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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 30, 2022 at 10:06 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

PsKill

PsKill is a command-line 'kill' utility for Windows NT/2000 that can kill processes on both the local computer as well as on remote systems. Doesn't require installation on the target computer to use it to terminate a remote process. Affectionate-Cat-975 says simply: "PSKILL <-- My Fav."

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 27, 2022 at 10:35 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - Open-Source CI Engine, Git Recovery, SSD Testing and More

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We’re looking for your favorite tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

Free Tool

Woodpecker CI is an extensible, open-source CI engine that allows you to run any pipelines inside Docker containers, for smooth execution of builds within stable environments. Create multiple pipelines with dependencies as well as plugins to extend pipeline features. vanbrosh explains, "concepts of Woodpecker CI and GitHub actions are the same: permissions are fully based on user access to repository (in woodpecker it is done via forge's OAuth2.0), both have pipelines defined in yaml and stored in the repository, both support Docker in pipeline steps, both have external protected secrets vaults. Difference is that Woodpecker is Open-Source CI, which means you just self-host it on VPS (which is pretty simple BTW), and pay only for VPS fixed monthly price."

A Tutorial

GitFixUm is a rather comprehensive guide on how to recover from your blunders in git. Explains how to determine which of various techniques can help you salvage things, depending on exactly what you did, and what you need to do to fix it. Bioman312 finds it a "really good step-by-step process for narrowing down what needs to be done to fix a git problem.

Another Free Tool

CrystalDiskMark is a graphical, open-source disk benchmark tool for Windows that can test the performance of solid-state drives. Reads and writes through the file system in a volume-dependent way, generating read/write speeds in sequential and random positions—with varying queue and thread volume. Kindly suggested by Thecrawsome.

One More Free Tool

SnmpCollector is a full-featured, open-source generic SNMP data collector with a web administration interface. Simplifies the configuration needed to get data from devices with snmp support to an influxdb backend. hombre_sabio adds, "It aims to simplify the alignment for collecting data from various sources [to] send the data to the InfluxDB backend."

A Cheat Sheet

Subnet Mask Cheat Sheet serves as a simple alternative to calculators for determining which addresses you can use on a network. CG_Kilo says, "Love it [for] when I need to figure out how many static IPS are available for a clients ip block."


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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 23, 2022 at 10:14 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

tshark

tshark is a CLI protocol analyzer for live capture and analysis of network traffic that offers the opportunity of working in the same interface as your scripts and programs. This powerful network troubleshooting tool is actually the CLI component of Wireshark, and it’s considered a favorite of michaelpaoli.

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 20, 2022 at 10:36 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - File Merging, Windows Troubleshooting, a Prank and More

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Free Tool

DiffMerge is a multi-platform tool for visually comparing and merging files. Its graphical merge screenshot highlights the differences between files, and allows automatic merging and full edit control over the resulting file. The folder comparison shows which files are missing in one of the folders as well as which files among matched pairs is different. Kindly suggested by whyiseverynameinuse.

A Tutorial

MS-900 - Microsoft 365 Fundamentals is a terrific 4-hour video course intended for those who are new to working with MS365 or the Cloud as well as those who will be taking the MS-900 exam. Our thanks for this one goes to FederalExam9034.

Another Free Tool

SaRA is a Microsoft troubleshooting tool for Office, O365 Outlook and Windows. Runs tests to diagnose the issue and suggest the best solution. tremens tells us, "SARA is a great little tool, stupid UI, but I've had it fix all kinds of problems for me as far as activation, installation, etc. issues with 365. Even very bizarre problems, I'll give it a shot - I once had a client that couldn't print specified page ranges in Word. Tried everything with print drivers, firmware, uninstall and reinstall Office, rolling it back to prior versions, etc. Out of desperation, I ran the SARA tool on it, and poof, problem solved, heh."

One More Free Tool

O&O ShutUp10++ gives you precise control over the comfort functions in Windows 10 and 11, so you can reduce the occasions where your data is passed along unnecessarily. The simple GUI lets you tell the system when to protect your privacy by deactivating unwanted functions. sjrupp appreciates it, “so I don't have to deal with my local GP."

Humor

SurgicalStr1ke shares a harmless prank to help a colleague understand why it's a bad idea to leave their computer screen unlocked: "[S]creenshot of the desktop, set as wallpaper, hide icons. I did this in college in 2003 and it still gives me a small chuckle now." And greenwood93 suggests, "Fake windows updates are fun, a user who left their laptop open got to something like 600% one day; don't think they got much work done but at least their workstation was a lot more secure going forward - https://fakeupdate.net/"

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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 16, 2022 at 10:18 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

NetSetMan

NetSetMan is a network settings manager for instantly switching between configuration profiles for different locations. Appreciated by lazylion_ca, who explains, "Create profiles with different IP addresses, netmasks, gateways and VLANs on your different interfaces, and switch between them with a few clicks on the systray."

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 13, 2022 at 10:55 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - Ubuntu Maintenance, Documentation, Resilient Shell and More

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As always, we’re looking for your favorite tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

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Free Tool

uCareSystem Core is a simple, Ubuntu system update and maintenance tool that can automatically refresh your packagelist, download and install updates (if there are any) and remove any old kernels, obsolete packages and configuration files to free up disk space. Thanks for this one go to dcraig66.

Documentation Resource

Microsoft Writing Style Guide is designed to help you understand the industry-standard style rules and terminology to be used for technical content. This detailed resource is perfect for anyone who wants to learn what the Windows world considers good, consistent documentation that will be useful for the long term. saintdle calls it "a good read."

Another Free Tool

Eternal Terminal is a remote shell that inserts a layer between your application and the unix TCP sockets in order to automatically reconnect after TCP disconnects, without interrupting the session. Suggested by the_one_jt, who adds, "With Eternal Terminal, you won’t need to manually reconnect, even if an IP address changes."

A Tutorial

PSTeams - Adaptive Cards with Tables and Linebreaks in Microsoft Teams explains how Microsoft Teams users can leverage incoming webhooks to send messages to the Microsoft Teams channel. MadBoyEvo explains, "PSTeams, a module that I wrote, simplifies this process… Till today to create a table with data sent to teams, you would have to play a lot with Adaptive Column, ColumnSet, and Textboxes. These new features automate it."

Yet Another Free Tool

Typemill is an open-source, flat-file CMS for documentation, ebooks and websites. Features a visual markdown editor and lots of options for themes, plugins and templates. All content is stored in markdown files for easy downloading. Kindly recommended by TinPin94.


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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 9, 2022 at 08:05 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

Easy Context Menu

Easy Context Menu allows you to add a variety of useful functions to the right-click context menus for Desktop, My Computer, Drives, File and Folder.The GUI's checkbox selection enables you to easily add super-fast access to the most-used Windows components. QuietThunder2014 recommends it to "add/remove items off the Context Menu quickly."

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 6, 2022 at 11:02 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - Python Frameworks, Logging Tutorial, Android Terminal and More

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Free Tools

Python Frameworks is a resource of Python classes and scripts that can be helpful when dealing with some of the common networking applications. Kindly shared by the author, cheesemilkbread, who explains, "These were tested and deployed on networks with multiple/8s. They may be rusty, but they definitely work." Includes 'frameworks' for: BIG-IQ, BIG-IP (iControl REST API), NetMRI, ThousandEyes, ServiceNow (federated and non), Interactions with databases (MySQL, Postgres, SQLite, etc.), Cisco CSM, Cisco CDO, Checkpoint CMA, Infoblox DDI, a full BGP Peer script and a few others."

A Tutorial

Logging Made Easy (LME) is a self-install tutorial and some free/open-source tools that will introduce basic logging capabilities that can be used to improve cyber security. Includes configuration files and scripts. Information gathered includes: software patch levels on those devices, where administrative commands are being run on enrolled devices and who is using which machine. Thanks for this suggestion go to stuartsmiles01.

Another Free Tool

Collectd pulls metrics from the OS, applications, logfiles and external devices for use in monitoring systems, finding performance bottlenecks and capacity planning. hombre_sabio explains, "Collectd is a tiny daemon that gathers information from a system. It enables mechanisms to collect and observe the values in different techniques. It is an open-source monitoring tool to retrieve and manage SNMP master agents."

One More Free Tool

Termux is a terminal emulator and Linux environment app for Android. It requires no rooting or setup, automatically installs a minimal base system and enables you to add other packages with the APT package manager. NinoIvanov explains, it "allows you to get a quasi "normal" Linux CLI, with all the tools."

Another Tutorial

Getting Started with PowerShell and the PSWindowsUpdate Module is a fantastic blog post that walks you through exactly how to use the PSWindowsUpdate module, a favorite of xpingjockey.

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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Sep 2, 2022 at 10:07 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

RPort

RPort is an open-source tool for remote management on Windows and Linux. This self-hosted option provides simple, intuitive inventory management, script execution, remote access and more. Coriron recommends it "for accessing devices on a network remotely."

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 30, 2022 at 10:40 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - SMART GUI, SEO Tutorial, Network Simulator and More

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Email continues to be the primary method of communication for business today, so it's no wonder threat actors target email to get a foothold inside organizations. This week's Sysadmin DOJO podcast with security expert Gil Blumberg focuses on email vulnerabilities in M365. We discuss some surprising findings from our recent survey on cybersecurity and M365 and what you can do to protect your organization.

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A Free Tool

GSmartControl is a GUI for the smartctl query and control tool for interacting with SMART drive data. The simple interface allows you to inspect a drive's SMART data as well as running a number of useful tests to assess drive capability. throwawayskinlessbro says he "couldn't get by without [it]."

A Tutorial

Learn how Google Search organizes the world's information is an explanation of the tech giant's current approach to finding and suggesting relevant content. It's a quick read to understand the various elements Google considers when it visits a page and how they are screened, so you can better position your organization's websites to be properly indexed by their crawlers.

Another Free Tool

SNMP Simulator is an open-source, pure Python tool for executing the SNMP agents simulator. hombre_sabio explains, it "collects data from network traffic and tcdump snoops. It also stores snapshots collected from agents for future simulation. It is a pure Python solution that is easy to deploy and is highly portable."

One More Free Tool

Krita is an open-source graphics program with a clean, intuitive interface and pro-grade features. This powerful painting application can be useful in creating or manipulating images for documentation, presentations or other visual tasks. Thecrawsome appreciates it as a good "Photoshop substitute/multiplatform."

A Tip

Some sound advice from SWEETJUICYWALRUS for occasions when you need to ask for help from a more-experienced colleague: “[I write] a 'here's the situation' email [with] exactly what's happening… what's broken and how, [plus] everything I have tried… I'm trying to make it look like I'm not incompetent and that I tried all the basics and the obvious things a senior tech would ask you to try. 90% of the time I don't even send the email because… I catch something I missed before. However, if I still havent figured it out, then my senior would have an excellent write up of everything and be able to solve it faster in turn. Lastly, always ALWAYS follow up with the senior after they solve it and ask them how they came to the conclusion, not just for the fix itself. What logs did you check? how did you know to check this seeming unrelated service? What terms did you google?"

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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 26, 2022 at 10:06 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

WirelessNetView

WirelessNetView is a small background utility for monitoring wireless network activity. It displays SSID, last and average signal quality, detection counter, authentication and cipher algorithm, MAC address, RSSI, channel frequency and number and more for each detected network. Kindly recommended by tuxedo_jack.

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 23, 2022 at 11:03 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - Web Database Tool, Security List, Network Monitor and More

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A Free Tool

WAMPSERVER is a Windows web-development environment for creating web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Designed specifically for use with PhpMyAdmin to facilitate database management. Our appreciation for the suggestion goes to punk0mi.

A List

OWASP Top Ten is a list of the most-critical security risks for web applications that should be addressed in order to harden your website against external threats. teeweehoo explains, "If you're making a website, ensure you understand the OWASP top ten attack types. If something should be protected, put it behind authentication. Ensure everything you run is patched."

Another Free Tool

ScreenToGif is a simple screen, webcam and sketchboard recorder that features a handy integrated editor. NotAnExpert2020 suggests it for “fantastic lightweight screen recording."

A Tutorial

A beginner’s guide to writing documentation is a solid explainer for first-timers on how to create a project from scratch that will be suitable for public release. saintdle suggests it as an introductory "theory for document writing" to help facilitate understanding of the whys behind the whats.

One More Free Tool

NetXMS is an open-source monitoring tool for infrastructure and networks that provides processes, reports and visual graphs for the layers in an IT infrastructure. hombre_sabio appreciates that "it provides automatic Layer 2 and 3 discovery features and complete support for SMNPv3. It is a vendor’s network monitoring tool that enables both active and passive discoveries using scanning probes and information capabilities."


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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 16, 2022 at 10:41 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - SNMP Control, Debian Fonts, L3 Diagrams and More

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A Free Tool

Snimpy is a simple Python-based SNMP tool that offers control through its console or via scripts. hombre_sabio explains, "It provides a simple interface and builds SNMP queries. It is one of the open-source SNMP tools to work as a MIB parser based on libs. It provides scalars based on the attributes of the sessions. It allows columns like the Python dictionary that are available as a feature. It provides features like GET and SET methods and iterates tables using GETNEXT."

Another Free Tool

fnt is a font manager that allows Mac OS and Linux users to take advantage of the latest fonts from Debian Sid without jumping through hoops. This simple tool works for those running Debian stable as well as non-Debian Linux distributions. Kindly suggested by aieidotch.

A Tutorial

How to Draw Clear L3 Logical Network Diagrams helps fill a gaping void in the usual documentation for enterprise networks. Explains what goes into good L3 diagrams and why they are so important for troubleshooting and planning changes. A great way to learn how to draw a high-quality logical network diagram. Thanks for recommending this resource go to saintdle.

Yet Another Free Tool

Yopass helps reduce the number of clear-text passwords stored in email and chat conversations through the generation of a short-lived, encrypted link that can only be viewed once. HappyDadOfFourJesus says, "a client turned me onto YoPass—an online or self hosted secure method of communicating sensitive information outside email, Slack and text."

Another Tutorial

Documentation and You - How OneNote Helped Me Survive is a Reddit post that offers details on how you can use OneNote to document all your systems for everyday management. The author, AmericanStang, explains how this approach was used to successfully organize a company's documentation starting from literally nothing. Includes example screenshots.


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Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 12, 2022 at 10:39 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

ITFlow

ITFlow is an open-source system designed to handle three common MSP responsibiliy areas: client documentation, ticketing and invoicing/accounting integrated into one system. Marcus explains, "It’s an IT documentation, ticketing and accounting system for small MSPs. It’s fairly early beta but is a fully functional tool at the moment, and a fairly good alternative to ITGlue."

Kris (Hornetsecurity)
Aug 9, 2022 at 10:33 UTC | Hornetsecurity®

IT Pro Tuesday - Optical Networking, PostgreSQL, Structured Data and More

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First off this week, we'd like to invite you to take part in a 5-min survey on ransomware. Help us understand how these security threats are affecting your organization, and you'll get a chance to win a 32” 4K Samsung Monitor worth $349.

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A Tutorial

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Optical Networking is an updated version of the popular tutorial that explains how fiber works, the best ways to work with it and more. Our thanks for directing us to this one goes to arhombus, and _toofarnorth helpfully shared the PDF from the presentation.

A Free Tool

pgAdmin is a nice feature-filled, open-source administration and development platform for PostgreSQL. Appreciation for directing us to this one goes to owenthetechie, who particularly likes this "GUI manager for postgresql."

Another Tutorial

Introduction to Structured Data is a 4-part blog series explaining exactly what ‘Structured Data’ means and how it is useful in the context of network engineering. Our appreciation for this suggestion goes to packetgeeknet.

Another Free Tool

Sharp SNMP Library is an open-source library that offers basic SNMP functionality on multiple platforms. hombre_sabio appreciates it for, ".NET and Mono. It functions as a source code repository for SNMP. Sharp SNMP Library is one of the open-source tools that can be integrated into Windows. It requires Visual Studio 2019 and .NET Core SDK for compilation."

One More Free Tool

Context Editor is a fast, powerful Windows text editor that was originally created as a secondary tool for developers. Thanks for this suggestion go to QuietThunder2014, who adds, "Lightweight Text Editor. Really good for HTML, PHP, Java, Anything with Code."

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