IT Pro Tuesday #101

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Hello IT Pro,

Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we’re looking for your favorite blogs to share with the community. Please let us know which ones help you do things more easily so you get better at your job!

As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most-interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops and phones this week. EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

Popular Repost: Tool

Chocolatey brings simple, flexible package management to Windows. This machine-level package manager is built on top of nuget command line and the nuget infrastructure. Covers all aspects of Windows software installation, configuration, upgrade and uninstallation. Create packages, customize packaging templates and host your own package repository. Upgrade all software with a single command. Chocolatey works with existing technologies (like MSI, NSIS, and InnoSetup) as well as runtime binaries and zip archives.

A Free Tool

gobench is an HTTP/HTTPS load testing and benchmarking tool. Binod kindly suggests it to help with performance tuning and optimizing servers and the applications on that run on them.

A Tip

Manage Win 10 devices through G Suite. Companies that use G Suite to manage corporate endpoints are now able to enforce security policies related to login operations, file storage, encryption and more over all enrolled Win 10 devices. This ensures companies have full control so their data can be protected from careless employees. Thanks go to perplexedm for the heads up.

A Blog

Yellow Bricks is a virtualization blog by Duncan Epping, author of several books and Chief Technologist at VMware. Duncan specializes in software defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructures and business-continuity/disaster-recovery solutions. The blog has been voted #1 eight years in a row by the virtualization community. Appreciation goes to moch__ for the recommendation.

Another Tip

When running a continuous Ping operation, press Ctrl-Break to display the statistics without stopping or resetting the counters.

 

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor for GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS X with a comprehensive set of features and simple interface. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG. ZombieOntheLoose recommends it as an alternative to draw.io.

Grafana is an open-source solution for time series analytics that lets you query, visualize, alert on and understand your metrics no matter where they are stored. Create and share dashboards and define thresholds visually—with notifications via Slack, PagerDuty and others. Offers lots of visualization options to help you understand your data. Suggested by dirtydirt11.

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

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

IT Pro title: 
Package Management, Load Testing, Virtualization Blog & More