Administrator tools for the Mac

I currently prefer a MacBook Pro for my day to day grind on the road consulting and working with clients. Although I catch my fare share of flack from my Windows counter parts, I find myself more productive on a Mac with its superior gestures, multiple workspaces, mission control, and great battery life. The operating system is rock solid, and the build quality is excellent.

The main negative is dongles, and I have a bag full. I understand the methodology behind the dongle to advance technologies and size, but it doesn’t solve my struggles of accidentally leaving them behind at clients.

The whole point of this article was to bring a collection of applications and “to do” items on your Mac if your are a network and system administrator or other technological “jack of all trades”.

Securing your Mac – this can be a complete posting, but here are the basics:

Command Line Tools:

  • Xcode (via the App Store)
  • Homebrew package manager  – install via the terminal:
    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • iPerf3 for testing throughput on connections (use Homebrew to install)
  • Nmap for device and port discovery (download pkg from nmap site or use Homebrew to install)

Productivity Suite:

  • Microsoft Office 2016

Remote Management:

Wireless Tools:

Disk Tools:

Text Editor:




I will add to the list as I stumble across tools that I need and suggestions come in!

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