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….


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…


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…


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…


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!


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…


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…


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…


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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