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  • Ben Armstrong

    Handy compilation of Virtualization resources

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    Richard Macdonald posted a nice list of Microsoft virtualization resources the other day, it is well worth checking out . Cheers, Ben
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    Updated HP Proliant Virtualization Sizing tool

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    I have posted about this in the past, but HP provides a useful tool for giving guidance on hardware to purchase for virtualization projects, depending on the work load that you intend to run. They have just recently updated this tool to include information...
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    Configuring BIOS Security Options on Virtual Machines

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    Under Virtual Server and Virtual PC you can enter the virtual machine BIOS configuration and then change to the Security page. Here you can configure a supervisor and a user password. You can then configure whether users can access the BIOS, view the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Querying guest operating system information with Powershell

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    I recently posted how to query guest operating system information using VBScript . It was pointed out to me that this was much easier to do using Powershell, so here is a sample script that will do the same thing with Powershell: $vs=new-object...
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    Listing virtual machines under Powershell

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    There are a lot of things you can do with Virtual Server and Powershell by just interacting with the COM object directly at the command line. There are, however, a couple of things that are quite hard. One of the first things you might run into is that...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Examining Virtual Hard Disks through Powershell

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    OK, today I would like to try making a script to display virtual hard disk information under Powershell. Here is a simple little script that will do the job: Param([String]$vhdName) $vs=new-object –com VirtualServer.Application –Strict $result...
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    Mike talks about virtualization strategy and direction

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    For those of you who have not seen, Mike Neil has recently made a blog post talking about the overall direction of virtualization at Microsoft. Go check it out here: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/02/25/Where-we_2700_re-headed-with...
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    Updated HP ProLiant Server Sizer for Virtual Server 2005 R2

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    I have posted about this in the past, but HP have updated their virtualization sizing tool. This is a very nice tool that allows you to enter a bunch of data about the physical hardware that you want to consolidate, and then makes recommendations about...
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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...
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    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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    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...
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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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    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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    More details on new server licensing plan...

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    Well - a bunch of folks have had questions about the nitty gritty details of yesterday's virtualization licensing announcement - so I thought I would share some helpful resources on this. First there is a 10 page licensing breif available here: http...
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    Red Baron under Virtual PC

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    Red Baron is one of those classic DOS games where the original owner has been kind enough as to release it as freeware - so that all of us classic gaming aficionados can appreciate it. Red Baron is a great plane flight simulator set in the World War I...
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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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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    StuntCar under Virtual PC

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    StuntCar is a fun old game. I original played this on the Commodore 64 and was very happy when I tracked down the PC version. It has very low tech graphics - where the world is pretty much composed of brown polygons on a blue and brown backdrop. Having...
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    Configuring VMRC under Virtual Server

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    When Virtual Server is first installed - the default configuration is to have VMRC (our remote video protocol) disabled. This is done as a basic security measure - as it means we install in the most secure configuration - and it forces users to realize...
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    Virtual Server Security Script

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    Here is a handy script I created recently to add a user to the Virtual Server users automatically: Dim ace set objVs = wscript.CreateObject("VirtualServer.Application") Set objSecurity = WScript.CreateObject("VirtualServer.VMSecurity") set objSecurity...
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