OpenSolaris (build 63) on Virtual PC 2007 – part deux

I have to imagine that when the OpenSolaris release team decided on a launch strategy, that they sat around a table and discussed: How can we go out of our way to make the download of the install ISO the must painful, frustrating, experience possible? As there are some sharp folks working at Sun, they utterly…


Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r0 (etch) on Virtual PC 2007

The Debian site is not particularly easy to navigate, and I went in circles a few times before finding the download page that I was looking for:  The full DVD install is comprised of THREE 4.4GB DVDs.  Apparently the kitchen sink is included with Debian 🙂 It looks like the release date was April…


Fedora 7 (Test 4) on Virtual PC 2007

Two months after my Fedora Core 6 install, I am giving the last test version of Fedora 7 a go. “Don’t you mean Fedora Core 7?” Nope.  The Fedora folks have finally removed the distiction between Fedora Core and Fedora Extras (which I never entirely understood).  That should make it easier to add non-standard packages…


Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in Virtual PC 2007

Another Saturday, another OS install…  After having installed Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) in Virtual PC 2007 a few weeks ago here, I thought I would give the latest release a go. As you may recall, I ran into some problems with the last install, as Ubuntu defaults to 24-bit color, which Virtual PC 2007 does…


Professional Virtual Server Book Published

Ben Armstrong, (AKA Virtual PC Guy), has published a book on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Currently available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble (as well as at your favorite local reseller). You can also download the example code from the book at the Publisher’s website. Some of the critical features you’ll learn how to take advantage of include integrated backup support, offline…


Installing Windows Home Server in Virtual Server

It turns out that Window Home Server installs into (and works fine on) Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1.  (Virtual Server is free, and available from the previous link).  I did run into a couple of gotchas while installing, so thought that I would provide you a walkthrough with screenshots and workarounds. FOR THE RECORD:  The…


Linux Sound in Virtual PC 2007

As mentioned in my last posting on OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007, I could not get sound to work.  After just installing Mandriva 2007, I encountered the exact same problem.  After a little research, I found the answer here: Open up a command line terminal session (usually you would just right-click on the…


OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007

OpenSuse 10.2 was by FAR the most pleasant installation experience on Virtual PC 2007 of the 3 Linux Distros I have tried so far (you can read about my Ubuntu and Fedora experiences).  As OpenSuse was released shortly after the Microsoft/Novell collaboration announcement, I am pretty sure that the installation experience has not yet benefited from…


Fedora Core 6 (Zod) in Virtual PC 2007

Another day, another *nix in Virtual PC post, and today’s entry is brought to you by the letter Zed. Er… Zod. (like the Presidential Candidate?!?) Last week I installed Ubuntu in Virtual PC, and shared the installation workaround here: Today I will cover my experience with installing Fedora Core 6 in Virtual PC 2007….


Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) in Virtual PC 2007

I have been using Virtual PC 2007 for the last few months as it worked its way through Beta, and have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of Windows Vista in a virtual environment (following the performance tips I previously outlined here: I enjoy living on the cutting edge, however, and now that Virtual…