Poor Mans Service Monitoring

This script is run from windows task scheduler every X minutes (whatever you want to set it to). It looks for a running process, in this case Yokogawa FastTools rdcy.exe and if found checks for and deletes a file on disk named "skip". If it doesn't find rdcy.exe...

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Have I been Pwned

Have I been Pwned

This site https://haveibeenpwned.com/ checks your email address against known data leaks. Just checking some of my older email addresses and both james@jmits.com.au and james@jamesmdonald.id.au are the subjects of pwnage due to me using them to register on a number of...

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MSP Sales Training

Just started looking at http://www.trumethods.com/ One thing I've noticed regarding the business of Information Technology is that you can be excellent technically but you will not have an opportunity to use the skills you have unless the organisation you work for can...

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A trip back to whence I came

So just spending a couple of days in Kangaroo Valley and surrounds. I grew up just up the road in Fitzroy Falls. The entire area has great places to visit so I'm going to try and catch a few of the sites. Today it's off to Bowral to see how much my birth place has...

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Migrating away from jamesmcdonald.id.au

I am moving my blog under my business domain toggen.com.au. For years I have blogged at jamesmcdonald.id.au but want to move everything under the one umbrella so to speak. I've had a couple of names for this blog The Telarah Times, The Shouthern IT Observer but now...

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How long does a Gmail to Gsuite Email Migration Take?

Q: How long does a Gmail to GSuite Email Migration Take? A: A very very long time. 5+ GB can take over a week Just moving 2.45GB of my email out of a free Google Apps account with a custom domain to a new G Suite account and 5.56GB of email from my wifes account. The...

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Backing Up EC2 Websites to an S3 Bucket

This script run from cron will keep 7 days of backups in S3 overwriting as needed. Your cron entry will look like 22 18 * * * /path/to/the/script/backup.sh #!/bin/bash cd `dirname $0` DIR_ROOT=/var/www WEB_DIRS=`ls -1 $DIR_ROOT` DAY=`date +%a`...

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Shrinking an Amazon Linux Root Volume – Work-a-round

Background: Created an EC2 instance with a 40GB hard drive, realized that I wouldn't need that size and seeing that the EBS pricing for my region is $0.12 per GB-month of provisioned storage I was paying for 32GB of unneeded space. So I thought to myself I should...

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