IT Managed Services Provider Resource Recommendation Updated on 20 May 2020 – Windows Terminal 1.0, Outlook for iOS, Sharex, GParted, and more

The headline on 20 May 2020

Outlook for iOS removing support for 27 Languages by end of June 2020, in order to maintain consistency across the Microsoft 365 apps for iOS.

 


Windows Terminal 1.0 released, with tabbed, multi-console type (cmd, bash, PowerShell, WSL, etc.) terminal. Add Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations. You can download Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store or from the GitHub releases page.

Windows Terminal 1.0 released
Windows Terminal 1.0 released

The headline on 19 May 2020

Sharex is a free and open-source program to perform screen capture, file sharing, and productivity for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Sharex capture or record any selected area from the screen with a single keypress, automatically save them to your hard disk/clipboard, and instantly upload them to an image/file hosting service (over 80 supported destinations) and then can copy the URL to your clipboard.

GParted is a free disk partitioning manager that runs from the outside of the operating system, meaning that you don’t need an OS installed to use it, nor will you ever have to reboot to apply any changes. A fast, effective platform-independent partition editor enables you to resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss.

ipSpace.net is a blog exploring the benefits, drawbacks, and real value of emerging networking technologies. Networking engineers, architects, and designers will appreciate the thousands of helpful networking blog posts, articles, and free videos offered by the site’s author, Ivan Pepelnjak.

Java Cheatsheet is a helpful Java notes cheat sheet that can refresh your Java fundamentals prowess.

Shortcut to get the latest Systeminternals:

@echo off
for /F "usebackq tokens=1,2 delims==" %%i in (`wmic os get LocalDateTime /VALUE 2^>NUL`) do if
'.%%i.'=='.LocalDateTime.' set ldt=%%j
set ldt=%ldt:~0,4%-%ldt:~4,2%-%ldt:~6,2% %ldt:~8,2%:%ldt:~10,2%:%ldt:~12,6%
md ".\Sysinternals\[%ldt%]" >nul 2>&1
@echo Local date is [%ldt%] >> ".\sysinternals\[%ldt%]\latest.txt"
set "command=dir"
set /p "command=type in a command: "
echo.command is: %command%
echo.press any key or ^<CTRL+C^> to abort . . .
>nul pause
%command%
wget.exe -nv --no-check-certificate -r -np -nd -N -P ".\Sysinternals\[%ldt%]\" --https-only
https://live.sysinternals.com/tools/ >> ".\systinternals\[%ldt%]\latest.txt"

The headline on 16 May 2020

GYB (Got Your Back) is a command-line tool for backing up and restoring a Gmail account. Backs up your Gmail messages to your local computer, using Gmail’s API over HTTPS. Works with Gmail.com and G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps) accounts.

The headline on 12 May 2020

Graylog provides an open-source Linux tool for log management. Seamlessly collects, enhances, stores, and analyzes log data in a central dashboard. Features multi-threaded search and built-in fault tolerance that ensures distributed load-balanced operation. Enterprise version is free for under 5GB per day.

Windows God Mode shortcut
Create a folder named
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
to get a folder full of handy master control panel options.

Windows God Mode shortcut
Windows God Mode shortcut

Docker is a container runtime that runs on various Linux (CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Oracle Linux, RHEL, SUSE, and Ubuntu) and Windows Server operating systems. It creates simple tooling and a universal packaging approach that bundles all application dependencies inside a container that runs on Docker Engine. Docker Engine enables containerized applications to run anywhere consistently on any infrastructure. Suggested by slacker87 “because everything is easier when it’s in a container.”

G1ANT.Studio is RPA software that allows you to create a robot to automate any repetitive tasks. It gives you complete freedom over what can be automated. This one was brought to our attention by cmpaxu_nampuapxa.

Sysadmin Chronicles is a system administration blog written by Artur Tyksinski which focuses on virtualization, MSP, cybersecurity, and Linux. His goal is to “have a guide for every single thing I’ve ever had to do more than once… [and to] empower other System Administrators and people working in IT with the solutions to all sorts of problems.”

The headline on 06 May 2020

Axence netTools is a set of ten free tools for network scanning and monitoring, included:

  • Netwatch (multiple host availability and response-time monitoring)
  • Network port and service scanner
  • Wintools: view of launched processes/services, remote register editor and Windows event log view, HDD/RAM/CPU details, custom queries based on WMI protocol
  • TCP/IP workshop and SNMP browser
  • Traceroute
  • NetStat: list of inbound and outbound connections and open ports
  • Local info: tables with local configuration details, TCP/UDP stats
  • Lookup: DNS and WHOIS records
  • Bandwidth test
  • NetCheck: LAN hardware and wiring quality check

Data Visualisation in Python cheatsheet covers some of the basics of visualization in Python using matplotlib and seaborn to help you make the best use of Python’s amazing libraries that support visualization, including 3D visualizations & animations.

Data Visualisation in Python Cheatsheet
Data Visualisation in Python Cheatsheet

Use below PowerShell command to discover what’s connected to your network devices:

Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion 2.8.5.201 -Force
Set-PSRepository -Name ‘PSGallery’ -InstallationPolicy Trusted
Install-Module -Name PSDiscoveryProtocol -Force -Confirm:$false

$Packet = Invoke-DiscoveryProtocolCapture -Type LLDP
$output = Get-DiscoveryProtocolData -Packet $Packet

“Computer Name,Port,Switch,Reported Computer,Computer IP”
$env:ComputerName + “,” + $output.Port.Substring($output.Port.IndexOf(“/”)+1,$output.Port.Length – $output.Port.IndexOf(“/”) – 1) + “,” + $output.Device + “,” + $output.Computer + “,” + $output.IPAddress

Gns3 (Graphical Network Simulator-3) is a network software emulator to combine virtual and real devices to simulate complex networks. Gns3 enables you to build, design and test networks of any size in a risk-free virtual environment, with the world’s largest networking community to help out. Uses Dynamips emulation software to simulate Cisco IOS.

GLPI is an open-source ITSM software tool for planning and managing IT changes. Tracks the complete lifecycle of IT assets and offers the real-time status of software and licenses. GLPI can manage large IT infrastructures with millions of assets, enabling segmentation by entities with respective administrative policies and permitted expenditures.

The headline on 28 April 2020

Autoruns for Windows v13.96 shows you which programs are configured to run and when with knowledge of auto-starting locations that far exceeds other autostart utilities. Reports Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and more.

Autoruns for Windows v13.96
Autoruns for Windows v13.96

Regular Expressions 101 is an online regex tester and debugger for PHP, PCRE, Python, Golang, and Javascript.

Awesome OSINTOpen-source intelligence (Open-source intelligence) is a large, curated list of open-source intelligence tools and resources collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources)

Linux Cheatsheet for Beginners serves as a quick reference for all the essential commands to help those who are getting started with Linux.

LDWin (Link Discovery for Windows) is a simple answer to the question, “Where does this network cable/uplink/port go?” It gathers information from directly connected networking devices, which can be helpful when diagnosing suspected network connectivity issues.

LDWin - Link Discovery Client for Windows
LDWin – Link Discovery Client for Windows

The headline on 22 April 2020

Attack Surface Analyzer 2.2 is the latest version of the MS tool for taking a snapshot of your system state before and after installation of software. It displays changes to key elements of the system attack surface so you can view changes resulting from the introduction of the new code. This updated version is a rewrite of the classic 1.0 version from 2012, which covered older versions of Windows. It is available for download or as source code on Github.

New Features in Attack Surface Analyzer 2.2:

  • Expanded analysis engine allowing users to define arbitrary boolean expressions across clauses and access sub properties of objects.
  • Significantly improved collection and analysis performance.
  • MacOS binary signature checking
  • Support for C# 8 nullable reference types
  • Improved database independent API
  • Updated API documentation and Developer guide

Group Policy Administrative Templates Catalog.

Python-3-Cheatsheet is a Python 3 notes cheat sheet that’s focused on fundamentals as well as useful interview tips.

CyberDrain is the blog of Kelvin Tegelaar, MS certified engineer, CTO and System Architect. His motto, “For every monitoring automation there is an equal PowerShell remediation” hints at the type of useful content you’ll find. Kelvin shares what he learns while working with most of the latest technologies—like Server 2019, RDMi, WVD, Azure, and Office 365—in his “regular” job. You’ll also find many scripts and how-tos.

30 Linux System Monitoring Tools Every SysAdmin Should Know provides the built-in commands plus a few add-on tools that will equip you to monitor the performance of Linux servers. It gives you what you’ll need to make the best use of the monitoring tools that come with most distributions of Linux so you can identify the possible causes of a performance problem.

Published by Thomas Apel

, a dynamic and self-motivated information technology architect, with a thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to system and network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. I enjoy the technical writing process and answering readers' comments included.