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    Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Management Pack Released

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    An updated MOM management pack has been released for Virtual Server 2005 R2. Some key improvments that it has over the previous management pack are: Integration with the Virtual Server Administration Website via a MOM Console task Provides a...
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    Different URLs for Virtual Server

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    People often ask why they are prompted for user credentials when launching the Virtual Server Administration web page on their local computer. The reason for this is that by default we use a URL with the fully qualified domain name (FQDN - e.g. http:...
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    Ancients I: The DeathWatch under Virtual PC

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    ððððððð ANCIENTS I: THE DEATHWATCH ððððððð A fantasy role playing game from Farr-Ware and Epic MegaGames. Shareware goes deep underground as you lead your party of four adventurers through the mystical city of Locklaven and venture into the dungeons beneath...
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    Gathering network statistics under Virtual Server

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    Last week I showed how to use the VM Accountant object in order to retrieve information about virtual machine uptime. Today I have a simple script that uses the VM Accountant in order to display information about how much network traffic the virtual machines...
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    Virtua Squad under Virtual PC

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    This is the PC port of the SEGA arcade classic by the same name. Basically you play the role of a police man out to shoot the bad guys - and hopefully not hit their hostages. It's kind of that simple. The computer glides you through a predetermined path...
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    Check memory usage under Virtual Server

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    Under Virtual Server you can configure the amount of memory that your virtual machine will have. However - when this virtual machine is actually running it will use slightly more memory than what you specified (to deal with information the Virtual Server...
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    Using Remote Desktop with Virtual Server

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    Recently I have started using Remote Desktop with my Windows virtual machines under Virtual Server quite heavily. There are a number of advantages to doing this (over using VMRC directly): You can copy and paste data into the virtual machine ...
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    Xenon 2 under Virtual PC

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    Xenon 2 (the follow up to Xenon ) is quite a different game to its predecessor. In fact the only real commonality is that both games are vertical scrolling games. Having said that, Xenon 2 is a great game. It has fantastic graphics and is very challenging...
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    Gathering virtual machine uptime information from Virtual Server

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    Virtual Server 2005 R2 provides an interesting set of statistical information about virtual machines through the VMAccountant object. Below is a simple script that will go through all virtual machines on a physical computer and display the information...
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    Xenon under Virtual PC

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    This original game was one of the first releases from the famous ' Bitmap Brothers ' development house. Xenon has no real story or plot - except for the fact that you need to blow up the people who are trying to blow you up. Xenon is a nice vertical...
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    Problems moving virtual machines with startup credentials

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    Under Virtual Server 2005 R2 you need to provide a virtual machine with specific user credentials if you want to configure the virtual machine to start up automatically when the physical computer is launched. You need to do this because Virtual Server...
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    Microsoft Virtual Server is now free

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    Today Microsoft announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 will be available as a free download (yay!) - you can go to http://www.microsoft.com/virtualserver to grab a copy. Now to answer some questions that I am predicting people will have: So does...
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    Linux is now supported under Virtual Server

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    Hey hey! We are now 'supporting' Linux under Virtual Server (most of you will know that we have always been able to run Linux - but now we are officially supporting it, which means that we are testing Linux, fixing bugs and accepting customer support...
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    Paratrooper under Virtual PC

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    Ah... The one, the original Paratrooper. There are many times when you fall in love with a game - only to find out that it is a clone of a more revered. Thankfully - in the case of Paratrooper - this was the first version of this style of game that I...
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    Converting Virtual Hard Disks programmatically

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    Normally when people ask me for a specific VBScript, I just do a web search and point them to the most promising looking result. The other day I was asked for a script to convert a dynamic virtual hard disk to a fixed size virtual hard disk - and was...
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    Rescue Rover under Virtual PC

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    Rescue Rover is a simple little game - where you play the role of a boy who seems doomed to have his pet dog ('Rover') stolen by evil robots, over and over and over. Indeed each level begins with the poor puppy being taken away - and then you need to...
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    Problems with virtual machines and domain membership

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    Every now and then some one will contact me for help, saying "I have a virtual machine that was working just fine - and now it refuses to log into the domain to which it is joined". Assuming that networking is working fine (and sometimes this is caused...
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    Default virtual machine NumLock state

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    One of the problems that we faced when working on Virtual PC was whether to create virtual machines which had NumLock on by default, or off by default. This may sound like a small issue - but people tend to have near religious preferences for the state...
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    Prince of Persia 2 under Virtual PC

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    Prince of Persia 2 - while similar to Prince of Persia the original - has some significant differences. In the original Prince of Persia you had been thrown in prison - and as a result spent much of your time skulking around. In Prince of Persia 2 you...
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    Looking at Tasks under Virtual Server

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    Whenever Virtual Server has a task to complete (like merging a hard disk) that may take a while - it creates a task object. You have probably seen these used in some of my scripts when I want to wait for a task to complete before moving onto the next...
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    Prince of Persia under Virtual PC

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    Prince of Persia is one of those classic original games. In Prince of Persia you find yourself (the Prince) unjustly thrown into prison - with only one hour to try and save the Princess. The interesting thing about this game is that while you have unlimited...
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    Network Load Balancing (NLB) and virtual machines

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    There is a fair amount of confusion about the state of using Windows network load balancing (NLB) when it comes to Microsoft virtual machines. Today I am (hopefully) going to set the record straight. When using NLB with Microsoft virtual machines you...
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    Optimizing Windows Vista under Virtual PC

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    As I have been running builds of Windows Vista inside of virtual machines for a while now - I thought I would pass along some guidance I have for getting the best performance possible. Below are a couple of steps I advise taking: The more memory...
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    Carmageddon under Virtual PC

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    Ahh yes. The infamous 'Carmageddon' - met by protests and legal challenges around the world. This game places you in an urban car race, where you get awarded extra points for stunts, etc... The real problem was that the game also rewards points for running...
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    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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