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  • Ben Armstrong

    IDE vs SCSI under Virtual Server

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    There has been some confusion over when users should use SCSI or IDE virtual hard disk inside of their virtual machines. The first thing to note is that it does not matter what sort of physical hard disk you have in your computer when you are making this...
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    The Settlers II under Virtual PC

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    In the grand tradition of computer game sequels - The Settlers II - takes the concepts of The Settlers and polishes them up, extends them, and sells them in a new box. Having said that - I love this game. Given that one of the draw cards of The Settlers...
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    Exchange Server 2003 support under Virtual Server 2005 R2

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    I know this is a little late - but as of Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 - Microsoft is now officially supporting the use of Exchange under Virtual Server: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320220 Woo hoo...
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    The Settlers under Virtual PC

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    Ah, I can still remember when I first got this game. The Settlers is an incredibly addictive game, and to prove it the game actually has a timer built into it where every two hours it will popup and tell you 'You have been playing for X hours straight...
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    NetWare 5.1 under Virtual PC

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    And now on to NetWare 5.1. This is probably my personal favorite version of NetWare. The installation is fairly straight forward - and similar to the installation of NetWare 6.0 and 6.5 . However one big difference is that NetWare 5.1 comes with drivers...
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    POST'ing in a virtual machine

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    A long, long time ago - Virtual PC was originally developed on the Macintosh. For this market the team at Connectix did a lot of work to reduce the time for the virtual machine to 'POST' (this stands for Power On Self Test - and is the black and whit...
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    Ski or Die under Virtual PC

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    Ski or Die was released as a sequel to Skate or Die. It took the same base concept and placed it in a snow covered background. I have to admit that while I played Skate or Die more 'back in the day' - these days I appreciate the improved game engine and...
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    Receiving Virtual Server events from a managed program

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    Last week I talked about how to receive Virtual Server events from a VBScript - this week I am going to talk about doing this from a managed application. To do this you need to: Setup the managed application appropriately to talk to the Virtual...
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    Skate or Die under Virtual PC

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    This is a fun game - that places you as a skate boarding enthusiast with the option to practice and compete in a variety of skate boarding activities. I used to play this game a lot - though sadly I am now hideously out of practice - and found myself...
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    NetWare 6.0 under Virtual PC

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    Going on with the Novell NetWare series we now come to NetWare 6.0. I have an evaluation version of NetWare 6.0 on an old CD - but I was unable to find a download link to share (sorry). Like all versions of NetWare you will need to use the modified network...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Hibernation under Virtual PC

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    One little known fact about Virtual PC and Virtual Server is that with both of these products - it is possible to 'hibernate' the virtual machine if you wish to. However most people never do this because one of the drivers that gets installed as part...
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    Slicks 'n' Slide under Virtual PC

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    Slicks 'n' Slide is a relatively recent DOS game which can be downloaded here: http://www.kann1sto.com/slicks.php . It is a rather fun and devilishly simple racing game that runs perfectly under Virtual PC. Don't blame me if you lose an hour or two...
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    Detecting other events under Virtual Server

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    Having now talked about how to detect standard Virtual Server and virtual machine events the next question is how do we go about detecting the not-so-standard events? Thankfully Virtual Server provides a generic event handler that can be used as follows...
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    Californian Games under Virtual PC

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    Ahh... One of the true classics. Californian Games presents you with the ability to practice and compete in a number of subgames - like surfing, skating, BMX riding, etc... And most of these games have a surprising amount of depth to them. Californian...
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    Installing Novell Netware 6.5 under Virtual Server

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    A while ago now I posted about configuring the network drivers for Novell Netware . Now I would like to go through installing different versions of Novell Netware - starting with the latest edition: Novell Netware 6.5. You can download an eval version...
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    Network duplex and speed settings inside of virtual machines

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    Virtual PC and Virtual Server only allow the emulated network card inside of the virtual machine to be configured for 100mbit full duplex or 100mbit half duplex connections. Occasionally this has caused confusion for users who need to specify other connections...
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    Laser Squad under Virtual PC

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    Laser squad was a game made by the development team who would go on to create the infamous XCOM series - and it shows many of the hallmarks of the later games. Having said that - I never enjoyed laser squad that much at all. The interface for the game...
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    Castles under Virtual PC

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    Here is a game that I have not played in a long time. Castles is an interesting game - where you take the position of a medieval king who needs to spread his control over the local area. In this game you need to carefully balance money, food, labor and...
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    Why is Virtual Server telling me that "hardware/bios/time_bytes" changed?

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    A couple of people have noticed strange entries in their event log for Virtual Server - like: The setting "hardware/bios/time_bytes" for the virtual machine configuration "Test virtual machine" was changed. These entries appear because Virtual...
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    Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now available on MSDN

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    I guess that says it all... Cheers, Ben (who is still struggling with jetlag. Grrr...)
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    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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