IT Pro Tuesday #24

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Hello IT Pro, 

Well, it’s time for a new bunch of Tuesday goodness – coming straight from our desks to yours. As usual, we’re not affiliated with the brands below unless we state that we are.

Axence netTools

There are a huge number of free tools out there. Some are great, but others are screaming for a complete overhaul. Axence netTools falls into the former category and contains ten extremely useful tools for scanning and monitoring networks. Did we mention that they were free?

  • Wintools: Shows what processes or services have been launched, allows you to edit registers remotely, shows any log events for Windows, gives details of HDD/RAM/CPU and the ability to perform custom queries
  • Netwatch: Can be used with several hosts and allows you to monitor response times  
  • NetStat: Identifies any incoming and outgoing connections as well as ports that are open
  • Local Info: Here you’ll find all local configuration details in a handy table, TCP/UDP stats
  • Bandwidth test
  • NetCheck: NetCheck helps you monitor your LAN hardware and the quality of wiring
  • Network port and service scanner
  • TCP/IP workshop and SNMP browser
  • Traceroute
  • Lookup: Perform DNS and WHOIS record searches easily

Thanks DollarMindy for the tip.


Taming Information Technology  

Is it just me, or do the sysadmins writing books seem to choose the longest titles in the world? Taming Information Technology: Lessons from Studies of System Administrators (Human Technology Interaction Series) was brought to our attention by Angry Mountain Biker. It's about an extremely interesting study by the authors in which they observed system administrators at work over a long period of time. The result is a compilation of fascinating stories and helpful tricks and tools for other sysadmins.



Datanauts is a tech podcast that includes regular updates on data center and infrastructure developments regarding cloud computing, virtualization, containers, and convergence. Some interesting topics covered in the past have dealt with hyper-convergence.


MediCat USB

MediCat USB is a troubleshooting environment that is bootable with both Windows and Linux. This is a way to completely replace boot disks for systems following the Ubuntu release cycle. You’ll get a new update twice a year. Spikerman suggested the DVD version as a highly useful tool to have.

Happy SysAdm

Happy SysAdm is a blog that's been around for close to 10 years now. It's written by a senior sysadmin who has 15 years of experience in the industry. Anything you need to know about ramping up Microsoft systems, you can learn here. He even has sections dealing with windows 3.1! 

Well, that's another episode done and dusted. Have a fantastic week and let us know in the comments if there are any other topics you'd like us to cover.

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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