HOWTO: Monitor Virtual Server Events

I think Virtual Server Events and Asynchronous Tasks are two of the least utilized features of the Virtual Server Administration API. Contrary to the often-asked task of “find the VM, turn it off, manipulate its VHD, then turn it back on”, which shows the synchronous, task-driven side of the VS Admin model, Events and Asynchronous…

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Deploying and Updating Virtual Machines

The following are some of the more frequently asked questions when it comes to deploying a group Virtual Machines sharing common configuration. After updating the VHD and VMC, how to re-deploy the changes out to the group of physical machines After deploying the duplicate VHD and VMC, how to make the Windows OS in each…

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HOWTO: Perform VHD Maintenance Automatically

Question: I would like to have a night script to run on guest machines and perform the following tasks: 1. start / restore from saved state if machine is not running (preferably disconnected from network in order to preserve resources)2. run on the guest the VHD maintenance utility (manually done by mounting the ISO from…

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Virtual Server 2005 Support Messaging

Question: I am curious to know what this message is about: “You should use Microsoft Windows XP Professional as a host operating system only in a non-production environment.” What does the non-production environment mean and is it recommended to set up a Virtual Server for means of building a website, exchange server, etc… on XP…

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Virtual Server 2005 R2 is Free!

Hurray… one of my favorite technologies, Virtual Server, is now freely available for download at this location. I suggest that everyone go grab a copy and install it. Especially if you have VMWare. … except if you are running XP Home for your “production” environment. But then again, what professional uses that SKU and expects…

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HOWTO: Install Virtual Server VM Additions Unattended

Question: I was wondering if it is possible not to have the virtual machine additions installation eject the iso image after installing, maybe an undocumented switch. I have created a custom OS installation CD and anything to be installed after VMA will be left hanging, or if you have more files in the $OEMO$\$$ or…

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Does Virtual Server support multiple Floppy and CDROM drives?

Question: on a VM, is it possible to have simultaneously 2 CDROM, 2 Floppy drives, real or virtual? I have been told that is not possible under virtual PC 2004, but what about VS? Answer: You can programmatically attach multiple virtual DVD ROM drives on IDE or SCSI bus. The virtual DVD ROM drives can be…

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IIS and Virtual Server Conversations Part 2

Question: I am a ‘nuts&bolts’ guy – I need to know what kind of nuts and bolts to use for what kind of job, I don’t need to know about the philosophy of why the nuts are having their threads inverted. Nuts and bolts have a practical use. I just want to learn about the…

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IIS and Virtual Server Conversations

Question: In preparation to installing Virtual Server, and acknowledging the fact that it needs IIS, I would like to know: Is there any specific setup to perform on the IIS before I configure VS? Or, will it just need to be there?Also, since now I have web server software installed, I would like to configure…

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HOWTO: Pose Answerable Questions, My Top 10…

Today, I decided to do a sweep through my backlog of private blog comments which I have not yet composed a response to. There are about 120 comments going back six months in this state. Honestly, it is getting progressively harder for me to blog regularly about topics that I am interested in, maintain a…

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