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April, 2006

  • Ben Armstrong

    Microsoft Virtual Server is now free

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    Today Microsoft announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 will be available as a free download (yay!) - you can go to http://www.microsoft.com/virtualserver to grab a copy. Now to answer some questions that I am predicting people will have: So does...
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    Linux is now supported under Virtual Server

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    Hey hey! We are now 'supporting' Linux under Virtual Server (most of you will know that we have always been able to run Linux - but now we are officially supporting it, which means that we are testing Linux, fixing bugs and accepting customer support...
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    Using Remote Desktop with Virtual Server

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    Recently I have started using Remote Desktop with my Windows virtual machines under Virtual Server quite heavily. There are a number of advantages to doing this (over using VMRC directly): You can copy and paste data into the virtual machine ...
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    Different URLs for Virtual Server

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    People often ask why they are prompted for user credentials when launching the Virtual Server Administration web page on their local computer. The reason for this is that by default we use a URL with the fully qualified domain name (FQDN - e.g. http:...
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    Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Management Pack Released

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    An updated MOM management pack has been released for Virtual Server 2005 R2. Some key improvments that it has over the previous management pack are: Integration with the Virtual Server Administration Website via a MOM Console task Provides a...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual Server Administration page and Remote Desktop

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    If you connect to your server using Remote Desktop and then find that when you launch the Virtual Server Web Administration page you get a "The page cannot be displayed." error. This can be easily solved by starting your Remote Desktop Connection as a...
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    Gathering virtual machine uptime information from Virtual Server

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    Virtual Server 2005 R2 provides an interesting set of statistical information about virtual machines through the VMAccountant object. Below is a simple script that will go through all virtual machines on a physical computer and display the information...
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    Problems moving virtual machines with startup credentials

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    Under Virtual Server 2005 R2 you need to provide a virtual machine with specific user credentials if you want to configure the virtual machine to start up automatically when the physical computer is launched. You need to do this because Virtual Server...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using Set and Get ConfigurationValue with Virtual Server

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    Last week I showed you how to use GetConfigurationValue and SetConfigurationValue to change the BIOS configuration for a virtual machine . This week I would like to continue working with these API's and provide some more samples of how they can be used...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is now available

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    A beta of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is available today for download. Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 will support the hardware virtualization capabilities developed by AMD and Intel. By supporting both AMD Virtualization and Intel Virtualization...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Check memory usage under Virtual Server

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    Under Virtual Server you can configure the amount of memory that your virtual machine will have. However - when this virtual machine is actually running it will use slightly more memory than what you specified (to deal with information the Virtual Server...
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    SpitWad Willy under Virtual PC

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    I suspect that SpitWad Willy is actually a clone of another arcade game - but I cannot remember the name of the original game (if anyone reading this knows - please post in the comments). In this game you take the place of 'Willy' who has to shoot 'spitwads...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Gathering network statistics under Virtual Server

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    Last week I showed how to use the VM Accountant object in order to retrieve information about virtual machine uptime. Today I have a simple script that uses the VM Accountant in order to display information about how much network traffic the virtual machines...
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    Ancients I: The DeathWatch under Virtual PC

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    ððððððð ANCIENTS I: THE DEATHWATCH ððððððð A fantasy role playing game from Farr-Ware and Epic MegaGames. Shareware goes deep underground as you lead your party of four adventurers through the mystical city of Locklaven and venture into the dungeons beneath...
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    Xenon under Virtual PC

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    This original game was one of the first releases from the famous ' Bitmap Brothers ' development house. Xenon has no real story or plot - except for the fact that you need to blow up the people who are trying to blow you up. Xenon is a nice vertical...
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    Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure under Virtual PC

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    Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure (also known as 'Little Big Adventure') is an absolute classic. In this game you play the role of Twinsen, a young male Quetch living in a world named Twinsun. Twinsun is a world that is balanced between two suns. Living...
  • Ben Armstrong

    MegaMan X under Virtual PC

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    Ahh... I love Capcom. MegaMan is one of the classic Capcom arcade series - and MegaMan X is a very faithful port of the Arcade game. In MegaMan X you play the role of MegaMan - a learning humanoid robot out to fight hoards of evil robots (okay - there...
  • Ben Armstrong

    After Dark 4.0 under Virtual PC

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    A while ago one of the premier screen-saver packages was 'After Dark' - which was renowned for its 'Flying toasters' screen saver. Now - I happen to own After Dark 4.0 - and quite liked all the screensavers it had. Unfortunately it is not compatible with...
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    Virtua Squad under Virtual PC

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    This is the PC port of the SEGA arcade classic by the same name. Basically you play the role of a police man out to shoot the bad guys - and hopefully not hit their hostages. It's kind of that simple. The computer glides you through a predetermined path...
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    Xenon 2 under Virtual PC

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    Xenon 2 (the follow up to Xenon ) is quite a different game to its predecessor. In fact the only real commonality is that both games are vertical scrolling games. Having said that, Xenon 2 is a great game. It has fantastic graphics and is very challenging...
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    Virtual PC and VHD drag & drop

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    One little trick under Virtual PC (which is not well known) is that when you have opened a virtual machines settings panel and are looking at the virtual hard disk settings - you can change the value for the virtual hard disk field by dragging and dropping...
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    Setting the BIOS boot order programmatically under Virtual Server

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    I while ago I talked about how to change the boot order in the BIOS by editing the VMC file - and just recently my co-worker, John Howard, pointed out that this could be done programmatically using GetConfigurationValue . GetConfigurationValue and SetConfigurationValue...
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