Category: Hardware

Hardware – Hard Disk Drive Wipe

You may use Darik’s Boot And Nuke (DBAN) to delete the data from a physical hard drive using the method below.

1. Press the ENTER key to start DBAN in interactive mode.
2. Entropy: Linux Kernel (urandom)
3. PRNG: Mersenne Twister (mt19937ar-cok)
4. Method: DoD 5220.22-M
5. Verify: Last Pass
6. Rounds: 3


Dell Lifecycle Controller – AC Power Recovery Configuration

You may use the Dell Lifecycle Controller to configure the AC Power Recovery setting for a Dell PowerEdge R630 server. While the server is booting up press F2 then navigate to System BIOS > System Security > AC Power Recovery > Off.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 – Extend a Partition

You may use the following commands to extend a partition in Windows Server 2008 R2.

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. diskpart
  3. list volume
  4. select volume (volume ID)
  5. extend (size) (if no size specified, it’s expanded to the maximum)

VMware Workstation 11 – Accessing the BIOS

You may add the following line to the virtual machine’s configuration file (.vmx) to provide a (5) second delay from the initial post screen to enter the virtual machines BIOS settings.

 

bios.bootDelay = “5000”

 

Enjoy!


Microsoft Hyper-V – Create a Virtual Switch using a PowerShell Script

Microsoft Hyper-V allows you to create (3) types of virtual switches (External, Internal and Private). These virtual switches may be created manually using the Hyper-V Manager or you may use a PowerShell (.ps1) script to automate the process. Below you will find a script to create an External virtual switch.

1. Issue the Get-NetAdapter command to provide a list of physical network interface (NIC) card(s) on the host. Take note of the name of the NIC that will be used for the external virtual switch.
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2. You may modify the script below to create an external virtual switch.

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3. Run Microsoft Powershell (as an Administrator) to create the external virtual switch.

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4. Lastly, verify the creation of the virtual switch using the Hyper-V Manager > Virtual Switch Manager.

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Linksys – Default Parameters for WAP54G Wireless Access Point

If you ever find yourself configuring a Linksys WAP54G wireless access point you will need to use the following information to connect to the device.

IP: 192.168.1.245/24

Username: none

Password: admin

After you login to the wireless access point you may change the administrator’s password, configure an SSID and change the IP address of the device.

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Enjoy!


Hardware – Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool

If you are looking for a solution to run diagnostics on your Intel processors then I recommend the Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool. You may use the link below for information regarding this diagnostic tool.

http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/CS-031726.htm

Enjoy!