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Migrate a VM from Azure to XCP-NG

Just migrated an Azure Linux Ubuntu 22.04 VM to XCP-ng and got it running successfully Here are my rough steps: Create a snapshot of the VM in Azure (good idea to shut down the VM when you have a VM that writes data all the time) Convert the snapshot to a disk (Mine...

PHPSECLIB3 Client Algorithms

Recently our EDI supplier notified that they were changing their SFTP encryption and data integrity algorithms I use https://api.phpseclib.com/3.0/phpseclib3/Net/SFTP.html to talk to their SFTP gateway. So I to confirm the change would not cause an issue I had to...

Run 7-zip from powershell

The performance of both the Windows and Powershell Zip utilities is abysmal The following Powershell script enables a Zip operation on approximately 0.33GB of data consisting of around 59,000 files to go from minutes down to less than a minute using 7-Zip instead of...

So many Email Scams

The internet is a waterhole and we are digital gazellesJames McDonald 2024 Look at the text below of 2 emails I received sent to two of my email aliases from two different From addresses I presume it just requires you to reply to the query and then they send some...

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