Paragon Virtualization Manager 9.5 for Free (until May 24th)

Free until May 24th: http://dottech.org/freebies/16479

These are the major features as per the developer:

  • Migrate a Windows-based computer to a virtual environment (P2V)
  • Migrate from a virtual environment to physical (V2P)
  • Virtualize system from its backup image (P2V)
  • Migrate from one virtual environment to another (V2V)
  • Recover the OS startup ability after system migration to a different hardware or unsuccessful virtualization by a 3rd party tool (P2P and P2V Adjust)
  • Clone a partition or an entire hard disk
  • Exchange data between your physical environment and the virtual one, or between a virtual disk and its snapshots
  • Accomplish virtual drive partitioning (create, format, delete, move, resize etc.)

Edit (5/27/10): After installing this program, it just seems simliar to Sysinternals’ Disk2VHD program.

– Soli Deo Gloria

Lock Down Adobe Reader 9

Want to lock down Adobe Reader 9 in your environment?  Prevent updates, get rid of the splash screen and the option to buy Adobe Acrobat with the following script.  Just place the following commands in a .BAT file and then run it after you install or upgrade Adobe Reader on a user’s computer (stolen from appdeploy.com).  The REG ADD lines should be all on one line.  They are broken over 2 lines below due to the length.

Update (5/5/11): This works for 10 as well, just change 9.0 to 10.0 and viola: lockdown goodness!

REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer” /v EULA /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer” /v Launched /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown” /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown” /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown” /v bGoOnline /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

– Soli Deo Gloria