Stuff Brian Uses
I’m always curious what software and hardware other people use, so I thought I would leave this out here as a reference.
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
- 2.6GHz Intel Core i7
- 16GB DDR3
- 1TB PCIe SSD
- ASUS P8Z77 WS Motherboard
- Intel Xeon E3 1245 V2 Processor
- 4 x 8GB DDR3 1600M MHz Memory (32GB Total)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 960
- 1 x 120GB Intel X-25M SSD
- 2 x 2TB Hitachi 7200RPM HDDs
- Philips BDM4065UC 40″ 4K Monitor (in Picture by Picture mode with DisplayPort, MiniDP, HDMI, and HDMI-ML inputs for 4x monitors on 1 screen!)
- VMWare ESXi
- I use ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 for my test lab.
- VMWare Workstation
- I use Workstation for my local VM’s on my Windows workstation.
- VMWare Fusion
- I use Fusion for my local VM’s on my MacBook Pro.
- Veeam Backup and Replication
- Used for backups of my ESXi-based test lab.
- SQL Backup and FTP
- Great little back-up utility for really simple automated SQL Server backups.
- Doesn’t everyone use this?
- Probably the best text editor available. It has a great tabbed interface and will open files that are many GB in seconds. I use it on both my Mac and Windows boxes.
- If you don’t want to spend the money on UltraEdit, Notepad++ is the next best thing. The downside to Notepad++ is that there is no Mac version.
- Remote Desktop Manager
- There are a lot of options for remote desktop management. I’ve tried a variety of them, but I still prefer RDM the most. It has a great tabbed interface and stores passwords in a local encrypted file. It also has a Mac version and an import/export that works between Windows and Mac. While there is an Enterprise version with a client/server setup, I just use the regular version. It interfaces with Dropbox so that I have all of my connections on all of my computers.
- Splashtop Personal
- RDP works at some clients, but often times its blocked. Splashtop has yet to fail behind a single client firewall, though I’m sure I’ll eventually find a place that blocks it.
- If you see a screenshot on this blog…it was taken with SnagIt. It has really simple tools to add annotations and borders. It also does a great job for Webinars.
- This is a great tool for creating bootable thumb drives. I won’t say I use it all the time, but if you are setting up a new server or reloading a laptop, it does a great job of creating bootable thumb drives in a hurry.