Why Does Virtual PC 2007 Install to the "Program Files(x86)" Directory?

Some of you may have noticed that when you install Virtual PC 2007 on a 64-bit host operating system it installs to the 32-bit program files directory.  The reason why this happens is because, unlike Virtual Server, Virtual PC 2007 is a 32-bit application which uses 64-bit drivers when necessary. In order to run on… Read more

Microsoft Launches VHD Evaluation Program

OK, this is really cool.  As of today Microsoft is providing virtual hard disks with evaluation versions of Microsoft Software pre-installed.  This means that you can download virtual machines and try out complex server software without the need to set up anything. Further to this Microsoft is providing a way for partners build their own… Read more

It is Halloween!

And to celebrate – I am providing a nice Halloween theme for the Virtual Server website: Just download the files attached to this post and place the .GIFs in “WebSite\VirtualServer\images” under the Virtual Server installation directory, and the .CSS in “WebSite\VirtualServer\mui\en-US” under the Virtual Server installation directory (please remember to backup the original files first)…. Read more

Changes to the New Virtual Machine Wizard in Virtual PC 2007

There have been a couple of minor changes to the New Virtual Machine Wizard in Virtual PC 2007 to help address usability issues that have been identified.  The first change is to the operating system configuration page.  I have never liked this page myself, as you select an operating system and have Virtual PC perform… Read more

Why doesn’t Virtual PC 2007 recognize my wireless network adapter?

In the past I have written about the fact that Virtual PCs support for wireless network adapters is a bit hit and miss (details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/10/13/479773.aspx).  As this is a result of hardware limitations the Virtual PC team decided to not enable networking on wireless network adapters in Virtual PC 2007, by default.  To enable… Read more

Windows Vista, Virtual PC and Flip-3D

Now that the beta of Virtual PC 2007 is available for general use, and is able to run on Windows Vista, without disabling Aero glass, there are a number of cool things you can do.  One of my personal favorites is to use the new application changer, Flip-3D, with multiple virtual machines running:   What you… Read more

Gathering disk usage information via WMI

Continuing on our saga through the undocumented Virtual Server WMI interfaces, we now arrive at disk usage information.  Here is a sample script that will create a list of the currently running virtual machines, and display the amount of disk activity they have had since they were powered on. Set vsWMIObj = GetObject(“winmgmts:\.rootvmvirtualserver”) Set vms… Read more