Virtual PC service pack hides your network card from virtual machines

After applying service pack 1 for Virtual PC 2007, I loaded up my virtual machines and found I couldn’t see the Internet anymore. A reboot of the host didn’t help and then I checked if the guest OS was configured to use the local network card only to find it missing from the list: Not connected Local only…

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Virtual PC fun installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008

Not as seemless as I’d hoped. Setup would load, do some work with a few information pop-ups and then unload without error. Looking around I find that SQL’s setup generates a time-stamped subdirectory to help you troubleshoot the failure – not new to SQL 2008, just new to me. Unfortunately the log files didn’t have any…

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Virtual PC and the mismatched folders.

I’m seeing some weirdness with Shared Folders in Virtual PC. I’ve made some directories on the host machine visible to the guest OS to install SQL Server. Setup doesn’t work and, on looking at the source directories, I find that what the guest can see is not the same as what’s on the host! In one…

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Virtual PC doesn’t seem to like huge shared folders

I’m trying to install SQL Server 2008 and setup claimed that: “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installation has failed. SQL Server 2008 Setup requires .NET Framework to be installed.” which was strange as Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 service pack 1 was in place. I repaired it, uninstalled it and reinstalled it in various combinations, all to…

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Out of Memory (0x8007000e) installing service pack 2 for Windows Server 2008

Initially applying the service pack on my VirtualPC machines complained about lack of disk space and I messed about for ages to free up a few vital GBs. Then the update changed its tune and reported Out of Memory (0x8007000e) without elaborating any further so I tried freeing up some more. In the end I…

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"Windows cannot locate the Disk Cleanup program."

Always problems… I’m trying to free up space in my Virtual PC machines so I can apply service pack 2 for Windows Server 2008. First place to go is Disk Cleanup – usually good for a few GB. Strangly, my upgraded machines report that I no longer have the executable on the disk: I check the…

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MSMQ and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)

The United States Government has a couple of standards that provide a benchmark for implementing cryptographic software. These are: Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 (FIPS 140-1)which was published in January 1994, and is superceded by… Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2)which was published in May 2001. To enable FIPS compliant algorithms in Windows 2003: In…

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"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file…"

Having compressed my virtual disks, I’ve moved on to upgrading the guest operating systems on my three virtual machines from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008. Seems simple enough – set up a shared folder to the source files on the host machine and run SETUP.EXE…. “Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.  You may…

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How to squash your VHDs

One of my machines is set up with a small virtual BizTalk environment – a domain controller, an SQL server and a BizTalk server – running under Virtual PC. Works like a dream – I love drag-and-drop to the virtual machine (Virtual Server, are you listening?) – but the hard disk is only 37GB. I…

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Virtualisation Support Wizard now available

Microsoft’s Virtualisation Support Policy Team has been working for months on development and testing so that they can clearly define, not surprisingly, virtualisation support policies. The result is the Virtualisation Support Wizard which you can use to see if your virtualisation configuration is supported without needing to call the great people at Microsoft support. Virtualisation Support Wizard Virtualisation…

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