Traceroute is an indispensable and frequently used troubleshooting tool. It seems incredibly simple and straightforward, but there are some slightly more subtle details that many people are not aware of. This presentation from NANOG 45 is a great overview of traceroute in general as well as how the results can be misinterpreted.
There are times when it’s incredibly convenient to be able to stand up an FTP server without the need to actually install anything or reboot. I came across Xlight FTP for Windows and was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t require any installation and worked well with very little setup or configuration required. You basically double click the application and bind the FTP service to an IP address and TCP port and then you add a user account and assign directory permissions. Once done you click the “play” button and the server should start up.
Here’s a link to their page: http://www.xlightftpd.com/
They offer 32-bit and 64-bit versions as well as a “traditional” installer based version.