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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: New Physical to Virtual (P2V) tool from Sysinternals

    Looks like Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell are up to their old tricks again, with an awesome new tool called Disk2VHD . From the web site : Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: More PowerShell in R2 tricks

    The other day, Ben Armstrong posted the steps for installing Windows PowerShell on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 .  How awesome is that?  A real, modern, powerful shell on Hyper-V Server! It should be noted that this also works on Windows Server 2008 R2 Core SKUs, so if you’re running Hyper-V on one...
  • 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: KB950050 Isn't Installed After I Insert and Install the Integration Services Setup Disk. Here's Why.

    In the RC0 release of Hyper-V, you may recall, you had to use the same QFE to Windows Server 2008 host and guest machines to get the Integration Component versions matching. In RTM, you simply need to choose the Insert Integration Services Setup Disk option from the Action menu in VMConnect, just...
  • Blog Post: Adding the RC1 Integration Components to WinPE 2.0

    Mike Sterling just made a triumphant return to blogging by posting an article on how to add the RC1 ICs to WinPE. Check it out here . Keep in mind, though, that this only works for WinPE 2.0, which is the WinPE that is based on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. As for my triumphant return to...
  • Blog Post: I still get an error while installing the Integration Components on Win2k3 after I installed Win2k8 RC1 on the host! HC?

    In an earlier post , I said that you should install Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta if you're getting error 61658 while trying to install the Integration Components in Windows Server 2003. And you should. But some people are still seeing it.  If you happen to be one of them, here's why...
  • Blog Post: Does your mouse stop working when you TS into a host machine and try to use a guest OS? Here's why.

    To continue my "here's why" series of posts, I figured I'd talk about something else that a lot of our users have run into - the infamous disappearing mouse when you try to use a Hyper-V guest while TS'd (that's Terminal Services - or Remote Desktop) into the host machine. Here's the scenario...
  • Blog Post: Getting an error while installing the ICs on Server 2003? Here's why.

    I've seen a lot of users having issues with installing the Hyper-V Integration Components on Windows Server 2003 in the last few days.  The error code seems to differ slightly, but it's usually similar to the message below: If you're seeing this error message, it's because you're still using the...
  • Blog Post: Frequently Asked Questions about the Hyper-V Beta

    I've been watching the comments - both internally and externally - about yesterday's launch of the Hyper-V Beta (yes, I know I'm on vacation, but this is exciting to watch), and I thought I'd list the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Q: How do I install Hyper-V on my 32-bit server? A...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Beta is now available for download!

    The bits are available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8F22F69E-D1AF-49F0-8236-2B742B354919&displaylang=en There has been a lot of progress made on Hyper-V since the Tech Preview that shipped with Server RC0 and RC1. The entire system is much more stable and performant...
  • Blog Post: "Viridian" no more - Say 'Hi' to Microsoft Hyper-V

    Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I've - for one reason or another - been referring to Windows Server virtualization by its codename, which caused some initial confusion. There's a reason that I did this - I knew that the name was changing, and I didn't want to send a whole...
  • Blog Post: How do I automate "Viridian" installation on Win2k8 RC0?

    Sorry for the abrupt end to the posts last week, everyone.  I was out sick.  But fear not, for I am once again a healthy and strapping young man.  And as such, I hereby return to blogging Virtual Goodness! So - automating "Viridian" installation.  I'm happy to provide some...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Server 2003 in a “Viridian” VM

    Earlier this week, I posted instructions on how to install the "Viridian" CTP on Windows Server 2008 RC0. VMs aren’t very useful unless you can install an operating system in them, so I thought that today’s post should center on doing just that. As you may have guessed from the...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Virtual Network Switches in “Viridian”

    Welcome back everybody. I hope that you found on how to install the "Viridian" CTP to be both informative and educational. Before we move on to installing operating systems inside of VM, we should talk a little bit about how to configure virtual networking. But first, here’s a quick...
  • Blog Post: Installing "Viridian" CTP on Windows Server 2008 RC0

    So, it appears that the RC0 bits for Windows Server 2008 have been posted to the intarwebs .  As I said in a previous post, the CTP release of the "Viridian" virtualization technology is included in this release of Windows Server. Ben Armstrong has some good reminders for anyone who wants...
  • Blog Post: "Viridian" CTP bits to ship with Windows Server 2008 RC0!

    It looks like the official announcement has finally gone out:  The Windows Server virtualization (also known as Codename "Viridian") CTP will be shipping with the soon-to-be-released Windows Server 2008 RC0 build.  WSv is a great product so far, and it's been a lot of fun working...
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