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  • Ben Armstrong

    Disk2vhd v1.0 now available

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    The SysInternals team just announced the availability of a new tool: Disk2vhd . This is a tool that you run on a running Windows computer to create virtual hard disks copies of the physical disks that are attached.  Under the covers this tool works...
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    Configuring Remote Management of Hyper-V Server - in a workgroup

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    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Adventures in Backup – continued

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    Two weeks ago I discussed some bad experiences I had with Hyper-V + backup . Since then I have spent a bunch of time setting up Hyper-V + backup on a couple of systems – and none were as problematic as my first attempt. I have also setup my home Hyper...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Running Windows Vista Beta 1 under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    Running Windows Vista Beta 1 under Virtual PC 2004 SP1 / Virtual Server 2005 SP1 is quite straight forward - but there are a few issues to be aware of: Windows Vista Beta 1 does not correctly identify the virtual hard disk when it is not partitioned...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC 2007 Release Candidate is available

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    You can download it from: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/Downloads.aspx?SiteID=288 Some key changes from previous builds include: PXE Boot Support Keyboard / performance issues on laptops addressed (yay!) Virtual...
  • 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

    Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode now on MSDN / TechNet

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    The RTM builds of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode are now available for people with an MSDN / TechNet subscription.  On MSDN you can sign in and: Go to Subscriber Downloads Select Applications Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Windows...
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    Setting up Hyper-V with a UPS

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    People have asked me how you go about setting up a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) with Hyper-V.  This is much easier than it sounds.  The first thing to understand is that when you shut down the physical computer, the virtual machines will...
  • Ben Armstrong

    It’s a boy!

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    You may have noticed a lack of posts from me in the last week, and you may have thought that this was strange – due to all the virtualization activity going on. Well, my darling wife has just delivered our third child, and it is a boy: As such I am currently...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Understanding Networking with Hyper-V

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    With Hyper-V the world of networking is quite different than it was with Virtual Server. First to set the scene, with Windows Server 2008 installed on a system with one network adapter you will see this under Network Connections: And your system is operating...
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    Attaching Physical Hard Disks to Hyper-V VMs

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    Hyper-V brings us the ability to attach a physical hard disk directly to a virtual machine.  In order to do this the hard disk in question needs to not be identified as "removable" by Windows.  It also needs to be in an offline state...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The v2 WMI namespace in Hyper-V on Windows 8

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    Hyper-V’s primary management interface is based on WMI.  More than that, it is based on an industry standard API profile that is defined by the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force - http://dmtf.org/ ). The DMTF profiles that we use are developed...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Backing up Hyper-V virtual machines from the command line

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    Last week I posted about how you can now use Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2012 to backup virtual machines.  One of the first questions that people had was “how do I do this from the command-line?”  So – let me show you! The tool you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Poll: What do you use desktop virtualization for?

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    I have oftened been asked "what do the people who read your blog use virtualization for"? So - I thought it was due time to ask you: I look forward to seeing the responses. Cheers, Ben
  • Ben Armstrong

    Networking Windows 3.11 under Virtual PC

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    Well - now that we have Windows 3.11 up and running under Virtual PC with sound and SVGA video support - the next challenge is to get this sucker on to the Internet. First there are a bunch of updates you will need to download (many thanks to x-com...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC and video ram

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    Virtual PC emulates an S3 Trio 64 Video card with 8mb of video ram (VRAM). From time to time I get people asking me why we do not increase the amount of VRAM - and there are a couple of reasons why: VRAM is a fixed overhead. Each virtual machine...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Running Virtual PC under February CTP of Vista

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    So it will interest you to know that running Virtual PC 2004 under the February CTP release of Windows Vista is a much nicer experience than it has been in prior builds of Windows Vista. For one thing - networking is now completely functional. In fact...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing DOS additions under VPC 2007

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    MS-DOS is no longer officially supported under Virtual PC 2007, as such the DOS Virtual Machine Additions are not included with Virtual PC 2007. However - if, like me, you want to run DOS on Virtual PC 2007 - you can get the DOS Additions by following...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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: The default install of IIS on Windows Vista Beta 2 is missing several components the Virtual Server needs...
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    Adventures with Hyper-V and Backup

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    A while ago I talked about how I use Hyper-V in my house . One of the problems that I identified with my current setup was that I had most of my virtual machines (except for the Windows Home Server) running on the same disk as the system disk for the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows Virtual PC and Screen Resizing

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    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...
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    Allowing non-Administrators to control Hyper-V

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    By default Hyper-V is configured such that only members of the administrators group can create and control virtual machines.  Today I am going to show you how to allow a non-administrative user to create and control virtual machines. Hyper-V uses...
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    Understanding the 'Clipboard' menu under Hyper-V

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    With Hyper-V the Virtual Machine Connection window has a menu titled 'clipboard'.  This menu brings two of my favorite features from Virtual PC to the server world.  Unfortunately these features caused some confusion under Virtual PC - so we...
  • Ben Armstrong

    RSAT for Windows 7 RTM now available!

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    The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RTM are now available.  This includes the Hyper-V management tools, which are supported for managing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Why Virtual PC Guy?

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    The other day I wrote up the story of how I became Virtual PC Guy .  One question that I left unanswered in that post was why I chose Connectix Virtual PC over VMware Workstation.  Today I would like to elucidate on this question. Before I get...
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