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  • Blog Post: Not a fan of the Virtual Server Web Application? Try VMRCPlus!

    Sorry for the prolonged period of silence on my blog, everyone. I can assure you that all is still well in the world of Virtualization. I'm working on a series of posts that will focus on the Virtualization technologies in Longhorn Server, but we're not ready to talk about it quite yet. When we are,...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 has been Released To Web!

    The updated version of Virtual PC has finally been released, and is free. If you're planning on running Windows Vista in a VM (or really - if you've got a computer with Virtualization Extensions in the processor and you plan on virtualizing *anything*), go get this new version. It's over on the updated...
  • Blog Post: Using Vista RTM with Virtual PC or Virtual Server

    Well, at last we've come to this. It's been almost a year since my first post to this blog, and look how far we've come! Windows Vista has RTM'd and is now available to Volume Licensing customers and to MSDN and Technet subscribers. Looks like I'm going to have to change my blog's tagline! So, how...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 public beta is now available!

    As of this morning, a beta version of VPC2007 is now available to the public. Head on over to Microsoft Connect and pick up a copy (look for available connections - the VPC beta program should be listed). What does VPC 2007 give you? Well, for one, it adds Vista as a supported host *and* guest...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Vista RC2 under Virtual PC and Virtual Server

    I'm happy to announce that nothing has changed, folks. The VM Additions that ship with Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 (... was there a "niner" in there? Am I on a walkie-talkie?) still work with the "RC2" release of Windows Vista. Check out the original post here .
  • Blog Post: Getting the new VM Additions for non-Connect members

    I saw that someone over on ActiveWin posted a concern that CTP users weren't able to get the new Additions that we've posted over on Connect. The truth is, anyone can get the new Additions, even if you aren't currently a member of Connect. To get them, follow these steps: Go to http://connect...
  • Blog Post: New VMAdditions build available!

    The title pretty much says it all - we've released updated VM Additions that are compatible with the July EDW build of Windows Vista that was released recently (it's build 5472.5, for those of you keeping score at home). As an added bonus, these Additions also work with Beta 2, and the June EDW build...
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 2 and Sysprep: Hey, what the heck happened to the VM Additions?

    If anyone has tried syspreping Windows Vista Beta 2 inside a VM, you may have noticed that the VM Additions are still installed but not functional afterwards (this only happens if you use the /generalize switch). This is because of the way that the new Sysprep Generalization phase works. The idea here...
  • Blog Post: FINALLY: Virtual Machine Additions for Beta 2 are available

    We've finally released the Microsoft Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Vista Beta 2! You can download the additions here: http://connect.microsoft.com Log into the site, and sign up for the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta if you're not already in it. In the downloads section, you'll see the...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Vista 5365 under Virtual PC or Virtual Server

    It's that time again (though I'm a little late to the game on this one... sorry for the delay)! Let's get right down to it, shall we? There are two significant changes when running this build in a Virtual Machine: You no longer need to prepare your own Virtual Disk. Windows Vista Setup can now...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server for Free? Totally...

    Microsoft just announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 (Enterprise Edition) is now available as a *FREE* download for x86 and x64 systems! Hot! Head on over here to pick up your copy. There's also news about Linux Additions ... you know... if you're interested in that sort of thing ;)
  • Blog Post: Having sound issues with Vista in VPC? Here's why.

    In my post on getting Glass working for a Virtual Machine , I spent a little bit of time discussing the graphics card that we emulate, and the reasons why Glass isn't possible on that hardware. There's a similar issue in Vista with the sound card that we emulate. As you may have noticed if you've...
  • Blog Post: The other way around: Running VPC in the February CTP

    Interested in changing things up and using Virtual PC in the February CTP of Vista? The Virtual PC Guy's got you covered !
  • Blog Post: There's nothing like teamwork...

    Just wanted to give a quick heads up - yours truly isn't the only blogger on the Virtual Machine team, so you should make some more room on your blogroll. Ben Armstrong (The Virtual PC Guy) maintains an amazing blog here. If you've ever wondered how to get Netware, OS/2, or <insert your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Glass in a VM? Sort of...

    One of the things that a lot of people have asked us about, both inside and outside of Microsoft, is whether or not we're going to support Glass running in a VM. So here's the scoop: the answer is 'sort of'. Here's how it breaks down: Virtual PC and Virtual Server both emulate the same graphics...
  • Blog Post: Installing the February CTP under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

    There haven't really been any changes to the process of installing Vista in a Virtual Machine. As such, I'm just going to include links to the previous posts ( VPC / VS ). Just replace 'December' with 'February' and you should be good to go. One thing to note, though. The graphics are prettier when...
  • Blog Post: Going Deep with Virtualization on Channel9

    There are some folks from my team talking about Virtualization over on Channel9 . Very cool!
  • Blog Post: Running Vista under Virtual Server

    Installing Vista under Virtual Server 2005 R2 is significantly easier than installing under VPC or Virtual Server 2005 RTM. There are two main reasons why: Virtual Server 2005 R2 includes the new version of the Additions that work (but are UNSUPPORTED ) on Vista. - and - Virtual Server 2005...
  • Blog Post: Running Vista under Virtual PC

    Just like the topic says, this post is dedicated to getting Vista going under Virtual PC. I've divided it into two sections, just to make it a bit more readable. Getting Vista Installed The first issue that Virtual PC users are likely to run into is that Virtual PC will have a problem reading your...
  • Blog Post: Before We Begin: Setting up your Virtual Hard Disk

    As I mentioned in my previous post , there's still an issue with Vista installing on blank hard drives, including newly created VHDs. If you try to install it on a totally blank (i.e. unpartitioned and unformatted) disk, you'll be told that Windows won't be able to install, and that you should check...
  • Blog Post: Tips for using the December CTP with Virtual PC / Virtual Server

    Build 5270 was released yesterday as the December CTP - if you've got access to MSDN or Connect , you should definitely check it out. There are some awesome changes in this build. So, there are probably a fair number of you out there who are interested in using Vista in combination with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Starting Fresh

    <helloWorldPost> Hi everybody! :: waits for 'Hi Dr. Nick!' :: My name is Mike Kolitz, and I'm a Software Design Engineer in Test on the Virtualization Technologies team at Microsoft. I'm starting this blog to help provide some information to the community about using Windows Vista and Longhorn...
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