This week I was working with a network team-member to pilot some changes that will lock our network switches down more tightly.
I’m used to using PuTTY Portable or KiTTY Portable which are simply portable versions of PuTTY and KiTTY and seem hands-down better than Microsoft’s Hyperterminal that got left behind when Windows 7 came out (although it can run just fine on WIn 7 if you copied the snagged binaries over).
However, the network admin I was working with requested we use the terminal Poderosa.
Apparently Poderosa has been out for a very long time and I’m just now finding out about it.
What makes it very nice – aside from the beautiful GUI – is the “tabbed” nature of the application so you can have multiple sessions running and organized very similarly to browser tabs.
It felt very natural and easy to use and is pretty light and fully portable.
Like other telnet clients you can change the back color, text color, and font for improved legibility. The buffer size can be adjusted to allow capture of more of the session content, and copy/paste support feels more natural (IMHO).
Don’t forget these great Cisco reference sites:
- Cheat Sheets - PacketLife.net
- Basics of Cisco Switch Administration - Part 1 – TechRepublic
- Basics of Cisco Switch Administration - Part 2 – TechRepublic
- Basic Switch Configuration Guide with Examples – ComputerNetworkingNotes.com
- CCNA Study Guide – ComputerNetworkingNotes.com
- Cisco Networking Academy's Introduction to Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration – Cisco