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10 essential Mac tools for enterprise network admins

Zoc6 (via Emtec)

I've been an avid Mac user for a number of years now. I don't know what it is that makes the Mac so appealing to me, but I know its tightly related to the quality of the applications that I own and the usefulness of them. I'd like to share with you my top 10 must-have apps for someone who uses a Mac and lives in the Cisco World.

Zoc6 is a fantastic terminal application that supports SSH, Telnet, SCP and Direct Console access. Since the Mac doesn't have a serial port and I need access to the console port of my routers and firewalls I went with a Keyspan USB adapter that I can then use to connect a console cable to my Mac. The I use Zoc6 to connect to the CLI. Sure you can use screen, but its limited in its features and with Zoc6's scripting capability and it's ability to record you actions and save them as a script as well I love this app. One other aspect I appreciate is the colored tabs to indicate different connections. I like to quickly be able to identify my favorite connections and the color coding helps me to do that.

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Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...

8 comments
memman
memman

I'd have to say that maybe you should do some serious proof reading. This lacks the professional appearance that I'd expect from a TR post. I'm not trying to flame you. I just feel that maybe you posted too quickly? Were you under some time constraint?

Guitockey
Guitockey

What?! I thought Macs were only "good for graphics"! You mean they can be put on a network as well?! That goes against the DNA of most IT departments.

valerio
valerio

I would also suggest ConceptDraw Pro. I've tried the trial versions a couple of times and it's on my short list of programs to buy...

valerio
valerio

This is a GREAT tool, unfortunately it is no longer actively developed...

valerio
valerio

What I do, since as you wrote Mac OS does not have a Serial Console application (like HyperTerminal on Windows), is open a Console window and type "screen /dev/tty.usbserial". When I'm done I press Ctrl +A and then K, which kills the session. I am sure you could create a shell script so that you need not type it. Also you could set the port speed to 4800 by doing a "screen /dev/tty.usbserial 4800" or by replacing the 4800 to some other speed to whatever your serial console supports.

thephoton
thephoton

Transmit and iStumbler images are in the wrong places.

peter.charbonneau
peter.charbonneau

Great picks, thank you Selena. One of my personal favorites is IPNetMonitorX (sustworks). This is a suite of 20 networking tools that are just too many to list; the two I use almost every day? Address Scan and WhoIs. Address Scan can ping sweep network spaces; WhoIs will automatically dig deep if you "start" with arin. Indispensable.

jhdore
jhdore

Even better than OmniGraffle is OmniFocus - has Mac/iPhone/iPad versions, which all sync to one pot of data. Indespensible.