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  • Ben Armstrong

    Scripting launch dependencies under Virtual Server

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    With more complex virtual machine configurations you might find that you have dependencies on the order in which virtual machines should be launched (for instance one virtual machine may be a domain controller - while the other virtual machines are members...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Worms II under Virtual PC

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    Worms II takes the typical computer game sequel approach of taking the original concept and duplicating it with nicer graphics and more options. And this time the result is quite nice. Worms II is a Windows application - and runs well under Virtual PC...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Configuring restricted access under Virtual Server

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    It is possible (though not well documented / understood) to configure Virtual Server such that a restricted user can interact with / control only a subset of the virtual machines on a given installation of Virtual Server. The first step is to launch the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Securely configuring virtual machines

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    When it comes to configuring virtual machines in a secure fashion - the most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to treat virtual machines just like they are separate physical machines. This includes dealing with the following issues: ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Worms under Virtual PC

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    Now here is one heck of a game. Worms is a fun little game made by the guys at Team 17 . It takes the original 'Artillery' game concepts and adds the interesting twist that rather than manning tanks that are trying to blow each other up - you are controlling...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Sizing memory for virtual machines appropriately

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    For some of you reading this - this post will seem like I am stating the obvious - however the question of how to determine the correct amount of memory for a virtual machine is one that gets asked of me quite regularly. To answer this question I am going...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Solar OS under Virtual PC

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    It is always nice to get some time to play around with a completlely new operating system. Recently a friend of mine pointed me toward Solar OS . This is an interesting little OS completely written in assembly and designed to be simple yet elegant. ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC vs. Power Management

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    It seems that people are constantly running into problems running Virtual PC on laptop systems with advanced power management. The reason for this is that Virtual PC is very demanding on hardware and has very strict timing requirements - and as each new...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC / Virtual Server and Antivirus programs on the host computer

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    Occasionally we hear reports of customer seeing bad interactions between Virtual PC / Virtual Server and antivirus programs on their host operating system. This seems to happen because Virtual PC / Virtual Server are making large amounts of changes to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual Server 2005 now in MSDN!

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    Woo Hoo! As of today Virtual Server 2005 Standard will be included in all MSDN Enterprise and Universal Subscriptions. This is great news for all developers out there! Have fun with it :-) (details at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Getting ready for PDC...

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    I must apologies for the dearth of posting this week - but it is for good reason. I am busy getting ready to head down to PDC05 . As we speak I am polishing my collection of demonstration virtual machines that I will be using in my presentation. Believe...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Quake II under Virtual PC

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    Quake II ( http://www.idsoftware.com/games/quake/quake2/ ) was one of the first games to truly take advantage of hardware support for 3D acceleration - in fact I purchased my first 3D video card because of Quake II (it was an 8mb Creative Voodoo II card...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Making networking more robust under SuSE 9.3 under Virtual PC

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    I do not know when this happened - but in the last couple of releases of SuSE Linux they have taken a weird dependency on the MAC address of the network card. To be precise - once you have configured your network card under SuSE - changing it's MAC address...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Heading down to Dixie’s

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    This summer we have had a Program Management Intern, Pat Mauro, working on the virtual machine team (on top secret stuff of course). Given that tomorrow is Pat's last day on the team before he heads back to the joys of college education we decided to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Whitepaper: Installing the Virtual Server Administration Web site on a Separate Computer

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    There is a new Virtual Server white paper up at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4dcf45b-72ea-44ed-86aa-1c389ece12f9&displaylang= It is quite a nice write up on how to configure Virtual Server such that you have Virtual...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Creating multiple private virtual networks under Virtual PC

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    Under Virtual Server we give you the ability to create multiple private virtual networks for use by your virtual machines (this is very handy for creating complicated, but isolated, networking infrastructures). Unfortunately under Virtual PC we only provide...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Changing the name of virtual networks under Virtual PC

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    Under Virtual Server we provide a convenient UI to allow the user to change the name of their virtual networks. Under Virtual PC - however - we just use the name of the physical network card for the name of the virtual network. Normally this is okay ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Quake under Virtual PC

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    Quake. If you do not know about this game - then I am not going to try and tell you about it. Really. Go check out: http://www.idsoftware.com/games/quake/quake/ . Suffice to say that it is one of the key games in the evolution of the 3D first person genre...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Enabling the 4th and 5th buttons on the mouse under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    Virtual PC / Virtual Server handle the mouse by emulating a standard two button PS/2 mouse with a scroll wheel. Recently a number of mice have been coming out with 4th and 5th mouse buttons. These buttons are usually mapped to the 'forward' and 'back...
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    Privateer II under Virtual PC

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    Privateer II builds on the concepts used in the original Privateer, but really is a separate new game rather than a typical sequel. It has a new game engine, new universe, new characters, and well you are probably getting the picture. Privateer II is...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Compacting the virtual hard disk of a Linux virtual machine

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    If you have installed Linux (or a *BSD variant) inside of a virtual machine under Virtual PC or Virtual Server - you will probably want to compress the virtual hard disk after a while, to reclaim any unused space on the virtual hard disk. In order to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Edit --> Paste under Virtual PC

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    One of the features of the Virtual Machine Additions under Virtual PC is that you can easily copy and paste between applications on the virtual machine and on the physical machine. There is a lesser known feature of Virtual PC that works independently...
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    Privateer under Virtual PC

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    For a while now I have been posting about all the different games that you can run under Virtual PC - so I figured that it was about time to make some posts about games that I cannot get to run well under Virtual PC. Origin's Privateer (from the Wing...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Tweaking the performance of Virtual PC 2004

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    Most people who use Virtual PC are running it on a uni-processor computer - and are trying to run other programs at the same time; however, Virtual PC can be very demanding on CPU resources at times. To help people deal with this - we have provided the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Multiple monitors with virtual machines via MaxiVista

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    I was recently made aware of a program called MaxiVista ( http://www.maxivista.com/ ). This program allows you to use the monitor of a network connected computer as a secondary monitor on your physical computer. For me the really cool thing about this...
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