V2V: Ghost (gho) to vmdk

Yes an ages old util, but ghost32 (norton/symantec) still has its worth. Here’s how to use it for converting to virtual machines.

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Kuna Caves – ID

Visited in early 1990s. There was a lot less graffiti then. At the time, it had two or three tight belly crawls in some areas lasting for about 5 feet (for a 6’1, 180lb person) and we dug a few inches down in the wet sand to get through. It didn’t appear that anyone else had ventured into the tight areas.

There was also a small cave that went about 50′ in the opposite direction of the main traveled route (basically behind the ladder)



Entrance to the lava tube - photo via google (not mine)...

Simple email notification when server reboots

Often overlooked is the ability to schedule a task to run at system start.  Utilizing that, you can use any number of ways to craft and send an email upon system reboot.

You can Google for a list of free smtp command line mailers to send the email or just use Blat which I’ve used for a while and works just fine.

Here’s a sample blat cmdline which can be added to a batch script or used directly in the task scheduler.

c:\utils\blat.exe -to recipient@mydomain.com -f Sender@mydomain.com -server smtp.mydomain.com -subject "Server Reboot" -body "%computername% has been rebooted."

If you want to use a mailer that’s a little more robust & includes CC,BCC, and support for SSL/TLS (can be used with gmail) and other little things, check out Send-It-Quiet (src/bin avail via Github). And a 3rd option that also supports TLS is sendEmail.

The key is to simply use task scheduler…there are quite a few delivery methods and scripts including using Powershell like this person has.


Ramblings from a SysAdmin/Tech