Remove Old Hidden Devices from a VM after P2V Conversion


After you have converted a Windows server to virtual machine,some redundant hardware devices may not be removed in the process of conversion.

I have seen this commonly with network devices. When setting the IP in a VM you may get and error saying a network card already has that IP assigned. But there are no other network devices I hear you say. Well there might be, but there hidden and you just need to reveal them and remove them. Its quite easy and this is how you go about doing it:
Open a command prompt on the Windows VM (Start –> Run –> cmd).
 set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
In the device management console (View –> Show Hidden Devices).Uninstall the devices that are no longer required. Such as old network devices.

About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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