In Pictures: MacGyver IT - 21 tools for IT heroes

On the road, under duress, or out in the boonies -- save the day with these essential IT troubleshooting and repair tools

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MacGyver IT: 21 tools for IT heroes When sensitive data and critical systems are on the line, the right set of tools is essential -- that was the motivation behind my original “MacGyver IT” tool recs two years ago.

That collection represented nearly three decades in the IT trenches. But like all battle-tested works-in-progress, my essential toolkit for supporting corporate, government, and academic IT has evolved. I still favor the free or inexpensive, spending a bit more on higher-quality tools in some cases to save frustration. But the past two years have found me slimming down my kit with lighter versions of the original tools and a few new items to whittle my backpack down to a less backbreaking weight.

After all, we IT MacGyvers are always on the go!

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