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July, 2006

  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC is free!

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    Today we announced a couple of cool things: Virtual PC 2004 SP1 will be available free - now! Virtual PC 2007 will be available for free in 2007, with support for Microsoft Windows Vista Windows Vista Enterprise customers will have the right...
  • Ben Armstrong

    New Virtual Machine Additions available for Windows Vista CTP releases

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    Yay! - We have new Virtual Machine Additions up for the Windows Vista CTP releases. These new Additions (13.709) have performance optimizations for Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384), Windows Vista Beta 2 June Refresh (Build 5465) and Windows Vista Beta...
  • Ben Armstrong

    VMMs versus Hypervisors

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    Today I would like to try and clear up some confusion that seems to be out there at the moment. People have been throwing around the terms 'VMM' and 'hypervisor' recently - and it is fairly apparent that the vast majority of the general populace does...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual Server Vista Tip

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    In an earlier post about using Virtual Server on top of Vista - I mentioned that you needed to run Internet Explorer 'As Administrator' in order for the Virtual Server website to work. The problem that you will hit is that the .URL that is used in the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Changing VM screen resolution under Virtual Server

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    The other day I was asked (by a fellow Microsoft employee) how to change the resolution on a Virtual Server virtual machine. The reason why he wanted to do this was so that he could put the stand alone VMRC client into full screen mode on his laptop ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Laptop Hotfix for Virtual PC

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    The Virtual PC 2004 SP1 download now available at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualpc includes a hotfix .MSP file. This hotfix addresses a number of issues that exist with running Virtual PC on laptop systems (around stand-by, power management, etc......
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    Interesting use for Virtual PC and networking

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    I regularly get questions from people asking about setting up VPN software inside of a virtual machine - however lately I have had reason to do the opposite. Microsoft provides VPN support so that employees can connect to the corporate network from home...
  • Ben Armstrong

    SpeedSwitchXP and Virtual PC

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    A while ago I posted about issues that people have been seeing with Virtual PC and some of the advanced power management features on today's laptops. One solution that has been mentioned to me a number of times - but which I have never had the chance...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Wolfenstein 3D under Virtual PC

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    Finally we get to the first 3D game that everyone knows and loves - Wolfenstein 3D, the classic VGA game that sets you as an American soldier trying to escape from a Nazi prison in World War II. Wolfenstein had a number of interesting limitations - such...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Configuring DCOM for use with an external firewall

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    When Virtual Server is installed - the installer creates the following exceptions: Port 135 for RPC The port for the Virtual Server website (usually 1024) Any ports opened by the Virtual Server service When configuring Virtual Server behind...
  • Ben Armstrong

    DOOM II under Virtual PC

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    DOOM II was released soon after the release of Heretic - and frankly I love this game. DOOM II places you as the DOOM marine, having returned from your victory in the original DOOM only to find Earth overrun by demons. DOOM II used the same engine as...
  • Ben Armstrong

    DOOM under Virtual PC

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    The one, the only, the infamous DOOM. I distinctly remember when this game first came out (1993). It took me 6 days to download it from my local BBS (it was in a 6 part archive and I could only download one part a day before I exceeded my daily time limit...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Blake Stone under Virtual PC

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    #### BLAKE STONE v3.0 APOGEE 3-D ACTION #### In 1992 came Wolfenstein. NOW there's Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold! A battle against a madman who's hatched an army of doom, with mutants, biodroids, demons--all genetically designed for mass terror! Blake v3...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Microsoft and XenSource announce virtualization interoperability

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    So we have just announced that we will be working with Xen guys to get Xen-enabled Linux running well on top of Windows virtualization. This is all good news - and I personally am looking forward to seeing the results of this work. We already support...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Hexen under Virtual PC

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    Okay, unlike my lackluster review of Heretic - Hexen (ala Heretic II) is a game that I quite like. ID got the atmosphere spot on in this one - and added a number of cool features. A couple of features that come to mind are: the ability (and requirement...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Catacomb Abyss under Virtual PC

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    After HoverTank 3D - the next 3D game to be released by the company that would eventually be known as 'ID Software' was Catacomb Abyss. This was yet another EGA game - but this game was the first to use textured surfaces. Interestingly enough - if you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Setting the VMUndoAction under Virtual Server

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    To be honest, I did not know about this attribute until I stumbled across it just the other day. Under Virtual PC, if the guest operating system shuts down and we have undo disks enabled - the user will get prompted as to whether they want to keep, commit...
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    Heretic under Virtual PC

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    Released in 1994, Heretic took the DOOM engine, added a few new features and gave it a fantasy theme... And, well... Frankly I never got into this game. Cough... I don't know why, I mean it seems nice enough and all - but just never excited me that much...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Two new Virtual Server books

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    Mann Publishing has just released two books on Virtual Server: The Rational Guide to Managing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and The Rational Guide to Scripting Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 . They both look to be quite well written and contain a lot of...
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