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 got it installed per the instructions but I cannot access the admin console.  I get an access denied error.  Any ideas?  this is driving me crazy.
  • I have followed everything and things appear to be installed. However when I bring up the management console for VS I get this error message:

    An error occurred accessing the website application data folder.

    The virtual machine folders are located in "\\Users\Public\Public Documents\Shared Virtual Machines\, different from the XP or Win 2003 folder but semantically equivelant.

    Any Ideas?
  • I installed Virtual Server but when I open the admininstration page I have the same error
    The following error occurred:
    An error occurred accessing the website application data folder.
  • You must disable the User Account Control in order to allows the virtual server users to access the \\Users\Public\Public Documents\Shared Virtual Machines\ directory
    Alternative you can change the right on that directory
  • please help me, i have deleted the default site on iis and now when i install virtual server it wont add itself to iis. ive added a new site and by right clicking it, ive added virtualserver as an new application.. now when i go to my link it just downloads the exe instead of running it.. i cant access web admin now. how do i get it to work?
  • David Merrell -

    Yes - there is a known incompatibility with wireless networking.  No work arounds are available today.

    Andrew B. Longdale, MCSE -

    No idea - sorry.  It should work.

    Andrew A -

    Yup - I have been doing this on x64 and x86 Vista.

    GW -

    Are you launching IE eleveated?  What error message do you get?

    Paul Divan -

    Are you launching IE as administrator?

    Francis -

    I have never needed to do this.

    Tony Ko -

    Probably the easiest thing to do is to uninstall IIS and Virtual Server and then reinstall both.


  • GW-

    Try to add the user you are using to the local "Distributed COM Users" group. worked for me.
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