Tools, cheat sheets and other useful resources

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Join me in editing and populating this Wiki post by sharing tools, scripts, cheat sheets, etc., that you frequently refer to or have saved to your bookmarks.

Config provisioning & management

  • Ansible - open-source software provisioning, config management, and app-deployment tool.


  • Timeshift - System restore tool for Linux.
  • HashBackup - encrypted, deduplicated, compressed backups.
  • DejaDup - Simple backup tool.


  • Bench-scripts - A compilation of Linux server benchmarking scripts.
  • YABS - a simple bash script to estimate Linux server performance.

Data removal


  • rootkit hunter - Checks for root kits and removes them.
  • fail2ban - Daemon to ban hosts that cause multiple authentication errors.
  • ConfigServer Firewall - free firewall and login failure detection for multiple Linux distros.

System health

  • atop - System and process monitor for Linux.
  • btop - A monitor of resources.
  • Cockpit - Cockpit is a web-based graphical interface for servers.
  • Glances - A top/htop alternative for Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows.


  • Cacti - Web-based network monitoring and graphing tool.
  • check_mk - Collection of extensions for Nagios.
  • Monit - Small Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems.
  • Munin - Networked resource monitoring tool.
  • Nagios - Computer system, network and infrastructure monitoring software application.
  • Zabbix - Enterprise-class software for monitoring of networks and applications.

Text Editors

  • micro - A modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor.

Useful resources

  • Awesome-sysadmin - A curated list of amazingly awesome open source sysadmin resources.


Web analytics

  • Goaccess - real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer via web browser.
  • Matomo - free, open source alternative to Google Analytics.

Editors: @hydn @tmick @MadMatt

Feel free to jump in and edit this Wiki-post. Simply edit to add listing(s) then add your @uersname to the ‘Editors’

I think with all of us “putting heads together” as it were, we will be able to discover even more great tools, solutions and resources!


Wow. I need to install glances!! It looks so nice!

Fantastic idea. Compiling a lot of resources in one place will be super useful to both experts and newbies.

Should we post these in the thread itself?

Thanks! I really hope so.

This is a wiki post, so Level 1 and above members can edit the first post directly.

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Updated original post: Feel free to add your fav tools/resources.

@tmick Thanks for editing and adding the list. :handshake:

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Updated with come of my favorite free monitoring tools. Feel free to edit this wiki post and add your fav tools.

Open call to our new (and old) members to add their favorite tools, cheat sheets and other resources by editing the above WiKi post.

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Nice. I didn’t know this thread was a thing. Added a few things to the list.

Matomo and ConfigServer Firewall.

If I think of some more, I will be back.

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Nice! Both are great tools. Matomo used to be Piwik or something like that. I’m still enslaved to Google Analytics lol :confused:

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Making some additions.