IT Pro Tuesday #79
Azure Podcast, System Monitoring, Log File Monitoring & More...
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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 couple keyboard shortcuts compliments of Naznarreb:
- If you accidentally scroll down a web page by pressing space, shift+space will scroll you back up.
- On most error pop ups, pressing CTRL+C copies a plain-text version of the pop up to the clipboard, which you can then paste into a doc. Useful for getting complete error codes. Example:
[Window Title] Network Error
[Main Instruction] Windows cannot access \foo\
[Content] Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose.
[V] See details [Diagnose] [Cancel]
[Expanded Information] Error code: 0x80070035 The network path was not found.
Azure Ninjas goes in depth on all things Azure. Microsoft employees host the discussions and bring in members of the Microsoft Product Group to talk about architectures, solutions and more. Appreciation goes to Corey Trach for pointing us to this one.
A Free Tool
Netdata is an open-source, real-time system/application health monitoring and performance troubleshooting tool for Linux, FreeBSD and MacOS. Designed to permanently run on all systems (physical & virtual servers, containers, IoT devices) without disrupting their core functions, so it can instantly diagnose slowdowns and anomalies in your infrastructure. The interactive web dashboards display thousands of metrics, interactive visualizations and alarms. Can run autonomously—without any 3rd-party components—or be integrated with existing monitoring tool chains (Prometheus, Graphite, OpenTSDB, Kafka, Grafana etc.). Thanks for this one go to Freakin_A, who adds "it uses almost no resources, and metrics are kept local so you aren't dealing w/ a centralized TSDB and visualization layer."
Every Time Zone offers a visual representation of the current time for timezones around the globe and their relative position to one another. Just drag the indicator across the timeline to get the equivalent to your local time for any location. heroz0r tells us, "This helps a lot if you work in a multinational company!"
Another Free Tool
BareTail is a log file monitoring tool that provides real-time file viewing, follow tail mode, tail multiple files, configurable highlighting, international character sets, many file formats, flexible configuration options and storage in a single small executable with no installer. Suggested by sysacc to "use it to flag keywords on a live log file."
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
Everything is a command-line search engine for Windows that instantly locates files and folders by file name. Unlike Windows search, it initially displays every file and folder on your computer and then filters what is displayed as you type. Because it only indexes file and folder names, it generally takes a few seconds to build its database (e.g., a fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index). Recommended by odirio and Sekers as an "instant file searcher by name (slower if searching content)."
Agent Ransack is a file searching utility that can find files on your PC or network drives that other search engines miss. A ‘lite’ version of FileLocator Pro that nickcardwell recommends as a "souped up windows search (uses ifilter to search inside documents/spreadsheets)."
You can check out some of our reviews here. Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments.
Graham | CEO | EveryCloud