This is a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to my day to day work or running my business.

Cloud Servers

  • UpCloud: Most of my client sites are hosted on UpCloud. UpCloud offers some of the fastest servers compared to many other providers. They have servers in several datacenters across the globe, including two in the USA in Chicago and San José.

    I highly recommend using UpCloud for your website, application or hosted desktop needs, you can get a free $25 credit to try them out.

  • Bluehost: An incredibly easy way to get a new a website up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress blog install. If you don’t want the added workload of managing a full server like you would from UpCloud or Linode then certainly take a look at a managed solution such as Bluehost.

    I’ve created a quick guide on how to get started creating your own blog using Bluehost.

WordPress Tools

  • Ninja Forms: I use Ninja Forms on all of my WordPress sites with contact forms, guest post submissions, donation forms and so on. It’s very powerful and extremely easy to use.
  • Duplicator Pro: incredibly easy and fast way to migrate your WordPress site to another server or backup your existing WordPress site to AWS S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, and more.

AWS Tools

  • CloudSploit: configuration and security scanner to ensure your AWS account and services are secure.
  • Terraform: great tool to create infrastructure as code.

VMware Tools

  • Altaro VM Backup: easy to use backup solution for both VMware and Hyper-V environments.
  • RVTools: displays information and health about your virtual machines and ESX hosts
  • vCheck Report: provides a daily email health report of your environment.
  • Veeam Backup Suite: Free 2 socket Veeam Backup Management Suite for VMware or Hyper-V for your home or work lab for vExperts, VCP, or VCI.
  • VisualEsxtop: an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop.
  • VM Advanced ISO: Free Tools for Advanced Tasks

VMware Horizon View

  • PCoIP Log Viewer: collects and PCoIP server log files and real time WMI counters to provide visual PCoIP performance metrics.
  • Quest Workspace Desktop Optimizer: Although optimized for Quest vWorkspace environments, the Quest vWorkspace Desktop Optimizer will work just as well in Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View environments.
  • VDI Calculator: calculator for planning both Horizon View and XenDesktop deployments.
  • VMware OS Optimization: helps optimize Windows 7 desktops for use with VMware Horizon View.

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Other useful Tools
  • Bleachbit: A free and open source system cleaner to remove browser, logs, and temp files from your PC or virtual machine.
  • DBAN: Darik’s boot and nuke, securely delete all content on a hard drive.
  • Greenshot: is an open source light-weight screenshot software tool.
  • Ninite: automatically downloads and installs selected apps. Add to Windows scheduler to keep updated.
  • mRemoteNG: great tool which provides multi-protocol, remote connections manager.
  • Rufus: Easily create bootable USB flash drives using ISO’s.
  • TreeSize: Show disk usage per folder.

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