Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 3

Mark Berry February 16, 2016

Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 2

Mark Berry February 6, 2015

Time for my annual test of restoring a server to a desktop. This year is almost identical to last year, but I want to have one list of steps, so I’ll repeat much of that text.

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Set Up Intel AMT for Remote KVM

Mark Berry December 13, 2014

I want to be able to make out-of-band KVM connections to computers running Intel AMT 9 (vPro). I initially thought this would require the $99 VNC Viewer Plus from RealVNC, but it seems to work fine with the free UltraVNC Viewer in combination with the free Manageability Commander Tool.

The RealVNC approach requires that you set up TLS for the connection. The UltraVNC approach can work without that, but I prefer the connection to be encrypted anyway. The RealVNC site has some decent documentation on this but I wanted to add some pictures and some info about self-signed certificates.

Update 6 October 2016 You now have to use MeshCommander for remote KVM but you still need MDTK if you want to set up TLS. See more info at the end of the article.

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