Tip

How to properly document a network

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 11:58
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

IT Pro Tuesday #168

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 11:48
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! We're 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. But on with this week's

A Tip

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:04
An invaluable piece of sysadmin career wisdom from PhilSocal: "Do not hoard information. It makes it impossible to promote you and difficult to have your vacation time approved. Your co-workers will hate you, especially if you leave with knowledge in your head that only you know."

IT Pro Tuesday #167

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 11:54
Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! We're 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. But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most

Shortcuts

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:44
A shortcut, compliments of Atticus_of_Finch: "You can type CMD in the address bar of Windows Explorer in any mapped drive and open a command prompt in that folder. You can also just type PowerShell in the address bar and open a PowerShell session in that folder. If you need to run a configuration file as a command line argument for a console command, you can drag and drop the configuration file

Cert Expiration Checker

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:42
Some time-saving automation shared by madv_willneed… Problem: "Man, it's annoying to remember to check the cert expiry dates on all these different servers and make sure the renewal actually worked." 1-line bash solution: cat <<< $(( ($(date -d "$(echo -n | openssl s_client -servername "$domain" -connect "$domain:443" 2>&1 | openssl x509 -enddate -noout | grep '^notAfter' | cut -d'=' -f2)" "+%s")

IT Pro Tuesday #166

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:37
Get this in your inbox each week. Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! A big thanks to all those who have checked out 365 Threat Monitor—our new tool that allows you to find out how many threats make it through to your organization on M365. We worked hard to create a truly useful tool that can help sysadmins better protect their M365 users from being tricked, and we’re thrilled so many of you have

A Tip

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:06
A clever tactic shared by sobrique to diplomatically help a user discover "obvious" problems: "If I think it's not plugged in, I never ask 'is it plugged in?'… Because inevitably they will say 'yes' because ‘of course it is.’ So instead, I'll ask a question that requires them to look at the right location to find the answer. Some variant on, ‘What sort of cable number is it?’, ‘Is there a machine

IT Pro Tuesday #165

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 11:55
Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! This week, we're gathering information on how sysadmins are dealing with ransomware attacks. If you can spare 4 minutes to complete this survey, we'll include you in a drawing for a chance to win an Oculus Rift S VR worth $399/€349! Also, in case you missed it, we’d like to spread the word about our own free tool: 365 Threat Monitor. This newly released tool will

A Tip

Mon, 08/23/2021 - 12:11
Rocket5421 shares a shortcut: "You can freeze (hold/pause) Task Manager values by holding Ctrl button. Open task manager -> Go to performance tab -> Hold Ctrl key -> Voila, the values are frozen." And vodafine adds, "Hold down F5 to get 'realtime' stats too."