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  • Ben Armstrong

    Watching DVR recordings under Virtual PC

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    For the last couple of months I have been an avid user of Windows Media Center 2005. One of the features I enjoy the most is the ability to watch shows that I have recorded directly on my computer. Well - for reasons which I will not go into to - my main...
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    Shared components of Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    Microsoft supports having both Virtual PC and Virtual Server installed on the same computer at the same time. When a user does this there are two major 'shared components' between the two products. The virtual machine monitor (VMM.SYS) which is responsible...
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    Nintendo Game and Watch simulators under Virtual PC

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    Recently I was contacted by someone who was trying to get some old Nintendo Game and Watch simulators to run under Virtual PC. These are highly authentic versions of the classic handheld games that I had always wanted when I was a kid. You can download...
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    Warlords BattleCry under Virtual PC

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    Warlords BattleCry is an interesting spin off from the original Warlords series. It is not a turn based strategy game (like the others in the series) but is a real time strategy. As far as realtime strategy games go - it is not that bad - but to be honest...
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    Using RAID and Mirror configurations under Virtual PC

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    One obscure thing that you can do with Virtual PC is to configure it to support software RAID and Mirror implementations While this is rather pointless from a practical perspective (as you are not actually gaining any performance or redundancy) - it useful...
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    Warlords III under Virtual PC

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    Moving on in the Warlords series - we arrive at Warlords III. Warlords III continues to enhance the Warlords series - adding new features, better graphics, more advanced 'Hero' building methods and the concept of a 'campaign'. I am constantly torn between...
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    Sending custom parameters into virtual machines under Virtual Server

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    In a previous post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/01/24/359650.aspx ) - I discussed how Virtual PC / Virtual Server provide basic information about the host computer in the registry of the guest operating system. Virtual Server extends...
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    Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server whitepaper

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    One of the most common questions I get asked is 'What is the difference between Virtual PC and Virtual Server?' - so we now have a handy little whitepaper that details this for people: http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/d/14d17804-1659-435d...
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    Running Windows XP Tablet Edition under Virtual PC

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    To be honest - I had never thought about installing Windows XP Tablet Edition under Virtual PC. That is until someone emailed me letting me know that it worked (thanks Paul Langton). This is actually pretty cool for two reasons: If a user is running...
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    Warlords II under Virtual PC 2004

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    In my opinion - Warlords II is probably one of the greatest turn based warfare strategy games of all time. Warlords II took the Warlords I concepts and extended them in many significant ways. Warlords II saw the introduction of: Randomly generated...
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    Support for large ISO images in Virtual Server SP1 Beta

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    One of the new features / bug fixes in the Virtual Server SP1 Beta release is that we now support the use of ISO images that are over 2.2GB in size (yay!). A number of people have wondered why we supported ISO images up to 2.2GB in size but not higher...
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    Problems with shutting down Windows when Virtual Server is running

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    There is a known problem that can occur when trying to shutdown a physical computer running Virtual Server with a large number of virtual machines running. The issue is caused by default Virtual Server will attempt to 'Save state' all of the running virtual...
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    Running Warlords under Virtual PC

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    Warlords has to be one of my all time favorite games. I spent many late nights playing this game against my cousins and friends. This is a fantastic turn based strategy game, where you start out with a single castle and a hero - with aims to conquer the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Developing VM-Typer (Part 3)

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    So now we have a basic application up and running with the right COM security model, the right threading apartment model and a connection to the Virtual Server instance (from past posts: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/05/26/422447.aspx...
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    Diablo II under Virtual PC

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    A while ago I posted about running Diablo under Virtual PC ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/04/29/412428.aspx ) - however at that time I did not post about running Diablo II under Virtual PC because of a problem I was hitting when I...
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    Stopping the warning pop-ups on VMRC

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    Virtual Server 2005 includes a standalone VMRC (Virtual Machine Remote Control) client application - that many people like to use to control virtual machines in demonstration and training environments (where you do not want the end user to have the full...
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    http://vpc.visualwin.com hits 1000 operating systems listed!

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    http://vpc.visualwin.com - the website that shows you which operating systems work and don't work under Virtual PC has just listed it's 1000th operating system (for the curious the 1000th operating system was XFLD 0.2 - and was reported as working by...
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    Portability issues with Linux under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    If you are like me - then you have quickly grown used to being able to move virtual machines around from computer to computer for convenience. However - there is one specific problem with doing this with a Linux based virtual machine - and that is that...
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    Revenant under Virtual PC 2004

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    Friday, Friday, Friday. Time to play games on Friday :-). Today we will be looking at Revenant ( http://www.eidosinteractive.com/games/info.html?gmid=37 ) - an Action / Adventure game where you play the role of an ancient dead warrior, revived as a Revenant...
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    Developing VM-Typer (Part 2)

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    Last week we starting looking at developing 'VM-Typer' - a .Net application that would allow you to automatically type in text from the host computer to an arbitrary virtual machine. The first thing we had to do was get the application up and running...
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    Galactic Civilizations for OS/2 (under Virtual PC)

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    Long before they got into the Windows scene, Stardock (creators of WindowBlinds and many other cool tools: http://www.stardock.com/ ) was actually one of the few commercial game development companies developing on top of OS/2. Galactic Civilizations...
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    The importance of playing games - a lot...

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    A while ago now, the Virtual Server development team delivered the first internal build of Virtual Server SP1 for x64 systems for our test team to start working on. Needless to say I grabbed this build and started trying every obscure virtual machine...
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    Text mode, Virtual PC 2004 and full screen mode

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    Every now and then someone notices that if they have a virtual machine running in 'text mode' (like DOS) and they put it into full screen mode - they will get a small black band at the top and bottom of the screen. We display 'text mode' at 640 x 400...
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    Major Stryker under Virtual PC 2004

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    ***** MAJOR STRYKER v1.4 -- BY APOGEE! ***** Triple parallax scrolling sets this action shoot 'em up game apart from any other. EGA/VGA graphics, joystick, AdLib & Sound Blaster supported. Incredible 3-D illusion of depth. Become Earth's greatest...
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    Developing VM-Typer (new series)

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    The other weekend I was playing around with Virtual Server - and installing Windows Server 2003 in a virtual machine. When I got to the stage where I needed to enter a product key - I thought: "How annoying - I wish there was an easy way to just copy...
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