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  • Ben Armstrong

    Scripting automatic startup for virtual machines under Virtual Server

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    Virtual Server allows you to configure virtual machines to startup automatically when the host system boots. However in order to enable this feature you need to configure a user account to run the virtual machine under first (as when the host system boots...
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    Rise of the Triad under Virtual PC

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    Rise of the Triad was one of many 3D shooting games to come out soon after DOOM. It has a number of nice features - including massive maps and a good range of weaponry. Having said that - this game never really grabbed my attention too much - don't know...
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    Optimization levels under Virtual PC

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    On a running virtual machine (under Virtual PC) you can see the optimization level being used by selecting 'Properties' off of the 'Action' menu - and then going to the 'Advanced' tab. There are three possible optimization levels: None: You should...
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    Virtual PC's "blinking lights"

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    Along the status bar at the bottom of the Virtual PC window are a number of useful status indicators - also known as 'blinky lights' (at least that is what they are called by most people on the development team). A couple of interesting things to know...
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    ZZT under Virtual PC

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    ZZT is one of the first games to be released by Epic MegaGames (back in 1991) and while it is only text based it is darned addictive. ZZT places you in a very large world - with the requirement that you locate a number of special keys to allow you to...
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    Another blogger joins the team...

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    John Howard, who has been blogging for just about as long as I have now, and has been working as an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft UK has recently announced that he will be moving over to our team to work as a technical program manager . So - welcome...
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    RoboMaze II: The Lobby under Virtual PC

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    So as I was browsing through my usual set of DOS games / old shareware sites the other day - I came across a link to 'RoboMaze II: The Lobby'. As I sat there staring at the screen I though 'I know that game... but I can't remember anything about it'....
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    Calmira on Windows 3.11 under Virtual PC

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    I stumbled across the Calmira project a long time ago - and just found out that they are working on a new release. This is a bit of an odd project - but interesting none the less. The basic premise is to bring the Windows XP user experience to a Windows...
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    Virtual PC 2004 SP1 and the LPT port

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    With Virtual PC 2004 SP1 we made a change to the way we access the LPT (or parallel) port. The reason for this is that we found a bug in Virtual PC 2004 which meant that we were not being guaranteed exclusive access to the LPT port for the virtual machine...
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    Temple of Apshai under Virtual PC

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    Now this is one of the first games I can remember playing (for the record - the first is 'Jumpman'). Temple of Apshai is a good old school graphical adventure game - that plays like a simplified version of Rogue. You get to configure your characters attributes...
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    Using a VBScript to control Virtual Server on a remote computer

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    I was surprised to find out the other day that while I have posted many sample VBScripts - I have never discussed how to configure one of these scripts to operate on a remote server running Virtual Server. This is really quite simple to do. Each script...
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    Block Out under Virtual PC

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    Man it has been a long time since I played this game. Block Out by California Dreams is one of the original versions of 3D Tetris - and it is still quite an addictive game. Running in a combination of CGA and EGA graphics you are required to maneuver...
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    Mike blogs about Vista on Virtual PC

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    Mike Kolitz has made some good posts about using the February CTP of Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server. First he covers how to install Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server (pretty much just the same as it was for the December CTP ). And...
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    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...
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    The Neverhood under Virtual PC

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    This is a truly unique game. In this game you control 'Clay Man' as he explores his world and finds out what his purpose is. The game is done in beautiful claymation with a haunting sound track. It also has a very intuitive user interface - the only thing...
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    Looking at historic CPU utilization

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    I came across this neat little aspect of the Virtual Server COM interface - which would be very handy if you wanted to make your own 'CPU history' graph. It is the 'CPUUtilizationHistory' object which contains the last 60 CPU utilization measurements...
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    Slipstream 5000 under Virtual PC

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    I have vague memories of Slipstream 5000 being touted as a 'ground breaking game' when it was first released - but I can't really remember why any more :-) Having said that - this is a great old DOS game. Released towards the end of the DOS gaming...
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    Getting some more bloggers on the Virtualization team...

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    Just wanted to give people a heads up that we have a couple of new bloggers on the Virtualization team here. First there is Mike Kolitz, a tester on the team, with his Virtually Vista blog. Then there is Mike Sterling, a fellow program manager, with his...
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    Moving virtual machines between Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    When you move a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Virtual Server (or from Virtual Server to Virtual PC) you will get a warning message stating that the virtual machine was made by a different program and 'may not work'. A number of people have had questions...
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    Configuring Heartbeat parameters under Virtual Server

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    Virtual Server provides a service where a user can be notified if a virtual machine is not responding. This is called the virtual machine heartbeat. There are two situations under which a virtual machine might not send its heartbeat. One is because the...
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    Stunts under Virtual PC

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    Continuing in the stunt car racing theme for the week - we come to 'Stunts'. As far as driving games go - Stunts has a standard polygon racing engine with a solid physics model. It also has the usual mix of cars to choose from and opponents to race against...
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    Configuring VMRC under Virtual Server

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    When Virtual Server is first installed - the default configuration is to have VMRC (our remote video protocol) disabled. This is done as a basic security measure - as it means we install in the most secure configuration - and it forces users to realize...
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    StuntCar under Virtual PC

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    StuntCar is a fun old game. I original played this on the Commodore 64 and was very happy when I tracked down the PC version. It has very low tech graphics - where the world is pretty much composed of brown polygons on a blue and brown backdrop. Having...
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    Some of the team 'going deep' on virtualization on Channel 9

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    Check it out: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=163022 Cheers, Ben
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    Base Windows virtualization requirements

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    This has been announced before - but I get asked about it a fair bit - so I thought I would take the time to mention it explicitly. One of the key requirements for Windows virtualization (the new virtualization technology being provided by Microsoft as...
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