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  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    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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    Xargon under Virtual PC

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    Having got Jill of the Jungle to run - I think I will spend some time playing all of my old Epic Mega games. It seems that though many of these games are quite different stylistically - they all use the same engine - which means that in order to avoid...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Setting up a Ghost network disk for Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    It is not uncommon for people to need to setup a Symantec Ghost ( http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ ) network boot floppies to run inside of Virtual PC / Virtual Server. Symantec provide a nice wizard to do this with - but unfortunately they do not...
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    Problems with Intelppm.sys and processr.sys under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    Under certain circumstances with a Windows XP / 2003 operating system - intelppm.sys and processr.sys can cause a virtual machine running under Virtual PC / Virtual Server to crash (by default this will cause the Windows guest operating system to reboot...
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    Jill of the Jungle under Virtual PC

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    Ahh... Jill of the Jungle. This is one of those classic games of DOS gaming. Released by Epic Mega during their hey-day this game is a solid platformer - with you playing the role of 'Jill' an Amazonian woman who needs to get through all of the levels...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Kernel debugging Windows XP inside of a virtual machine

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    Something that is incredibly easy to do with virtual machines is kernel debugging. You can do this by either connecting two virtual machines to the same named pipe (creating a virtual null-modem cable as it were), or by debugging a virtual machine directly...
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    Hexxagon under Virtual PC

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    Hexxagon is a simple little game - and is a derivation of a very old game (other derivations are known as reversi, othello, attacks, etc...). I do not know why but for some reason I have always enjoyed playing this particular game - as it is a very nice...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using COM Ports for logging under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    One interesting feature of Virtual PC / Virtual Server is the ability to map one of the virtual machines COM ports to a text file on the host computer. This can be very handy for logging information on automated tests / batch jobs running inside of virtual...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Edit --> Copy under Virtual PC

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    A while ago now I posted about the Edit --> Paste feature of Virtual PC - but I forgot to mention it's sibling - Edit --> Copy. Once you have a running virtual machine under Virtual PC you can go to the Edit menu of the virtual machine and select...
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