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  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1

    Being a heavy user of virtual machines, this utility sounded useful so thought I would share. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 - Now Available! Every day, attackers attempt to invade customers’ networks and access their servers—to infect them with viruses or steal information about...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC service pack hides your network card from virtual machines

    After applying service pack 1 for Virtual PC 2007, I loaded up my virtual machines and found I couldn't see the Internet anymore. A reboot of the host didn't help and then I checked if the guest OS was configured to use the local network card only to find it missing from the list: Not connected...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC fun installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008

    Not as seemless as I'd hoped. Setup would load, do some work with a few information pop-ups and then unload without error. Looking around I find that SQL's setup generates a time-stamped subdirectory to help you troubleshoot the failure - not new to SQL 2008, just new to me. Unfortunately the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC and the mismatched folders.

    I'm seeing some weirdness with Shared Folders in Virtual PC. I've made some directories on the host machine visible to the guest OS to install SQL Server. Setup doesn't work and, on looking at the source directories, I find that what the guest can see is not the same as what's on the host! In one sub...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC doesn't seem to like huge shared folders

    I'm trying to install SQL Server 2008 and setup claimed that: "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installation has failed. SQL Server 2008 Setup requires .NET Framework to be installed." which was strange as Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 service pack 1 was in place. I repaired it, uninstalled it and...
  • Blog Post: How to squash your VHDs

    One of my machines is set up with a small virtual BizTalk environment - a domain controller, an SQL server and a BizTalk server - running under Virtual PC. Works like a dream - I love drag-and-drop to the virtual machine (Virtual Server, are you listening?) - but the hard disk is only 37GB. I say "only...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation Support Wizard now available

    Microsoft's Virtualisation Support Policy Team has been working for months on development and testing so that they can clearly define, not surprisingly, virtualisation support policies. The result is the Virtualisation Support Wizard which you can use to see if your v irtualisation configuration is supported...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising BizTalk - what are your options?

    [[Edited April 2nd, 2009, as my initial understanding of the SVVP was incorrect]] [[Edited September 15th, 2009 to update product list]] There is a useful document out on the subject you may want to read through: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide ( Online or Download ) I won't be going...
  • Blog Post: Get the right hardware if you want to virtualise a Windows 2008 Server cluster

    Today has been an expensive lesson in the need to keep your hardware up to date - chucking in extra RAM and bigger drives is NOT always enough. The plan was to create a virtualised Windows 2008 Server cluster. I had experience on clustering Windows Server 2003 with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 so...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server responds "Service Unavailable"

    For a while now, Virtual Server on my Windows Server 2003 box has been broken. I'd browse to the website but would always get "Service Unavailable" when everything looked configured fine in IIS Manager. Because I was busy, I always moved to my other machine running Virtual PC and did my testing there...
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