IT Pro Tuesday #189

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

First off this week, we'd like to invite you to take part in a 5-min survey on how and why companies are making the transition from on-premise platforms to cloud technologies—to understand the technical, logistical and human challenges a hybrid cloud transition brings to companies of all sizes and locations. It’s a chance to find out whether your workplace is ahead of the curve or lagging, as results will be shared with all respondents. Plus you'll get a chance to win an iPad!

VMware vs Hyper-V: Which hypervisor reigns supreme? Andy Syrewicze, Eric Siron and Xavier Avrillier bring back the age old discussion in The SysAdmin DOJO Podcast. Watch/Listen on DOJO or on your favorite player! Next podcast we hear is Ben Armstrong on bringing AKS on-prem—watch this space!

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.

A Tip

A Chrome workaround from psychotrackz when faced with an error page "that the site is not accessible because chrome thinks it is unsafe… just type 'thisisunsafe' [without the quotes] and it should let you in.”

And tbrumleve adds the secret sauce for HSTS errors: "chrome://net-internals/#hsts and type the URL you are trying to access in the field at the bottom, ‘Delete Domain Security Policies’ and press the Delete button, viola!"


Training Resource

Intune Training is a YouTube Channel loaded with videos explaining how to use Microsoft's Intune service for mobile device and application management. The channel is hosted by Microsoft experts Steve Hosking, Adam Gross, Ben Reader and Jake Shackelford who generously offer their knowledge on how to get the most out of this service.

A Free Tool

bootnext is a simple tray icon for Windows that enables you to quickly set the EFI BootNext variable. Our appreciation for suggesting this handy tool goes to broknbottle.

A Blog

PCx3 is a blog on WordPress, SQL, VMware and Linux written from a hosting perspective. Author Stefan Pejčić draws on his expertise as virtualization architect, WordPress plugin developer and sysadmin to offer practical solutions that can save you time.

Another Free Tool

Grist is an open-source alternative to Airtable and Google Sheets that combines the flexibility of a spreadsheet with the power of a database. Features customizable layouts, data linking and Python formulas. anaisconce particularly likes that "if you setup SSO logins, access control options can be granular, granting users access to individual rows, columns, and tables based on values in cells and user attributes, such as login email."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

LinkAce is an open-source, self-hosted bookmark archive where you can collect links to your favorite websites. Provides a long-term archive to store anything with a valid URL, and you can categorize the links to make it easy to find them later, as well as sharing lists of links. Kindly recommended by Ailothaen, who says, "Been using this for some months, really recommend. The 'auto send' on is a killer feature."

Jira Software is a software development tool designed to unleash the power of agile. Offers flexible planning, accurate estimations, value-driven prioritization, transparent execution, actionable results and scalable evolution. Appreciated by Forgery, who explains, "If you have a small team, you can use Jira (free for 10 people). We've been using Agile for sysadmin work for several years now. It's nice because it lets management see and prioritize all of the different tasks (that we estimate effort). It is a bit of a hurdle to get everyone to understand and buy into it though."

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

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Chrome Tip, Intune Training, EFI Tool & More