David Wang

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  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Monitor Virtual Server Events

    I think Virtual Server Events and Asynchronous Tasks are two of the least utilized features of the Virtual Server Administration API. Contrary to the often-asked task of "find the VM, turn it off, manipulate its VHD, then turn it back on", which shows the synchronous, task-driven side of the VS Admin...
  • Blog Post: Deploying and Updating Virtual Machines

    The following are some of the more frequently asked questions when it comes to deploying a group Virtual Machines sharing common configuration. After updating the VHD and VMC, how to re-deploy the changes out to the group of physical machines After deploying the duplicate VHD and VMC, how to...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Perform VHD Maintenance Automatically

    Question: I would like to have a night script to run on guest machines and perform the following tasks: 1. start / restore from saved state if machine is not running (preferably disconnected from network in order to preserve resources) 2. run on the guest the VHD maintenance utility (manually done...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 Support Messaging

    Question: I am curious to know what this message is about: "You should use Microsoft Windows XP Professional as a host operating system only in a non-production environment." What does the non-production environment mean and is it recommended to set up a Virtual Server for means of building...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 is Free!

    Hurray... one of my favorite technologies, Virtual Server, is now freely available for download at this location . I suggest that everyone go grab a copy and install it. Especially if you have VMWare. ... except if you are running XP Home for your "production" environment. But then again, what...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Install Virtual Server VM Additions Unattended

    Question: I was wondering if it is possible not to have the virtual machine additions installation eject the iso image after installing, maybe an undocumented switch. I have created a custom OS installation CD and anything to be installed after VMA will be left hanging, or if you have more files...
  • Blog Post: Does Virtual Server support multiple Floppy and CDROM drives?

    Question: on a VM, is it possible to have simultaneously 2 CDROM, 2 Floppy drives, real or virtual? I have been told that is not possible under virtual PC 2004, but what about VS? Answer: You can programmatically attach multiple virtual DVD ROM drives on IDE or SCSI bus. The virtual DVD ROM...
  • Blog Post: IIS and Virtual Server Conversations Part 2

    Question: I am a 'nuts&bolts' guy - I need to know what kind of nuts and bolts to use for what kind of job, I don't need to know about the philosophy of why the nuts are having their threads inverted. Nuts and bolts have a practical use. I just want to learn about the practical uses to apply to...
  • Blog Post: IIS and Virtual Server Conversations

    Question: In preparation to installing Virtual Server, and acknowledging the fact that it needs IIS, I would like to know: Is there any specific setup to perform on the IIS before I configure VS? Or, will it just need to be there? Also, since now I have web server software installed, I would...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Pose Answerable Questions, My Top 10...

    Today, I decided to do a sweep through my backlog of private blog comments which I have not yet composed a response to. There are about 120 comments going back six months in this state. Honestly, it is getting progressively harder for me to blog regularly about topics that I am interested in, maintain...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Remotely start and stop a Virtual Machine on Virtual Server 2005

    Here is one of the usual questions about Virtual Server - how to remotely control the Guest VM. Actually, Virtual Server 2005 Administration API is pretty rich and supports these scenarios - you just need to write a little bit of code to do so. Small price to pay for automation. Question: I would...
  • Blog Post: Why use Virtual PC or Virtual Server?

    One of the popular comparisons of Virtual Machine technologies is Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server (the other being Virtual Server vs. VMWare GSX/ESX). I decided to tackle the Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server comparison with a little brain dump. This is purely my perspective as someone who extensively uses...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Kickoff. Wait for Asynchronous Virtual Server Task Completion

    Ok, lately I have been very busy with IIS7 related milestones, so I am a little drained mentally. Thus, I will talk about a "simpler" topic that should still be useful useful... just not as much prep work for me... Virtual Server. :-) This will be the first of many articles about the Virtual Server...
  • Blog Post: Why do I still get a user/password Login prompt with Integrate Authentication (for Virtual server 2005 Administration website)

    When Integrated Authentication is enabled, users frequently wonder why they are still prompted for username/password. After all, isn't Integrated Authentication supposed to get rid of that? Thus, the following question has come up several times when users install and use Virtual Server. While the...
  • Blog Post: Ins and Outs of Virtual Server 2005 Administration and IIS

    A very common belief about Virtual Server 2005 administration is that it requires IIS to be installed, either on the host machine itself or on the remote admin machine. My day job has me spending lots of time testing and working with the internals of IIS, and I am also an avid user of Virtual Server...
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