Aero Glass? In my Virtual Machine? Now it’s *even more* likely than you think…

Starting back in 2006, I wrote a post about how to enable Aero Glass support for Virtual Machines by using Remote Desktop / Terminal Services.  Last August, I wrote another post describing how Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 is able to make Aero Glass happen in a Virtual Machine (hint – also Remote Desktop). …


New Physical to Virtual (P2V) tool from Sysinternals

Looks like Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell are up to their old tricks again, with an awesome new tool called Disk2VHD. From the web site: Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual…


More PowerShell in R2 tricks

The other day, Ben Armstrong posted the steps for installing Windows PowerShell on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.  How awesome is that?  A real, modern, powerful shell on Hyper-V Server! It should be noted that this also works on Windows Server 2008 R2 Core SKUs, so if you’re running Hyper-V on one of those, you can…

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Announcing the Windows® Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD)

It was my New Years Resolution that I’d do an average of 2 blog posts per week this year.  So far, I haven’t been doing a very good job of that, but I think I have a good excuse.  I’ve been very busy with preparing to release a new tool, and now, I can finally…

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How to use VMConnect to create an .RDP-like shortcut directly to your VMs

The Remote Desktop application in Windows has a nifty little feature where you can save all of your custom settings for a specific remote computer to a single .RDP file, and then just use that .RDP file as a shortcut to connect to that remote computer instantly. VMConnect, which is the name of the application…


Adding the RC1 Integration Components to WinPE 2.0

Mike Sterling just made a triumphant return to blogging by posting an article on how to add the RC1 ICs to WinPE.  Check it out here.  Keep in mind, though, that this only works for WinPE 2.0, which is the WinPE that is based on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. As for my triumphant…


I still get an error while installing the Integration Components on Win2k3 after I installed Win2k8 RC1 on the host! HC?

In an earlier post, I said that you should install Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta if you’re getting error 61658 while trying to install the Integration Components in Windows Server 2003. And you should. But some people are still seeing it.  If you happen to be one of them, here’s why: You probably…

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Getting an error while installing the ICs on Server 2003? Here’s why.

I’ve seen a lot of users having issues with installing the Hyper-V Integration Components on Windows Server 2003 in the last few days.  The error code seems to differ slightly, but it’s usually similar to the message below: If you’re seeing this error message, it’s because you’re still using the Hyper-V CTP release, and the…

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