Nibbles.bas under Virtual PC

Just like Gorilla.bas, Nibbles.bas is a source code based QBasic game that shipped with MS-DOS 5, Windows 95 and others.  Nibbles is a version of the classic ‘snake’ game where you control a snake that must avoid running into walls and itself, which is made harder by the fact that the snake grows in length… Read more

Virtual Hard Disk format released under Open Specification Promise

A while ago we announced that we were making the VHD format available, royalty free, to people who were interested in using it in their products.  Today we have announced that we are releasing this format under the Open Specification Promise (OSP).  If you are not familiar with the OSP – checkout: http://www.microsoft.com/interop/osp/default.mspx.  In layman’s… Read more

Gorilla.bas under Virtual PC

Gorilla.bas is a BASIC game that shipped with MS-DOS 5, Windows 95 and a couple of other OSes (interestingly it was not included in MS-DOS 6 or 6.22).  The game actually shipped as a source (.bas) file that you needed to load and run with QBasic.  Gorilla is a fairly basic artillery game, where two… Read more

Looking at the VM Heartbeat with WMI

Virtual Server also exposes a fair amount of information on the virtual machine heartbeat through WMI.  The virtual machine heartbeat is generated by Virtual Machine Additions when it is installed inside the virtual machine.  This script returns all of the heartbeat related WMI counters for each virtual machine: Set vsWMIObj = GetObject(“winmgmts:\.rootvmvirtualserver”) Set vms =… Read more

Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available!

Good news – the Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available.  You can sign up for it here: https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=874. Major changes include: Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though –… Read more

Age of Empires II under Virtual PC

This is a great game, but if you needed me to tell you that then I do not know where you have been.  Released in 1999 this game has been heralded as one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all times. AoEII has many of the elements common to most real time strategy games,… Read more

Looking at VM Uptime through WMI

Another useful WMI counter that is exposed by Virtual Server is the virtual machine uptime (how long the virtual machine has been running since it was last started or rebooted).  This is reported in seconds, so I had to do some tweaking with mod and div to get it to display nicely, but: Set vsWMIObj… Read more

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms under Virtual PC

I do not like this game.  It’s funny – cause I like the original Total Annihilation a lot (as discussed here) – but I just don’t like this game.  TA: Kingdoms uses exactly the same engine as the original game, with different skins and a different story line.  But the nice looking mechanical animation of… Read more