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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