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  • Blog Post: Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine

    I recently had to do some demonstrations on my laptop – which has a 1366 x 768 display.  This made it hard to use Hyper-V virtual machines, which default to 1024 x 768 and only allow you to configure 4 x 3 resolutions. Luckily, it is actually possible to setup a Hyper-V virtual machine with a widescreen...
  • Blog Post: Updated Hyper-V Management Tools for Windows 7 SP1 now available

    The Remote Server Administration Tools have just been updated for Windows 7 SP1.  You can grab them from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d This means that now you can manage dynamic memory and RemoteFX from the comfort of your...
  • Blog Post: MED-V 2.0 available as part of MDOP 2011

    I know I am late getting this up – but I have been quite busy lately Earlier this month we released MED-V 2.0 and it is now available for everyone who has access to MDOP. There are a large number of changes in the MED-V 2.0 release.  The first obvious one is that it is build to utilize Windows Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Virtual PC installer

    I missed this one when it came out – but on Valentines day we released an updated installer for Windows Virtual PC.  It can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2b6d5c18-1441-47ea-8309-2545b08e11dd If you already have Windows Virtual PC installed – you do...
  • Blog Post: Script to attach a USB device to a virtual machine [VPC]

    A couple of people have asked me how to automate attaching a USB device to a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine, so here is a PowerShell script to do just that: # Connect to Virtual PC $vpc = new-object -com VirtualPC.Application # Get VM name $vmName = Read-host "Specify...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Remote Management of Hyper-V Server - in a workgroup

    I have received a number of questions about how to go about setting up remote management of our free Hyper-V server (not the one that is part of Windows).  So I thought I would sit down and write up a set of blog posts to talk about how to do this.  Today I am going to talk about how to remotely...
  • Blog Post: How do you manage dynamic memory from Windows 7?

    If you have the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 installed so you can manage a Hyper-V server – and you then install the service pack 1 beta on the Hyper-V server – how can you manage dynamic memory remotely? The first thing to know is that by default – everything will continue to function...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions

    For a while now I have been seeing random people complaining about the fact that they cannot install Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions (Basic or Premium).  This always struck me as odd – as I was sure that this was a supported configuration – but I did not reply as I did not have the...
  • Blog Post: What is the Default Virtual Machine Location for Windows Virtual PC? (And why is it what it is?)

    My post on how to configure the default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC has raised a number of questions.  One of which is: what is the default default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC?  This question is almost always then followed by the question – why is it...
  • Blog Post: Using Virtual Server with Internet Explorer 8

    Whether you are running Virtual Server on Windows 7, or just trying to manage Virtual Server from a Windows 7 computer – you will need to use the Virtual Server Administrative Web Site under Internet Explorer 8. This is possible – but there are a number of things that you need to do: Enable compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 on Windows 7

    From time to time people have asked me how to install Virtual Server on Windows 7, and have even pointed me towards attempts made by other people with varying levels of success. But I have not looked into this until today – because it is unsupported. Let me state that again – to be crystal clear...
  • Blog Post: MED-V 1.0 SP1 Available – Now with Windows 7 Support

    Last week MED-V 1.0 SP1 was released as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 refresh. This update adds some key new functionality: Support for Windows 7 hosts – both 32-bit and 64-bit Support for running the MED-V server on Windows Server 2008 R2 Support for Japanese...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 7 on Virtual PC 2007

    We have not updated Virtual PC 2007 to add support for running Windows 7 as a guest operating system at this point in time.  However, this is possible to do – with two important caveats: You really need to have hardware virtualization support to get decent performance Understand that this is not...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Screen Resizing

    For as long as I can remember – Virtual PC has allowed you to resize the virtual machine window and have the guest operating system change its screen resolution automatically. The way this is done is that once you finish resizing the virtual machine window, we send a message into an integration service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Everywhere – Part 2

    Continuing in my theme of running Windows Virtual PC everywhere – I think it is time to provide an update on my Virtual PC on Hyper-V post from just over 2 years ago. So here is the updated Windows XP Mode on Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 on Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 screenshot: The the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Update – Remember to Upgrade Integration Components

    A couple of people have contacted me and reported performance issues with Windows XP Mode on systems without hardware virtualization support.  One thing that I did not mention in my post last week was that you will need to upgrade the integration components on the Windows XP virtual machine after...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Everywhere

    With our recent update to Windows Virtual PC that allows it to run on systems without hardware virtualization support – I have been flooded by a stream of people asking what hardware it will run on / if it will run on their system. The short answer is: If it can run Windows 7, it can run Windows Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC – no hardware virtualization update now available for download

    The update to Windows Virtual PC to support running on systems without hardware virtualization is now available for download. You can grab it here: For 32-bit host operating systems: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=837f12aa-1d37-464e-ae59-20c9ecbebaf6 For 64-bit host...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC – now without the need for hardware virtualization

    Today we have made a slew of announcements around work we have been doing for desktop virtualization. Once of which is that Windows Virtual PC will be updated to be able to run on systems without hardware virtualization support. The update is not currently available – but should go live later today ...
  • Blog Post: Autorun and Windows Virtual PC

    Some people have noticed that when they attach a CD or ISO image to a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine, it does not autorun.  But others have reported that autorun is working correctly for them.  So what is happening here? The key to understanding what is happening is to remember that in...
  • Blog Post: Connecting a Smart Card to a Windows 7 virtual machine

    The easiest way to connect a smart card to a virtual machine is to use remote desktop to connect to the virtual machine, and enable smart card sharing. Since Windows Virtual PC uses remote desktop technology you get this out of the box. However this can all fall apart if you are running Windows 7...
  • Blog Post: How do I get Internet Explorer to work as a published application with XP Mode?

    I have been asked this one a lot of times now, so I thought I would pen a quick blog post on this. A lot of people are looking at using Windows XP Mode to allow them to access websites that still need Internet Explorer 6 / 7. Unfortunately Internet Explorer is not published by default. The reason...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Server 2008 Core on Windows Virtual PC

    First, a caveat. This is not supported. Most of what I am about to talk about is not supported. Feel free to use this information, but do not call Microsoft if it does not work for you. With that out of the way – this morning I was asked how to get a Windows Server 2008 core installation working on...
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp + Hyper-V + Windows XP / Vista

    The Remote Desktop team just did an interesting post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2009/12/15/remoteapp-for-hyper-v.aspx About the RemoteApp for Hyper-V functionality that is available with Windows Server 2008 R2. The concept here is that you would have a setup similar to Windows Virtual...
  • Blog Post: The different ways to compact a disk

    Today if you want to compact a virtual hard disk – you can use Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V or Windows 7. But not all methods are the same. Under the covers there are two different approaches that are taken to compacting virtual hard disks: Virtual PC / Virtual Server: Perform a blind...
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