Command Line Printer Control provides a set of Windows scripts and instructions for using them that is designed to simplify the job of adding, removing, backing up/restoring and exporting printers. StuPodasso finds that this approach "works beautifully."
PTP daemon (PTPd) is an implementation the Precision Time Protocol, which provides precise time coordination of Ethernet LAN connected computers. PTPd can precisely coordinate the clocks of a group of LAN connected computers with each other and can achieve microsecond level coordination, even on limited platforms. Our appreciation for the suggestion goes to error404.
ITM_ENRON_CALLS shares suggestions on how to properly document a network: "Put descriptions on interfaces and/or use a program to build a visual of your network… include link capacity (1 Gig or 10 Gig link, etc..), traffic flow and model of the switch/router/firewall/other network elements in the paths. This can save you time when troubleshooting an issue to know what each interface is connected to or planning for upgrades."
Crt.sh allows you to enter any identity (Domain Name, Organization Name, etc), a certificate fingerprint (SHA-1 or SHA-256) or crt.sh ID to instantly see details on all its associated certificates. Briancanfixit "recommends this open-source certificate checking website from sectigo.”
Nornir Introduction is a post that makes it easier to get acquainted with the Nornir framework, so you can plug your automations with less frustration. InternetPersonv6 explains, "Sadly Nornir does not have a lot of great tutorials like Ansible does. [This is] one of the most useful tutorials I've found, which only scratches the surface of what it can do."
Networking Fun is the work of Katherine McNamara, a Cisco Cybersecurity Systems Engineer and author.
Microsoft 365 Licensing provides an easily navigated view of the frustratingly complex licensing options for Microsoft products so you can figure out what makes the most sense in your situtation. devin_mm finds it to be "a very useful tool for getting to grips with all of the options for Microsoft 365 licenses."
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Desktop Info is a simple, configurable app to display real-time system information on your desktop. This low-overhead tool allows you to quickly acquire critical system information for identification of issues, walk-by and remote monitoring of production servers, test farms or your own computer. zm1868179 explains, "This is what I used to replace BGinfo in the places it’s used. It works so much better than BGInfo.”
EasyBuild is a flexible, easily configurable software build and installation framework for efficiently managing software on HPC systems. Features include fully automated software builds; interactive installers, code patching, generating module file; thorough logging and archiving; automatic dependency resolution; single-command build of entire software stack; and building software in parallel. serverhorror explains, "We use it to roll out various packages (multiple versions in parallel).