My Tools & Equipment
I’ve been asked a few times recently what kind of equipment and software I use day to day. What better place then myÂ sparselyÂ populated blog!
HP dv2000 w/ Windows 7 Ultimate & Ubuntu 10.10
HP Mini 311 – For sale! :)
HP dc7900 Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM
Windows 7 Enterprise
80GB internal, Maxtor External with 2x 640GB Drives
1 x 22″ Acer LCD + 1 x Acer 19″ (My awesome IT director loves Acer monitors, I’d rather use them as kindling)
Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse – grabbed it from the hardware pile
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard – This was my first time to use this for an extended amount of time and I love the split ergo design.
D-Link GB switch – another piece of hardware grabbed from the pile of leftovers
KeePass – I use this mostly for keeping track of SQL and Application passwords along with a bunch of URL’s with their auth info
LastPass – I’ve started to use this for most of the URL’s for both work and personal use, I’ve purchased the premium version for use on my phones and love it.
RD Tabs – I’ve tried just about every other RDP management tool out there but I settled into this one the best. I love the ability to use protocols other then RDP.
Office 2010 – I wouldn’t be allowed in the building if I wasn’t using this
Google Chrome/IE – I use Chrome for just about everything but IE still gets used for our corporate applications that were designed for IE7 and our Helpdesk.
ExInsight – Nice tool for taking a look at Exchange and seeing what is happening.
Synergy+/InputDirector – I’m not using this right now but it has come in handy many times.
Fireplotter – This tool is cheap (~$250) and is worth every penny. Able to connect to all of our ASA’s and break down bandwidth usage based on port and other variables.
FileZilla – Free and good, can’t beat it.
VirtualBox – I’ve come to rely on this for testing software and GPO settings out on XP and even some OSX testing in a crunch.
DameWare NT Utilities – This one group of tools has saved me countless hours of headaches over the years when managing Active Directory and users workstations.
Putty – Hands down the best free SSH/Telnet utility out there.
Solarwinds TFTP Server – Ya know, cause it works.
ImgBurn – Great lightweight utility for burning ISO files and such.
MagicDisc – Simple freeware tool for mounting ISO and IMG files