VMRCplus in TechNet Magazine!

The October issue of TechNet Magazine covers VMRCplus. I wrote that article for the Utility Spotlight in August. However, I updated the content in September.

That is why you may notice screen shots of a different VMRCplus. The release on the Microsoft Download Center is 1.5.0 which was the first public release. That release is also on the companion CD of the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit.

But VMRCplus did not cover all functionality of Virtual Server at that time. Development continued and led to a new dot release, 1.6.0.

So what is new in 1.6.0?
First of all, the UI reflects Virtual Server terminology. Both Paul and I had used a mix of Virtual Server terminology and internal (SDK) terminology. To reflect the terminology used in the web administration UI of Virtual Server, the terminology of VMRCplus has been updated.
Second, VMRCplus now offers configuration of scripts on both the Virtual Server and Virtual Machine level. This was missing from the previous release.
Third, VMRCplus offers configuring promiscuous mode on the network so you can trace traffic in the virtual switch. This is something Virtual Server does not offer in the web administration UI.

Of course there have been minor enhancements like storage of Console Manager coordinates, conflict handling when a shortcut already exists (something Virtual Server fails to resolve).

The COM and LPT port assignment logic has been fixed (most of it did not work).
The x86 installer package no longer installs on x64. This has been done to prevent issues with 32-bit VMRCplus on 64-bit Virtual Server.

Error handling has been enhanced and several issues have been fixed.

The updated release can be downloaded from the Utility Spotlight page. It currently offers 1.5.0 but this will be fixed at the end of next week.

Comments (7)

  1. Anonymous says:

    You mentioned ,"Development continued and led to a new dot release, 1.6.0."

    Whenwhere is this release available?

    Thanks for a great program!


  2. Anonymous says:

    What’s new in VMRCplus 1.6.0? The UI reflects Virtual Server terminology. VMRCplus now offers configuration

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is VMRCplus? VMRCplus is a tool for both configuration management of Virtual Server and remote control of virtual machines. It allows for local and remote management of Virtual Server and supports simultaneous management of up to 32 Virtual Serve

  4. Anonymous says:

    Je viens de m’apercevoir que j’ai oublier de vous parler d’une chose : l’outil d’administration (alternative

  5. Lynn_Lunik says:

    This Blog entry references the TechNet Magazine October 2007 Online Edition article by Matthijs ten Seldam the Author of Virtual Machine Remote Control Client Plus V1.6.  VMRCC+ enables simplified management of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Host and Guest Machines using a Console Interface.  If you have ever wondered about the download location for Virtual Machine Remote Control Client Plus you will find that and more detail in the entry.

  6. In the TechNet article, Utility Spotlight. See the post.

  7. Anonymous says:


    I am not sure if this is a real bug or not (or the right palce to post this!), but in the Resource Settings tab of the VM Properties dialog of VMRCplus 1.6.0, the background colour of the CPU usage sliders is grey (The tab background happens to be white on my computer – I use the Media Centre Theme on Windows XP). The only theme I can’t see this bug with is the Windows Classic theme.

    Thanks for such a cool program.

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