IT Pro Tuesday #192

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

TLDR: Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL, allows you to run Linux CLI and GUI applications within Windows. For the full explanation, join Andy Syrewicze and Mike Nelson in this SysAdmin DOJO podcast as they talk you through the detail of WSL! Watch/listen now.

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.

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

dnGrep is a Windows tool that allows you to search text, Word, Excel, PDF and archive files using text, regular expression, XPath and phonetic queries. Features include search/replace, whole-file preview, right-click search in File Explorer and more. Kindly suggested by majkinetor.

A Training Resource

YSK (if you don't) about fiber optics and how they work is a fantastic how-to on the key concepts you'll want to understand when dealing with fiber. It's the work of lordvadr, who describes it as a means to "learn how wavelength, core size, modal bandwidth, a few colors, and such affect fiber."

A Webinar

Massive changes to Hyper-V and Windows Server coming. Ready? will help you prepare for the big changes that are coming to Hyper-V and WindowsServer. In this free webinar hosted by Altaro on 23 March, Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Carsten Rachfahl will break down Microsoft's core hybrid cloud solution, what it means and how to fit into tech stack long-term.

A Tutorial

Setup Master Slave Replication with MySQL explains how you can add multiple slave servers to enable your application servers to read the data from them instead of from the master server. This approach provides redundancy that can improve availability, scalability, throughput and overall performance. Thanks go to xzzzv for directing us to this resource.

Another Tutorial

Starting a New Digital Forensic Investigation Case in Autopsy 4.19+ is a beginner-level video tutorial on starting a new investigation using the Autopsy open-source toolkit. Our thanks for this recommendation goes to DFIRScience, who adds the list of topics covered: "data organization, documentation, new case creation, ingest modules, basic analysis workflow and exporting reports."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Bash Loading Animations is a nice set of ASCII and UTF-8 animations that can be easily integrated into your Bash scripts to offer users some visual feedback that can make their wait a little better. Our appreciation for this one goes to Silejonu.

Calcure is a customizable calendar and task manager for Terminal. Features Vim keys, a to-do list with subtasks and timers, birthdays of your abook contacts, import of events and tasks from calcurse, privacy mode and more. Author rem_in_japan explains, "I always missed a visual calendar app for terminal, so I wrote my own."

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

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Windows Search, Fiber How-To, Autopsy Tutorial & More