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February, 2006

  • Ben Armstrong

    The Settlers under Virtual PC

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    Ah, I can still remember when I first got this game. The Settlers is an incredibly addictive game, and to prove it the game actually has a timer built into it where every two hours it will popup and tell you 'You have been playing for X hours straight...
  • Ben Armstrong

    IDE vs SCSI under Virtual Server

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    There has been some confusion over when users should use SCSI or IDE virtual hard disk inside of their virtual machines. The first thing to note is that it does not matter what sort of physical hard disk you have in your computer when you are making this...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Settlers II under Virtual PC

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    In the grand tradition of computer game sequels - The Settlers II - takes the concepts of The Settlers and polishes them up, extends them, and sells them in a new box. Having said that - I love this game. Given that one of the draw cards of The Settlers...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows Vista December CTP under Virtual PC

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    Gah... I have just realized that as I was away on holidays during December I missed the December Customer Technology Preview release of Windows Vista. Thankfully this build is quite easy to install inside of Virtual PC. Before we get started - you will...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Moving virtual machines between Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    When you move a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Virtual Server (or from Virtual Server to Virtual PC) you will get a warning message stating that the virtual machine was made by a different program and 'may not work'. A number of people have had questions...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Running Virtual PC under February CTP of Vista

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    So it will interest you to know that running Virtual PC 2004 under the February CTP release of Windows Vista is a much nicer experience than it has been in prior builds of Windows Vista. For one thing - networking is now completely functional. In fact...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Mike blogs about Vista on Virtual PC

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    Mike Kolitz has made some good posts about using the February CTP of Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server. First he covers how to install Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server (pretty much just the same as it was for the December CTP ). And...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Configuring Heartbeat parameters under Virtual Server

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    Virtual Server provides a service where a user can be notified if a virtual machine is not responding. This is called the virtual machine heartbeat. There are two situations under which a virtual machine might not send its heartbeat. One is because the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What is the 'Code Cache' under Virtual PC?

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    Under Virtual PC you can view the 'properties' of a running virtual machine. One of the bits of information that we display is a breakdown of the memory usage - into main memory, video RAM and code cache. The other day some one asked me what 'code cache...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Exchange Server 2003 support under Virtual Server 2005 R2

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    I know this is a little late - but as of Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 - Microsoft is now officially supporting the use of Exchange under Virtual Server: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320220 Woo hoo...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Base Windows virtualization requirements

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    This has been announced before - but I get asked about it a fair bit - so I thought I would take the time to mention it explicitly. One of the key requirements for Windows virtualization (the new virtualization technology being provided by Microsoft as...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Neverhood under Virtual PC

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    This is a truly unique game. In this game you control 'Clay Man' as he explores his world and finds out what his purpose is. The game is done in beautiful claymation with a haunting sound track. It also has a very intuitive user interface - the only thing...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Configuring VMRC under Virtual Server

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    When Virtual Server is first installed - the default configuration is to have VMRC (our remote video protocol) disabled. This is done as a basic security measure - as it means we install in the most secure configuration - and it forces users to realize...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual Server Security Script

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    Here is a handy script I created recently to add a user to the Virtual Server users automatically: Dim ace set objVs = wscript.CreateObject("VirtualServer.Application") Set objSecurity = WScript.CreateObject("VirtualServer.VMSecurity") set objSecurity...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Stunts under Virtual PC

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    Continuing in the stunt car racing theme for the week - we come to 'Stunts'. As far as driving games go - Stunts has a standard polygon racing engine with a solid physics model. It also has the usual mix of cars to choose from and opponents to race against...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Looking at historic CPU utilization

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    I came across this neat little aspect of the Virtual Server COM interface - which would be very handy if you wanted to make your own 'CPU history' graph. It is the 'CPUUtilizationHistory' object which contains the last 60 CPU utilization measurements...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Slipstream 5000 under Virtual PC

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    I have vague memories of Slipstream 5000 being touted as a 'ground breaking game' when it was first released - but I can't really remember why any more :-) Having said that - this is a great old DOS game. Released towards the end of the DOS gaming...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Street Rods II under Virtual PC

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    Street rods II took the original Street Rods premise and upgraded the graphics, added support for Adlib sound, and extended the game play significantly. This game sees a number of new aspects of the car that you can tweak (like differential gears, mufflers...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Street Rods under Virtual PC

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    Street Rods is a fantastic classic game set in the 70s. You start the game with a small amount of money and an empty garage. It is then up to you to buy a car - fit it out and take it out racing. As you go you get to build up money and buy bigger and...
  • Ben Armstrong

    StuntCar under Virtual PC

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    StuntCar is a fun old game. I original played this on the Commodore 64 and was very happy when I tracked down the PC version. It has very low tech graphics - where the world is pretty much composed of brown polygons on a blue and brown backdrop. Having...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Some of the team 'going deep' on virtualization on Channel 9

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    Check it out: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=163022 Cheers, Ben
  • Ben Armstrong

    Getting some more bloggers on the Virtualization team...

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    Just wanted to give people a heads up that we have a couple of new bloggers on the Virtualization team here. First there is Mike Kolitz, a tester on the team, with his Virtually Vista blog. Then there is Mike Sterling, a fellow program manager, with his...
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