How to Convert a Physical Server to a Virtual Server

Prepared by Ian Matthews Feb 16, 2010, Updated March 9, 2010 As with all my documents, there is no warranty on these instructions.  They are based on my training and experiences but are provided without me accepting liability for damage… be careful!  These instructions assume that you know how to create a simple virtual machine using Hyper-V. Everyone in I.T. is abuzz about converting Physical Servers to Virtual Servers and if you are reading this…

Should You Use an IDE or SCSI VHD in Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Prepared by Ian Matthews February 11, 2008, Updated March 9, 2010 The short answer, USE IDE ON HYPER-V.  Read on for details and why many people are confused about this. Today I had to convert a server with a 500GB data drive from a physical to a virtual machine.  This was a problem because I (wrongly) understood that IDE Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) used in Hyper V (on both Server 2008 and R2) was limited…

How to Migrate Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 13, 2009, last update Unlike the SBS2000 to SBS2003 upgrade process, the SBS2003 to SBS2008 procedures are clean.  The first thing you need is new hardware.  NOTE: This process below is offered with no guarantees and we accept no liability.� To keep an otherwise complex process simple, it is provided in a terse point form. SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Process PREWORK Backup the Existing SBS 2003 Server Clean…

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 / SBS 2008 Tip & Tricks

Prepared by Ian Matthews, April 5 2009, last updated July 2 2009 The following list of things to know about Server 08 and Small Business Server 08 are based on my experiences and research.  This list is mainly for my (and my tech’s) to keep track of tidbits.  If you follow any of these items, you should be careful and backup your systems in advance, we accept no responsibility for these.  And that gets us…

How to Legally Image Windows PC’s With an OEM License

By Ian Matthews   January 22, 2009    NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and you need to verify these facts with your Microsoft licence in your country  Since the new licencing model release in January of 2007 (about the time Vista was released) Microsoft has had several public articles which state you must own an OEM licence AND an Open…

Common Windows Server Group Policies and Scripts

By Ian Matthews   December 11, 2008    Last Updated April 22, 2009 NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and intended only as a rough guide.  You should always back up your servers System State prior to changing Group Policies.  USE AT “YOUR OWN RISK”. There are many Active Directory Group Polices which you may want to use.  Below are some…

How to Install and Manage Windows Deployment Services

By Ian Matthews  November 25, 2008  Last Updated *** DRAFT *** This article will brief the key area’s of Windows Deployment Services (WDS) under Windows Server 2008.  Note that the majority of these instructions will function equally as well under Server 2003 R1 or R2 but are not specifically intended for those platforms. WDS was released with Service Pack 2 for Server 2003, as a replacement for Remote Install Services (RIS).  RIS had a number of…

Microsoft Windows 2000 & 2003 Domain to Windows 2008 Upgrade Procedure

& Things to Know in General About Server 2008 Prepared by Ian Matthews September 21, 2008, last updated October 6, 2008 Unlike the Server 2003 upgrade process, I have attended no Windows 2003 to 2008 Microsoft presentations (live or on-line).  This is very unusual for Microsoft but the process is easier than it was from 2000 to 2003. I have now completed five Sever 2008 installs, some on existing domains, some on new domains and…

How to Remove The Windows Sharing and Security Tabs

Even users with RESTRICTED USER rights on their Windows 2000 or XP machines can create shares on their PC.  This is obviously a very bad idea for the vast majority of companies.  Microsoft has Knowledge Base article 300153 which explains how to remove the SECURITY tab (which can be accomplished via Group Policy if you wish) however, if there is nothing on how to remove the SHARING tab.  Microsoft’s “Woody G” was good enough to…

How to Undo a Windows 2000 Group Policy Lock Out

Last Update Nov 17 2003 Well, if you have accidentally locked yourself out of a Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 Server Group Policy, don’t worry, you can easily undo it!  I have been using Windows 200x in production environments since 1998 and up until November 2003 never made the obvious mistake of going into the SECURITY TAB of a Group Policy, clicked ENTERPRISE ADMINS, FULL CONTROL, DENY… note very bright.  I should have simply clicked…

Microsoft Windows 2000 Domain to Windows 2003 Upgrade Procedure

Prepared by Ian Matthews August 18, 2003, last updated Sept 20, 2003 Several glossy Microsoft presenters have stated that all you need to do to complete a Windows 2003 Domain upgrade is run ADPREP and then upgrade away.  This may work for very small / simple environments but it is definitely not good advice for most companies.  After upgrading five servers in two unrelated domains and installing many fresh copies of 2003 I can say…

How to Stop Programs (like Google Update) From Starting Automatically

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 6, 2010, updated August 28 2010 If you have ever wasted hours trying to figure out how those clever “people” at Google managed to have GoogleUpdate.exe automatically startup even after you are sure you disabled all there was to disable, this page is for you. WHERE PROGRAMS STARTUP FROM: STARTUP FOLDER: START button, PROGRAMS folder, STARTUP folder if you want to remove something from here just right click on it and…

How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 3.0 .WIM in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows 7 or 2008 R2 Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 23, 2010 – Last Updated May 10, 2011 MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the followup to how to add drivers to a Windows PE 2.0 (Vista) .WIM file.  Today I needed to add a network driver to a Windows 7 PE 3.0 Boot Image I had in my Windows Deplopyement Services (WDS) 2008 Server.  After two hours of banging though half baked explainations a blogs I figured out the…

How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 2.0 in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows Vista Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews Sept 6, 2007, Last Updated Dec 15, 2008   MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the shortest documentation I could create on how to inject drivers into Win PE2.0 (or Vista WIM file).  The screenshot beside STEP 5 displays the 3 critical commands I used to load nVidia nForce 4 ethernet drivers to my WinPE boot.wim. Create a folder called C:\TEMP.  Then create two subfolders; one called DRIVERS and the other…