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to remove unneeded applications, software, services, and device drivers which were tied to the physical machine but no longer applicable to the present day virtual machine.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)
Post from: boche.net – VMware Virtualization Evangelist
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