|10 Aug 2011||#91|
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Standalone System Sweeper as xen-vm / Error code: 0x8004cc01 (solved)
being a big fan of Desinfec’t (formally known as Knoppicillin, a Linux based virus scanner that runs from CD) I thought I should give the System Sweeper a try.
What makes my case a little special is that the “PC” to scan is a xen-vm.
I downloaded the iso-file, created a xen-vm to boot it, mounted the disk-image of the PC to scan (read-only) and started the vm. The result was pretty disappointing: Windows PE booted but displayed an error very soon:
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper cannot be started. Please contact support.
Error code: 0x8004cc01
Searching the net for this error did not bring up much info except for this thread so I started playing around. I finally got it running and those are the things I had to fix:
- the system you are scanning needs to be supported by the tool (e.g. I tried to scan a Windows Server 2008 R2 hd which did not work)
- the tool needs write-access to the disk you are scanning (I first tried to scan a read-only drive since Desinfec’t can do that)
- the PC that boots the tool needs at least 750 MB RAM and 500 MB disk space
- if you want to update virus definition online you need a DHCP server that assigns IP / DNS / GW to the Windows PE during booting.
This way I was able to boot a xen-vm from the Sweeper-Iso, update the virus definitions online and scanned the “hard disk” of another xen-vm (Windows 7 64-bit).
My resume: a nice tool but I would really like the option to just scan a hard drive no matter of the OS it contains and with only read access.
Hope this helps those who encounter the same error.
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|11 Aug 2011||#92|
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I was able to get the CD to work.
It wasn't easy.
I had to fix another problem first.
I apparently had some kind of conflict going on.
I had run out of SATA RAID ports. So I added a SATA RAID card.
Lazily, I connected my 2 SATA DVDROMs instead of a RAID drive pairm to the card.
The PC did not like this.
It did not become apparent until I tried to boot from a USB drive.
Then the PC began to misfire and belch black smoke.
After fixing this in a long complicated process, it is humming along smoothly again.
The MSSS CD will boot and run.
And, I can also boot from a USB drive now if I want to.
Life is good!
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