Dave’s new laptop – Another reason to like Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

So my laptop is up and running with Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 (beta 2) and I decided to start ‘playing’ with Longhorn… I created a Virtual Machine with 1GB of memory and a new virtual hard drive.  I put the Longhorn ISO into the virtual DVD drive and performed an install.  98 minutes later…


VHDMOUNT without Virtual Server

Just in case you quite fancy being able to mount (and unmount) a single file into your file sytstem and use it as a disk drive, but do NOT want to install Virtual Server 2005 R2. Download the setup file for Virtual Sevrer R2 SP1 Beta 2 and follow these instructions (from the release notes): Installing…


Fantastic ‘find’ (you’ll like this)..

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 has a little tool that lets you mount a VHD file into your file system. Start a command prompt with admin rights. Change directory to c:\program files\microsoft virtual server\vhdmount And type vhdmount /p c:\temp.vhd (replace with name of VHD file) – this is a new blank one I have just…


Dave’s new laptop – Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 install.

Nothing much to say about the install – it’s still a bit ‘fiddly’.  First you need IIS installed with these settings.  Then you run Setup.exe (with admin rights). You still need to run IE with admin rights to administer it.  To make this easy, create a shortcut to: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” http://localhost/VirtualServer/vswebapp.exe?view=1 On the Properties page…


Dave’s new laptop – Virtual PC or Virtual Server?

Well I’m running Vista, so my only options are Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 (both of which are in beta – but also both very stable).  They both support 64-bit hosts, so they’re even so far. Virtual PC runs all its virtual/guest machines in the same single thread.  Virtual Server runs…


Dave’s got a brand new laptop..

Those of you who know me, know that my main/work laptop is a three year old Tablet PC, with a 1.6GHz Centrino, 2GBs memory and a slow (5400rpm) disk.  It has served me well over the years, and is still a great little machine for running Vista and Office (I even manage to get Aero Glass…


You’ll like this too..

Still tidying my desk.  Found these great links to Server Cluster (MSCS) Whitepapers (which you ‘might’ like): Guide to Creating and Configuring a Server Cluster Under Windows Server 2003 Microsoft Windows Clustering: Storage Area Networks Geographically Dispersed Clusters in Windows Server 2003 Using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to Create and Configure a Two-Node Microsoft Windows Server…


Great Info re: Server Clusters

Having a go at tidying my desk and had to share this Best Practice info before I filed it: Server Clusters are also commonly referred to as Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS), Failover Clustering or Wolfpack Clustering.  When searching for Server Cluster KB articles, include the keyword ‘MSCS’. Some great Best Practices can be found here:…


You’ll like this.

On your Windows Vista machine, launch a command prompt as administrator.  Navigate to the windows\system32 folder and type: ribbons.scr /p65552 Enjoy Dave


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