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P2V utilizing Windows Bare Metal Backup Restore

Friday, July 12th, 2013
  •  Utilizing Windows Backup take a Full backup including bare metal backup to a remote network location.
  • Configure a new VMware guest with similar hard drive configuration and space requirements.
  • Mount ISO for respective OS and boot into setup and choose repair this computer
  • Follow wizard to restore system image and choose the network location where you backed up the physical machine earlier
  • After successful restoration attempt to boot system it will likely fail to boot with a BSOD due to controller differences.
  • Boot into to OS setup and choose repair this computer and choose the Command Prompt option and following the remaining steps below based on your configuration. (in our VMware example utilizing the first option.

Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, File>Load Hive> [restored volume]:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM>Open>Key Name = Restored_HKLM>OK

Expand Restored_HKLM\ControlSet001\services and ensure the following are set:

If restored to a (VMWare) VM then ensure intelide>Start = 0 and LSI_SAS>Start = 0; msahci>Start = 3 and pciide>Start = 3
If restoring to a physical machine with native HDD controller then ensure msahci>Start = 0 and pciide>Start = 0; intelide>Start = 3 and LSI_SAS>Start = 3

Highlight Restored_HKLM and then File>Unload Hive.

Close windows and restart.

  • System should boot normally and after login may require additional reboot.
  • You will also want to uninstall any previous unnecessary devices, drivers and software e.g. hardware vendor (HP, Dell IBM) software.A

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How to determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

To determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed, locate the %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework folder. To open this folder, you can paste this address into a Windows Explorer address bar. The following folders contain the released versions of the .NET Framework:

  • v3.5

  • v3.0

  • v2.0.50727

  • v1.1.4322

  • v1.0.3705

Note If you see other folders that have a vN.N.NXXXX format, they may contain beta versions or pre-released versions of the .NET Framework. Those versions are outside the scope of this article.

To determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed on a computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open any one of the folders in the previous list.

  2. Right-click the Mscorlib.dll file, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Version tab, and then note the file version.

  4. Use the previous list to determine which version of the .NET Framework is installed on the computer, and then click OK.

PING command using IPv4 vs IPv6

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

If you ping a machine with IPv6 connectivity enabled you will get a IPv6 address. If you are looking for the IPv4 address instead you can use the following command

ping <ip adddress> -4

Moving the INETPUB directory to a different drive / IIS7

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Command to choose a Specific NTP Server in Windows

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

      1.       To set the NTP server run the following command

a.       net time /setsntp:

2.       Stop and Start the NTP service:

a.       net stop w32time

b.      net start w32time

3.       w32tm /resync /rediscover

4.       net time /querysntp