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:local opendnsuser "user@domain.co.za";
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:local opendnshost "office";

:log info "OpenDNS Update";
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/tool fetch url=($url . "\3Fhostname=$opendnshost") user=("$opendnsuser") password=("$opendnspass") mode=https dst-path=opendnsupdate.txt
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On board PowaINFRA gateway deployment

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