IT Pro Tuesday #24

SysAdmin Blog, Data Center Podcast, Free Tools & More

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Hello IT Pro,

I’m feeling very proud that EveryCloud has received yet another five-star review (bringing the total to 266) for our Email Security service, especially because they didn’t list a single negative! Please check us out if you’re looking to change/upgrade or want an additional Email Security layer for Office 365.

“Great service, product and teams.

We hosted an in house EMS [Email Management System] for years and I convinced the board of my company to try and go for an external EMS against the advice of our IT Consultants. Once we were properly locked down and set up, the product is used daily by our users and stops thousands of unwanted emails every week. We had a very positive customer experience with our account manager and the support line are always available when we need them and are very hasty in their responses.

What are the pros? Very fast support response time, Friendly customer service, 30 [day] Free trial, Great product, Customise-able settings and interfaces, Easy to use control panel”

Oliver — Engineering Oct 2018

Here are the most interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops, and phones this week. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

Axence netTools is a set of ten free tools for network scanning and monitoring. Includes: 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; and NetCheck (LAN hardware and wiring quality check). This was recommended by DollarMindy as an “easy ping monitor with email alerts.”

A Book

Taming Information Technology: Lessons from Studies of System Administrators (Human Technology Interaction Series) was suggested by AngryMountainBiker, who describes it as “essentially an ethnographic study of system administrators. The authors videotaped and otherwise documented SA’s over a period of time and were able to break down a number of fascinating incidents and how to improve the art. I’m disappointed this hasn’t been recommended reading for all SA’s and maybe more importantly, their bosses, who too often don’t really know what SA’s do.”

A Podcast

Datanauts podcast keeps you up to date on developments in data center and infrastructure related to cloud, storage, virtualization, containers, networking, and convergence. Discussions focus on data center compute, storage, networking and automation to explore the newest technologies, including hyperconvergence and cloud.

Another Free Tool

MediCat USB is a a bootable troubleshooting environment with Linux and Windows boot environments and troubleshooting tools. A complete Hiren’s Boot Disk replacement for modern hardware that follows the Ubuntu release cycle with a new update released every 6 months. The DVD version was originally recommended to us by Spikerman “for when you need to helpdesk warrior.”

A Blog

Happy SysAdm has been providing resources, solutions and tips for system administrators since 2010. The blog is written by a Senior Systems Administrator with close to 15 years experience in designing, scripting, monitoring and performance-tuning Microsoft environments going all the way back to Windows 3.1/95/NT4.

Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments.

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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