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  • Ben Armstrong

    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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    Slipstream 5000 under Virtual PC

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    I have vague memories of Slipstream 5000 being touted as a 'ground breaking game' when it was first released - but I can't really remember why any more :-) Having said that - this is a great old DOS game. Released towards the end of the DOS gaming...
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    Mike blogs about Vista on Virtual PC

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    Mike Kolitz has made some good posts about using the February CTP of Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server. First he covers how to install Vista under Virtual PC / Virtual Server (pretty much just the same as it was for the December CTP ). And...
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    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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    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...
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    Virtual Server usage by Microsoft IT

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    I was recently forwarded some links for an IT Showcase study on how Microsoft's internal IT departement is using Virtual Server: Whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=25DCB14A-03F5-434D-83F7-4D46C1675B87&displaylang...
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    Overriding command line parameters in the VMC file

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    Over the last week or so I have mentioned a couple of interesting command-line parameters that can be used with Virtual PC. If you want to utilize these options but not have to worry about users using the correct shortcut / parameter - it is possible...
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    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...
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    Paganitzu under Virtual PC

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    ########### PAGANITZU FROM APOGEE ########### Indiana Jones look out--here comes Alabama Smith! Paganitzu is an epic EGA graphics adventure game in a vast Aztec pyramid. Can you overcome the amazing puzzles in the many perilous chambers. Longest animated...
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    Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport under Virtual PC

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    ### Xenophage v1.1 Shareware From Apogee #### ### and Argo --- A Killer Fighting Game! #### "...revolutionary game design, it may indeed knock fighting fans into another universe of apocalyptic action." * Strategy Plus. Visit www.apogee1.com for screen...
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    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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    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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    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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    When is a bug not a bug?

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    The answer is - when it is not our bug :-) So continuing with the series on Command and Conquer - the next game to look at is the Windows 95 version of Command and Conquer. This is a *very* finicky game. It won't run under Windows XP - no matter how much...
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    Why I hate drag and drop in Virtual PC...

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    I guess I'll start with why I love drag and drop in Virtual PC. Firstly - Virtual PC is the most drag and drop friendly application I know. Want to mount a CD .ISO? Drag and drop it on to the CD icon. Want to change the .VHD? Drag and drop the new .VHD...
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    Virtual PC 2004 SP1 is now available...

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    You can grab it from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b07c9ef0-265a-4237-ae3b-25bc8937d40f&displaylang=en It has a bunch of bug fixes - most notable mentions include: Improved performance for XP SP2 as a guest Bug fixes for...
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    Ben is on the road this week...

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    I am currently sitting in a hotel in Nashville making this post. I will be in Minnieapolis and Cincinnati later this week - as I am presenting at three Virtual Server launch events. So posting and responding to feedback is going to be hit and miss this...
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    Setting up DOS IPX Networking under Virtual PC 2004

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    IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) is an older protocol - originally developed by Novell for Netware networks. A number of DOS games need to have an IPX peer-to-peer network configured in order to support head-to-head gaming. In order to setup a minimal...
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    Cool information about clustering on Virtual Server

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    With Virtual Server 2005 we added the ability to cluster two virtual machines over a shared SCSI bus. If you are like me - your response to this is 'Cool - I can setup a cluster and play around with it all on one computer... Shame I don't know how to...
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    Please don't use /3GB - okay?

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    Every now and then someone will report that they are having problems launching more than 10 or so virtual machines under Virtual Server. Inevitably it turns out that they have enabled the /3GB boot option ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp...
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    What is up with selecting the 'Operating System'?

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    When you create a new virtual machine - you will be prompted to select which operating system you are going to install. Now - a number of people wonder why we ask for this information - and how we decide on what operating system to display by default...
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    Nero InCD is all better now

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    For a while now I have been convincing people that I have psychic capabilities. The usual conversation has been: Random person: I just put some extra memory in my physical system - so that I now have 2GB of RAM - and now Virtual PC can't use more than...
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    EGA-Trek under Virtual PC

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    EGA-Trek is an old classic space strategy game where you get to warp around the galaxy, blowing up bad guys with photon torpedoes and laser cannons. From the FILE_ID.DIZ: EGATrek v3.0: EGA space/strategy game. You are in command of a powerful starship...
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    Conquests of Camelot under Virtual PC

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    Conquests of Camelot: Quest for the Holy Grail is a classic Sierra adventure game. You use the mouse or keyboard to move around - and type in actions for Arthur to perform. One thing that I always remember about Conquests of Camelot is that it is incredibly...
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