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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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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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.

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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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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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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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  • 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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I use many of the tools already listed.

What I additionally use is:

  • Dell OpenManage to keep the firmwares/microcodes of our Dell servers up to date.
  • Not a free tool, but very handy. Brocade Network Advisor to manage a big SAN landscape with 30+ SAN Directors and dozends of switches.

I will have a look at @vNote42 ‘s script and ar the Brocade SANHealth. Thanks for some new tools 😎

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

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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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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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Well, i use quite the same tools of you @vNote42 .

I will add automation and configuration management tools.

Ansible or/and terraform with vagrant

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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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@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 :)

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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  • 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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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:

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

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

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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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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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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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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!

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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