What infrastructure tools do you use?



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Happy Monday Community,

 

I am building the list of the most popular IT Pro tools, and have a question to you about tools you are using in your daily life. 

What’s your go-to? Why is it your go-to?

 

It could be anything - from Draw.io to Chocolatey and Keepass. 

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@MicoolPaul : I never used WinMTR, will test not sure if it will be approved to be used in my organization !

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Great addition, have added it to my test list. 😎

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Hi,

 

Just wanted to add another tool to this list, found out about WinMTR today. It combines ping and traceroute, so if you’ve got a high-latency/low-throughput network or if you’re delivering Veeam Cloud Connect services and you’ve got a customer with issues backing up successfully, this tool can highlight any congested links along the way in the form of packet loss measurements.

 

It’s not perfect as you’ve got to expect some form of packet loss with ICMP, but if you see a high level of packet loss, you’ve got something that can’t just be dismissed away.

 

To use you just type in your target destination IP and it’ll traceroute against it and perform ping tests automatically for each hop.

Another great addition.  Adding it to my list of tools. :sunglasses:

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Hi,

 

Just wanted to add another tool to this list, found out about WinMTR today. It combines ping and traceroute, so if you’ve got a high-latency/low-throughput network or if you’re delivering Veeam Cloud Connect services and you’ve got a customer with issues backing up successfully, this tool can highlight any congested links along the way in the form of packet loss measurements.

 

It’s not perfect as you’ve got to expect some form of packet loss with ICMP, but if you see a high level of packet loss, you’ve got something that can’t just be dismissed away.

 

To use you just type in your target destination IP and it’ll traceroute against it and perform ping tests automatically for each hop.

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I missed this post months ago. Awesome @vNote42 , thx for sharing this. Almost all the tools I often use, are already mentioned by you or someone else. I agree with @Chris.Childerhose , I use often Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager (nice tool). A small tool I also use, is Treesize Free to quickly have an overview of the used storage of a file-server or so. Some others : CrystalDiskInfo and Multiping

Thanks for your tools! Right, Treesize is also on my list. Thanks for Multiping, looks good! 

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I missed this post months ago. Awesome @vNote42 , thx for sharing this. Almost all the tools I often use, are already mentioned by you or someone else. I agree with @Chris.Childerhose , I use often Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager (nice tool). A small tool I also use, is Treesize Free to quickly have an overview of the used storage of a file-server or so. Some others : CrystalDiskInfo and Multiping

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ShareX, RDP and Putty i am using in my Infra !

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vSpeaking Podcast is talking again about Top 10 VMware Admin Tools:

https://core.vmware.com/blog/vspeaking-podcast-top-10-vmware-admin-tools

See these links to find out different favorite tools between 2019 and 2021:

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Just had a peek at ShareX.   Yup, this one’s a keeper!

One of my favorite tools is mRemoteNG since we have a fairly decent sized team that all use RDP, SSH, etc, you can load the list of servers up in MSSQL and everyone can share the same list of servers.  Personal client settings are saved locally.

That’s pretty cool about the MSSQL server list!

Just had a peek at ShareX.   Yup, this one’s a keeper!

One of my favorite tools is mRemoteNG since we have a fairly decent sized team that all use RDP, SSH, etc, you can load the list of servers up in MSSQL and everyone can share the same list of servers.  Personal client settings are saved locally.

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Yes Vs code with extensions is code editor on steroids. I feel like a cheater sometimes :)

would you share a list of your extensions?

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Thank you @BertrandFR :thumbsup_tone2:

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Hello @JMeixner for me VS code = Visual Studio Code

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Hi,
VS Code is part of Visual Studio?

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@BertrandFR you really replaced Notepad++ by MS code? Interesting! I have to admit I still use MS ISE for small PowerShell scripts. I prefer doing debug in ISE than in code.


Yes Vs code with extensions is code editor on steroids. I feel like a cheater sometimes :)

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Multi Tabbed Putty is my fav https://ttyplus.com/multi-tabbed-putty/ 

If you use a Linux desktop then for RDP https://remmina.org/

zenmap https://nmap.org/zenmap/

Also on Linux Desktops to view network usage in a psychedelia way :) https://etherape.sourceforge.io/

 

 

A few years ago I used it to see at glance who was watching HD movies at work 🙂 as you can see the big huge connections light up, something similar to the image from their website below:

 


I prefer MobaXTERM for multi tabbed tty or rdp, you can save some macros etc… Thanks for the discover for etherape! I do the same for our datacenters with netflow and elastic :D

I was a big fan of Notepad++ like @Chris.Childerhose but i put my eyes on VS code and all plugins :grin:

@BertrandFR you really replaced Notepad++ by MS code? Interesting! I have to admit I still use MS ISE for small PowerShell scripts. I prefer doing debug in ISE than in code.

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Multi Tabbed Putty is my fav https://ttyplus.com/multi-tabbed-putty/ 

If you use a Linux desktop then for RDP https://remmina.org/

zenmap https://nmap.org/zenmap/

Also on Linux Desktops to view network usage in a psychedelia way :) https://etherape.sourceforge.io/

 

 

A few years ago I used it to see at glance who was watching HD movies at work 🙂 as you can see the big huge connections light up, something similar to the image from their website below:

 


I prefer MobaXTERM for multi tabbed tty or rdp, you can save some macros etc… Thanks for the discover for etherape! I do the same for our datacenters with netflow and elastic :D

I was a big fan of Notepad++ like @Chris.Childerhose but i put my eyes on VS code and all plugins :grin:

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Multi Tabbed Putty is my fav https://ttyplus.com/multi-tabbed-putty/ 

If you use a Linux desktop then for RDP https://remmina.org/

zenmap https://nmap.org/zenmap/

Also on Linux Desktops to view network usage in a psychedelia way :) https://etherape.sourceforge.io/

 

 

A few years ago I used it to see at glance who was watching HD movies at work 🙂 as you can see the big huge connections light up, something similar to the image from their website below:

 

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You guys have already said so many of my tool kit so I’ll just add:

 

Dell Live optics - Useful for gathering performance requirements (and it supports Veeam repository sizing now too!)

ShareX - This tool is fantastic for documentation/blogging. It’s snipping tool cranked up to 11 (because 10 is so last year!)! Can record videos, make GIFs etc. My favourite use case is that you can auto detect regions of one or more screens based on app windows/boundaries OR you can define your own region, then you have an option to reuse last region. If you’re doing step by steps you can frame it once to your application window then keep reusing last region as you step through with no cropping! Even has useful print screen related key bindings to do on the fly...

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Great list, thanks Chris! Especially Twilio sounds good, was looking for such stuff.

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Use many of the same tools but have -

 

Keepass - password manager and has link to Devolutions RDM

Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager - used for all RDP sessions

Passbolt - work password tool for all

Confluence - IT Wiki at work

Todoist - Premium subscription - used for all tasks Work/Personal and sync across devices

NotePad++ - log analysis especially with Veeam as Searching is easy :grin:

Twilio Authy - 2FA client and syncs on all devices

Terminal Preview - Windows 10 app with multiple tabs for different sessions of CMD, PS, Linux, etc.

 

Definitely going to check out MobaXterm as well.

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Fair shout @JMeixner so I’ll just add all Sysinternals, I like Zoomit the most LOL
Sysinternals Utilities - Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs

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I still need a replacement for Remote Desktop Connection Manager! I didn’t realize it was discontinued until I went to go add it to this list.


The Remote Desktop Connection Manager is now part of the sysinternals suite…

 

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I still need a replacement for Remote Desktop Connection Manager! I didn’t realize it was discontinued until I went to go add it to this list.

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