Using WMI to determine memory usage by Virtual Server

When you create a virtual machine under Virtual Server, you configure the amount of memory that you want that virtual machine to believe that it has (say 512mb of RAM).  However, Virtual Server needs to use more than that amount of memory to actually run the virtual machine.  Virtual Server also needs memory for itself… Read more

Updates to VPC / VS redistribution rights

I am a bit late on posting about this – but recently we updated the EULA’s on Virtual PC and Virtual Server to provide users with the ability to legally redistribute these products, which is pretty cool.  Of course the issue that still remains is that we do not allow people to redistribute Windows virtual… Read more

Colonization under Virtual PC

Colonization is the lesser known sibling to Civilization.  In this game you are responsible for acting as an explorer from England, Spain, France or the Netherlands.  You need to establish colonies in a new world, traffic goods and people between the colonies and the mother country and handle interactions with the native people and competitive… Read more

Is Virtual Server using hardware virtualization on your computer?

Unfortunately under Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 it is not very easy to tell whether your physical computer really supports hardware virtualization, and whether Virtual Server is actually using it.  So – to help out – I am here to tell you the painful and annoying way to determine this information: Enable hardware… Read more

The Chaos Engine under Virtual PC

The Chaos Engine is a classic Bitmap Brothers game.  The story for the game is that an inventor has created the Chaos Engine, a machine capable of twisting time and matter.  Unfortunately the Chaos Engine turns on its creator and starts corrupting the land.  You enter as one of six mercenaries hired to try and… Read more

Using VHDMount under Windows XP

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 beta 2 includes a utility to mount virtual hard disks on your physical computer – called VHDMount.  However there are some issues using VHDMount on Windows XP: It is not possible to use ‘/m’ (Mount), you can only use ‘/p’ (Plug in).The reason for this is that VHDMount… Read more

Double clicking on a VHD to mount it

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 includes ‘vhdmount’ – a tool to allow you to mount a virtual hard disk directly on your host operating system.  While vhdmount is provided as a command line tool – a very small amount of work will allow you to mount VHDs by just double clicking on them. … Read more

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download!

Virtual Server R2 SP1 BETA2 is now available for download, it includes: AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility  Volume Shadow Copy Service support  Offline VHD mounting  Active Directory integration using service connection points  Host Clustering technical white paper For complete details on the new features of Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta2 and… Read more

Grim Fandango under Virtual PC

I love this game.  Grim Fandango is the first 3D adventure game done by LucasArts and it is just beautiful.  The graphics are spectacular, the music is wonderful and the story is intriguing.  You take the role of Manny Calavera, a walking skeleton in the land of the dead.  You have a debt to pay… Read more