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  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual Server 2005 R2 Evaluation versions now available

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    Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x64) Enterprise Edition 180 Day Evaluation: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=44E55F58-993C-4D59-8143-87F9C656A1A1&displaylang=en Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x86) Enterprise Edition 180 Day Evaluation...
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    Updated Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Server 2003 SP1

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    Updated Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Server 2003 SP1 are now available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A963433C-193B-41AC-AF6E-AB7AB2DB8541&displaylang=en You will need these if you want to run Windows...
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    Ben is leaving the building...

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    Well - it was bound to happen sooner or later - I am going on holidays! In fact - I will be gone for the entire of December. This means that it is time for you to stop reading my blog, and start speaking to your family more. Alternatively - the virtualization...
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    Operation Wolf under Virtual PC

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    Operation Wolf was one of my childhood favorite arcade games. This game places you as a commando tearing through 6 different levels shooting *almost* everything that moves. I do not know why - but as a child I used to take great joy in shooting the few...
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    Handling virtual machine events from VBScript

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    A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sample script to handle Virtual Server events (here: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/11/03/488301.aspx ). Well today I have a slightly different script that shows you how to get events for a specific...
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    QIX under Virtual PC

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    QIX is one of the oldest arcade games I know of - and while it is rather fun - the stories that people tried to develop around it were bizarre to say the least. The basis of QIX is that you control this little diamond and attempt to 'box in' a quick moving...
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    AfterBurner under Virtual PC

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    While looking around recently I dredged up this old classic. This is the 1989 PC port of the arcade classic 'AfterBurner' by SEGA. Spending time playing these truly retro games is always a risky proposition. Sometimes you find that time has not faired...
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    Talking about NetWare under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be looking at the details of running Novell NetWare under Virtual PC / Virtual Server - however before we get going there are two things I need to cover. First: NetWare is not supported under Virtual PC ...
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    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...
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    Rebel Assault II under Virtual PC

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    Like so many computer game sequels - Rebel Assault II takes the same concepts as were used in the original Rebel Assault and polishes them up. Rebel Assault II follows a new story line where you play a rookie pilot who stumbles into a plan by the Empire...
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    HP ProLiant server sizer for Microsoft Virtual Serer 2005 R2

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    So I got sent a pretty cool link today: http://h71019.www7.hp.com/activeanswers/Secure/281742-0-0-0-121.html (You will need to signup for a HP login to view this page) What it does is ask you a whole bunch of questions about what type, configuration...
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    Pricing for Virtual Server 2005 R2 announced

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    As part of the IT Forum announcments - pricing for Virtual Server 2005 R2 was announced today. Microsoft will be offering Virtual Server R2 Standard Edition for $99 (U.S.) estimated retail price and Virtual Server R2 Enterprise Edition for $199 (U.S....
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    Virtual Server 2005 R2 RTMs

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    Hi All, Well - Virtual Server 2005 R2 has RTM'd. Some high level details of the changes in Virtual Server 2005 R2 are as follows: Virtual Server host clustering. Support for host-to-host connectivity lets you cluster all virtual machines running...
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    Rebel Assault under Virtual PC

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    Ahh.. Rebel Assault. This classic star wars game was one of my favorites. It had you playing 'rookie 1' - a young rebel fighter who is remarkably like, yet not quite like, Luke Skywalker. This game presents you with many varied missions in different types...
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    New Virtual Server 2005 R2 whitepapers

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    In the lead up to the release of Virtual Server 2005 R2 there are now two new interesting whitepapers available off of the Microsoft download center: Virtual Server Host Clustering Step-by-Step Guide for Virtual Server 2005 R2: http://go.microsoft...
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    The 7th Guest under Virtual PC

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    Released in 1993 - The 7th Guest was one of the first CD-ROM based games I ever played (on a friend's 1x CD-ROM drive which was a caddy loader). This was the first of the infamous 'interactive movie' games. It places you in a creepy house built by an...
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    Damn Small Linux under Virtual PC

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    For those who don't know - Damn Small Linux is a version of Linux designed to fit in under 50mb. It is really quite impressive and a lot of fun to use under Virtual PC. If you download the LiveCD ISO image you can boot it directly under Virtual PC with...
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    Virtual machines pausing at launch under Virtual PC

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    If you are seeing a noticeable 'pause' when you start a virtual machine under Virtual PC - you may want to try going into the virtual machines settings and disabling automatic detection under the floppy setting. It seems that on some systems trying to...
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    Donald Duck's Playground under Virtual PC

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    Okay - this is a really old game. I can remember having a copy of this on my original Commodore 64 - so when I found out that the original DOS version was available for free from here , I just had to give it a shot: As you can see the game runs perfectly...
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    Detecting Virtual Server events with VBScript

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    Virtual Server exposes a number of interesting events which you may want to use to initiate appropriate actions. However, detecting these events with VBScript is not entirely intuitive. Below is a script that will listen for the first virtual machine...
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    Overkill under Virtual PC

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    OVERKILL Arcade game from EPIC MEGAGAMES ------------------------------------------- SMOOTH 16-color scrolling action, SB/Adlib sound track, and joystick support! You arrive at your home planet after a long space flight, only to find it has been destroyed...
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    Minix 3.0 under Virtual PC

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    As recently announced Minix 3.0 has recently been released . The original Minix was an educational operating system - that actually served as the inspiration for development of Linux. From the Minix 3.0 website: MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating...
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    Windows Virtualization Architecture Presentation

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    So this has been out for a while - but I only just stumbled across it the other day. It is the PowerPoint presentation that we presented at WinHEC this year; where we outlined the architecture for Windows virtualization technology. You can check it out...
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    Kiloblaster under Virtual PC

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    KILOBLASTER 2.0 -- from EPIC MEGAGAMES! A superb 256-color VGA animated arcade game, 30 levels of fun & wild digitized artwork! Supports VGA, Joystick, and a Megacool sound track for the Sound Blaster. The makers of Jill of the Jungle have returned...
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    Detecting Microsoft virtual machines

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    From time to time it is handy to be able to detect that you are running inside of a virtual machine (for instance - you may have maintenance scripts that you want to run on all of your computers - but have them behave differently inside of your virtual...
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