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Useful script for moving files

Periodically I get a large number of files arrive from various servers that have a similar naming convention. I need to manage these files quickly to push them into various folders. Here is an example of the naming convention: ServerXX.FileZZZZ.bak So there are two elements to these files - the server ID (XX) and the number of the file - from 0000 to 9999. I want to search for files from Server01 and copy all of them to a directory. How do I do this quickly? With the magic of bash command line scripting! So here is what the single line script looks like: for i in `find . -name Server01.File*.bak` ; do cp $i /path/to/storage/Server01/ ; done To break this down a bit: for i in `find . -name Server01.File*.bak` assigns all files that match the name Server01.File*.bak to the variable i. The * serves as a wildcard, so it matches all the files from 0000 to 9999. The next bit: do cp $i /path/to/storage/Server01/ copies all the files that are assigned to the $i variable to t

Getting into it with Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing

For work I've been playing with Azure a bit - and if you're not aware of what Azure is I'll explain. It is Microsoft's cloud computing offering similar in many ways to Amazon EC. I quite like it - especially because they give little not-for-profits like us $3500 USD of sponsorship to run stuff. It has allowed us to make a few tentative steps into the cloud space and expand our operating horizons. As a beginner with Azure I wanted to just run up a basic machine and it allowed me to do that pretty easily. The wizards are straightforward and it's a matter of understanding the different terminologies to get to what you want from the system. The basic components of an Azure box are: the VM itself network interface card disk network security group Public IP address. It looks a bit like this: The Virtual Machine is set up along a series of different options - you can guess most of them. Number of CPUs, RAM and the system disk plus any data disks. There

Windows 10 Enterprise Eval - gotchas

After an annoying turn of events where my Windows 10 Enterprise USB drive failed, attempts to install Win10 onto a computer failed miserably. I turned to the net and managed to get my hands on Microsoft's Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation. I have an enterprise key so I thought - cool! Here's the opportunity to get it going and to then upgrade the license later. Full install, patched etc and all is swell. Except when I try to upgrade. I straight up tried changing the licence key only to get a variety of errors, most of which are pertaining to the activation system being unavailable. The I try this: but it doesn't work either. Next I'll try this: h ttp:// And if all else fails, in goes the bootable USB I've now created. If only I'd had this in the first instance I would not be writing t