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  • Blog Post: Aero Glass? In my Virtual Machine? Now it’s *even more* likely than you think…

    Starting back in 2006, I wrote a post about how to enable Aero Glass support for Virtual Machines by using Remote Desktop / Terminal Services.  Last August, I wrote another post describing how Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 is able to make Aero Glass happen in a Virtual Machine (hint – also Remote...
  • Blog Post: Does restoring a snapshot break domain connectivity? Here’s why.

    This is a pretty common question on our internal mailing lists, and I’d imagine that it’s common outside of Microsoft as well, so I thought it would make a nice blog post (since I’m way behind on blogging…). So, you have a VM that’s joined to a domain and working perfectly.  You take a snapshot...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows® Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD)

    It was my New Years Resolution that I’d do an average of 2 blog posts per week this year. So far, I haven’t been doing a very good job of that, but I think I have a good excuse. I’ve been very busy with preparing to release a new tool, and now, I can finally announce it. Fine citizens of the Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: How to use VMConnect to create an .RDP-like shortcut directly to your VMs

    The Remote Desktop application in Windows has a nifty little feature where you can save all of your custom settings for a specific remote computer to a single .RDP file, and then just use that .RDP file as a shortcut to connect to that remote computer instantly. VMConnect, which is the name of the application...
  • Blog Post: Problems with QueryPerformanceCounter on Windows Server 2003 Multi-Processor Hyper-V guests? Here’s why.

    A friend of mine from another group came to me with a problem he’s been having on some Windows Server 2003 guests. They’re doing some nifty stuff with the .NET Stopwatch() class, and some WPF animations, which uses the QueryPerformanceCounter Win32 API to figure out the timing during the animations...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation Tricks: Updates

    I haven’t updated my three part series about different ways to install Hyper-V for our RTM release.  I’ve been working on getting some step-by-step videos created, but it’s always been on the back burner, and I was waiting to update the posts until I had the videos ready. Well, a discussion on an...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 3: Integrated Installation and The Beauty of the Win6 Servicing Stack

    Updated for Hyper-V RTM Thus far we covered the steps necessary to capture a system image with Hyper-V installed, and how to install Windows and Hyper-V at the same time without dealing with system images at all. Let's take a step back and talk about system images again.  Images are a great way...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 2: Unattended Installation of Windows and Hyper-V

    Updated for Hyper-V RTM Picture it: Sicily, 1914. You've got a bunch of Servers that you need to install and configure Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V on. You don't feel like messing around with Sysprep. What do you do? Well, since none of these things existed in 1914, you're probably pretty safe...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 1: Sysprep and Hyper-V

    Updated for Hyper-V RTM Before we jump right into this, I thought it would be best if we got a few things straight.  For the remainder of this post, everytime I say "sysprep," I'm referring to running Sysprep with the /generalize switch.  This is the best way to make sure that the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Prologue

    Updated for Hyper-V RTM As you may have heard, we've shipped Hyper-V.  Sorry for the lack of posts - it seems like I'm always on vacation when we ship a major release like this, so my posts lag a few days behind. Installing Hyper-V isn't exactly a difficult task, but if you have to do it on multiple...
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