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Looks like the Base OS image that the VPC uses is expiring early. I know a lot of you have been using the VPC to play with Orcas, myself included.
Here is the scoop...
We recently discovered that the VPCs we distributed as part of the VS2008 Beta2 release will expire on Thursday, November 1, 2007, much earlier than we had originally expected. Since the timeout is at the OS level, we cannot automatically extend the timeout period. As such we are currently in the process of reissuing the VPCs and expect to make them available early next week.
In the meantime, for anyone that has stored information in TFS that they need to access moving forward, we recommend that you immediately backup the TFS databases in preparation to move them to the updated VPCs. For information to complete these steps, please refer to the documentation on Moving Team Foundation Server.
So make sure you back up your data, if you have any inside the VPC. Best way to do this would be to make a shared folder and just copy over everything. In fact, I find this the best way to work inside the VPC so that I can access all my projects on my local machine.
Jeff Beehler has an update on his blog and some steps you can take. Check it out here.
If you are using a Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 VPC that was downloaded before October 29th you will be affected by this.
Updated VPC images are posted and can be downloaded right here!
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