A SysAdmin Guide to Azure IaaS – 2nd Edition is a free 100+ page guide from Altaro that teaches how to set up and maintain a high-performing Azure IaaS environment.
Some sage career advice for the junior sysadmin, compliments of cliffhnz: "Never EVER be afraid to ask! That’s how you learn! Maybe they are doing [whatever you are wondering about] purely out of habit and shouldn’t. Maybe they have found that after following all instruction from the maker of the software… for now, this is the “easiest way” to get things done. Be curious. Ask away. This is what gets a junior up to a senior level, gaining knowledge."
[PowerShell] Advanced HTML reporting explains how you can use some simple scripting to create feature-rich reports you can share. Author MadBoyEvo clarifies, "While it says in the title Advanced HTML reporting, it's actually advanced in terms of what you can achieve, but not complicated to use."
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Passbolt is an open-source password manager for browser, emails, terminal and chat. This self-hosted, extensible solution is based on OpenPGP and uses GnuPG to authenticate users and verify secrets server side. Our thanks for the recommendation go to R8nbowhorse.
macapps.link is a Ninite alternative for the Mac. It provides a list of all the apps available, then you simply choose what you want and it automatically takes care of all the installations, quickly and without the need for you to babysit. Kindly suggested by omlet05.
PSAppDeployToolkit facilitates the performance of common application deployment tasks, including interacting with users. It offers functions that simplify the scripting needed for deploying applications in the enterprise and that help create a consistent, more-successful deployment experience. Can be used to replace your WiseScript, VBScript and Batch wrapper scripts with a single versatile, reusable, extensible tool. A shout out to knawlejj for pointing us to this one.
Bulk Crap Uninstaller is an uninstaller for removing the vast majority of crap applications that weigh down Windows, with little user input or technical knowledge required. Can detect most applications and games (even portable or unregistered), clean up leftovers, force uninstall, automatically uninstall according to premade lists, and more. IntelligentCanary902 says, "I'm a big fan of the portable version."
PDFescape is a surprisingly capable online PDF editor that allows you to annotate & modify PDFs, create forms, and more… entirely for free. Works with any modern browser, with no downloads or account required and no watermarks.
kuldan5853 offers this advice to reduce security risks associated with network print servers: "[T]his is not for print servers only, but really look into Micro Segmentation of your network - there is no reason why printers need to be exposed to the clients directly for example, or why the print server should see your HPC cluster.