What infrastructure tools do you use?


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I would be interested to know which tool for IT infrastructure you use for your or your customers environment. Here is a completely unsorted list of tools I use frequently in various environments:

  • PowerShell with various modules like VMware PowerCLI (by the way, version 12.3 was released today) and Veeam VBR.
  • RVtools. I think this is a widely known and used tool. Get a very detailed inventory of your vSphere environment within a few mouse-clicks. New version 4.1.2 was released yesterday.

  • Brocade SANHealth. I think, this tool is not that well known. For me, it is THE tool for Fibre Channel fabric documentation. Just install the tool, put in data of FC switches, capture date. Then upload to brocade (respectively Broadcom). After a few hours you get a link to a extremely detailed, fully automatically generated documentation (Excel und Visio).

  • As an alternative to putty, I prefer MobaXterm. There is a free and a paid version. It offers features like sending commands to multiple sessions simultaneously. Free edition is limited to saved connections.
  • HPE Library and Tape Tools. Tool for (not only) HPE Tape drives, autoloader and libraries. Can be used for driver and firmware updates, testing and troubleshooting.
  • My own script Get-VMFSPathCount :grin: to show the number of paths from hosts to VMFS volumes. PSP Policy is also displayed.

  • FileZilla Client and Server for FTP Client and Server. FTP Server is useful for example for FC Switch firmware updates and configuration backups. As well for VMware vCenter VCSA backups.
  • WinSCP. I don't think I need to say anything more.
  • IOMeter for disk performance testing. I use it to check environments IO performance. But do not take outcomes to serious. Must be interpreted right :wink: For testing HCI performance, I prefer VMware HCI Bench. BTW IOMeter can also be used to test network performance.
  • vCenter Code Capture. Started as a Fling, it is finally part of vCenter. You start the Capture, do your task in vCenter and find used PowerCLI commands afterwards.

 

All these tools do not cause extra costs.

Let me know tools of your choice.


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For vSphere Upgrade preparation

RVTools and VMware Health Analyzer

 

For vSAN Performance Test

VMware HCI Bench, IOMeter and iPerf

 

VMware Compatibility Guide

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

 

For Dell Storage sizing

Live Optics - https://app.liveoptics.com

 

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Of course not, that one needs very special treatment. :wink:

absolutely! 

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Of course not, that one needs very special treatment. :wink:

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Remote Desktop Manager from Devolutions. Great tool which has nearly all types of connections (for example HPE iLO, SSH, HTTP, RDP, VNC, and many more) and you can use a MS SQL or MySQL server database as a data source for the connections. This way, the entire team has access to the same connections.

Sounds good! But do not save Hardened Repository Credentials there :joy:

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Remote Desktop Manager from Devolutions. Great tool which has nearly all types of connections (for example HPE iLO, SSH, HTTP, RDP, VNC, and many more) and you can use a MS SQL or MySQL server database as a data source for the connections. This way, the entire team has access to the same connections.

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Hi there, one tool that I use a lot is bitvise ssh client

https://www.bitvise.com/ssh-client

it combines ssh client and winscp client,

very easy to use, you can save the sessions, etc.

I use it as an alternative of putty + winscp, also two awesome tools!

Nice tool! looks very nerd-friendly :joy:

Hi there, one tool that I use a lot is bitvise ssh client

https://www.bitvise.com/ssh-client

it combines ssh client and winscp client,

very easy to use, you can save the sessions, etc.

I use it as an alternative of putty + winscp, also two awesome tools!

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  • Draw.io is an essential tool for me now, I use it for all diagrams thanks to the Veeam stencils built in.
  • ShareX is handy for screen recording & screenshots, has handy tools like defining “regions” and then quickly recapturing these and automatically saving them off into folders. Enables me to work on a particular task, grabbing screenshots quickly, and then annotate them in a batch afterwards.
  • Notepad++ is an extremely powerful text editor, handy for when I’m trying to amend chunks of text into something usable for automation in particular.

@vNote42 did a good post on this a while back and a lot of the tools should still be valid: What infrastructure tools do you use? | Veeam Community Resource Hub

 

But those are my top three generic IT tools I use :grinning:

Michael, I guess Kseniya knows the post already. since we are discussing in it :joy:

@vNote42

She has moved the post to this topic after Michael wrote that :)

Sorry, I missed this. Thanks Detective @Mildur ! :grinning:

:smile: VINDICATION!

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  • Draw.io is an essential tool for me now, I use it for all diagrams thanks to the Veeam stencils built in.
  • ShareX is handy for screen recording & screenshots, has handy tools like defining “regions” and then quickly recapturing these and automatically saving them off into folders. Enables me to work on a particular task, grabbing screenshots quickly, and then annotate them in a batch afterwards.
  • Notepad++ is an extremely powerful text editor, handy for when I’m trying to amend chunks of text into something usable for automation in particular.

@vNote42 did a good post on this a while back and a lot of the tools should still be valid: What infrastructure tools do you use? | Veeam Community Resource Hub

 

But those are my top three generic IT tools I use :grinning:

Michael, I guess Kseniya knows the post already. since we are discussing in it :joy:

@vNote42

She has moved the post to this topic after Michael wrote that :)

Sorry, I missed this. Thanks Detective @Mildur ! :grinning:

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  • Draw.io is an essential tool for me now, I use it for all diagrams thanks to the Veeam stencils built in.
  • ShareX is handy for screen recording & screenshots, has handy tools like defining “regions” and then quickly recapturing these and automatically saving them off into folders. Enables me to work on a particular task, grabbing screenshots quickly, and then annotate them in a batch afterwards.
  • Notepad++ is an extremely powerful text editor, handy for when I’m trying to amend chunks of text into something usable for automation in particular.

@vNote42 did a good post on this a while back and a lot of the tools should still be valid: What infrastructure tools do you use? | Veeam Community Resource Hub

 

But those are my top three generic IT tools I use :grinning:

Michael, I guess Kseniya knows the post already. since we are discussing in it :joy:

@vNote42 

She has moved the post to this topic after Michael wrote that :)

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I also use Snagit and keepass and http://www.freecommander.com/ every day

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  • Draw.io is an essential tool for me now, I use it for all diagrams thanks to the Veeam stencils built in.
  • ShareX is handy for screen recording & screenshots, has handy tools like defining “regions” and then quickly recapturing these and automatically saving them off into folders. Enables me to work on a particular task, grabbing screenshots quickly, and then annotate them in a batch afterwards.
  • Notepad++ is an extremely powerful text editor, handy for when I’m trying to amend chunks of text into something usable for automation in particular.

@vNote42 did a good post on this a while back and a lot of the tools should still be valid: What infrastructure tools do you use? | Veeam Community Resource Hub

 

But those are my top three generic IT tools I use :grinning:

Michael, I guess Kseniya knows the post already. since we are discussing in it :joy:

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This is great list, thank you @marcofabbri:blush:  

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I’m just in love about this thread, but first thanks @MicoolPaul and @Kseniya, draw.io is new for me!

For me, top five are:

  • Advanced IP Scanner: fast and reliable lan scanner;
  • NMAP: again, network discovery and enumeration;
  • No-script: on a Firefox browser let me navigate with near to zero worries (the more you use, the better experience you got);
  • Shodan.io: search engine for internet connected device;
  • Sysinternal Suite: hey, needs no presentation, right?

 

 

Here’s links:

Advanced IP scanner: https://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/

Nmap: https://nmap.org/

No-Script: https://addons.mozilla.org/it/firefox/addon/noscript/

Shodan: https://www.shodan.io/

Sysinternal: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysinternals-suite

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  • Draw.io is an essential tool for me now, I use it for all diagrams thanks to the Veeam stencils built in.
  • ShareX is handy for screen recording & screenshots, has handy tools like defining “regions” and then quickly recapturing these and automatically saving them off into folders. Enables me to work on a particular task, grabbing screenshots quickly, and then annotate them in a batch afterwards.
  • Notepad++ is an extremely powerful text editor, handy for when I’m trying to amend chunks of text into something usable for automation in particular.

@vNote42 did a good post on this a while back and a lot of the tools should still be valid: What infrastructure tools do you use? | Veeam Community Resource Hub

 

But those are my top three generic IT tools I use :grinning:

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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!

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