IT Pro Tuesday #68

PowerShell Resource, Windows Sandbox, MSI Editor & More... 

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Hello IT Pro, 

Each week 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. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

IdleLogoff provides a Windows option that can be managed by GPO to force a logoff or reboot after X minutes of inactivity. VulturE tells us, "It comes with an admx file to import for management via GPO as long as the app is installed on the system. I've used it on a boss's second pc where he wants it to logoff if he didn't remember to lock it after 15 mins of inactivity. Or at a very small medical provider where they have a dedicated scan station and the software doesn't play nice with fast user switching. It's an MIT License so it's good to go for a business environment as well."

A Tip

"I'd add to the list of PS resources. It's a way to learn PowerShell using PowerShell (and Pester). It's really cool and a bunch of folks have high praise for it (including a few teams within MSFT)."
This is compliments of halbaradkenafin.

A Free Tool

Windows Sandbox is a lightweight desktop environment where you can run untrusted software safely. The software installed remains isolated in the sandbox so it cannot affect your host. Once it is closed, the software and associated files/state are permanently deleted. BlackEarl thought it was worth a mention because it was "included in 1903 update... [but] haven't seen much mentioned about it."

Another Free Tool

Atom is an open-source text and source code editor for Mac, Linux and Windows. This desktop application was built using web technologies, and it offers support for plug-ins written in Node.js with embedded Git control. Thanks to PatientTwo9 for the recommendation.

One More Free Tool

InstEd is an msi editor that's designed for professionals. Features include building cabs from the media table, multi-file editing using tabs, efficiently handles multiple files, easy navigation, accurate editing, change highlighting, easy validation and transform chaining. Sekers prefers this tool for dealing with MSIs.


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Universal Database Tool is a multi-platform database tool for developers, SQL programmers, database administrators and analysts. Supports all popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, SQLite, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Sybase, MS Access, Teradata, Firebird, Derby, etc. Appreciation to majkinetor for the suggestion.

NTFS Permissions Auditor allows you to quickly analyze, verify and review any NTFS folder permissions. The free version offers deep, detailed audit results. Also available in a Pro version that adds customizable filtering, exporting to various formats and more. Suggested by sysit92.

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

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

IT Pro title: 
PowerShell Resource, Windows Sandbox, MSI Editor & More