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 share your suggestions on the IT Pro Tuesday subreddit, and we’ll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

Now on to this week’s list!

A Script

Hierarchical Configuration is a Python library that can analyze the operational configuration of a network device, identify disparities from its designated configuration, and generate the remediation steps needed to bring it into spec with the intended configuration. Credit for this one goes to packetgeeknet.

Training Resource

Linux From Scratch is an interactive tool that walks you through the process of constructing a personalized Linux system directly from source code. You’ll also find the companion book available as a free download on the site. Appreciation for directing us to this one goes to Droppin_Bombadillos.

A Tip

MartinZugec shares a fantastic trick: 

Show-Command <any cmdlet> 

(e.g. Show-Command Get-Process) will create an UI for any PowerShell command. 

And bike_piggy_bike adds that it works for scripted functions as well, not just builtin cmdlets.

A Blog

The Zero Day Initiative offers a convenient window into what’s being identified by the world’s largest vendor-agnostic bug bounty program. It’s a nice way to stay current on the most-interesting happenings within the security space. Our thanks for the recommendation go to whetu.

External Attack Surface Management Attack Surface Summary

A Free Tool

HeidiSQL is a widely-used database solution designed to be easy to learn with straightforward data management and structure editing. It provides users the ability to view and modify data from popular database systems, including MariaDB, MySQL, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.

External Attack Surface Management Attack Surface Summary

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Docusaurus is designed to help with the creation, deployment, and maintenance of open-source project websites. This highly customizable tool requires minimal setup time, handes the website build process, and supports localization. Kindly suggested by Dangerous_Question15.

Service Credentials Manager efficiently identifies and manages Windows services and scheduled tasks associated with a designated account across your entire server domain to streamline the process of updating them with new credentials. Prevents disruptions related to -password changes, by making sure nothing slips through the net.