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.


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”



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.

2. You may modify the script below to create an external virtual switch.


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


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


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.


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.



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.