unhide recovery partition

List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file.

Have you ever wondered how to list all performance counters that are present on your computer? Well, I have and after some research I discovered the TypePerf.exe command. Believe it or not, TypePerf.exe is installed by default on all Windows versions after Windows 2000. The syntax looks like this (tested on a Vista machine). C:>TypePerf.exe –q > counters.txt This command will list all performance counters on your computer and save it to a text file […]


Passed the 70-652 exam!

Yes! Today I passed the Microsoft 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring exam. I took this exam because my firm is currently participating in the Microsoft Partner Readiness Program for Server Virtualization. I must say, it was quite easy exam! I got 47 questions and 90 minutes to complete the test. I expected more in depth configuration and technical questions about Hyper-V and Virtual Machines but the questions were more like: installing the Hyper-V server […]

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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 […]