unhide recovery partition

Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart.

This quick step guide describes how to unhide the OEM/Recovery partition on your hard drive. It was tested on a Windows Vista machine with a Basic disk. DiskPart command line systax and parameters can be found here. Unhide Recovery Partition Start Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) on your computer and take a closer look at your hard disk. Note the disk number and the partitions. Start DiskPart and select your disk: DISKPART> select disk 0 List all […]


Migrating from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 domain.

All right, another white paper finished! This one describes a simple migration scenario from a single forest/single domain Windows 2003 environment to Windows 2008 environment. This migration was performed at a customer site. I cannot guarantee that this will work for your environment but it should give you a good idea how it was accomplished. You can view/download the white paper from our white papers page or simply click here (Sorry, this one is also […]

Exchange 2007

Migrating Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 organization.

I’ve just finished writing a white paper on migrating Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 organization. This white paper was written during a migration at a customer site and is based on experience from their environment so use at your own risk. You can view/download the white paper here (Sorry, Dutch only) or check out our white papers page. Cheers! – Marek.Z


Enable VSS backups of VM’s running on Hyper-V using Windows Server Backup.

If you want to backup your Virtual Machines running on your Hyper-V server using the Windows Server Backup feature, you need to manually create the following registry key on your Hyper-V server:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NT CurrentVersionWindowsServerBackupApplication Support{66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE} Name: Application Identifier Type: REG_SZ Value: Hyper-V First, if you not already done so, add the Window Server Backup feature from the Server Manager because it is not installed by default. Create the key and the String Value. You can also download […]

Groove Server 2007

Integrating Active Directory in Groove Manager 2007.

The following steps describe how to add an Active Directory server into a Groove Manager 2007 and how to create integration points for automatic user import. First, create a simple Domain User account in Active Directory. This account will be used in step 4 to query the Active Directory for user accounts. Start the Groove Server 2007 Manager and go to the Directory Integration tab. Click on Add Directory Server. In the Server Properties window […]


Add a Pass-Through HDD to a VM in Hyper-V using SCVMM 2008.

Here is a quick guide to add a pass-through disk to a Windows Server 2008 virtual machine running on a Hyper-V server using the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. The High Availability (Failover Cluster) is not enabled in this setup. The Hyper-V server is connected directly to a Fiber SAN with several free LUN’s. Add a free LUN to your Hyper-V server. Bring the new physical disk online and initialize it. You don’t have to […]


Passed 70-236 exam!

Today I passed the Microsoft 70-236 exam (Exchange Server 2007, Configuring). It was not very difficult exam. As learning material I used this book from Sybex, a home lab running ESX 3.5 U3 with 3 Virtual Machines (Domain Controller, Exchange 2007 and Windows XP Client with Office 2007). And recently I migrated the Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 organization at a customer site. Anyway here are some tips about the exam: Learn all basic cmdlets, 50% […]

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Setting IP address on a APC UPS from command prompt.

If you can’t set the IP address on a APC Management Card using the IP Configuration wizard, you can follow these steps to set it manually. For example, you want to set the IP address on a Management Card with 00-a1-b2-c3-d4-e5 MAC address. On your Windows machine, start command prompt and type: C:>arp -s 00-a1-b2-c3-d4-e5 Type: C:>ping -l 113 Now you can use Telnet or your Internet browser to finish the configuration (Default Gateway, subnet etc.) […]