IT Pro Tuesday #209

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

As usual, we're looking for cool tips and tools we can share... 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.

And you can always find 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

Tablacus is a lightweight, open-source Windows utility program featuring an extensible tabbed file manager. But it's more than just a file explorer, as AllergicToNarcan explains, "Almost like a sandboxed way of running your elevated credentials so you don't have to swap to another computer or VM just to elevate… You get context menus, toolbars, tabs, script controls and more. It is great for sys admins to run in their regular profile while protecting their elevated creds."

A Tutorial

Power DNS serves as a nice introduction to the official Domain Name System RFCs for those who aren’t especially familiar. It builds on some fairly basic principles with the goal of providing an easier entrypoint for understanding this protocol. Thanks for this suggestion goes to rankinrez.

Another Free Tool

Magical Jelly Bean is a simple utility for retrieving the original Product Key (cd key) that was used to install Windows from the registry file. Kindly suggested by Eneroh.

And Another Free Tool

ZoiPer is a multi-platform VoIP application for 3G or WiFi. This ad-free softphone offers a simple GUI and quality audio, while using little memory and CPU—which makes it a good choice for older hardware. Compatible with most VoIP service providers and PBXs. zak8686 includes it among the “tools I love."

One Final Free Tool

Disk Inventory X is a Mac disk usage utility that displays the sizes of your files and folders in graphical treemaps. Can help you discover what's using up all your available space. Smith6612 describes it as "similar to Space Sniffer. Helpful for getting a visual overview of your disk usage and cleaning up the disk."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Clumsy is designed to help you track down network problems by stopping live packets to capture them and then send them on their way. NotAnExpert2020 likes it to "simulate specific network failures for testing. This isn't perfect, but it's super easy to use. When it falls short, I use iptables commands instead."

dnscrypt-proxy is a flexible DNS proxy that supports DNS traffic encryption and authentication. Features hidden client IPs, query monitoring, filtering, transparent redirection, caching, load balancing and more. Appreciation for the recommendation goes to ZelenskyyInPandoraPp.

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

IT Pro title: 
Admin Credential Tool, DNS Tutorial, VoIP App & More