How I create virtual machine with a 150GB OS partition but without the 100MB hidden partition

*** Caution  ***  be careful this can cause issues and data loss

When I see this screen at the start of the Server 2012 installation I do the following
Press Shift+F10


Then at the OS Prompt  I type:

select disk 0
create partition primary size=150000
format fs=ntfs quick

Then I continue with the installation

Where I got my info:

Using a Verizon 4260L Jet Pack MiFi as a router

Here are the links I used to turn a workstation into a temporary router that allow multiple workstations to access the internet using the MiFi JetPack

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I also had to apply a static IP Address to the workstaions, and then switch them back toDCHP once the internet  was backup.
Set IP Address to Static

netsh interface ipv4 set address “local area connection” static
netsh interface ip add dns name=”Local Area Connection” index=2

Set IP Address to DHCP
netsh interface ip set address name=”Local Area Connection” source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set dnsservers name=”Local Area Connection” source=dhcp


How I enable RAID on the LSI SAS 9207-8i

Thanks to the post by Bryn V.  is was able to enable the RAID features on my LSI SAS 9207-8i controller.
Here are the steps:  *** WARNING *** this could easily brick your controller.  Please read Bryn’s  and others post.

1) download the LSI UEFI installer: “
2) download the P15 BIOS and Firmware: “”
3) Extract to USB Disk “9217-8i.bin”, “mptsas2.rom”, and “sas2flash.efi”
4) Boot to UEFI BIOS
5) At the Shell> prompt  type “map”
6) At the Shell> prompt  type “fs0:”
7) At the Shell> prompt type “sas2flsh.efi -listall"
8) At the Shell> prompt type "sas2flsh.efi -o -e 7"
9) At the Shell> prompt type "sas2flsh.efi -o -f 9217-8i.bin -b mptsas2.rom"
10) At the Shell> prompt type “sas2flsh.efi -listall"

I verified the BIOS was updated and rebooted.





The first server has arrived

Here is the configuration.  This is first half of a two node HA Cluster LAB.

Intel Xeon E3-1225 v2 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
Intel S1200BTSR Server Motherboard
Case, Power Supply, Cables, Fans, DVD ROM, Etc
LSI LSI00301 (9207-8i) PCI-Express 3.0
Adaptec 71605E 16-Ports SAS/SATA RAID Controller
Qty 1 – Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD (boot)
Qty 6 – Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD (RAID 0)
Intel Dual Port 10Gbe X540-T2 ServerNIC
Server 2012 Standard