vmPing is a graphical ping utility for monitoring multiple hosts, with color-coding to indicate the status of each host. Handles both ICMP pings and TCP 'port pings,' where the application continuously connects to a specified port and displays whether or not the port is open. Also includes a quick traceroute utility and a basic packet generator/stress tester.
Path Length Checker is a simple app for determining the paths and the length of all the files and directories in a given directory. Our appreciation for this recommendation goes out to KingOfYourHills.
BashGuide is intended to help beginning users learn good practice techniques for using BASH. Requires no knowledge aside from being able to log into a Unix-like system and open a command-line interface. Provides guidance on writing simple scripts. Kindly suggested by ASIC_SP.
Polr is an open-source link shortener that allows you to host your own URL shortener so you can brand and control your URLs. SgtKashim describes it as an "excellent lightweight URL shortener. Nice for getting branded URL shortening on the cheap, and it's got a decent little API for programatically generating shorts."
Dnspython is a DNS toolkit for Python queries, zone transfers, dynamic updates, nameserver testing and more. High-level classes perform queries for data of a given name, type and class. Low-level classes allow direct manipulation of DNS zones, messages, names and records. Almost all RR types are supported. Our thanks to TheMeanMemer for this suggestion.
Automating with PowerShell: Deploying Azure Functions is a blog post that contains scripts for single-click deployment buttons for a number of Azure functions. Lime-TeGek explains, "deploying Azure functions can get confusing at times; do you need AppInsights, do you need to activate option y or option x, and the interface changes every couple of years, so [this] only selects the items really required to run the function and nothing else.
DNSLeakTest sends your client a series of domain names to resolve within a specific test domain in order to find any traffic originating from your computer that is not being routed through the anonymity network. Enables you to locate traffic leaks outside the secure connection that an attacker monitoring your traffic could use to log your activity. Thanks go to raad_altaie for this one!
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Icinga is a secure, open-source network monitoring solution. The multithreaded design means it's fast and capable, while offering extreme flexibility. Makes good use of metadata information to give you a better understanding of the state of your hosts and services. Performance data can be sent directly to third-party tools, and it natively supports Graphite and InfluxDB. Setup is undeniably complex, but there is good documentation that can help motivated users get the most from this powerful tool.
Snipe-IT is a web-based asset and license management app that lets you keep tabs on your inventory. A fast, simple way to track assets so you can see everything that is currently deployed, pending, ready to deploy or archived. Email alerts can be set up to notify you when licenses are expiring. Suggested by tclearinghouse, who says, "I can’t recommend it enough. Used to use a sharepoint list previously, and that was painful."