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February, 2005

  • Ben Armstrong

    A simple script to backup a Virtual Server

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    A common question is how to quickly and easily backup a virtual machine under Virtual Server. There are a number of ways to do this - each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Today I am going to show you how to have a simple script that...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Why can I only assign up to 25% of the CPU to my virtual machine? (under Virtual Server)

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    This is a question I get asked a fairly regularly. The scenario is that the user is running Virtual Server on a 4 processor physical computer and is confused as to why they can only assign 25% of CPU resource to a virtual machine. There are a couple of...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Enabling host disk cache under Virtual PC

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    When you are running operating systems other than Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 under Virtual PC you can gain a performance boost by enabling host side disk caching. This is not enabled by default as it is not architecturally correct behavior - but I...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing FreeDOS on Virtual PC

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    A number of people find that when they want to reminisce about the old days - that they no longer have a working copy of DOS handy - and it is quite hard to buy a copy of DOS at this stage. Well - never fear - FreeDOS may be just what you need: http:...
  • Ben Armstrong

    DR-DOS under Virtual PC

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    DR-DOS is yet another DOS distribution, and one with a rather twisted history. To quote The DR-DOS/OpenDOS Enhancement Project ( http://www.drdosprojects.de ): "DR-DOS is a popular PC operating system that was originally created and developed up to version...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Alone in the Dark under Virtual PC

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    Released in 1993, Alone in the Dark is a classic thriller game - with a simple polygon based engine. You take the role of Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood and investigate the death of Jeremy Hartwood. Upon entering his mansion you soon find out that it...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Civilization II under Virtual PC

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    Civilization II was an evolutionary step forward from the original Civilization. Running on top of Windows 3.11 and later it mainly offered minor enhancements, with the biggest change being updated graphics with an isometric perspective. Having said that...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Coding Corner: A basic Virtual Server script

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    Due to reader demand - I am going to try and start a 'coding corner' where I talk about programming to Virtual Server's COM API. For those that don't know - Virtual Server is completely driven via COM - and anything that you want to do with Virtual Server...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Elder Scrolls: Arena under Virtual PC

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    'The Elder Scrolls: Arena' is the first game in the Elder Scrolls series - the latest of which is the fantastic 'The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind' - available for X-Box and PC. The makers of The Elder Scroll series have just recently decided to make this...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Civilization - Call to Power under Virtual PC

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    Moving on in the series of Civilization games under Virtual PC - we arrive at 'Civilization - Call to Power'. For reasons that I do not wish to go into (but that you can find out about here: http://strategy-gaming.com/reviews/civilization_call_to_power...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Running Civilization under Virtual PC

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    Civilization (by Sid Meier) is one of the original strategy greats of the gaming industry. In this game you lead your race all the way from 4000BC to 2100AD and attempt to either conquer the world, negotiate world peace, or be the first to build a space...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing Windows 95 under Virtual PC

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    While Windows 95 is supported under Virtual PC 2004 - there are still a few common problems to be aware of when trying to install it. Firstly - a lot of people forget that the Windows 95 CD is not actually bootable. This means that you will need to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The virtual machine MAC address changes under Virtual PC...

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    MAC address management is a tricky task with virtual machines. We need to be able to generate unique MAC addresses for each virtual machine - and try to do everything we can do to avoid MAC address conflicts. Under Virtual Server we allow a user to specify...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Coding Corner: Compacting a virtual hard disk

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    Today I am going to go over a basic script for compacting a virtual hard disk. This script creates a virtual hard disk object from a string that points to the virtual hard disk file (in the script this information is provided as a command line parameter...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Coding Corner: Compacting a disk part II

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    On Tuesday I posted some information about creating a 'disk compaction' script ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/02/08/369509.aspx ). Today I am going to explain how to hook this script up with all your virtual hard disks directly from...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Battle Bugs under Virtual PC

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    Battle Bugs is a fun real time strategy game (with the twist of being able to pause the game to plan your next move) where you command a troupe of faithful bugs defending your territory against opposing forces. You will command ants, cockroaches, bees...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Alpha Centauri under Virtual PC

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    Around the same time that 'Civilization - Call to Power' was being released by Activision, Sid Meier's new company "Firaxis" released "Alpha Centauri". This game is a truly masterful and addictive strategy game. Picking up where the original Civilization...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Why doesn't Virtual PC use the right refresh rate in full screen mode?

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    A number of people have noted that when they put a virtual machine into full screen mode under Virtual PC - it appears to use very low refresh rates (which can result in visual 'flickering' on CRT monitors). They have also noted that this happens no matter...
  • Ben Armstrong

    How to 'delete' a virtual machine under Virtual Server

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    By default when you 'remove' a virtual machine under Virtual Server, none of the virtual machine files are deleted. Normally this is a good thing - but when you are trying to perform repetitive tests on a virtual machine it is annoying to have to delete...
  • Ben Armstrong

    MinerVGA under Virtual PC

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    MinerVGA is a simple but fun game - where you control a miner as he seeks his wealth so that he can retire and marry his sweet heart. Balance your health, mining equipment and money as you dig through treacherous shifting soils: You can download MinerVGA...
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