One of the great things about the DeviceEmulator is that it runs inside VirtualPC and VirtualServer.
However, there is one gotcha about using the Virtual Switch driver (download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=dc8332d6-565f-4a57-be8c-1d4718d3af65&displaylang=en) inside a VirtualPC.
For security reasons, VirtualPC/VirtualServer blocks the Virtual Switch running inside the VM from receiving broadcast network packets. This in turn means that the DeviceEmulator running inside a VirtualPC cannot acquire an IP address from your LAN's DHCP server... the DHCP negotiation is done via broadcast packets.
If you are running the emulator inside a VirtualPC and want to communicate with other server apps inside the VirtualPC, such as IIS and Exchange, then the best solution is to do the following:
- Install the microsoft Loopback Adapter into the version of Windows running inside the VPC. Use "Start/Help And Support" and search for "install loopback adapter' and pick the first hit in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
- Configure the DeviceEmulator's NE2000 to bind to the "Microsoft Loopback Adapter"
Now both the Device Emulator and Windows inside the VirtualPC will use auto-ip addresses over the private LAN created by the loopback adapter.