IT Tech toolkit

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  1. roger895

    roger895 Member

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    Hi All,
    My work are considering getting a few bits and pieces for each of our field techs.
    We look after desktop laptop breakfix jobs, network patching, hardware fault diagnosis, imaging, replacements.

    Looking for recommendations on what would be considered a decent toolset to perform various tasks.

    Some ideas already include:
    Bag or backpack
    screwdrivers
    network cable tester

    A couple of things I'd probably like to suggest:

    Portable hard drive for data migrations (and offline SCCM imaging).
    a couple of usb's for recovery media (Dart, hirens boot, etc).
    velcro wrap
    cable ties
    side cutters
    pliers
    F-set (maybe?)
    micro fibre cleaning cloth
    air duster (although, are any of them any good?)

    Anything else that'd be considered essential?
     
  2. mesaoz

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    Good stuff already listed, I'd also get yourself a USB HDD dock, a network punchdown tool, a bunch of flash drives
     
  3. PabloEscobar

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    Unless you're equipping them with decent Flukes or similar for Cable testing, I wouldn't bother. A Continuity tester (The 8 lights ones) can't tell you if a cable it "good", it can only tell you a cable is "not bad". A Bunch of pre-terminated patch cables > a Continuity tester any day of the week.

    If they are doing patching, I'd probably throw in a Cable Toner to identify unlabeled or mislabeled ports.

    I'm sure the OCAU army of licensed cablers will be here soon to advise that unless you are licensed, you shouldn't be terminating cables.
     
  4. power

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    forget the dock and get one of these instead.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/USB-2-0...151019&hash=item1a56f748b7:g:qRgAAOSwrg1bXo2c

    and use a portable SSD fuck waiting for things.

    air dusters suck use a static free brush.

    cable terminating is a waste of time unless you are a cabler just have a few predone cables.

    usb dvd rom can be invaluable if you can't get a box to boot off anything else.

    but go real basic - they'll buy what they need and claim it at tax time.
     
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  5. bcann

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    Which would be illegal the second you use it, unless your a licensed cabler right?
     
  6. EvilGenius

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    This is pretty much what I do.

    Best bag out there for this is the Veto Pro Pac XLT.

    In mine I carry:

    15" laptop
    Network cable tester
    Toner set
    legacy port adapter (parallel/serial/ps2 for dell e series)
    Multimeter
    External dvdrw drive
    usb to msata/m.2 adapter
    Punchdown tools
    Crimping tools
    analogue phone handset
    torches (magnetic base and hand held)
    li-ion battery charger
    IR temp probe
    power supply tester
    an army of thumb drives
    a hammer (yes really)
    bunch of screw drivers
    tin snips
    pointy nose pliers + multi grips
    CR2032 batteries
    Blank sim cards
    cable ties
    double sided velcro
    assorted usb cables
    cisco console cable
    wireless mice
    external hdd's
    pens/permanent markers
    cage nuts/bolts
    electrical tape
    tape measure


    If it's in there, it's because I obviously need it, or had to buy it to complete a job more than once.
     
  7. power

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    always make sure your techs are above board - the last thing you need is some cowboy installing pirated, etc software all over the place to "get the job done".

    seen that before today and it's always a mess.
     
  8. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Wait... surely you don't have to be a licensed cable to crimp a Cat6 cable....???

    Or did I miss the joke.
     
  9. Dilbery

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    Sounds like a guy I used to work with "No one will find out its cracked who cares"
     
  10. PabloEscobar

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    Talk sexy to me about this. Everytime I see someone link it, I think "I should buy one of these" and then never do...

    Should I buy one?

    https://forums.overclockers.com.au/threads/threads-about-cabling.667377/


    Plus, crimping your own cables is pointless, and you won't be able to do it better, or cheaper than a machine.
     
  11. bcann

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    a network punchdown/krone tool last i looked was for punching the cables into either a patch panel or krone plate, not crimping network cables (Which as per pabloescobar, is pointless and the cost in time and materials for the crimp and check far outweighs the cost of the cable)
     
  12. EvilGenius

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    It still has a ways to come in terms of feature development and usability, but it kicks the crap out of a basic continuity tester. I'll pm a sample report and some screenshots etc when I get a moment, let you make up your own mind.
     
  13. freaky_beeky

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    Can you just post it in this thread instead (or perhaps somewhere else). I'm sure i'm not the only other person interested.

    I'd say throwing in some form of chromecast/miracast device would be handy as well.
     
  14. EvilGenius

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    Later today yeah. Just need to clean it up a bit, not all the info in it belongs on a public forum.
     
  15. NSanity

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    I literally rock around 99% of the time with my 128GB ~350MB/sec USB3.1 key.

    Physically these days, I just have a USB-Serial and some comm's cables, along with my laptop.
     
  16. PabloEscobar

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    All is good, until you need to console into an APC UPS...
     
  17. GumbyNoTalent

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    Every tool box should have a jar of vasoline for upper management changes / decisions coming down the line.
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. bcann

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    Well la dee dah, don't we work for someone fancy, i have to supply my own pineapples :)
     
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