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techbeck    6,918

So, our IT Director is leaving the company and said he will approve whatever we want, within reason.  Wanted to get some ideas from people on what to get that will help in IT.  Basically looking for networking and PC technician kind of tools/gadgets/accessories that will be helpful.  Tools/tool kits as well.

 

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Mindovermaster    2,356

Gives you some ideas... https://www.ifixit.com/

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dipsylalapo    1,793
4 hours ago, Mindovermaster said:

Gives you some ideas... https://www.ifixit.com/

Love iFixit stuff. I have this that I bought on one of their Black Friday sales - https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Pro-Tech-Toolkit/IF145-307

 

With regards to some ideas, something to help you think, have you ever seen something online that you thought, "That would be cool, but I can't buy for reason x". Seems like now would be the perfect time

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StrikedOut    173

Do you have a suitable test environment? Could be a good time for a refresh.

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techbeck    6,918

Well, I just added 2 Surface Pro 7s for myself and a coworker.  Been looking at the iFixit stuff as well.

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+fusi0n    2,061
4 hours ago, StrikedOut said:

Do you have a suitable test environment? Could be a good time for a refresh.

This is very important. This will only help you.

26 minutes ago, techbeck said:

Well, I just added 2 Surface Pro 7s for myself and a coworker.  Been looking at the iFixit stuff as well.

Get a few large TVs and use them for monitoring if you don't have something in place. Also, see if you can hire a JR admin to help out. 

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techbeck    6,918

I have environment already.  So that is set.   Plenty of monitors to.

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techbeck    6,918
4 hours ago, dipsylalapo said:

With regards to some ideas, something to help you think, have you ever seen something online that you thought, "That would be cool, but I can't buy for reason x". Seems like now would be the perfect time

That is the problem.  When I have no budget, I can think of a ton of stuff.  When I have money, I got nothing. 

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StrikedOut    173

What about licensing. Are there any areas that cause you any headaches? Such as license management, asset management or network analysing? Tools for this are usefull/critical.

 

Another area is the users peripherals. Are the desktop sets in decent condition? Could some users benifit from ergonomical desinged hardware? Do you have monitors on stands or on monitor arms? Could this be a time to add multi monitor support?

 

We all envy your position!!

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techbeck    6,918
5 minutes ago, StrikedOut said:

What about licensing. Are there any areas that cause you any headaches? Such as license management, asset management or network analysing? Tools for this are usefull/critical.

 

Another area is the users peripherals. Are the desktop sets in decent condition? Could some users benifit from ergonomical desinged hardware? Do you have monitors on stands or on monitor arms? Could this be a time to add multi monitor support?

 

We all envy your position!!

Well, we are thinking IT only here.  Not the rest of the company...haha.  We just got new $2500 laptops for everyone in the Dept.  Already have dual 27" monitors, and some other things.  Licensing is controlled by corporate so no worries there. 

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+Human.Online    8,491

How about this:  If you've budget but no firm needs - why not invest in some of those online training schemes?  They tend to be an annual subscription, so you can use them as you see fit?

 

Don't spend for the sake of spending (yeah, I know how budgets work - don't spend it and you lose it next year)...

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techbeck    6,918
12 minutes ago, Human.Online said:

How about this:  If you've budget but no firm needs - why not invest in some of those online training schemes?  They tend to be an annual subscription, so you can use them as you see fit?

 

Don't spend for the sake of spending (yeah, I know how budgets work - don't spend it and you lose it next year)...

Already ordering some training for the dept.  So that is set.  🙂

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+DonC    620

I'd be working out my reasons to preorder the Hololens 2. :)

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farmeunit    672

If you don't already have Fluke tools and such:

https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Industries-R158003-Network-Tester/dp/B00L2TUGKW

https://netool.io/

https://www.pockethernet.com/

 

I love the EZ RJ45 Crimper from Platinum Tools, also.

 

LANTopoLog 2 for seeing switches and devices on a networks.

https://lantopolog.com

 

 

 

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techbeck    6,918
3 minutes ago, DonC said:

I'd be working out my reasons to preorder the Hololens 2. :)

May be hard pressed for that as we do need to justify things a little.  No need for a Hololens at my work unfortunately. 

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