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…


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…


Tip: Opening the Administration Website over a remote connection

If you’re connected to Virtual Server over a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop connection, you’ll get a “Page cannot be displayed” error if you try to launch the Administration Website from the shortcut on the Start menu. Instead, you can provide this URL in Internet Explorer: http://server_IP_address:VS_port, where server_IP_address is the IP address of the…


Tip: Turning off the virtual machine beep

If you want to turn off the beep that sounds when you turn on a virtual machine, you can run the following two commands. The first stops the BEEP service and the second disables it on subsequent reboots.  net stop beep sc config beep start= disabled  (Be sure to include a space after the = sign.)


Tip: Speeding up application installation

If you want your applications to install more quickly in a virtual machine, do this: After you install the guest operating system, install Virtual Machine Additions, restart the virtual machine, and then install the applications.


Tip: How an app can discover it’s running in a virtual machine

Here’s a tip from Paul Adare (author of Paul’s Digital Lounge and Cigar Bar). If you want an application to discover it’s running in a virtual machine, you can do the following: You could query the registry for the existence of the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Virtual Machine key. Or you could use an WMI query, such as this:…


Tip: Changing a VHD from IDE to SCSI

You can easily change your virtual hard disk (VHD) attachment from IDE to SCSI: Shut down the guest operating system. Add a SCSI adapter to the virtual machine, if one isn’t already available (under “Virtual Machine” Configuration, click SCSI adapters and then click Add). Turn on the virtual machine and verify in Device Manager that the…