IT Pro Tuesday #199

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

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

As Built Report is a Powershell framework to automatically document your configurations. saysjuan explains it can "…create documentation reports for VMware, VxRail, Rubrik, Nutanix, NSX, Cisco UCS, Pure Storage and many more under development… We run this weekly now via automation as it gives us a clean point in time snapshot of the environment. Useful going back in time to compare the environment when you have admins who like to randomly change things without following ITIL process for change management." Learn more here.

A Tutorial

Microsoft best practices for managing IoT security concerns offers advice for how to build a truly secure IoT solution for your organization. Explains how to design your solution to achieve optimal security that can help you avoid falling prey to potential threats. Our thanks for this one go to SCI_Rusher.

Another Free Tool

Twinkle Tray provides a quick way to manage the brightness levels of multiple monitors through your system tray. Offers one-click access to sliders that control brightness levels for all compatible monitors. Appreciation for this suggestion goes to mikeparkie.

Another Tutorial

Get all public folders and permissions using PowerShell is a blog post that walks you through how to generate a complete set of reports on your public folders. Resulting reports include: all public folders, get mail-enabled public folders, public folder size report, view public folder statistics, find public folder items and get public folder permissions. A shout out to Embry_ for this suggestion.

A Podcast

Network Break is a weekly show that discusses current news of particular interest to Networking Pros. This fast-paced podcast analyzes what's going on in the world of IT, including current developments among vendors and the new products and tech deals that will keep you informed about what's happening in the field. ImChubbs adds, "These guys have made me sound so smart in so many meetings."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

KeyStore Explorer provides an intuitive, open-source GUI for the Java command-line utilities keytool and jarsigner that allows you to create, modify, import and export the contents of KeyStores via a few simple dialogs. Offers support for and can convert between a variety of KeyStore, key pair, private key and certificate formats on any machine that has a Java runtime installed. Kindly recommended by peanutbuttersmack.

NocoDB is an open-source alternative to Airtable that can easily turn any MySQL, Postgres, SQLite or MariaDB file into a smart spreadsheet. vevt9020 especially values how the tool "can connect to existing DBs."

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

IT Pro title: 
Config Documentation, IoT Security, Networking News & More