Monthly Archives: October 2012

Set Java Path in Windows

I’ve created a small executable that takes the work out of setting the java environment variable that some people struggle with. It was created using bat2exe and makes life simple if you just want Java to work from the command line.

Get it here.

HP MediaSmart EX470 Clean Windows Server 2003 Setup

Installing a clean Windows Server 2003 on a headless (no video out) system is not a simple task.  I would not recommend attempting this without having either a lot of experience with OS deployment or a lot of patience and desire to learn.

There are generally two ways to do this on the EX47x series: one is to hook into the network boot loader used for recovery mode and push down an image, and the other is to use a pre-configured hard drive.  With either method you must have an installation of the OS pre-configured.  The most straight forward method is to take a hard drive to another system and install Windows Server 2003, then use Sysprep to prepare for an unattended installation.

I attempted to write a guide herejust remember this is not for the faint of heart.

NOTE: All credit goes to MediaSmartGuy whom I copied and modified these instructions from (and which are tested and known to work flawlessly — Thank you!)

If you just want the driver pack I’ve put together get it here.

Installing Optimized XP in VirtualBox

Last week I demonstrated how to create a custom Microsoft Windows XP setup ISO optimized for installation in a virtual machine environment using nLite (The how-to can be found here.). We started with an approximate 500 MB ISO and removed components/services using the nLite utility and pared that down to less than 80 MB. This week I’ll show you how well the unattended install works in VirtualBox and the benefits of doing so.

If you haven’t done so yet, head over to the VirtualBox website and get the binaries needed installed:

The how-to can be found here.

Optimizing XP for a Virtual Machine

Coming soon (possibly tomorrow depending on how motivated I get)…I’ll publish instructions on how to create a barebones installation of Windows XP for installation inside a VM. Why, do you ask? Well, as you know a default install of XP can top a couple gigs and the boot is not terribly quick. My optimized XP has a footprint of approximately 300 MB installed and boots in about 15 seconds in VirtualBox on my 2011 MacBook Air…not too shabby.

A quick look at what you’ll need:

NOTE:  My xpLite ISO came in at a slim 82 MB!

The how-to can be found here.