A K12sysadmin’s Musings and Recap of the Past Few Years

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on reddit.com/r/k12sysadmin

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  • Ansible

    Ansible is a radically simple IT automation platform that makes your applications and systems easier to deploy and maintain. Automate everything from code deployment to network configuration to cloud management, in a language that approaches plain English, using SSH, with no agents to install on remote systems. https://docs.ansible.com.

    Now more than ever, we should be considering using Free and Open Source technologies before rushing out and buying products and services. Automation tools like Ansible, or software management tools like Munki are high quality and free. Even traditional needs like storage and firewalling can be augmented with high quality open source products like PFSense or TrueNAS. Hell, Packet Fence can even give you an extremely competitive product to Cisco ISE for free. Remember your annual renewal for Track-IT or whatever ticketing system you are using? Maybe you should consider using osTicket. Even FOSS virtualization platforms like XCP-NG and Proxmox are really coming to their own. With all of the instability over at VMWare, being bought by Dell, spun off, and now bought by Broadcom, I don’t know what I am going to do.

  • middleware

    TrueNAS CORE/Enterprise/SCALE Middleware Git Repository

    Now more than ever, we should be considering using Free and Open Source technologies before rushing out and buying products and services. Automation tools like Ansible, or software management tools like Munki are high quality and free. Even traditional needs like storage and firewalling can be augmented with high quality open source products like PFSense or TrueNAS. Hell, Packet Fence can even give you an extremely competitive product to Cisco ISE for free. Remember your annual renewal for Track-IT or whatever ticketing system you are using? Maybe you should consider using osTicket. Even FOSS virtualization platforms like XCP-NG and Proxmox are really coming to their own. With all of the instability over at VMWare, being bought by Dell, spun off, and now bought by Broadcom, I don’t know what I am going to do.

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • pfSense

    Main repository for pfSense

    Now more than ever, we should be considering using Free and Open Source technologies before rushing out and buying products and services. Automation tools like Ansible, or software management tools like Munki are high quality and free. Even traditional needs like storage and firewalling can be augmented with high quality open source products like PFSense or TrueNAS. Hell, Packet Fence can even give you an extremely competitive product to Cisco ISE for free. Remember your annual renewal for Track-IT or whatever ticketing system you are using? Maybe you should consider using osTicket. Even FOSS virtualization platforms like XCP-NG and Proxmox are really coming to their own. With all of the instability over at VMWare, being bought by Dell, spun off, and now bought by Broadcom, I don’t know what I am going to do.

  • munki

    Managed software installation for macOS —

    Now more than ever, we should be considering using Free and Open Source technologies before rushing out and buying products and services. Automation tools like Ansible, or software management tools like Munki are high quality and free. Even traditional needs like storage and firewalling can be augmented with high quality open source products like PFSense or TrueNAS. Hell, Packet Fence can even give you an extremely competitive product to Cisco ISE for free. Remember your annual renewal for Track-IT or whatever ticketing system you are using? Maybe you should consider using osTicket. Even FOSS virtualization platforms like XCP-NG and Proxmox are really coming to their own. With all of the instability over at VMWare, being bought by Dell, spun off, and now bought by Broadcom, I don’t know what I am going to do.

  • osTicket

    The osTicket open source ticketing system official project repository, for versions 1.8 and later

    Now more than ever, we should be considering using Free and Open Source technologies before rushing out and buying products and services. Automation tools like Ansible, or software management tools like Munki are high quality and free. Even traditional needs like storage and firewalling can be augmented with high quality open source products like PFSense or TrueNAS. Hell, Packet Fence can even give you an extremely competitive product to Cisco ISE for free. Remember your annual renewal for Track-IT or whatever ticketing system you are using? Maybe you should consider using osTicket. Even FOSS virtualization platforms like XCP-NG and Proxmox are really coming to their own. With all of the instability over at VMWare, being bought by Dell, spun off, and now bought by Broadcom, I don’t know what I am going to do.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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