DPM Finally Complete

Not really a whole lot to say here, just really happy that my backup of user data is complete! It has taken about a month to get a successful backup and now that I have one, I’m not really sure what to do next!


Ok, that’s not really true, I do know what I need to work on next, it’s just no fun. We have no end of problems with DPM and the tape-drive. So the next task is to get the tape backups going for long term archival.

OEMStringArray and VMWare

OEMStringArray as defined by Microsoft will contain:

List of free-form strings that an OEM defines. For example, an OEM defines the part numbers for system reference documents, manufacturer contact information, and so on.

I was looking for a simple thing that would let me know the number of stored user profiles on the system. It’s something that had come up before and there was a property that looked promising, Win32_OperatingSystem.NumberOfUsers, but it wasn’t. So I started poking around looking for stuff.

When the following code is run against a VMWare machine it returns the following tidbit of information.

strComputer = “Vmware-pc”

Set objWMIService = GetOBject(“winmgmts:\” & strComputer & “rootCIMV2”)

Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery(“SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem”,,48)

For Each objItem in colItems

Wscript.Echo “OEMStringArray: ” & Join(objItem.OEMStringArray)


OEMStringArray: [MS_VM_CERT/SHA1/lotsoflettersandnumbers],Welcome to the Virtual Machine

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t stop singing Pink Floyd – Welcome to the Machine!