A colleague who is a consultant passed on the following tip to me about how to enable and force a memory dump on a server by running this batch file at a command prompt:
REM ENABLE COMPLETE MEMORY DUMP
REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl /v CrashDumpEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0x1 /f
REM ENABLE DUMP VIA PS/2
REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters" /v CrashOnCtrlScroll /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REM ENABLE DUMP VIA USB
REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\kbdhid\Parameters" /v CrashOnCtrlScroll /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
Once you've run the above batch script on the server, you can force the system to crash and generate a memory dump by holding down the right CTRL key and pressing the SCROLL LOCK key twice. Thhis will cause a bug check with error code 0xE2 and the resulting dump file will be created in %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP.
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