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January 9th, 2013

I found this really cool open source software that I’m currently implementing for a customer remotely.

It’s called HVBackup and is of the time of writing in Beta v1.
http://hypervbackup.codeplex.com/

Description from their website:

The main goal of this project is to provide a very easy and powerful free tool to backup and restore Hyper-V virtual machines, in standalone and clustered (CSV) environments, overcoming all the limitations that a generic tool like Diskshadow provides.

This tool targets Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012. All the corresponding core and free Hyper-V editions are also supported!

HVBackup supports app consistent and crash consistent backups through the Hyper V VSS writer component integrated in the operating system.

There are quite a few expensive commercial solutions on the market supporting this scenario, but this is the first open source one, based on the research we did before publishing the project.

We integrated this tool in our datacenter’s production environment management infrastructure, which means that it undergoes continuous testing in a real world environment :-)

HVBackup can be invoked from the command line, scripted with Powershell or integrated in any .Net program through it’s class library.

The backup process generates a separate zip file for each virtual machine in the specified output directory, containing all the files owned by the VM and identified for backup by the VSS Hyper-V provider.

My script for the tool is essentially the same as theirs, only that I’m slightly changing the way files are archived. Check it out below.

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February 24th, 2011

I couldn’t find any unpacker that would extract and delete archives for a torrent after a certain period of time or after a certain seed ratio had been reached. I’ve noticed quite alot of people complain about this on, for example, uTorrent’s official forums.

So I wrote this script that will wait for a set amount of hours when a torrent finishes before extracting, deleting archives, moving files into its right location, scraping with EMM or EMM-R (command-line) AND notify XBMC of your new download and update its library.

This script will NOT stop your torrents.
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October 26th, 2010

A colleague asked me if I could write a script that would move files within a folder or its subfolders that were older than one year into a new location but still keep the directory structure.
I figured it would be quite a challenge so I decided to do it for him; kind as I am =)

As I haven’t been providing this blog with something new in a long time I figured I could make it useful to more people if I added a few things, like different date formats and other various settings.

So here it goes:
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July 17th, 2010

I was given the task to rewrite the login script for a company, they had 4 sites and about 20 login scripts for various purposes.
So I wrote a general one which took care of all the general stuff.

You may look at my earlier post about an inventory script, because this script will use that one.

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January 5th, 2010

So I work with many servers and many customers. Usually I had to write a new backup script for every new customer and server. Therefore I figured I might as well just write a template that I can copy/paste everytime I have to implement a robocopy backup script. So here goes.

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December 23rd, 2009

I’ve already mentioned I work with many customers and servers. Everytime I install a new server that hosts printers I have to handwrite a loginscript that connects/maps the printers on the clients. So I made a template for that as well. There is only a few variables needed to change for it to rock. Check it out.

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September 17th, 2009

I had a scenario where I wanted to see what was on the network at a location.

So I figured I’d just ping them all, man was this a pain or what! So I wrote a script for it instead. :)

And yes, I know there is alot of IP-scanners out there. But what hacker would I be if I used someone elses programs? I wanted my results in my own custom preferences.

The script was developed further on and now includes hostname lookup and logging to file with identification tags of the current place.
The script will ask all the necessary questions. Its quite useful. Check it out!

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