Top IT tools for Mac OS X

15 handy troubleshooting and productivity tools for Mac-loving server and network admins.

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I use Evernote to keep track of everything. When I add a new server to my racks, I use Evernote on my Windows Mobile phone to snap a picture of the IPMI sticker, serial number, MAC addresses, insides, and location on the rack. With each snapshot I add a short annotation to identify the shot and let it sync. Back at my Mac, I cut-paste the images into a more complete document and add PDFs of documentation, configuration information, networking config items, Web pages to find drivers, and other supporting materials. I can also augment Evernote’s search capabilities with specific tags like project names or team members to make finding the info easier. In the immortal words of Albert Einstein (when asked why he had to look up his own telephone number in the phone book), “Why should I memorize something that’s so easy to look up?”

Price: Free
Developer: Evernote
Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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