Microsoft is warning users not to reset their server management disk as a new problem could easily mean that you get to wipe the wrong company disk and in the process lose all of your data.
Microsoft Is Warning Users Not To Reset Their Server Management Disk
Tech Company Microsoft has acknowledged a problem with its server management console thus causing IT admins to inadvertently wipe the wrong virtual disks and also potentially clearing off important data from company servers.
The company when describing the issue in a supported document said: “when you use the Community Virtual driver, there are virtual disks that might have the same UniqueId. This might create issues when you initiate a reset operation. The reset operation will reset the first disk that it finds. However, this might not be the disk you want to reset. Because of this, that disk will lose data.”
The platforms in question that were affected by the said problem are windows server 2019, windows server 2022, and lastly all editions of windows 11 version 22H2.
Microsoft Server Manager Workaround
And although the acknowledgment of Microsoft of the problem did not include a patch, it, however, did provide a couple of commands for use within windows Powershell by way of a workaround. This, therefore, means obtaining further information in regard to the disk and using the DeviceID to wipe and clear the drive instead.
How to Retrieve and Reset a Disk
You can make use of the PowerShell commands provided below to retrieve and reset a disk;
- Type Get-PhysicalDisk |Select-Object-Property FriendlyName, DeviceID, Uniqueld.
Now you should confirm the details about the disk that you want to reset. Use the Deviceid of the disk as the number in the command: Clear-Disk [-Number] <UInt32>
This right here may be frustrating and tiring for IT admins that are not wiping drives as a result of human error and now are being told by the tech company to deal with it all by themselves. The workaround might look simple but that does not explain why a fix is not so easy either.
Microsoft Always Release Manual Workarounds before a Patch
Microsoft has a form for issuing manual workarounds to address bugs that are within its software in advance before there is a patch. And in the early parts of this month, the company did the same for an issue with its email client, Microsoft Outlook, affecting Exchange Online and its organizational email provider.