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DevOps Resource Reference


What is DevOps?
Wikipedia states:
DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development (Dev) and information-technology operations (Ops) which aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. [1]
Atlassian states:
DevOps is a set of practices that automates the processes between software development and IT teams, in order that they can build, test, and release software faster and more reliably. [1]

Bash (Shellscript) Module Sync to [ mcavallo-git/cloud-infrastructure ] GitHub Repo

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  1. Prereq: Debian- or Fedora-based Linux environment (Ubuntu, Raspbian, CentOS, RHEL, etc.)
  2. Prereq: SSH Terminal w/ Elevated Privileges, e.g. running as "root" user (or as any sudoer)
  3. Action (if above pre-reqs are met): Run the following command to sync Bash modules:
    curl -sL https://mcavallo.com/sh | bash -s -- --all;
  4. Once initial sync completes, you may trigger a manual re-sync via command:
    sync_cloud_infrastructure;


PowerShell Module Sync to [ mcavallo-git/Coding ] GitHub Repo

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  1. Prereq: Git SCM - Download (source)
  2. Prereq: Git CLI added to PATH (available during installation of Git SCM - click to view screenshot)
  3. Prereq: PowerShell Terminal w/ Elevated Privileges, e.g. in "Run as Admin" mode
  4. If Pre-Reqs are met, run the following command to sync PowerShell Modules:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy "RemoteSigned" -Scope "CurrentUser" -Force; $ProtoBak=[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; Clear-DnsClientCache; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/sync.ps1?t=$((Date).Ticks)")); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=$ProtoBak;
  5. Fallback Method:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy "RemoteSigned" -Scope "CurrentUser" -Force; $ProtoBak=[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; Clear-DnsClientCache; $SyncTemp="${Env:TEMP}\sync.$($(Date).Ticks).ps1"; New-Item -Force -ItemType "File" -Path ("${SyncTemp}") -Value (($(New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/sync.ps1?t=$((Date).Ticks)"))) | Out-Null; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=$ProtoBak; . "${SyncTemp}"; Remove-Item "${SyncTemp}";


Software

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Benchmarking

3DMark Fire Strike
   GPU Benchmarking Utility
   DirectX 11 Benchmark (Graphics Cards, GPU)
Download (source)
3DMark Results (CPU/GPU)
   Based on results from various 3DMark software
   Quickly compare processors and/or video cards
   
View Results:
   3DMark Search - Basic
   3DMark Search - Advanced
3DMark Time Spy
   GPU Benchmarking Utility
   DirectX 12 Benchmark (Graphics Cards, GPU)
Download (source)
CineBench R20
   CPU Benchmarking Utility
   Real-World Cross Platform Test/Benchmarking Suite (developed by Maxon)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Corona Benchmark
   CPU (Render) Benchmarking Utility
Download (source)
CPUBenchmark.Net
   Based on results from Passmark's PerformanceTest software
   CPU (Processor) benchmark results
   Quickly compare different processors
View Results:
   cpubenchmark.net - Best Performance
   cpubenchmark.net - Best Value
CrystalDiskMark
   Disk Benchmarking Utility (HDD, SSD, Thumb-Drive, SD-Card, etc.)
   Open Source IOPS benchmarking tool (HDD/SSD throughput)
Download (source)
   Download (portable)
   Download (win10 app)
Free Stopwatch
   Time Benchmarking Utility
   Free digital stopwatch for Windows
Download (source)
   Download (direct, installer)
   Download (direct, portable)
Guru3D.com
   Assorted Benchmarking Utilities
Download (source)
   Download (PCMark 10)
   Download (3DMark Time Spy)
   Download (Futuremark VRMark)
Namebench
   Domain Name System (DNS) Benchmarking Utility
   Open Source DNS benchmarking utility by Google, Inc
Download (source)
   Download (mirror)
Passmark PerformanceTest
   CPU, RAM, Disk, 2D, 3D Benchmarks
   Easy PC Benchmarking & Confiruation Comparisons
Download (source)
Prime95
   CPU stress/torture test through Mersene prime calculations
   Simulates a 100% load on all CPU threads
Download (source)
   Download (mirror 1)
   Download (mirror 2)
SiSoftware Sandra Lite
   CPU, GPU, Mobo, RAM, Disk, & More (Benchmarks)
   Computer analysis, diagnosis & benchmarking
Download (source)
Unigine Benchmarks
   GPU Benchmarking Utilities
   Heaven Benchmark (Free)
Download (source)
   Download (direct):
    Heaven | Superposition | Valley
V-Ray Benchmark
   GPU Benchmarking Utility
   Free V-Ray Rendering Benchmark Utility
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
VideoCardBenchmark.Net (GPU)
   Based on results from Passmark's PerformanceTest software
   Video Card (Graphics Card / GPU) benchmark results
   Quickly compare different video cards
View Results:
   videocardbenchmark.net - Best Performance
   videocardbenchmark.net - Best Value

Calculations

Numeric Converters (between different Radices/Bases)
   Binary (Radix/Base 2) uses numeric characters 01
   Decimal (Radix/Base 10) uses numeric characters 0123456789
   Octal (Radix/Base 8) uses numeric characters 01234567
   Hexadecimal (Radix/Base 16) uses numeric characters 0123456789ABCDEF
      A=10,B=11,C=12,D=13,E=14,F=15
View (source)
GCF Calculator
   Greatest Common Factor Calculator
   Determine the greatest/largest integer factor present between a set of numbers
View (source)
LCM Calculator
   Least Common Multiple Calculator
   Determine the least/lowest common multiple between a set of numbers
View (source)
Virtual TI-83/TI-89 Calculator
   Emulator for TI-83 Calculator
   Emulator for TI-89 Calculator
   Originally manufactured/developed by Texas Instruments
View (source)

Communication

Discord
   VoIP & Digital Distribution
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Microsoft Teams
   Business Communication & Team Collaboration Utility
Download (source)
Skype
   Free Video & Voice Calls
Download (source)
Skype for Business
   View Docs (Skype for Business retired after July 31, 2021)
Download (source)

Cross Platform

AWS CLI
   Amazon Web Service (AWS) Cloud resource management utility
   View Docs (AWS PowerShell Cmdlet Reference)
Download (source)
   Download (PS-gallery)
Az CLI
   Microsoft Azure Cloud resource management utility
View (source)
   Download (direct)
   
Install Az CLI (PowerShell one-liner)

  • <# Install Az CLI #> PowerShell -Command "If (gcm pwsh -EA:0) { sv PS ((gcm pwsh).Source); } Else { sv PS ((gcm powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((gv PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command Write-Host (write Downloading/Installing` Az` CLI...); Set-Location ((GCI env:\TEMP).Value); sv ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri (write https://aka.ms/installazurecliwindows) -OutFile (write .\AzureCLI.msi); Start-Process ((gcm msiexec).Source) -ArgumentList (write /I` AzureCLI.msi` /quiet) -Wait;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; If (gcm az -EA:0) { az config set extension.use_dynamic_install=yes_without_prompt; } Else { Write-Host (write Close` and` reopen` terminal` to` use` az` command` -` Fresh` Az` installs` require` a` Windows` restart` to` update` Az` onto` the` PATH` environment` variable); }";

Install Az CLI (Debian/Ubuntu one-liner)

  • curl -sL https://aka.ms/InstallAzureCLIDeb | sudo bash; az config set extension.use_dynamic_install=yes_without_prompt;

AzCopy
   CLI Utility for copying files between Azure Storage Accounts
   View Docs (Get started with AzCopy)
   View Docs (Use logs to find errors and resume jobs)
Download (source)
Azure Portal
   Desktop application for portal.azure.com (Azure Resource Management)
Download (source)
Azure PowerShell Module
   Requires: Az CLI
   Manage Azure Services via PowerShell cmdlets
Download (source)
   
Install Az Module (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Force; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Azure SDK
   Languages, Frameworks, Management Tools & Extensions
View (Azure SDKs/Tools)
Azure Storage Explorer
   Management App for Azure Storage Accounts
Download (direct)
Docker
   Leverages Linux LXC Containers
View (source)
Java Standard Edition (SE8)
   JRE, JDK (Desktop/Server)
   Server JRE (Server-Only)
Download (source)
Kompose
   Converts docker-compose YAML file(s) to Kubernetes manifest YAML file(s)
   For Linux installs, refer to shellscript install_kompose
Download (source)
Kubectl
   
Kubectl is a command line tool used to run commands against Kubernetes clusters [1]
Download (source)
   Download (kubectl.exe, v1.23.8)
   
Download (kubectl.exe, latest) (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; SV ProgressPreference 0; Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri ([System.Net.HttpWebRequest]::Create((write https://dl.k8s.io/release/)+((Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri (write https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/stable.txt)).Content)+(write /bin/windows/amd64/kubectl.exe)).GetResponse().ResponseUri.AbsoluteUri) -OutFile (((GV HOME).Value)+(write \Downloads\kubectl.exe)); Write-Host (write kubectl.exe binary was downloaded to the local user downloads folder)') -NoNewWindow -Wait -PassThru -EA:0 | Out-Null;";

Helm
   
Helm is a tool to help you define, install, and upgrade applications running on Kubernetes [1]
Download (source)
Lua
   High-level programming language
Download (source)
.NET Core SDK
   + dotnet core, dotnet core sdk, asp.net core runtime
   Cross Platform successor to .NET Framework
   View Docs (.NET Core SDK Overview)
Download (Windows)
   Download (Linux)
.NET SDKs
   for Visual Studio
   .NET Core & .NET Framework SDKs
Download (source)
Perl
   Dynamic, High-Level, General-Purpose Programming Language
Download (source)
PowerShell & PowerShell Core
   Compatible with Windows, Linux, & macOS
Download (source)   CTRL+F Assets
   Download (Windows)
   Download (Linux)
   Download (macOS)
   
Install/Update pwsh (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command Set-Location ((GCI env:\TEMP).Value); SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; SV PWSH_HTML ((Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri (Write-Output https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases)).RawContent); SV REGEX_MATCHES ([Regex]::Match(((GV PWSH_HTML).Value), (Write-Output \/PowerShell\/PowerShell\/releases\/download\/v``([0-9\.]+``)\/))); If ((((GV REGEX_MATCHES).Value).Success) -NE ((GV False).Value)) { SV PWSH_LATEST_VERSION (((GV REGEX_MATCHES).Value).Groups[1].Value); SV DOWNLOAD_BASENAME ((Write-Output PowerShell``-)+((GV PWSH_LATEST_VERSION).Value)+(Write-Output ``-win``-x64.msi)); SV DOWNLOAD_URI ((Write-Output https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/download/v)+((GV PWSH_LATEST_VERSION).Value)+(Write-Output /)+((GV DOWNLOAD_BASENAME).Value)); SV OUTPUT_FULLPATH (((GCI env:\TEMP).Value)+(Write-Output \)+((GV DOWNLOAD_BASENAME).Value)); Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri ((GV DOWNLOAD_URI).Value) -OutFile ((GV DOWNLOAD_BASENAME).Value); Start-Process ((GCM msiexec).Source) -ArgumentList (@((Write-Output /I),((GV DOWNLOAD_BASENAME).Value),(Write-Output /quiet)) -join ([String][Char]32)) -Wait; }; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Install/Update pwsh (Debian/Ubuntu one-liner)

  1. sudo apt-get -y update; sudo apt-get -y install wget apt-transport-https software-properties-common; OS_VERSION_MAJOR=$(cat /etc/*release | grep -i VERSION_ID | sed --regexp-extended --quiet --expression='s/^VERSION_ID="([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)"$/\1/p';); OS_VERSION_MINOR=$(echo "$(printf "%02d" "$(cat /etc/*release | grep -i VERSION_ID | sed --regexp-extended --quiet --expression='s/^VERSION_ID="([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)"$/\2/p';)";)";); wget -q "https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/${OS_VERSION_MAJOR}.${OS_VERSION_MINOR}/packages-microsoft-prod.deb"; sudo dpkg -i "packages-microsoft-prod.deb"; sudo apt-get -y update; sudo apt-get install -y "powershell";

Python
   Dynamic, High-Level, General-Purpose Programming Language
Download (source)
   
Install Python 3 (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Install Python 3 #> PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command Write-Host (Write-Output Downloading` and` installing` Python` 32-bit...); Set-Location ((GCI env:\TEMP).Value); SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri (Write-Output https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.10.4/python-3.10.4.exe) -OutFile (Write-Output .\python-3.10.4.exe); Start-Process .\python-3.10.4.exe -ArgumentList (Write-Output /passive` InstallAllUsers=1` PrependPath=1` Include_test=0` Include_pip=1) -Wait; Write-Host (Write-Output Downloading` and` installing` Python` 64-bit...); Set-Location ((GCI env:\TEMP).Value); SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri (Write-Output https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.10.4/python-3.10.4-amd64.exe) -OutFile (Write-Output .\python-3.10.4-amd64.exe); Start-Process .\python-3.10.4-amd64.exe -ArgumentList (Write-Output /passive` InstallAllUsers=1` PrependPath=1` Include_test=0` Include_pip=1) -Wait;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; Write-Host (Write-Output Logout` and` log` back` into` Windows` or` restart` the` current` device` to` use` the` python` command);";

Install Python 3 (Debian/Ubuntu one-liner)

  1. sudo apt-get -y update; sudo apt-get -y install wget apt-transport-https software-properties-common; sudo apt-get -y install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python3-dev python3-pip;

qBittorrent
   Cross Platform, Open Source BitTorrent client
Download (source)
VirtualBox (Oracle VM)
   Decent at running single VM(s) on local workstation
Download (source)
VMware ESXi-Customizer-PS
   Builds ESXi ISOs using VMware PowerCLI
Download (source)
   Download (v2.6.0)
VMware PowerCLI PowerShell Module
   vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) PowerShell Tools
   Also known as "vSphere CLI"
   View Docs (VMWare PowerCLI)
   View Docs (PowerCLI Core)
   View Docs (General VMWare Developer Reference)
Download (VMware PowerCLI)
   Download (vSphere CLI)
   Download (other tools)
   
Install VMware PowerCLI (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -AllowClobber -Force; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

WiX
   Windows Installer XML Toolset
   Builds Windows Installer packages from XML
Download (source)
   Download (GitHub)
WSL
   Windows Subsystem for Linux
   View Docs (Install WSL on Windows 10)
   WSL EXE Shortcut (static): %WINDIR%\System32\wsl.exe
   WSL Directory Shortcut (from Windows) (static): \\wsl$\
Download (Ubuntu 22.04 LTS)
   
Install WSL Ubuntu-22.04 (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. Start-Process -Filepath ("${env:windir}\System32\wsl.exe") -ArgumentList ("--install --distribution Ubuntu-22.04") -Verb RunAs;


   Download (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS)
   Download (all Ubuntu WSL distros)
   Download (offline/manual installers)

DNS & CAbundles
Domain Name System Certificate Authority Bundles
SSL/TLS (HTTPS) Intermediate/Root Certificates

COMODO
   DNS Authority & CABUNDLEs
Download (source)
GoDaddy
   DNS Authority & CABUNDLEs
Download (source)
IdenTrust
   Timestamping Authority (Code-Signing)
Download (source)
OpenTimestamps
   Timestamping Authority (Code-Signing)
Download (source)
Namecheap
   DNS Authority & CABUNDLEs
Download (source)
   What is a CA bundle?
Pi-Hole (PiHole)
   Intended to be ran either on a Raspberry Pi or in a docker container
   Blocking application for Advertisement & Internet Trackers
   Blocking application for Advertisement & Internet Trackers
   Acts as a DNS sinkhole & (optionally) a DHCP server
Download (source)
   Download (blocklists)

File-Storage

7-Zip
   Open Source file archiver
   Leverages the LZMA 2 compression algorithm
   
Explorer context menu cleanup (right-click menu)

Open 7zFM.exe
   ↪ Tools
   ↪ Options
   ↪ 7-Zip
   ↪ Context menu items:
      ✔️ (CHECK) Extract to <Folder>
      ✔️ (CHECK) Add to archive...
      ✔️ (CHECK) Add to <Archive>.zip
      ❌ (UNCHECK) [ All other context menu items ]

Download (source)
Box
   Desktop App(s)
Download (source)
Cryptomator
   Client-Side Cloud-Encryption
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Dropbox
   Desktop App(s)
Download (source)
Google Drive
   Backup and Sync
Download (source)
iCloud
   Cloud Storage, Device Backup and Sync
Download (win10 app)
   Download (Desktop App)
OneDrive for Windows
   Desktop App(s)
Download (source)

Hardware Controllers

AMD Ryzen/Radeon Chipset Drivers
   Amongst other things, resolves issues with "? PCI Device" in Device Manager
Download (source)
   Download (source, X570)
APC PowerChute (Back UPS - Personal Edition)
   Personal Edition - Requires APC "Back UPS" (Desktop/Workstation) type/model device
   Provides safe system shutdown in the event of an extended power outage
Download (source)
APC PowerChute (Smart UPS - Business Edition)
   Business Edition - Requires APC "Smart UPS" (Server) type/model device
   Provides safe system shutdown in the event of an extended power outage
Download (source)
ASUS AI Suite 3
   ASUS Motherboard/Fan Controller
Download (source)
   ↳ Please select OS → Windows 10 64-bit
   Expand All + → CTRL+F Suite

ASUS AURA (Software/Service)
   ASUS Motherboard Lighting (RGB) Controller for:
      • LEDs built directly onto the motherboard itself (PCH, IO, etc.)
      • 3-Pin ARGB (5v) & 4-Pin RGB (12V) Motherboard Headers
   View Script(s): ASUS Software Uninstallation
Download (source)
   Download (Aura Sync plugin)
balenaEtcher
   Drive imaging utility
   Formats disks using image (.iso, .img) files
     Useful for imaging Raspberry Pi SD Card(s)
Download (source)
Brother P-touch Editor
   Drivers & Software for Brother Label Printer(s)
Download (source)
Corsair iCUE
   Fan-Speed & RGB Lighting controller
   View Docs (iCUE clean reinstallation)
Download (source)
DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke)
   Designed to securely erase a hard disks until its
   data is permanently removed and no longer recoverable
   Note: Incompatible with UEFI boot mode
Download (source)
Easy2Boot (E2B)
   Multi-ISO Bootable Flash Drive
   View Docs (installing/setting up Easy2Boot on a USB drive)
Download (source)
ESXCLI
   ESXi Embedded Host Client (SSH)
Download (source)
   Installation (docs)
EVGA Precision X1
   GPU/GRAM Overclocking Software
   Controls for Core-Clock, Voltage, Fans, & RGB
Download (source)
Hubitat Package Manager
   Provides tools to install, uninstall & upgrade 3rd party Hubitat Elevation packages
Download (source)
Hubitat Package Repositories
   Mainstream App & Device Code repos for the Hubitat Elevation platform (user-driven)
Download (source)
Gigabyte RGB Fusion
   Controls gigabyte-specific RGB/ARGB hardware
Download (source)
GMMK Keyboard Software
   Contains the latest software/firmware updates GMMK keyboards
   GMMK stands for "Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard"
   GMMK boards are manufactured by "Glorious PC Gaming Race"
   View Docs (GMMK Fn Key - Assign hotkeys/macros/lighting effects)
Download (source)
Intel DSA
   Intel Driver & Support Assistant
Download (source)
Intel NUC Kits
   Exhaustive list of all Intel NUC models
   Includes product specifications & MSRP (on individual product pages)
View (source)
ImDisk Toolkit
   RamDisk utility for Windows
   Allows mounting of image files
Download (source)
LG Monitor Drivers
   Drivers/Software for LG 34UC88-B (75 Hz)
   Drivers/Software for LG 34GP83A-B (160 Hz)
View (source)
Logitech G Hub
   Keyboard/Mouse RGB (+3rd Party Tools)
Download (source)
Logitech MyHarmony
   Configuration Utility for Logitech Harmony Hubs & Remotes
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Logitech Options
   Enhanced functionality for Logitech devices
Download (source)
Logitech SetPoint
   Hotkey manager for Logitech mouse/keyboard devices
Download (source)
Logitech Unifying Software
   Add/Remove devices to a Unifying receiver
Download (source)
Media Feature Pack for Windows
   Required for iCloud Desktop App
Download (source)
   Download (direct, v1903)
Netgear Switch Discovery Tool
   Locates Netgear Smart Switches on LAN
Download (source)
NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit
   Toolkit for developing NVIDIA-based applications
   Includes NVIDIA System Management Interface (NVIDIA SMI)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
NVIDIA Drivers
   You may just hit "Search" to get generic drivers
Download (source)
   Download (fallback (DCH))
PCPartPicker
   Component Pricing/Compatibility Comparisons
Open (web-service)
Razer Synapse
   Mouse/Keyboard Hotkey Manager
   Chroma RGB Controller
   Disable Auto-Install by blocking permissions to path:
   C:\Windows\Installer\Razer\Installer
Download (source)
RMPrepUSB
   Multiboot formatter for USB-drives
Download (source)
Rufus
   Format/create bootable USB Drives (from .ISOs)
Download (source)
Ryzen DRAM Calculator
   Helps with overclocking memory
   on the AMD Ryzen platform
Download (source)
Samsung Magician
   Optimizes Samsung's solid state drives (SSDs)
   Contains "Secure Erase" tool which securely wipes SSDs
Download (source)
Sonos desktop controller
   Control LAN Sonos speakers
Download (source)
SpeedFan
   Third Party PWM Fan Software Controller
Download (source)
   Download (mirror)
Yubico Tools
   Configuration Utility/Tool for YubiKeys
   Sets modes for quick-press ('Short Touch') and long-hold ('Long Touch')
   View Docs (Configuring YubiKeys for OTP use with Duo)
   View Docs (Assigning a Hardware Token to an Administrator) *Paid Plans, Only*
Download (source)
   Download (YubiKey Manager)
   Download (YubiKey Personalization Tool)
WifiInfoView
   Displays a table showing local Wi-Fi signals':
   SSID, RSSI, MAC Address, PHY Type, Channel, Frequency, Quality & More
Download (source)
WinSW: Windows service wrapper
   (in less restrictive license)
Download (source)

MFA / OTP
Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
One Time Passcode (OTP)


Authy
   Two-factor Authentication (2FA) App
Download (source)
Duo Security
   Two-Factor Authentication & Endpoint Security
Download (source)
Okta
   Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS)
Download (source)
OTP Auth (iOS)
   MFA/2FA code storage/backup utility w/ widget
Download (source)
OTP Authenticator (Android)
   MFA/2FA code storage/backup utility w/ widget
Download (source)

Monitoring & Overclocking
Hardware Status Utilities

Core Temp
   CPU temperature monitoring/logging
Download (source)
CPU-Z
   Freeware System Profiling and Monitoring Application
   Shows CPU, Memory, Motherboard, and GPU Hardware Info
Download (source)
Custom Resolution Utility (CRU)
   EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) editor
   Allows adding custom monitor resolutions, refresh rates, etc.
Download (source)
CrystalDiskInfo
   Pulls HDD S.M.A.R.T. Statistics
   Checks HDD Sector Health
Download (source)
   Download (portable)
GPU-Z
   GPU (Graphics/Video Card) information gatherer
Download (source)
Hard Disk Sentinel
   Monitors SSD Temperatures
   Monitors HDD/SSD ongoing performance
   Pulls HDD S.M.A.R.T. Statistics
   Allows custom alerts based on user-defined thresholds
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
HWiNFO
   Free System Information Tool for Windows
   View CPU, GPU, Motherboard, USB, & other hardware info
   Displays hardware's current operating voltages/amps/watts
   Load good HWiNFO64 settings:
      > Copy HWiNFO64.INI to directory C:\Program Files\HWiNFO64
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
   View Add-ons
MSI Afterburner
   Overclocking Utility for GPUs (Graphics Processing Units)
   Monitor for GPU Temperature, Load, and Memory-Usage
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Open Hardware Monitor OpenHardwareMonitor / OHW
   System Health Monitoring Software
   Monitors Temperature Sensors, Fan Speeds,
   Voltages, Load & Clock Rates/Speeds/Frequencies
Download (source)
PRTG Client 'PRTG Desktop'
   by Paessler AG
   Allows you to manage multiple PRTG servers
Download (source)
PRTG Server 'PRTG Network Monitor'
   Agentless network monitoring software from Paessler AG
   PRTG Backups: %ProgramData%\Paessler\PRTG Network Monitor\Configuration Auto-Backups
   PRTG Certificate Importer - Imports certs from the Windows Certificate Store
   View Docs - Manually updating PRTG Web Server certificates
   View Docs - PRTG Data Storage
   View Docs - Dark Theme in PRTG
Download (source)
Uptime Robot
   Uptime monitoring service (primarily for HTTP/HTTPS hosts)
   Free for up-to 50 monitors
   Free monitors poll every 5 minutes
View (source)

Multimedia
Audio / Video / Image Utilities

AirServer Universal
   Airplay+, Google Cast+, Miracast
Download (mirror)
Audacity
   Open Source source, Cross Platform audio editing software
Download (mirror)
Color Converter
   Color syntax conversion between Hexadecimal (#111111) and RGB (rgb(17,17,17))
View (source)
CopyTrans
   Transfer (import/export) data between iOS & Windows-based devices
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Deepfake
   Synthetic media in which a person in an existing image
   or video is replaced with someone else's likeness
Download (source)
Exiftool
   Open Source metadata editing utility
   View Docs (Installing ExifTool)
Download (source)
foobar2000
   Freeware Audio Player Utility
   Modular, Feature-Rich, & User-Flexibile
Download (source)
FoxIt PhantomPDF
   PDF Editor (Paid)
Download (source)
Greenshot
   Open Source screenshot utility
   Replaces/Upgrades Print screen & Snipping tool
   Add/Remove context menu options from Greenshot (under "Save as")
      > Right click Greenshot (taskbar) > "Configure external commands"
   View Docs (Greenshot - Add 'Paint.NET' to context menu options)
Download (source)
HandBrake
   Multithreaded Video Transcoder
Download (source)
HandBrakeCLI
   Video Transcoding via CLI
   View docs (HandBrake - Command line reference)
Download (source)
   
Run HandBrakeCLI-Encoder (PowerShell one-liner)

  • <# GPU Encoding - HandBrakeCLI #> ${Env:HandBrake_Preset}="H.265 NVENC 2160p 4K"; SV ProtoBak ([System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser -Force; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString((Write-Output https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/windows/HandBrake/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder.ps1))); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=((GV ProtoBak).Value);

  • <# CPU Encoding - HandBrakeCLI #> SV ProtoBak ([System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser -Force; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString((Write-Output https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/windows/HandBrake/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder.ps1))); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=((GV ProtoBak).Value);
HTML CSS Color
   Online color library and color tools for developers.
   Quick color nickname lookups (given a hex color code)
View (source)
IconViewer
   Allows viewing, copying, and saving (as .ico files) icons contained within programs (.exe) & libraries
Download (source)
Image Converters
   Image conversion between different image file formats (.ico, .jpg, .png, .svg, etc.)
Web-based
   PNG to ICO      JPG to ICO   
   EPS to SVG      PNG to SVG   
   ICO to PNG      SVG to PNG   
Windows-based
   XnView   
View (source)
ImageMagick
   CLI - Compress, Trim, Resize (etc.) Images
Download (source)
   Download (direct, installer v7.1.0.2)
   Download (direct, portable v7.1.0.2)
iTunes
   Apple's Media Library/Player/Radio & Device-Manager Utility
Download (source)
   Download (win10 app)
OBS Studio 'Open Broadcaster Software'
   Open Source, Cross Platform screen capture ('screencap') utility
   Allows saving/recording screencaps to local disk
   Allows live streaming/broadcasting to web services (such as
      Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, etc.)
   View Docs (OBS - Installation & Setup Guide)
Download (source)
OpD2d
   Direct to disk audio recorder
Download (source)
   Download (mirror)
Paint.NET
   Free image & photo editing software
   View Docs (Paint.Net Keyboard & Mouse Commands (Hotkeys))
   HEIC Plugin - Heic Filetype Plus
      • Allows HEIC (.heic) images to be loaded and saved with transparency
      • View Docs (Installation - Heic FileType Plus)
Download (source)
   Download (GitHub)
   Download (.heic plugin)
RainMeter
   Open Source Desktop Customization Utility
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Reflector
   Airplay Server for Windows
   Allows PC monitors to be airplayed to
Download (mirror)
Shadowplay
   NVIDIA Hardware-accelerated screen capture ('screencap') utility
   Requires Windows OS w/ Nvidia GeForce GPU
Download (source)
Shotcut
   Open Source, Cross-Platform Video Editor
Download (source)
Spotify
   Music Streaming
Download (source)
SVG Explorer Extension 'SvgSee'
   Windows Explorer icon thumbnails for .svg files
   Note: The signed .exe release is incompatible with Windows 10
Download (source)
Twitch App
   Live-Streaming & Mod Management
Download (source)
VirtualDub Virtual Dub
   Open Source Video Capture, Processing & Editing Utility
   XVid Video Compression
    ↳ Requires XVid Installation - Download (Codec - XVid)
    ↳ Enable via: CTRL + PXvid MPEG-4 CodemOK
Download (source)
   Download (Codec - FFMpeg)
   Download (Codec - XVid)
VLC media player
   Open Source, Cross Platform Multimedia Player
Download (source)
Xbox App
   Xbox Application for Windows 10
Download (source)

Networking

Burp Suite Community Edition
   Manual Toolkit for Exploring Web Security
Download (source)
Cipher Suites in TLS/SSL (Schannel SSP)
   A cipher suite must have algorithms for the tasks:
      • Key exchange
      • Bulk encryption
      • Message authentication
Download (source)
DigiCert Certificate Utility
   Certificate Inspection Tool (DigiCertUtil.exe)
Download (source)
DigiCert SSL Tools
   Check Host SSL/TLS, Generate CSR,
   Check CSR, Searct CT Logs
Open (web-service)
   Generate CSR (HTTPS)
   Generate CSR (Code Signing)
GitHub Meta
   GitHub services' public IPv4/IPv6 addresses (in JSON)
View (source)
IIS Crypto
   Streamlined Windows Server Encryption Management
   SSL/TLS Certificate Management, Ciphers, etc.
Download (source)
   Download (direct, GUI)
   Download (direct, CLI)
   Docs - TLS/SSL Cipher Suites
ImmuniWeb SSLScan (HTTPS)
   Application Security Testing (AST)
   Attack Surface Management (ASM)
View (source)
Mozilla SSL/TLS Configuration Generator
   Tool which builds Web Server SSL Configuration Files which
   follow Mozilla's Server Side TLS configuration guidelines
View (source)
Mozilla SSL/TLS Recommended Cipher Suites
   Mozilla's recommended cipher suite configurations for servers using TLS
View (source)
NETworkManager   Network Manager
   Network Management/Troubleshooting Tool
   Settings-filepaths (set to use Cloud-Synced filepath):
      > "Settings" (cog @ bottom-left) > "Profiles" > "Location"
Download (source)
   Download (GitHub)
Newman
   Command-line collection runner for Postman
   Essentially a server-side version of Postman
View (source)
   View (docker image)
Postman
   API-Development Collaboration Platform
   HTTP GET/OPTION/POST/etc. Request-Debugger
   View Postman demo collection (download then import into Postman)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
PureVPN
   Commercial Virtual Private Network (VPN) service
   Owned by GZ Systems Ltd.
Download (source)
   PureVPN Servers
   Win10 VPN Setup
Qualys SSL Server Test (HTTPS)
   Application Security Testing (AST)
   Attack Surface Management (ASM)
Open (web-service)
TCPView
   by Sysinternals
Download (source)
WakeMeOnLan
   by Nirsoft
Download (source)
WireShark
   Open Source Packet Analyzer
Download (source)

Operating Systems (OS)

CentOS
   Community Enterprise Operating System
CentOS Mirror(s)
Dell PowerEdge Bootable ISOs
   Official Dell Driver + Firmware Bootlable ISOs
   View Update PowerEdge Servers with Platform Specific Bootable ISO
   View Create Bootable Dell Server ISO
Download (source)
FreeNAS
   Open Source Storage Operating System
   Based on FreeBSD & OpenZFS file system
   FreeNAS as ESXi Storage Controller
Download (source)
   Download (archive)
Home Assistant 'HomeAssistant', 'Hassio', 'Hass.io'
   Open Source Home Automation (SmartHome) Server
Download (source)
Lubuntu
   Debian Linux
Download (source)
Microsoft Server 2016
   View System Requirements (Minimum)
Download (source)
NOOBS 'New Out of Box Software'
   
An easy Operating System installer for the Raspberry Pi [1]
Download (source)
Raspberry Pi OS
   Renamed from "Raspbian" in mid 2020 for 64-bit OS release
   Install OS onto Raspi's SD card using Rufus
Download (source)
   Download (Ubuntu for Raspi)
Ubuntu Desktop
   Debian Linux
Download (source)
Ubuntu Server
   Debian Linux
Download (source)
   Download (Ubuntu 22.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)
VMware (All Downloads)
   VMware vSphere/Workstation/Fusion/Player/etc.
Download (source)
VMware ESXi
   VMware vSphere Hypervisor
   Requires a My VMware account (free to create)
   (Docs) ESXi 6.7 Installation/Setup
   (Docs) ESXi 6.5 Installation/Setup
   (Docs) ESXi 6.0 Installation/Setup
   (Docs) ESXi 5.5 Installation/Setup
   A bootable USB drive can be created (from an ESXI .iso file) using Rufus
Download (source)
VMware Workstation Player
   (Free) Desktop Virtualization for a Single (1) VM
Download (source)
VMware Workstation Pro
   (Paid) Desktop Virtualization for a Multiple VMs
Download (source)
   Download (older versions)
Windows 10
   Media Creation Tool - Creates Win10 Installation Media
   View Docs (Windows 10 Versions & Builds)
Download (source)
Xubuntu
   Debian Linux
Download (source)

Password Managers

LastPass
   Password Manager
Download (source)
RoboForm
   Multi-platform secure password manager
Download (source)

Personalization

AutoHotkey (AHK)
   Open Source scripting language for Microsoft Windows
   View latest AHK v2 release
Download (source)
   Download (AHK-v2)
   _WindowsHotkeys.ahkv2, by Cavalol
Custom Fonts (Android)
   How to install custom fonts on Android devices
View (source)
Custom Fonts (iOS)
   How to install custom fonts on iOS devices
View (source)
Dynamic Theme
   Updates/applies bing background & windows spotlight
Download (source)
Fonts - Bebas Neue
   Font suitable for headlines, captions & packaging
Download (source)
Fonts - Fira Code
   Coding font: Monospaced + ligatures
   Ligatures - Enable ligatures in VSCode settings via "editor.fontLigatures": true
   Ligatures - Example character(s):
      ≡ Identical To (triple equals)
Download (source)
   Download (Google Fonts)
Fonts - Fira Mono + Fira Sans
   Fira Sans is a "humanist sans-serif typeface"
   Fira Mono is a monospaced version of Fira Sans
Download (Google Fonts)
   Download (mirror)
Fonts - Franco Bold Italic
   Used as a stand-in for Dewalt font
Download (source)
Fonts - Roboto
   Mechanical skeleton w/ mostly geometric forms
Download (source)
Glyphrstudio Font Editor
   Rename TTF/OTF font-name (held within font file)
   Convert between TTF & OTF font filetypes
   Remove non-latin unicode characters out of font
View (source)
Lockscreen as wallpaper
   Use 'Dynamic Theme', instead
   Mirrors LockScreen Background onto Desktop
Download (source)
Ninite Package Manager
   Package Management System
Download (source)
   Includes 7-Zip, Audacity, Chrome, Classic Shell,
   DropBox, FileZilla, FireFox, GreenShot, HandBrake,
   NotePad++, Paint.Net, VLC, VS-Code, & WinDirStat
Open-Shell (previously 'Classic Shell')
   Provides a Windows 7 style start menu
   Import settings from XML file:
      > Right Click Menu Settings.xml > Save Link As... > Desktop
      > Right-Click Start-Menu Icon > Settings > Backup > Load from XML File...
Download (Open-Shell)
   Download (Classic Shell (deprecated))
ShellMenuView
   Modifies explorer's right-click menu/dropdown options
Download (source)
   Download (source)
ShellExView
   Displays installed shell extensions
   Allows enabling/disabling shell extensions
Download (source)
   Download (source)

Productivity Tools
Office Suites

Mailbird
   Desktop Email client for Windows 7/8/10
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Microsoft Office 365
   Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc.
Download (source)
   ↳ Login → Select Install Office
   Download (direct)
Microsoft To Do
   Lists, tasks & reminders (successor to Wunderlist)
Download (source)

Remote Access
Desktop/Screen Sharing Utilities

IPMIView
   by Supermicro
   Windows-Based IPMI Tool
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
LogMeIn Rescue
   e.g. "LogMeIn Rescue Technician Console"
   Screen-sharing & Remote-support application
Download (source)
MobaXterm
   XServer for Windows
Download (source)
Parsec
   Desktop capturing/streaming application
   Designed for cloud-based gaming through video streaming
   Troubleshooting - Hosting Parsec On A Laptop With Both Nvidia and Intel GPUs
Download (source)
Remote Mouse
   Remote MnK (Mouse & Keyboard) control via Phone
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Royal TS
   Cross Platform Remote Management Solution
   Manages Hyper-V, RDP, SSH, SFTP, Teamviewer, VMware & more
   View Docs (Royal TS - Keyboard Shortcuts)
Download (source)
   Download (previous versions)
RSAT for Windows 10
   Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10
   Management Tools for Active Directory (AD) Roles & Services
Download (source)
   
Install RSAT (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "Start-Process -Filepath ('C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe') -ArgumentList ('-Command Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online;') -Verb 'RunAs' -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;"

Splashtop Personal
   Remote Access Client
Download (source)
Splashtop Streamer
   Remote Access Host/Server
Download (source)
TeamViewer
   Remote Access Host/Server
Download (source)
   Download (previous versions)
Windows Terminal
   Multi-tabbed terminal emulator by Microsoft
   Load good settings.json (requires Fira Code font)
   
Add a "Git Bash" profile to Windows Terminal

  • WindowsTerminal.exe > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following (into the new profile's fields):
    • Name: Git Bash
    • Command Line: %ProgramFiles%\Git\bin\bash.exe --login -i
    • Starting Directory: ☑ Use parent process directory
    • Icon: %ProgramFiles%/Git/mingw64/share/git/git-for-windows.ico

Add an "Ubuntu 22.04" (WSL) profile to Windows Terminal

  • WindowsTerminal.exe > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following (into the new profile's fields):
    • Name: Ubuntu 22.04
    • Command Line: %windir%\System32\wsl.exe -d Ubuntu-22.04
    • Starting Directory: ☑ Use parent process directory
    • Icon: ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{9acb9455-ca41-5af7-950f-6bca1bc9722f}.png

Add a "PowerShell v7" profile to Windows Terminal

  • WindowsTerminal.exe > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following (into the new profile's fields):
    • Name: PowerShell v7
    • Command Line: %ProgramFiles%\PowerShell\7\pwsh.exe
    • Starting Directory: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • Icon: ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/pwsh.png

Add a "PowerShell v5" profile to Windows Terminal

  • WindowsTerminal.exe > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following (into the new profile's fields):
    • Name: PowerShell v5
    • Command Line: %windir%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
    • Starting Directory: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • Icon: ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}.png

Add a "Command Prompt" profile to Windows Terminal

  • WindowsTerminal.exe > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following (into the new profile's fields):
    • Name: Command Prompt
    • Command Line: %windir%\System32\cmd.exe
    • Starting Directory: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • Icon: ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{0caa0dad-35be-5f56-a8ff-afceeeaa6101}.png

Download (source)
   Download (all releases)

Server Admin
Management/Administration Utilities

DB Browser for SQLite
   SQLite Infrastructure Management Tool
Download (source)
Dell EMC OMSA 'OpenManage Server Administrator'
   Browser-based Management Utility for Dell iDRAC
   (1/2) Install Windows Service (Web-Server, Port 1311)
   (2/2) Install the .vib on desired ESXi host(s)
Download (source)
   Download (Windows svc)
   Download (ESXI .vib)
Microsoft GPO ADMX/ADML Templates
   ADMX/ADML files - Group Policy Administrative Template
   OPAX/OPAL files - Office Customization Tool (OCT)
   View Docs (AD Central Store)
   View Docs (Exhaustive GPO Reference)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Microsoft SSMS
   Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
   SQL Infrastructure Management Tool
   Troubleshooting:
      Right-Click Instance -> "Activity Monitor"
Download (source)
MySQL Workbench
   MySQL Infrastructure Management Tool
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
phpMyAdmin
   MySQL Administration & Management Portal
   PHP self-host service (add security as-needed)
Download (source)
Robo 3T
   MongoDB Database Management/Administration Tool
   Open Source GUI/IDE based tool
   During install, select 'Shell Centric' option
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Webmin
   Web (GUI) based tool for managing Unix system(s)
Download (source)

Server Runtimes

Apache httpd
   Open Source, Cross Platform Web Server
Download (source)
Artifactory
   Binary Repository Manager (relative to Source Code Repo)
   Artifact Storage for Build Servers
Install (source)
Docker - Containerized
   Linux LXC Container Management
View (source)
Jenkins - CI/CD Server
   Automates Continuous Integration (CI)
   Facilitates Continuous-Deployment (CD)
View (source)
NSSM
   "Non-Sucking Service Manager" (for Windows)
Download (source)
MinIO Server
   S3 Storage Server
   rclone sync source:bucket dest:bucket
Download (source)
   Download (Windows)
   Download (direct)
   Download (rclone)
MongoDB
   Cross Platform, Document-Oriented Database
Download (source)
   Installation Guide
Microsoft JDBC Driver
   Java Database Connectivity API
   Defines how a client may access a database
Download (source)
Microsoft ODBC Driver
   DLL allowing apps to query T-SQL DBs
Download (source)
Microsoft SQL Server
   Microsoft's Relational Database Management System
   View Docs (Latest updates for Microsoft SQL Server)
   Acronyms - SQL Server Download Types:
      • SqlLocalDB - LocalDB
      • SQLEXPR - Express
      • SQLEXPRWT - Express with Tools
      • SQLManagementStudio - SQL Studio Manager Express
      • SQLEXPRADV - Express + Advanced Services
Download (source)
   Download (source, 2019-express)
   Download (source, 2016-SP2)
   Download (source, 2017-express)
   Download (source, 2014-latest)
   Download (source, 2012-SP3)
Microsoft SQL Server PowerShell Module
   Contains the following PowerShell Cmdlets:
      • SQLPS Module
      • SqlServer Module (which contains SQLPS' cmdlets)
Download (source)
   
Install SqlServer Module (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Install-Module -Name SqlServer -AllowClobber -Force; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Microsoft SQLCMD
   Uses ODBC to execute Transact-SQL batches
   !!! Requires Microsoft ODBC Driver !!!
Download (source)
NGINX
   Open Source Web Server, Reverse Proxy,
   Load Balancer, Mail Proxy, & HTTP Cache
Download (source)
RunDeck
   Runbook Automation for Ansible Playbooks
Download (source)
   Download (docker)

Software Development

Chocolatey (choco)
   Package Manager for Windows
Download (source)
   
Install choco (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Install choco (one-liner) #> PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; If ((GCM choco -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -Eq ((GV null).Value)) { Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser -Force; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString((Write-Output https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1))); }; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Upgrade choco (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Upgrade choco (one-liner) #> PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command If (GCM choco -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { Start-Process -Filepath ((GCM choco).Source) -ArgumentList (Write-Output feature` enable` -n=allowGlobalConfirmation) -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; Start-Process -Filepath ((GCM choco).Source) -ArgumentList (Write-Output upgrade` all` -y) -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; Start-Process -Filepath ((GCM choco).Source) -ArgumentList (Write-Output --version) -NoNewWindow -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;}') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Uninstall choco (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Uninstall choco (one-liner) #> PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; If (Test-Path ((((GCI env:\PROGRAMDATA).Value)+(Write-Output \chocolatey)))) { Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command Remove-Item -Verbose -Recurse -Force -Path (((GCI env:\PROGRAMDATA).Value)+(Write-Output \chocolatey)); Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null; }";

Docker Desktop (for Windows)
   Containers
Download (source)
Ghostwriter
   Open Source Markdown editing/reading utility (GUI-based)
Download (source)
Git SCM
   Includes Git CLI, Git Bash, Git GUI, & Git SCM (for Windows)
   Git custom scripts (shellscripts):
      • git_init
      • gpg_git_config_sync
   Git custom scripts (PowerShell modules):
      • GitSyncAll
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
GitHub Desktop
   Git Daily Driver (for Windows-based devices)
Download (source)
Gpg4win
   GnuPG for Windows
   Contains component installs for [ Kleopatra, GpgOL, & GpgEX ]
Download (source)
JQ
   Linux JSON Parser
Download (source)
Microsoft .NET Framework
   Software framework developed by Microsoft
Download (source)
   Download (Version 4.0-4.8)
   Download (Version 3.5)
   
Download (Version 3.0)
   Download (Version 2.0)
Microsoft Visual C++ (VC++) Redistributable
   Runtime components of Visual C++ Libraries
Download (source)   CTRL+F Redistributables
   Download (source #2)
Microsoft Visual Studio
   IDE used heavily or Windows .NET & ASP.NET app creation
   "Visual Studio Community" (CE) is free via the "Dev Essentials" program
   View Docs (Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials program)
Download (source, CE)
   Download (source, 2019/latest)
   Download (source, 2017 & older)
Microsoft Visual Studio Code
   Also known as: VS Code, VS-Code, VSCode
   Free Source Code Editor (IDE)
   View Docs (Theme, Color & Appearance Customization Settings)
   View Docs (User and Workspace Settings)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
   Add Extension: Settings Sync
   Set User/Workspace Settings
   Set Keyboard Shortcuts
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services CLI (Preview)
   Run VSTS commands from local environment
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My Visual Studio
   Homepage for Visual Studio downloads
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Node.JS
   Open Source, Cross Platform, JavaScript runtime environment
   Includes NPM (Node Package Manager)
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   Download (older versions)
   
Install Node/NPM (Alpine Linux)

  1. apk add --update nodejs npm;

Install Node/NPM (Debian/Ubuntu)

  1. curl -H 'Cache-Control: no-cache' -s "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/cloud-infrastructure/main/usr/local/sbin/install_node_npm?t=$(date +'%s.%N')" | sudo bash;

Notepad++
   Text and Source-Code Editor
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Notepad Replacer
   Redirects notepad.exe calls to use an alternative text editor, instead
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NuGet
   Open Source Package Manager designed for the
   Microsoft development platform
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PoshGui
   Open Source tools & cmdlets for SysAdmins
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Tortoise Git
   Git merge conflict resolution tool
   Recommendation: Disable the Status cache (to prevent high CPU usage) [1]
      1. Open Tortoise Git Settings
      2. Select Icon Overlays (left menu item)
      3. Under Status Cache header, select None
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Typora
   Markdown editing/reading utility (GUI-based)
   Paid Software (Closed Source)
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Windows ADK
   Microsoft Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)
   Includes Deployment Tools (Windows image/.iso tools):
      DISM, DISM API, & OSCDIMG
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Windows SDK
   Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK)
   
Provides headers, libraries, metadata, and tools for building Windows applications [1]
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Windows WDK
   Microsoft Windows Driver Kit (WDK)
   Includes Code-Signing Tools/Drivers:
      CertMgr, Inf2Cat, MakeCat, MakeCert, Pvk2Pfx, & SignTool
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YAML Multiline
   Reference for YAML Multiline Strings
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Troubleshooting

AIDA64
   Mobile Specsheet (High Verbosity)
   Mobile version is Free w/ ads
   Desktop version is Paid $$
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Apple App Store Search Utility
   Allows in-browser searches of Apple's iOS, iPadOS, & MacOS App Stores
   Note: Does not necesarilly include results from the Apple iTunes Store (only app results)
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   View (fallback)
Autologon
   by Sysinternals
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BlueScreenView
   by Nirsoft
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CCleaner
   by Piriform
   Automated disk & registry cleaning tool
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DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller)
   Removes ALL graphics drivers (NVidia, AMD, Intel)
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Effective File Search (EFS)
   Search tool
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Exclusions List Update (ExclusionsListUpdate)
   Adds AV exclusions for 'known good' applications to
   antivirus/antimalware software's exclusions list(s)
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Run ExclusionsListUpdate (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Run ExclusionsListUpdate to update local AV definitions #> $MODULE_ARGS="-Defender -Entertainment"; PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProtoBak ([System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser -Force; Try { Invoke-Expression ((Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -TimeoutSec (7.5) -Uri ((Write-Output https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/powershell/_WindowsPowerShell/Modules/ExclusionsListUpdate/ExclusionsListUpdate.psm1)) ).Content) } Catch {}; If (-Not (Get-Command -Name (Write-Output ExclusionsListUpdate) -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) { Import-Module ([String]::Format((((GV HOME).Value)+(Write-Output \Documents\GitHub\Coding\powershell\_WindowsPowerShell\Modules\ExclusionsListUpdate\ExclusionsListUpdate.psm1)), ((GV HOME).Value))); }; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=((GV ProtoBak).Value); ExclusionsListUpdate ${MODULE_ARGS};') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

FindLinks
   by Sysinternals
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Get System Specs (Get-SystemSpecs)
   Leverages WMIC queries to poll current device's hardware specs
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Run Get-SystemSpecs (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile((Write-Output https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/cmd/scripts/Get-SystemSpecs.bat),(((GCI env:\TEMP).Value)+(Write-Output \Get-SystemSpecs.bat))); Start-Process -Filepath ((GCI env:\ComSpec).Value) -ArgumentList (@((Write-Output /C),(((GCI env:\TEMP).Value)+(Write-Output \Get-SystemSpecs.bat)))) -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru; Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

KDiff3
   Text Difference Analyzer
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Malwarebytes
   Antimalware Utility
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MC
   MinIO Client
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Microsoft .NET Repair Tool
   Detects & Repairs corrupt .NET Framework installations
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Microsoft Edge (Remove, Uninstall)
   Installs via Windows Updates as-of August 2020
   
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ProduKey
   by Nirsoft
   Recover lost Windows product key(s)
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PsTools
   by Sysinternals
   PsExec, PsService, PsShutdown, PsGetSid, ...
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Process Explorer
   by Sysinternals
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Swagger Editor
   Editor for OpenAPI (Swagger) API Documentation
   View sample Swagger Editor
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Swagger UI
   Visual Renderer for OpenAPI (Swagger) API Documentation
   View sample Swagger UI
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Sync Registry (SyncRegistry)
   Adds registry entries for a 'known good' Windows Desktop experience
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Run SyncRegistry (PowerShell one-liner)

  1. <# Run SyncRegistry using current user's SID (instead of Admin user's SID) #> $MODULE_ARGS="-UserSID $(((whoami /user /fo table /nh) -split ' ')[1];)"; PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV ProtoBak ([System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; SV ProgressPreference SilentlyContinue; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser -Force; Try { Invoke-Expression ((Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -TimeoutSec (7.5) -Uri ((Write-Output https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/main/powershell/_WindowsPowerShell/Modules/SyncRegistry/SyncRegistry.psm1)) ).Content) } Catch {}; If (-Not (Get-Command -Name (Write-Output SyncRegistry) -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) { Import-Module ([String]::Format((((GV HOME).Value)+(Write-Output \Documents\GitHub\Coding\powershell\_WindowsPowerShell\Modules\SyncRegistry\SyncRegistry.psm1)), ((GV HOME).Value))); }; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=((GV ProtoBak).Value); SyncRegistry ${MODULE_ARGS};') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

WinDirStat
   Disk Usage Analyzer
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WinTail
   Tail for Windows
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Web Browsers

Google Chrome
   Cross Platform web browser developed by Google
   View Docs (Chrome keyboard shortcuts)
   View Docs (Chromium command line switches)
   
Google Account & Google Chrome - settings to apply
  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/camera
    • Select Don't allow sites to use your camera
  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/location
    • Select Don't allow sites to see your location
  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/microphone
    • Select Don't allow sites to use your microphone
  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/notifications
    • Select Don't allow sites to send notifications
  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/popups
    • Select Don't allow sites to send pop-ups or use redirects
  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup
    • Disable Autocomplete searches and URLs
  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup
    • Disable Help improve Chrome's features and performance
  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup
    • Disable Make searches and browsing better
  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup
    • Disable Enhanced spell check
  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup
    • Disable Google Drive search suggestions
  • Browse to https://myaccount.google.com/permissions
    • Disable Google Account sign-in prompts
  • Browse to chrome://flags/#read-later
    • Enable Reading List (Note: chrome's setting description for this is backward/reversed relative its value)
    • Alternatively, use hotkey CTRL+D instead of clicking the ☆ Add bookmark / ★ Edit bookmark button
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   Download (standalone/offline installer)
   Download (Dark Theme)
   
Install Google Chrome (PowerShell one-liner)

  • PowerShell -Command "If (GCM pwsh -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) { SV PS ((GCM pwsh).Source); } Else { SV PS ((GCM powershell).Source); }; Start-Process -Filepath ((GV PS).Value) -ArgumentList ('-Command SV LocalTempDir ((GCI env:\TEMP).Value); SV ChromeInstaller (Write-Output ChromeInstaller.exe); SV Process2Monitor ([IO.Path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension((GV ChromeInstaller).Value)); (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile((Write-Output http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/latest/chrome_installer.exe), (((GV LocalTempDir).Value)+(Write-Output \)+((GV ChromeInstaller).Value)) ); & (((GV LocalTempDir).Value)+(Write-Output \)+((GV ChromeInstaller).Value)) /silent /install; Do { SV ProcessesFound (Get-Process | Where-Object { ((GV Process2Monitor).Value) -contains (((GV _).Value).Name); } | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Name); If ((GV ProcessesFound).Value) { ((Write-Output Still`` running:`` )+(((GV ProcessesFound).Value) -join (Write-Output ``,`` ))) | Write-Host; Start-Sleep -Seconds 2; } Else { Remove-Item -Verbose -Path (((GV LocalTempDir).Value)+(Write-Output \)+((GV ChromeInstaller).Value)) -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue; } } Until (!((GV ProcessesFound).Value)); Start-Sleep -Seconds 5;') -Verb RunAs -Wait -PassThru | Out-Null;";

Mozilla Firefox
   Open source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation
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