Scripted Removal Of Non-present Hardware After A P2V
After converting a physical machine to a virtual machine, it is considered a
best practice to remove unneeded applications, software, services, and device
drivers which were tied to the physical machine but no longer applicable to the
present day virtual machine. Performing this task from time to time manually
isn’t too bad but at large scale, a manual process becomes inefficient. There
are tools available which will automate the process of removing unneeded device
drivers (sometimes referred to as ghost hardware). A former colleage put
together a scripted solution for Windows VMs which I’m sharing here.
Copy the .zip file to the virtual machine local hard drive, extract it, and
follow the instructions in the readme.txt file. I have not thoroughly tested
the tool. No warranties – use at your own risk. I would suggest using it on a
test machine first to become comfortable with the process before using it on
production machines or using on a large scale basis.
Download: remnonpresent.zip (719KB)