Abstract: If you are using Windows 2003/XP/... in an VMWare environment you might sometimes need Winternals ERD Commander 2007 (which based on Windows PE). For example you might wish to use Locksmith to reset the administrator password.
Per default Winternals ERD Commander 2007 doesn´t support the VMWare mass storage driver. Therefore you couldn´t simply mount the ISO and boot it. It will not be able to connect to the HD and detect the Windows OS. Therefore you need to change the ISO and include the VMWare drivers. This could be done via the following steps:
1.) Download BBIE 1.0 from here and store the file in C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\downloads
Now place your "Winternals ERD Commander 2007 (ISO).iso" in C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\downloads
now extract the zip file content BBIE from step 1 to C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project
Open a CMD move to C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project and run the following:
bbie.exe "C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\downloads\Winternals ERD Commander 2007 (ISO).iso"
ensure that it created C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\image1.bin which is the boot image from ERD which we late require.
Download the latest VMWare Tools (Windows x86, ISO) from here and store it in C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\downloads
Extract the VMWare Tools ISO file via WinRAR to: C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\VMWare
Extract the ERD ISO via WinRAR to: C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander_2007
Create "vmscsi" folder in C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander_2007\I386\system32\
Copy all files from C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\VMware\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\scsi to C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander_2007\I386\system32\vmscsi
The next step is to edit the winpeoem.sif file located in the C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander_2007\I386\system32 directory. Scroll down to the bottom until you see:
and change that to:
Now download CDIMAGE.EXE from here and place it in C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\
In the already open CMD from step 5 enter the following:
cdimage.exe -lERD -t04/12/2007,15:03:00 -bC:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\image1.bin -j1 C:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander_2007 D:\00VMWare_ERD2007_Project\Winternals_ERD_Commander2007(WithVMWareDriver).iso
Boot your new ISO and enjoy.
This short howto was generated with the help from here.