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs (including dual-layer DVDs) as well as disc images. FlaTech18 finds it to be a "nice little tool to create iso's, burn CDs, DVDs—available as a portable app."

Another Free Tool

EVE-NG Community Edition is the first clientless multivendor network-emulation software that can be run in a completely isolated environment so that network and security professionals can create virtual proof of concepts, solutions and training environments. onyx9 adds, "The limitations [of the community version vs. pro] are ok for me. The only thing you need to think about is the connections/cables, but you get used to doing that at the beginning of the lab when everything is still shut down. Otherwise, I have the client side pack for Wireshark, which works great."

Yet Another Free Tool

Certify the Web allows you to easily manage, install and auto-renew free SSL/TLS certificates from and other ACME certificate authorities for your IIS Windows and other services. digitaltransmutation suggests it as a good Let's Encrypt client, "if you are allergic to Linux…. It has built-in workflows for a lot of Windows software including Exchange, and I am phasing out paid certs for hybrid servers now."

One More Free Tool

SSL Security Test is an online tool for testing the security of your web and email server SSL, SSL certificate and PCI DSS, HIPAA & NIST. Vel-Crow explains, "It is a scanner tool that runs externally and from a webbrowser … It is free, but to get printable reports, or to save results, it costs money. I recommend when using it that you check "hide from global results" as if you do not, your IP and vulnerabilities will become public info. This is a great assessment tool, and is basically just an external server that runs sslscan (Linux command line) on all 65k ports to see if anything is open. Will also tell you if your edge router has old encryption and such."

A Cheatsheet

The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison is a quick navigator for the confusing world of MS subscriptions. Includes a list of updates to the chart, so you can always tell if the most-recent announcements have been added. fencepost_ajm tells us, "For a lot of the M365 stuff, the Infused Innovations post (originally from 2019, updated regularly, most recent with changes in March, comments from maintainer as of this month), this gives a lot of detail. It does have the M365 Business plans split into two separate locations—Biz Premium with M365, the others under O365. Bear in mind that the original predates the rebranding of O365 plans."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone SSH client for Chrome, with an SFTP command-line client and an alpha build of Mosh thrown in for good measure. Enables you to create SFTP mounts and access them from the Files app within the Chrome OS. Kindly suggested by raad_altaie.

Colasoft MAC Scanner enables you to easily scan IP and MAC addresses to automatically detect all subnets according to the IP addresses configured on multiple NICs of a machine or to scan the MAC and IP addresses of defined subnets. Scan results appear in a list—including IP address, MAC address, Host Name and Manufacturer, with IP addresses grouped according to MAC address if the MAC address is configured with multiple IP addresses. Scanned results can be exported into a .txt file for future reference. sheld1777 describes it as "my fav tool."

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

IT Pro title: 
Disc Burning, Network Emulator, Security Scanner & More