Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Server 2003 SP1

The virtual machine team is “pedal to the metal” developing and testing an update for Virtual Machine Additions. This update will make Windows Server 2003 SP1 run better in virtual machines running under the release version of Virtual Server 2005. As soon as the new VM Additions are available, I’ll let you know.

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Displaying a virtual machine in a PowerPoint presentation

Did you know that you can display your virtual machine from within a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation? Here’s how: On a computer with Virtual Server installed, open Microsoft Powerpoint. On a PowerPoint slide, click “Insert,” and then click “Object.” Select “Create new” (the default), in the list click “Microsoft Virtual Server VMRC Control,” and then click…

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Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server whitepaper now available for download

This whitepaper is now available on Microsoft.com at http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/d/14d17804-1659-435d-bc11-657a6da308c0/VSvsVPC.doc. Thanks to those of you who gave me comments on the draft. Abstract: Microsoft® Virtual PC 2004 is a virtual machine solution for desktop operating systems. Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, on the other hand, is a solution for server operating systems. Although Virtual PC and Virtual Server…

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SSL and Virtual Server

Q: Rod has this question: “I recently made the switch over to Virtual Server 2005 from VMware.  I love the web based interface but am having troubles with enabling SSL. Can I use SelfSSL from the IIS6 Reskit?  Could I set up a CA in a virtual machine to create the website and VMRC SSL certificates?…

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Migrating Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine

If you want to use Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) to migrate a computer running Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine, you’ll need to copy some system files from your installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1 to the computer running VSMT. Normally VSMT automatically swaps out certain system files in your installation for…

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Dealing with a VHD that grew too large

Q: Lach writes with this question: “I have 2 virtual machines installed, and had them set up as dynamic hard drives [dynamically expanding VHDs]. One has gotten to 16 gb, and has all but filled up my hard drive. I would like to make it smaller, as the hard drive is only 1/2 used. Any…

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Increasing the size of a VHD

Q: Haileyesus asks, “How do you increase the size of a virtual hard disk?” A: Unfortunately, Haileyesus, there’s no way to increase the size of a virtual hard disk (VHD) once it’s been created. VHDs are just like physical disks in this respect (and in most others, as well). If you need more space on…

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Tip: Accessing remote resources via UNC

If you have a virtual machine configured on one computer and want to access a resource (such as an ISO or a VHD) on a different physical computer via a UNC path, you have three choices, listed below. The first two are covered in the documentation. The third is not, so consider it your tip for…

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STC presentation slides (off topic)

This is not related to Virtual Server, so skip this unless you’re looking for my STC slides. Below is a link to the presentation slides for my STC talk on using newsgroups to improve the customer experience. At the bottom of each slide are my detailed notes. To view them more easily, you can drag the…


My slides on using newsgroups to improve the customer experience

Below is a link to the presentation slides for my Society for Technical Communications talk on using newsgroups to improve the customer experience. At the bottom of each slide are my detailed notes. To view them more easily, you can drag the divider bar upwards. Happy posting! Megan http://megandavis.members.winisp.net/Resources/Newsgroups_MD.mht