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Converting Hyper-V Hard Disks to VMWare (and vice versa)

To convert Hyper-V Virtual Disks [VHD] to a VMWare Virtual Disks [VMDK] (or vice versa), follow the instructions below: Download and install WinImage Open WinImage and select Disk | Convert Virtual Hard Disk Image Change the drive type to your source drive type, browse and select the source drive, and click...

Converting Physical Computers to Hyper-V VM’s

P2V is the process of converting physical computers to virtual computers.  This involves copying the physical computer’s data (operating system, installed applications, local data, etc) to a virtual computer.  While VMWare provides a free utility for a complete conversion of a physical computer to a virtual machine, Microsoft Hyper-V does...

Managing your servers from Windows 7

Most companies and home computing enthusiasts keep their servers running in some back room of sorts (data center, server closet, home office).  Physical visits to these rooms should be kept to a minimum and are typically reserved for hardware upgrades/repairs and server installations and decommissions.  This article outlines how to remotely manage...

Migrating VMWare VM’s to Hyper-V

VMWare and Microsoft offer competing products to build, run, and manage virtual machines (ex. Microsoft Hyper-V, VMWare Server).  Both products store virtual machine configuration and data in their own proprietary formats (ex. VMDK vs VHD) preventing you from running a virtual machine in one product (ex. Hyper-V)  that was created...

Recovering Lost Windows Passwords

Compared to a typical online web site that contained password recovery services like Q&A, email resets, and worst case phone resets, Windows password recovery options are pretty limited.  Typical worst case scenario for lost Windows passwords is reinstalling Windows – a time consuming process which will likely cause you to...

Overriding SharePoint Default CSS Styles

For the most part, all SharePoint sites look the same.  If you want to set your site apart from the others, you will need to modify the site’s style.  Lets say for example you wanted to change the CSS style of an item on all pages (perhaps the color of...

Tweaking Windows Home Server

Note:  These settings have been tested on both custom home server systems and 3rd party home server systems (ex. Acer Aspire easyStore h340) By default after installation, Windows Home Server is missing some essential configuration settings to make it run optimally.  Here is a list here of the various tweaks...

Controlling the Processes on your Home Server

Note: This article describes controlling processes on Windows home srver, but applies to any Windows system. If you are like me, you probably have extended your home server past it’s designed use (for example, running your home server as an endpoint protection manager).  These extra processes can eat up the...

Changing SharePoint 2007 Link Lists to Open in a New Window

Excerpt from http://weblogs.asp.net/bryanglass/archive/2008/03/07/changing-links-list-in-sharepoint-2007-to-open-in-new-browser-window.aspx First, open the schema file for the links list feature.  In my case, it was located at: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\LinksList\Links\schema.xml In this file there should be two instances of the following: Replace them both with this: Then restart IIS (or just the application’s worker...

Expanding the C Drive of a Virtual Windows System

VMWare Server is a great way to run virtual systems at home for free.  While it includes a way to expand a given disk (ex. expand a virtual hard drive from 50GB to 100GB), it does not include a way to expand a Windows volume (ex. expand a 50GB C:...

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