Showing posts from November, 2014

Reset and change a forgotten server administrator password

Situation: Had an old server that customer data was needed from. The server has not run for a few years and the password unknown. Boot from Windows PE or Windows RE or Bart CD and access the command promptFind the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed Type the following command (replace “C:” with the correct drive letter for Windows) to create a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.Copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exeReboot your computer and at the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five timesYou should see a command prompt. Enter the following command to reset the Windows administrator password Net user administrator newpasswordNow log on with the new passwordAfterwards replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. Boot up again with a boot CD Then enter this command:
copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\sys…

AWS Plugs-in MS Virtual Machine Manager

AWS Plugs in MS Virtual Machine Manager - Hybrid Cloud Just got Easier

The battle between the cloud giants continues to heat up with AWS releasing System Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). The add-in for SCVMM enables management of EC2 instances from within SCVMM. 

The concept of managing both private and public cloud infrastructure from a single pane implies simpler management. There are some gotchas, while you can move workloads to AWS there is no simple method to move them back again. Oh and you'll need license mobility for your System Centre Licenses - this means having Software Assurance or licensed through a Microsoft SPLA partner. 

Of course AWS is not the first to offer cross cloud infrastructure management, but this move by the giant sets the scene for more growth and action in the cloud wars.

Amazon used a similar attack on VMware some time back when a new connector was developed to control external EC2 instances from the same place and tool…