Q&A on deploying Virtual Server

I just listened in on a conference call between Ben Armstrong (http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy) and Barbara, an IT manager who’s considering deploying Virtual Server in her enterprise. I thought you all might be interested in the questions and answers, so decided to post my notes as an article. You’ll find them in the Deployment section at http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/344558.aspx….

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Deploying Virtual Server: Q&A

I just listened in on a conference call between Ben Armstrong (http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy) and Barbara, an IT manager who’s considering deploying Virtual Server in her enterprise. I thought you all might be interested in the questions and answers, so here are my notes: Barbara: What’s the difference between the standard and enterprise editions of Virtual Server…

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Fixing network connectivity issues with Broadcom NICs

Virtual Server sometimes takes issue with Broadcom NICs. If you’re experiencing any connectivity problems, and you’re using a Broadcom NIC, turn off the Offload TCP Segmentation, Checksum Offload, and Large Send Offload settings for the NIC, as follows (all of these settings may not be available): In the Network Connections control panel, right-click the connection…

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Upcoming Webcast: Options for Upgrading NT4 LOB Applications Including Using Virtual Server 2005

On Friday, January 07, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Kevin Remde, a Technet presenter, will discuss ways you can upgrade your existing NT 4 applications. As Windows NT 4.0 Server comes to the end of its supported life, many organizations still have vital line of business (LOB) applications that run on…

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New tool for precompacting virtual hard disks

Compacting your dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) reduces the amount of disk space they use. Preparing a disk and compacting it is covered in the Virtual Server 2005 Administrator’s Guide, so I won’t go into it here. What’s new is this: you used to have to use a third-party tool to zero out available blank…

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Domain in a box

I just posted an article in the “Deployment” category (http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/278532.aspx) that tells you how to set up a self-contained domain on a single computer under Virtual Server. Ed Reed, a virtualization developer here at Microsoft helped me out with it. Thanks Ed!

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Domain in a box

This article tells you how to set up a self-contained domain on a single computer under Virtual Server. Ed Reed, a virtualization developer here at Microsoft helped me out with it. Thanks Ed! Although you can set up a production domain controller on Virtual Server with lots of caveats (see Notes), the best reason to…

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Question for Virtual Server users

Here’s a question for all of you from the Windows Server User Assistance team. For the first time, with the Virtual Server 2005 documentation, we’ve made a Getting Started Guide available from the Start menu (Start > All Programs > Microsoft Virtual Server > Getting Started Guide). Usually Getting Started Guides are available only in the box. Question: Have…

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Migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk

[Updated on 1/6/05.] Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) doesn’t support migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk (VHD). One option for dealing with this is to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk and then perform the migration. This isn’t very practical for a migration, though, because you have to…

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iSCSI and Virtual Server

David B. asks, “I’ve been looking to see if Virtual Server 2005 and iSCSI will work together – any idea on this?” Jeff Woolsey responds, “People have reported success using the Microsoft iSCSI client in a guest operating system. This scenario is not yet supported, although it’s under investigation.” So David, the product team is…

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