John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.

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ADS 1.1 and VSMT on 64-bit hosts

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I was having a few emails back-and-forth yesterday as someone was struggling with VSMT (now part of ADS as of version 1.1) installed on one 64-bit host, with Virtual Server 2005 R2 64-bit edition running on a seperate Windows Server 2003 x64 host.

A couple of learnings came to light - first, and one that I often forget when building demo environments is that it is necessary to install an admin-only install of Virtual Server on the ADS machine itself (assuming it is not the same machine as your Virtual Server host).

The second gotcha I didn't realise until seeing the small-print was that you cannot install/run ADS on a 64-bit host. The only two solutions open are to either install a 32-bit Windows Server 2003 EE for the ADS machine, or to run ADS in a Virtual Machine.

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  • John,

    What is it with MS and 64 bit at the moment?

    http://bink.nu/Article6158.bink

    Cheers

    Adam

  • Hi Adam - Curious comment that one you refer to - I was at those sessions at IT Forum and was manning the booth at the Virtual Server ask-the-experts for many hours and it was made very clear publicly (not that it was new news at the time) that the next version of Virtual Server (as yet un-named and I've seen called v."Next", Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, Virtual Server 2005 "R3") is due to beta H106 and release H206 will only add support for Pacifica & VT technology. 64-bit support for guests will only be appearing in Windows Virtualisation in the Longhorn Server timeframe. Hmmm.
    Cheers,
    John.

  • Hi Howard,

    Regarding VSMT and x64 support.
    I have also tried to install ads and vsmt  1.1 on Windows server 2003 x64 ent edition without success. Have you read "Applications Supporting Windows Server 2003 x64 EE"  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/x64/app64catalog.aspx ...... strange
    When I understood that I couldn't install ADS on the x64 server I installed ads 1.1 and vsmt on a 32-bit windows server 2003 EE instead. I then installed the 64-bit ads agent on the x64 Virtual Server. But when I then tried to install vsmt tools on the x64 Virtual Server, I got an error message saying it wasn't supported.
    So is it possible to use vsmt to migrate a machine to a Virtual Server 2005 R2 x64?

    P.S. Are you shure you have to install Virtual Server

  • Unfortunately, VSMT is not supported on a 64-bit platform. You need to have both ADS on 32-bit and VSMT on a 32-bit Virtual Server. Once you have completed the migration via the "interim" server, you can move the VM's across to a 64-bit VS Host without problem.

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