I was working with a shared VPC the other day and I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on how to make them a little easier to work with.
The Shutdown Event Tracker is a feature in Windows Server that prompts the user to explain why they are shutting down or restarting the server. While this is a useful feature for production servers, it's just annoying for shared virtual machines. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, here's a screen shot of the dialog displayed by the Shutdown Event Tracker:
To prevent Windows Server from display this dialog when someone shuts down the virtual machine, follow the steps below:
Keeping track of logon credentials for shared virtual machines is cumbersome. You generally end up creating a text file with the credentials and placing that text file in the directory with the virtual machines files and hope that they stay together as a set. The easier way to do it is to enable automatic logon in the virtual machine.
Note: To bypass the AutoAdminLogon process and to log on as a different user, hold down the SHIFT key after you log off or after Windows restarts.
Consider installing some additional software for to make the virtual machine more convenient to use.
If you have any other suggestions on how to make shared VPCs easier to work with. I'd love to hear them!