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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: The Virtualization Nation Podcast – Episode 3: Want to boot a physical computer from a VHD?

    Of course you do. And in this episode of the Virtualization Nation Podcast, I’ll show you how. But first, a little background. Earlier today, I posted a description of the new Native VHD integration in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on the Windows Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Nation Podcast - Episode 2. Wait, what?

    Some of you may remember that, a long while ago, I asked what sort of things you'd like to see in a Virtualization-themed podcast. Though it's been over a year since that post, I've still been thinking about starting a podcast and talking with other people on my team about getting one together. The reaction...
  • Blog Post: How To: Install Ubuntu 9.04 in a Hyper-V VM

    The webbernetz are abuzz with news that a new version of Ubuntu has been released today. As such, I figured that I should post instructions on how to get it going under Hyper-V. Now, I know that these steps are pretty complex, so I'll try to use as much detail as I can when writing them out. Step...
  • Blog Post: WIM2VHD: 1000 downloads and counting!

    Every now and then, I like to visit the WIM2VHD website and see how many people have downloaded it.  Aside from the ego boost, it’s a nice little figure to pass on to my management so they can see that this project was worth the time that I’ve spent on it.  But yeah, it’s mostly the ego boost...
  • 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: 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: 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: Making Ubuntu 7.04 Work Under Virtual PC 2007

    This isn't exactly on topic for this blog, since up to this point I've really only talked about getting Windows Vista running in a VM, but sometimes it's nice to talk about something else for a change. One of the things that I like most about Virtual Machines is that they let me play with other operating...
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