So here’s the trick to boot your VPC’s in a minute, for VPCs you can set them up so that you can close them and when you restart you are resumed to with a save state. I did have one initial problem with using a variable in the original batch file(%0), but I hard coded the paths I got it working:
Original batch file (I could not get the %0 to work) http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318689
robocopy "%0\..\Resume" "%0\.." /r:0
start "VPC" /min "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC\Virtual PC.exe"
start "Sandbox DC" "%0\..\whatever.vmc"
The one I got to work (just hard coded the paths to the files)
robocopy "C:\Documents and Settings\mhester\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\test\Resume" "C:\Documents and Settings\mhester\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\test" /r:0
start "London DCex" "C:\Documents and Settings\mhester\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\test\test.vmc"
(Obviously, change whatever.vmc to whatever your VPC is called – and you’ll need robocopy.exe somewhere on your path)
You can download robocopy with the windows resource kit utilities: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&DisplayLang=en
So give it a try and let me know what you think!!!!