Windows 8 MDOP and DaRT Tools
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) contains the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT). Microsoft's idea is to provide a set of tools which can diagnose and recover your Windows 8 if it goes offline.
MDOP and DaRT Topics
System crashed? Forgotten the local Administrator's password? Check out the capabilities of these handy Windows 8 tools.
- Determine the cause of a system crash.
- Recover Windows 8 boot volumes.
- Restore the master boot record.
- Restore deleted files
- Uninstall hot fixes.
- Remove root kits.
- Reset the Windows 8 administrator's password.
- Review the event logs.
With the DaRT 8.0 Recovery Image tool you can create a bootable image that contains the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset. You need to create an image to match the Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit architecture.
SolarWinds’ Orion performance monitor will help you discover what’s happening on your network. This utility will also guide you through troubleshooting; the dashboard will indicate whether the root cause is a broken link, faulty equipment or resource overload.
What I like best is the way NPM suggests solutions to network problems. Its also has the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you try NPM now.
- Check that your BIOS is set to boot from a DVD drive
- Select the boot device if prompted.
- Select 'Initialize network connectivity in the background.
- Choose your keyboard layout.
- Select Troubleshoot.
- Select Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Tool set.
- Select Windows 8 as the target operating system.
- Choose the appropriate tool from the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset.
List of DaRT Tools
Here is a list of handy tools on the DaRT recovery disk:
Use this tool to determine the cause of your Windows 8's failure. It works by by analyzing the memory dump. If you can identify the driver that caused the operating system to fail, then you can disable it with device manager.
With Disk Commander you could restore the master boot record, recover lost volumes, or restore partition tables.
As the name suggests, this utility deletes all data from a disk. Look out for the four-pass overwrite if you want to wipe data left behind after reformatting the disk.
Rollback service pack or other Windows 8 updates.
Tip: uninstall one hotfix at a time.
This tool allows you to change the password for the local Administrator. Handy if you have forgotten the password; naturally, it does not work on domain accounts.
If all else fails, call for the Solution Wizard, it may jog your memory for something you have not already tried.
When you boot from a DaRT disk it is programmed to automatically obtain its TCP/IP information from a DHCP sever. Should this fail, you can use TCP/IP Config to manually configure the TCP/IP settings, as you would on a normal network adapter.
LEM will alert you to problems such as when a key application on a particular server is unavailable. It can also detect when services have stopped, or if there is a network latency problem. Perhaps this log and event management tool’s most interesting ability is to take corrective action, for example by restarting services, or isolating the source of a maleware attack.
Yet perhaps the killer reason why people use LEM is for its compliance capability, with a little help from you, it will ensure that your organization complies with industry standards such as CISP or FERPA. LEM is a really smart application that can make correlations between data in different logs, then use its built-in logic to take corrective action, to restart services, or thwart potential security breaches – give LEM a whirl.
Other Familiar Tools Included in DaRT
This is the usual selection of Windows administrative tools to begin your troubleshooting, for example, check the event logs and the device drivers.
In this situation Defender is available if you need to check for rootkit viruses.
File Restore and Search:
DaRT include Windows Explorer so that you can search for files needed for the recovery. With this tool you can also restore files that were deleted it also works on volumes that were encrypted by BitLocker.
Register Editor: Good old Regedit is here incase you need to edit import keys or edit values.
The System File Repair Wizard is available for identifying, and hopefully, repairing system files that are preventing the operating system from starting.
Summary of Windows DaRT Tools
With the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) you have a chance of recovering recover your Windows 8 when its offline. Utilities include Crash Analyzer, Disk Commander and the LockSmith.
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