Installing Virtual Server on Windows Vista Beta 2

Installing Virtual Server on Windows Vista Beta 2

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People have been asking me how to install Virtual Server on Windows Vista Beta 2.  There are a couple of things to know in order to do this:

  1. The default install of IIS on Windows Vista Beta 2 is missing several components the Virtual Server needs to run.  Most importantly it does not support CGI applications or Windows authentication.  You can either manually select these components under the Windows component installer - or you can run the following command (all one line):

    start /w pkgmgr /l:log.etw /iu:IIS-WebServerRole;IIS-WebServer;IIS-CommonHttpFeatures;IIS-StaticContent;IIS-DefaultDocument;IIS-DirectoryBrowsing;IIS-HttpErrors;IIS-HttpRedirect;IIS-ApplicationDevelopment;IIS-ASPNET;IIS-NetFxExtensibility;IIS-ASP;IIS-CGI;IIS-ISAPIExtensions;IIS-ISAPIFilter;IIS-ServerSideIncludes;IIS-HealthAndDiagnostics;IIS-HttpLogging;IIS-LoggingLibraries;IIS-RequestMonitor;IIS-HttpTracing;IIS-CustomLogging;IIS-ODBCLogging;IIS-Security;IIS-BasicAuthentication;IIS-WindowsAuthentication;IIS-DigestAuthentication;IIS-ClientCertificateMappingAuthentication;IIS-IISCertificateMappingAuthentication;IIS-URLAuthorization;IIS-RequestFiltering;IIS-IPSecurity;IIS-Performance;IIS-HttpCompressionStatic;IIS-HttpCompressionDynamic;IIS-WebServerManagementTools;IIS-ManagementConsole;IIS-ManagementScriptingTools;IIS-ManagementService;IIS-IIS6ManagementCompatibility;IIS-Metabase;IIS-WMICompatibility;IIS-LegacyScripts;IIS-LegacySnapIn;IIS-FTPPublishingService;IIS-FTPServer;IIS-FTPManagement;WAS-WindowsActivationservice;WAS-ProcessModel;WAS-NetFxEnvironment;WAS-ConfigurationAPI

    (I have attached this command in a text file to help with running it)

    Once you have done this you should be able to install Virtual Server (remember to launch the installer 'as administrator').

    UPDATE1: If you do a manual installation of IIS (rather than using the script) you will also need to select to install everything under the 'IIS 6 Management Compatibility' section under 'Web Management tools' (and the already mentioned CGI and Windows authentication support).

    UPDATE2: The above command line seems to not work on some systems.  If the install does not work - try using the manual method.

  2. In order to access Virtual Server, you will need to launch Internet Explorer 'as Administrator' and manually go to the Virtual Server website (http://localhost/VirtualServer/vswebapp.exe)

With these two simple steps - you should be able to use Virtual Server on Windows Vista Beta 2 with no problems.


Attachment: vistaIISInstall.txt
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  • I followed the same process (even went into the Windows Features to enable relavent IIS features) but the setup still complains that the IIS admin service is not running (when I install the website application).

    Any ideas?
  • Now THAT is a command line :)
  • Keeron,

    Can you try running the command-line provided?  Also - can you try manually launching the installer as Administrator (rather than letting Windows catch it and elevate)?

  • I am having the same issue as Keeron, I have ran the commandline first as Admin, it didnt install with the same meassage as Keeron.  Then I installed IIS - no good, then ran the commandline again - no good.  Any other suggestions?
  • Are there any issues reported about installing VPC 2004?

    I installed VPC 2004, applied SP1, but I am not able to apply FIX described in Article ID:889677. Any ideas?

    George J.

  • I think that the Windows Task Manager in Windows Vista Beta 2 will refuse to display that entire command line.  (It already truncates the command lines for two or three built-in executing processes.)
  • Hi,
    I had all the IIS setup done in the Windows Features add-install dialog. I can install the Virtual Server 2005 R2 and can even add and start vm's. But once I restart the Vista Beta 2 box the virtual server service can't be started anylonger. Looking at the event log reveals the message that a dependend service named "vmm" has been marked for deletion and couldn't be started so the virtual server service can't be started again. The vmm is the Virtual Machine Monitor which is vmm.sys located under %SysDir%\system32\drivers. Comparing the registry entries on a functional Windows XP SP 2 box with the Windows Vista Beta 2 box reveals a couple of different entries but I have no idea what that is all about. So, my workaround at the moment it to reinstall the Virtual Server again and again and again, which isn't fun at all. So, Ben do you have any ideas of what's going on here?

  • I have added some updates with feedback I have received from people...

  • Speaking of Vista, ugh, I swear to God it's treating me like it's an alpha product, not a beta by a long shot.

    - MS' included video drivers claim to support glass but really don't.
    - Shart | Shutdown bluescreens.
    - Gives me "Access Denied" errors whenever I try to access items on my XP drive, even after I've taken ownership of the whole thing.

    Summary of my Vista experience so far: more error dialogs, but they're PRETTY.
  • Hi Ben,

    I have successfully installed and configured Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Vista Ultimate edition - thanks for the tips! Unfortunately, the performance of the VM is substantially less than when running on XP - specifically the screen updates seem to be very sluggish. Any tips on any tweaks? Do I need to reinstall VM additions? The VM is running with emulated SCSI.  Thanks.
  • I have now successfully got Virtual Server installed; however, now I can not add my wireless adapter to any of the virtual devices.  When I enable the virtual networking on the wireless adapter I loss connection to the internet, but not the local network.  Any ideas?
  • Thanks for the tip Ben, I've finally got VServer2K5R2 installed on Beta2.  Created a new VM, started it and switch over to remote and black screen.... CPU is up to 70% (P4-3GHz) and after 5 minutes, still the same old boring black remote screen, any tip's for this issue?
  • Hi Ben,

    Is the process similar to achieve the same thing on Vista x64?

  • For anyone else who had my problems above...

    - WinSAT decided Glass was "too good" for my computer.  A registry tweak set it straight.
    - Bluescreens don't happen when I use my keyboard to sleep.  They do happen when I try to use the start menu to do it.  Weird.
    - I had to take ownership of both drives and then give myself full control access rights.  I decided the benefits of restricted access to virii and malware was outweighed by the sheer annoyance of not being able to access MY OWN FILES.  (Also I have never really gotten infected on XP.  I think maybe I did once or twice, but I was never quite sute.)
  • The command line didn't work for me, package manager elevated itself, worked for far too short a time, and then returned.  No error message or anything.

    I went to "Windows Features" and IIS was still uninstalled, so I installed it from there.

    It appears even if the Web services are installed and IIS Admin is started, you may have to restart the installer for it to see them.
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