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DevOps Resource Reference [ https://mcavallo.com , https://cava.lol ]


What is DevOps?
Wikipedia [1] 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.
Atlassian [4] 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.

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 -ssL 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; $ProtoBak=[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; Clear-DnsClientCache; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/master/sync.ps1?t=$((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/master/sync.ps1?t=$((Date).Ticks)"))) | Out-Null; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=$ProtoBak; . "${SyncTemp}"; Remove-Item "${SyncTemp}";


Software
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Essentials

AutoHotkey (AHK)
   Open Source scripting language for Microsoft Windows
Download (source)
   Download (AHK-v2)
   _WindowsHotkeys.ahkv2, by Cavalol
Classic Shell
   Provides a Windows-7-style start-menu
   Load good Classic Shell settings:
      > Right Click Menu Settings (Classic Shell).xml > Save Link As... > Desktop
      > Right-Click Start-Menu Icon > Settings (Class Shell) > Backup > Load from XML File...
Download (mirror)
Google Chrome
   Cross Platform web browser developed by Google
   View Chrome keyboard shortcuts
   View Chromium Command Line Switches
   
Google Account & Google Chrome settings to apply
  • Browse to chrome://flags/#read-later & disable option "Reading List"

  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/camera & disable top toggle (should say "Blocked" below "Camera")

  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/location & disable top toggle (should say "Blocked" below "Location")

  • Browse to chrome://settings/content/notifications & disable option "Sites can ask to send notifications"

  • Browse to chrome://settings/syncSetup & disable option "Make searches and browsing better"

  • Browse to https://myaccount.google.com/permissions & disable option "Google Account sign-in prompts"

Download (source)
   Download (standalone/offline installer)
   Download (Dark Theme)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  • $LocalTempDir = $env:TEMP; $ChromeInstaller = "ChromeInstaller.exe"; (new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile('http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/375.126/chrome_installer.exe', "$LocalTempDir\$ChromeInstaller"); & "$LocalTempDir\$ChromeInstaller" /silent /install; $Process2Monitor = "ChromeInstaller"; Do { $ProcessesFound = Get-Process | ?{$Process2Monitor -contains $_.Name} | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Name; If ($ProcessesFound) { "Still running: $($ProcessesFound -join ', ')" | Write-Host; Start-Sleep -Seconds 2 } else { rm "$LocalTempDir\$ChromeInstaller" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Verbose } } Until (!$ProcessesFound)

Mozilla Firefox
   Open Source Web Browser by the Mozilla Foundation
Download (source)
LastPass
   Password Manager
Download (source)
Mailbird
   Desktop Email client for Windows 7/8/10
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
MFA/2FA - OTP Auth (iOS)
   MFA/2FA code storage/backup utility w/ widget
Download (source)
MFA/2FA - TOTP Authenticator (Android)
   MFA/2FA code storage/backup utility w/ widget
Download (source)
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 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)
MobaXterm
   XServer for Windows
Download (source)
RoboForm
   Multi-platform secure password manager
Download (source)
Webull
   Commission-Free Stock Trading Application/Service
View (source)

Benchmarking Reference/Results

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
Passmark Results (CPU)
   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
Passmark Results (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

Benchmarking Software

3DMark Fire Strike
   GPU Benchmark
   DirectX 11 Benchmark (Graphics Cards, GPU)
Download (source)
3DMark Time Spy
   GPU Benchmark
   DirectX 12 Benchmark (Graphics Cards, GPU)
Download (source)
CineBench R20 by Maxon
   CPU Benchmark
   Real-World Cross Platform Test Suite
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Corona Benchmark
   CPU Benchmark ( Rendering )
Download (source)
CrystalDiskMark
   Disk Benchmark
   (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 Benchmark
   Free digital stopwatch for Windows
Download (source)
   Download (direct, installer)
   Download (direct, portable)
Guru3D.com
   Assorted Benchmarks
Download (source)
   Download (PCMark 10)
   Download (3DMark Time Spy)
   Download (Futuremark VRMark)
Namebench
   Domain Name System (DNS) Benchmark
   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 Benchmark(s)
   Heaven Benchmark (Free)
Download (source)
   Download (direct):
    Heaven | Superposition | Valley
V-Ray Benchmark
   GPU Benchmark
   Free V-Ray Rendering Benchmark Utility
Download (source)
   Download (direct)

Calculations

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
   Chat & App/File-Sharing
Download (source)
Skype
   Free Video & Voice Calls
Download (source)
Skype for Business
   Service(s) retired after July 31, 2021
Download (source)

Cross Platform

AWS CLI
   Amazon Web Services CLI
   Manage & Administer Cloud Services via CLI
Download (source)
   Download (PS-gallery)
   View Documentation
AzCopy
   CLI Utility for copying blobs/files
   to/from/between Azure Storage Accounts
   View Docs (AzCopy - pt. 1)
   View Docs (AzCopy - pt. 2)
Download (source)
Azure CLI (Az CLI)
   Manage Azure Services via CLI (PowerShell/Bash)
Download (source)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  • Set-Location "${Home}\Downloads"; Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -Uri "https://aka.ms/installazurecliwindows" -OutFile ".\AzureCLI.msi"; Start-Process "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList '/I AzureCLI.msi /quiet' -Wait;

Download (one-liner, Ubuntu/Debian)

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

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)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  1. Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser -Force;

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)
Lua
   High-level programming language
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)
.NET Core SDK
   + dotnet core, dotnet core sdk, asp.net core runtime
   Cross Platform successor to .NET Framework
   View .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)
   Download (Windows)
   Download (Linux)
   Download (macOS)
Python
   Dynamic, High-Level, General-Purpose Programming Language
Download (source)
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 / vSphere CLI
   vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) PowerShell Tools
   View Documentation (source)
   View Documentation (core)
   View Documentation (developer)
Download (VMware PowerCLI)
   Download (vSphere CLI)
   Download (other tools)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  1. Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser -Force;

Windows Terminal
   Terminal Emulator for Windows 10
   
Adding "Git Bash" to Windows Terminal

  • Open "Windows Terminal" > "⚙️ Settings" > "+ Add a new profile"
  • Enter the following into the new profile's fields:
    • Name: Git Bash
    • Command Line: "C:\Program Files\Git\bin\bash.exe" --login -i
    • Starting Directory: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • Icon: "C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64\share\git\git-for-windows.ico"

Download (source)
WiX
   Windows Installer XML Toolset
   Builds Windows Installer packages from XML
Download (source)
   Download (GitHub)
WSL
   Windows Subsystem for Linux
   WSL Shortcut (static): %WINDIR%\System32\wsl.exe
   View Docs: Install WSL on Windows 10
Download (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS)
   Download (All Distros - MS Store)
   Download (Offline/Manual Installers)

Software Development

Chocolatey
   Package Manager for Windows
Download (source)
Docker Desktop (for Windows)
   Containers
Download (source)
Git for Windows
   Git Bash & Git SCM CLI Integrations
Download (direct)
GitHub Desktop
   Git Daily Driver
Download (source)
Gpg4win
   GnuPG for Windows
   Contains component installs for [ Kleopatra, GpgOL, & GpgEX ]
Download (source)
JQ
   Linux JSON Parser
Download (source)
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
   Only the "Community Edition" ( CE ) is free - sign up
   for Microsoft's free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program
Download (source, CE)
   Download (source, 2019/latest)
   Download (source, 2017 & older)
Microsoft Visual Studio Code
   e.g. "VS Code", "VS-Code", "VSCode"
   Free Source Code Editor (IDE)
   View Docs: User and Workspace Settings
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
   Add Extension: Settings Sync
   Set User Settings
   Set Workspace Settings
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services CLI (Preview)
   Run VSTS commands from local environment
Download (direct)
My Visual Studio
   Homepage for Visual Studio downloads
Download (source)
Node.JS
   Open Source, Cross Platform, JavaScript runtime environment
Download (source)
   Download (older versions)
Notepad++
   Text and Source-Code Editor
Download (source)
   Download (Dark Theme)
Notepad Replacer
   Redirects notepad.exe calls to use an alternative text editor, instead
   Text Editor Path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft VS Code\Code.exe
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
NuGet
   Open Source Package Manager designed for the
   Microsoft development platform
Download (source)
PoshGui
   Open Source tools & cmdlets for SysAdmins
Download (source)
Tortoise Git
   Git Merge Conflict Resolver
Download (source)
Windows 10 SDK
   Provides the following (for building Windows 10 Apps):
   Headers, libraries, & tools for Win10 apps
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Windows ADK
   Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
   Includes Deployment Tools (Windows image/.iso tools):
      DISM, DISM API, & OSCDIMG
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Windows Terminal
   Multi-tabbed CLI terminal by Microsoft
Download (source)
Windows WDK
   Requires Windows 10 SDK
   Microsoft Windows Driver Kit (WDK)
   Includes Code-Signing Tools/Drivers:
      CertMgr, Inf2Cat, MakeCat, MakeCert, Pvk2Pfx, & SignTool
Download (source)
   Download (direct)

Remote Control, Desktop Sharing

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)
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)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  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)

DNS (+CAbundles/CA bundles)
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 right-click menu cleanup (context menu items):
      Open "7zFM.exe" > Tools > Options > 7-Zip > Context menu items:
       Extract to <Folder>    Add to archive...    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 Utilities/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 Ed.)
   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 Ed.)
   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 Mobo - Fan Controller
Download (source)
   Win10 > "Software and Utility"
      > "Show all" > CTRL+F "Suite"

   Download (direct, V3.00.69)

ASUS AURA (Software/Service)
   ASUS Motherboard Lighting (RGB) Controller for:
   • LEDs built directly onto the motherboard itself (PCH, IO, etc.)
   • 3-Pin ARGB headers (on mobo)
   • 4-Pin RGB header(s) (on mobo)
   Aura's main executable (controller) located at:
C:\Program Files (x86)\LightingService\LightingService.exe
Download (source)
   Download (Aura Sync plugin)
BalenaEtcher
   Drive imaging utility (.iso & .img, especially)
Download (source)
Brother P-touch Editor
   Drivers & Software for Brother Label Printer(s)
Download (source)
Corsair iCUE
   Fan-Speed & RGB Lighting controller
   View Documentation (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
   Multi-ISO Bootable Flash Drive
Download (source)
EVGA Precision X1
   GPU/GRAM Overclocking Software
   Controls for Core-Clock, Voltage, Fans, & RGB
Download (source)
ESXCLI
   ESXi Embedded Host Client (SSH)
Download (source)
   Installation (docs)
HomeAssistant
   Open Source Home Automation (SmartHome) Server
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)
Intel® DSA
   Intel Driver & Support Assistant
Download (source)
ImDisk Toolkit
   RamDisk utility for Windows
   Allows mounting of image files
Download (source)
LG OnScreen Control
   Driver/Software for LG 34UC88-B (Monitor)
Download (source)
   View Downloads
Logitech G Hub
   Keyboard/Mouse RGB (+3rd Party Tools)
Download (source)
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')
   Reference: Configuring YubiKeys for OTP use with Duo
   Reference: Assigning a Hardware Token to an Administrator
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)

Monitoring & Overclocking (Hardware, Service-Status)

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)
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'
   by Paessler AG
   Agentless network monitoring software
   Update SSL/TLS to use a cert from Windows'
   local certificate store via PRTG Certificate Importer
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

AirServer Universal
   Airplay+, Google Cast+, Miracast
Download (mirror)
Audacity
   Open Source source, Cross Platform audio editing software
Download (mirror)
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 Documentation (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
   View Add 'Paint.NET' to GreenShot's context menu options
Download (source)
HandBrake
   Multithreaded Video Transcoder
Download (source)
HandBrakeCLI
   Video Transcoding via CLI
   Command line reference
Download (source)
   
Download Auto-Encoder (PowerShell)

  1.  <# TRIPLE CLICK & PASTE ME INTO POWERSHELL #> $ProtoBak=[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy "RemoteSigned" -Scope "CurrentUser" -Force; Invoke-Expression ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/master/windows/HandBrake/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder/HandBrakeCLI-Encoder.ps1')); [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=$ProtoBak;

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)
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)
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 Installation/Setup Guide
Download (source)
OpD2d
   Direct to disk audio recorder
Download (source)
   Download (mirror)
Paint.NET
   Free image & photo editing software
   View Keyboard & Mouse Commands (Hotkeys)
Download (source)
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 by 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
   Windows Explorer icon thumbnails for .svg files
   View GitHub (Note: Signed .exe broken in Win10)
Download (source)
Twitch App
   Live-Streaming & Mod Management
Download (source)
VirtualDub Virtual Dub
   Open Source Video Capture, Video Processing, and
   Video Editing Utility
   Use XVid Video Compression via:
    Video > Compression > "Xvid ..." > OK
Download (source)
   Download (FFMpeg Codec)
   Download (XVid - EXE)
    ↑ Download exe & codecs
   View XVid Source
VLC
   Open Source, Cross Platform Multimedia Player
Download (source)
Xbox App
   Xbox Application for Windows 10
Download (source)

Personalization

Dynamic Theme
   Updates/applies bing background & windows spotlight
Download (source)
Fonts (Apply to Android)View (source)
Fonts (Apply to iOS)View (source)
Fonts - Bebas Neue
   Font suitable for headlines, captions & packaging
Download (source)
Fonts - Fira Code
   Coding font: Monospaced + ligatures
   Example ligature font characters:

  • ≡ Identical To (triple equals) character


   Enable ligatures in VSCode settings via "editor.fontLigatures": true
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)
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)

OS (Operating Systems)

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)
Lubuntu
   Debian Linux
Download (source)
Microsoft Server 2016
   View System Requirements (Minimum)
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 16.04 LTS)
   Download (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)
VMware (All Downloads)
   VMware vSphere/Workstation/Fusion/Player/etc.
Download (source)
VMware ESXi
   VMware vSphere Hypervisor
   
(Docs) ESXi Installation/Setup
   (Docs) Creating a bootable USB-drive w/ Rufus
   Note: Requires a "My VMware" account (free)
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
   Create Win10 Installation Media (Install Media)
Download (source)
Xubuntu
   Debian Linux
Download (source)

Server Applications (Backend)

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 (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 Latest updates for Microsoft SQL Server
   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
   Includes:
      • SQLPS Module
      • SqlServer Module (which contains SQLPS' cmdlets)
Download (source)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  1. Install-Module -Name SqlServer -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser -Force;

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)

Server Management/Administration Tools

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 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)
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)
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)

Troubleshooting

AIDA64
   Mobile Specsheet (High Verbosity)
   Mobile version is Free w/ ads
   Desktop version is Paid $$
Download (source)
Autologon
   by Sysinternals
Download (source)
BlueScreenView
   by Nirsoft
Download (source)
Burp Suite Community Edition
   Manual Toolkit for Exploring Web Security
Download (source)
CCleaner
   by Piriform
   Automated disk & registry cleaning tool
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)
DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller)
   Removes ALL graphics drivers (NVidia, AMD, Intel)
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)
Effective File Search (EFS)
   Search tool
Download (mirror)
   Download (fallback)
Exclusions List Update (ExclusionsListUpdate)
   Adds exclusions for 'known-good' applications to
   antivirus/antimalware software's exclusions list(s)
Download (source)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  1. $ProtoBak=[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=[System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; $ProgressPreference='SilentlyContinue'; Clear-DnsClientCache; Set-ExecutionPolicy "RemoteSigned" -Scope "CurrentUser" -Force; Try { Invoke-Expression ((Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -TimeoutSec (7.5) -Uri ('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/master/powershell/_WindowsPowerShell/Modules/ExclusionsListUpdate/ExclusionsListUpdate.psm1') ).Content) } Catch {}; If (-Not (Get-Command -Name 'ExclusionsListUpdate' -ErrorAction 'SilentlyContinue')) { Import-Module ([String]::Format('{0}\Documents\GitHub\Coding\powershell\_WindowsPowerShell\Modules\ExclusionsListUpdate\ExclusionsListUpdate.psm1', ((Get-Variable -Name 'HOME').Value))); }; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol=$ProtoBak; ExclusionsListUpdate -Defender;

FindLinks
   by Sysinternals
Download (source)
Get System Specs (Get-SystemSpecs)
   Hardware Spec 'Getter' using WMIC
Download (source)
   
Download (one-liner, PowerShell)

  1. (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcavallo-git/Coding/master/cmd/cmd%20-%20Get-SystemSpecs.bat","${Env:TEMP}\Get-SystemSpecs.bat"); Start-Process -Filepath ("${Env:ComSpec}") -ArgumentList (@("/C","${Env:TEMP}\Get-SystemSpecs.bat"));

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)
   View Documentation (API)
KDiff3
   Text Difference Analyzer
Download (source)
Malwarebytes
   Antimalware Utility
Download (source)
Microsoft .NET Repair Tool
   Detects & Repairs corrupt .NET Framework installations
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
Microsoft Edge (Remove, Uninstall)
   Installs via Windows Updates as-of August 2020
   
View Uninstall Guide
MC
   MinIO Client
Download (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)
Postman
   API-Development Collaboration Platform
   HTTP GET/OPTION/POST/etc. Request-Debugger
   View Demo Collection (Download & Import)
Download (source)
   Download (direct)
ProduKey
   by Nirsoft
   Recover lost Windows product key(s)
Download (source)
PsTools
   by Sysinternals
   PsExec, PsService, PsShutdown, PsGetSid, ...
Download (source)
Process Explorer
   by Sysinternals
Download (source)
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)
WinDirStat
   Disk Usage Analyzer
Download (source)
   Download (fallback)
WinTail
   Tail for Windows
Download (source)
WireShark
   Open Source Packet Analyzer
Download (source)

Pre-Packaged

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