IT Pro Tuesday #275

Mon, 10/30/2023 - 15:18

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

In the latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast: "Key Takeaways from our Ransomware Survey," we discuss our findings regarding the awareness and preparedness of businesses in the face of ransomware attacks. We also talk about effective tools and protocols to protect your business.

We're also looking for your favorite tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

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

A Free Tool

Libre Hardware Monitor is a utility that reports on a computer's temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load, and clock speeds. Thanks to Vallamost for noting last week's hardware monitoring tool (Open Hardware Monitor) appears to have been abandoned by the devs. Fortunately this fork is actively maintained.

Libre Hardware Monitor

Another Free Tool

Bufferbloat Test checks for a software issue with networking equipment that causes spikes in Internet latency during uploads or downloads. The latency of your internet connection is compared with results of latency tests taken while running a download test and an upload test to detect the issue. Kindly suggested by spiffiness.

Bufferbloat Test

A Tip

A helpful tip from digitaltransmutation on how to get a report that can help with troubleshooting when a Windows system is going to sleep unexpectedly: Use powercfg /sleepstudy and it will give you a reason for every sleep state transition both in and out.


A Website

ESnet Fasterdata Knowledge Base offers detailed solutions for improving network performance and troubleshooting. Includes sections on network architecture, host tuning, network tuning, data transfer tools, network performance testing, and wireless and 5G networking for science. Thanks for directing us to this one go to Digi_Rad.

ESnet Fasterdata Knowledge Base

Training Resource

Brent Ozar Unlimited is a YouTube channel that features videos on how to make Microsoft SQL Server faster. Brent is a MS Certified Master with decades of experience and an impressive list of conference teaching gigs. Our appreciation for this recommendation goes to Anlarb.

Brent Ozar Unlimited

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Paperless-ngx is an open-source, online document management system. Indexes your scans and stores metadata for searchability. Also learns from your documents so it can become able to automatically assign tags, correspondents, and types. ZAFJB likes it for "paper doc scanning, OCR, categorisation, search."

Portainer Community Edition is a simple, lightweight service delivery platform for containerized applications. Allows you to manage Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes, and ACI environments through a smart GUI or API. Consists of a single container that can run on any cluster, and can be deployed as either a Linux or  Windows native container. Thanks for this suggestion are due to waelder_at.

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

Hardware Monitor, Network Testing, Sleep Reporting & More
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