Virtual Windows XP (and where did the UI go?)

Today I was getting ready to install the virtual lab for a SQL Server maintenance class I am taking, and since I am on Windows 7 RC, I figured it would be a good chance to try out the new version of Virtual PC and XP Mode. You can download both from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx Don’t…

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Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007

Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html.  What’s new?  Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22. GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called Cheese, improved network filesystem support, a new international clock applet, Google Calendar support and custom email labels in Evolution, a new Remote…

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Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in Virtual PC 2007

A picture is worth a thousand words… "An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.  The virtual machine will reset now." It looks like Ubuntu isn’t the only one with this problem… Fedora 9 releases tomorrow and according to this post, it has the same error in Virtual PC.  Whatever happened to Linus’ Law? (given enough…

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Installing OpenSUSE 11 in Virtual PC

It’s that time again!  Wife’s away, and I’m installing Linux distros for fun.  :)  Feel free to click on any of the images below to see them at full size. Our friends at Novell recently released the second beta of OpenSuse 11 (although all the screenshots in this post are from Beta 1.  It took…

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The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

Some highlights… Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included in Server Manager. To obtain the new features and tools…

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Identity Lifecycle Management

Alright… this is probably not something that you would implement as an IT Pro at a company with 15 employees, but for companies with thousands of employees, Identity Management is very critical.  You have line-of-business applications that depend on Active Directory, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Unix…  People login with usernames, passwords, smartcards, tokens…  How do you…

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Even more Virtual PC/Server images

2007 Office System Demo and HOL Images This virtual machine demonstration environment contains almost 50 Hands-On-Labs, ~25 demos, and more than 10 software packages.  A mere 50GB is needed on your hard drive to install this (large) image! Once you have walked through all of the Hands-On-Labs and demos, you will know more about SharePoint…

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More Virtual PC/Server Images

The product groups have been going buck-wild releasing preconfigured Virtual PC/Virtual Server images for you to play around with!  I mentioned a bunch of them in this post, and the master TechNet page is here. Keith, however, noticed a few more: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD – 1.8GB download SQL Server 2008 November CTP VHD…

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Fedora 8 (werewolf) on Virtual PC 2007

My "Running Linux in Virtual PC" posts seem to be some of my more popular reading, so let’s have a go at the recently released Fedora 8 (It’s no longer Fedora Core). As with most distributions, if you try to install it right off the ISO, you will rapidly hit the "screwed up graphics".  Virtual…

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Fixing the mouse in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn under Virtual PC 2007

The show-stopping “mouse no-workie” issue when loading Ubuntu 7.04 under Virtual PC 2007 now has a workaround! Courtesy of the comments at Arcanecode: Use the RIGHT ALT + V to paste the below lines into Ubuntu. Much easier than typing it out. 1. Reboot in recovery mode by pressing ESC on the GRUB screen2. wget…

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