Running Virtual Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 core installations

Running Virtual Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 core installations

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A little known fact is that Virtual Server 2005 installs and works just fine on Windows Server 2008 core installations.  All you need to do is to select to do a custom installation, uncheck the option for the Virtual Server Web Application and complete the installation.  You will then get an installation of Virtual Server that you can manage using the COM interface or using a remote installation of the Virtual Server Web Application:

vsoncore1 vsoncore2 vsoncore3

Pretty cool - but just a reminder for people that as Windows Server 2008 is still a prerelease platform - this is not an officially supported configuration.


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  • Where is the link to download virtual server?

  • Where is the link to download  Windows Server 2008 ?

    I'd like to try it but my machine cannot run it.My machine is too old,i want to get a test machine.who can help me?

  • but how with other side ... how running server2008 on Virtual server ...

  • Hi Ben,

    just to let you know I installed VS2005 R2 Sp1 on Windows Server 2008 beta 3 and when I tried to connect with VMRC I could not. Well I solved it and put it in my blog, put since have the central repository for all VS related matters, maybe you'd like to put it. Hell you might even want to put some screenshots that I was too lzay to put :)

  • hi all

    how running server2008 b3 on VBirtual Server 2005 r2sp1? easily :) but only with one hdd... when you add two hdd setup cant recognized hdds and setup failed

  • Will Virtual Server install on the full installation?  I see all sorts of entries about installing on the Core installation but on the core installation I have not been able to install the network adapter and I know it is good.  I initially did the full install and all worked fine.

  • Pat Hood -

    Should work just fine (and is supported)



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