IT Pro Tuesday #188
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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!
Windows Server certification is back... and it's for the hybrid-cloud administrator! The latest episode of The SysAdmin DOJO podcast looks at the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification from both on-prem and cloud tech administrators' perspectives.
We’re also updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.
As always, we're looking for cool tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply with your latest finds, so we can help others benefit from your experience.
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.
Boring AppSecurity focuses on the essential elements that make AppSec programs great. While not as exciting as the latest bug or tool, author Sandesh Mysore Anand finds this area undervalued while at the same time highly important. So here's the place to learn about the boring—but critical—parts of AppSecurity you probably don't hear too much about. Thanks for the suggestion go to secsubsc.
A Free Tool
BgInfo is a customizable tool for generating desktop backgrounds that keep useful, current system details at hand. Select whatever is most relevant to your situation, and avoid the hassle of ever having to look up that information again. The long list of display options includes things like OS version, IP address, network adapters and computer name.
Powershell Masterclass is a series of fantastic educational videos offered by tech guru John Savill. This free masterclass includes tons of great material explained by a highly skilled instructor, who assures us you'll find "zero adverts or breaks. Just lessons to help people learn." Additional materials relative to the content can be found here.
Another Free Tool
Uptime Kuma is a fast, reactive, self-hosted monitoring tool along the lines of Uptime Robot. Monitors uptime for HTTP(s)/TCP/HTTP(s) Keyword/Ping/DNS Record/Push/Steam Game, with notifications available through over 70 different services. Servercocomac42 likes that "it can do pings, http requests, tcp requests, can do 2FA, and can have a public dashboard showing what is up. It also can do notifications when something goes down."
19 Commands to Monitor the Network Activity in Linux is a nice article that explains precisely how to use key Linux commands to check network load, overall bandwidth usage, active connections, connection sockets and bandwidth usage by process. Kindly recommended by sneakyjesus33.
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
fzf is a blindingly fast, interactive Unix command-line fuzzy finder. This portable tool offers a comprehensive feature set that can be used with any list, files, command history, processes, hostnames, bookmarks, git commits and more. Our appreciation for this one goes to majkinetor.
dupeGuru is a GUI tool to find duplicate files by either filename or contents in a Linux, OS X or Windows system. The filename scan includes a helpful fuzzy-matching algorithm that can locate duplicate filenames even if they're not identical. We're sending a shout out to Heirl00m for directing us to this one.
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.