Virtual Server does not provide sound support out of the box – and in the past I have commented that it is possible to get sound out of a virtual machine if you connect to it via RDP and enable sound remoting under the advanced options of the Remote Desktop client. However – sound remoting is not enabled by default. In order to do this you will need to go into the Windows Server 2003 virtual machine and:
- Go into the ‘Services‘ section (under Admin tools, under Control Panel)
- Change the ‘Windows Audio service’ from ‘Disabled‘ to ‘Automatic‘ – and start it
- Go to the ‘Terminal Services Configuration‘ section (under Admin tools, under Control Panel)
- Double click on ‘RDP-TCP‘
- Select the ‘Client Settings‘ tab
- Clear the ‘Audio Mapping‘ check box
You should now be able to RDP into the virtual machine and hear sound. (thanks to Brandon Tyler for pointing this out to me).