Glorious Hacks of Yesteryear

Today I had a random discussion about “glorious hacks” in Virtual PC that I knew of.  One that particularly came to mind was this: In Connectix Virtual PC 5.0 we moved to using a new BIOS and also moved from the 430TX chipset to the 440BX chipset.  One problem that this caused was that Windows… Read more

What’s up with IVMGuestOS::ExecuteCommand?

A number of people have noticed that the guestOS.executeCommand() exists but makes no sense.  It takes no parameters, and always returns an error.  This API was originally intended to allow you to execute a command inside the guest operating system.  This is incredibly useful, but it also had a significant security issue.  Namely – the… Read more

Configuring BIOS Security Options on Virtual Machines

Under Virtual Server and Virtual PC you can enter the virtual machine BIOS configuration and then change to the Security page.  Here you can configure a supervisor and a user password.  You can then configure whether users can access the BIOS, view the BIOS or even be allowed to boot the virtual machine. This functionality… Read more

The Futility of Changing the System Time in the Virtual Machine Bios

You may or may not be aware that when you are booting a virtual machine under Virtual PC or Virtual Server you can press the Del key to enter the virtual machines bios.  The first configurable option that you’ll see in the bios is the System Time and System Date.  You can easily change these… Read more

Virtual Machine Additions for Linux Installation Log File

Just a short note today – but this is useful information that I can’t seem to find documented anywhere.  If you’re trying to install Virtual Machine Additions for Linux and are hitting problems there is a rather detailed log file that is created at /var/log/vmadd-install.log.  Looking at this file will usually give you a good… Read more

Using Virtual Server on Windows Vista without running IE "as administrator"

For a while now we’ve been telling people that in order to access the Virtual Server web site when it is running on Windows Vista they need to run IE “as administrator”.  Needless to say most people are not happy with this.  Luckily, last night I stumbled across the way to use the Virtual Server… Read more

Where are the Virtual Server Web Site Properties Stored?

If you’ve spent some time using the Virtual Server administrative website you will probably be aware of the web site properties option.  This is available under the Virtual Server section of the website navigation pane.  It allows you to configure properties such as how often the web page should refresh, how many virtual machines should… Read more