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  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.6.0 on Microsoft Download Center

    Release 1.6.0, as discussed earlier in the TechNet Magazine related post, is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. You can get the updated release here . Matthijs
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.7.0 on Microsoft Download Center

    An update to VMRCplus 1.6.0 has been released and is now available here . This release contains several fixes and minor enhancements. It has been tested on Windows Server 2008 as well. Matthijs
  • Blog Post: The history of VMRCplus

    Before going into VMRCplus itself or tips, tricks, and such related to the tool I would like to talk a bit on the history. VMRCplus was developed by Paul Despe. It was created as a developer tool and assisted in easy test of Virtual Server. Why? Because it had a Windows UI; basically it was a Winform...
  • Blog Post: The object exporter specified was not found

    On connecting to a remote VS host from Vista, you may receive a dialog from VMRCplus with the message: "The object exporter specified was not found" Check the firewall settings on Vista. Use the 'advanced' snap-in and verify the active profile Windows Firewall is using for VMRCplus. Also verify...
  • Blog Post: Unattended setup of VMRCplus

    I received several inquiries about installing VMRCplus in an unattended way. Most people were able to install VMRCplus that way but could not figure out how to install the Virtual Server COM API also. Just for the complete picture I have outlined both installation options below. To install VMRCplus...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus and authentication

    VMRCplus has no support for alternate credentials. This means that in order to manage a Virtual Server remotely, both the machine with VMRCplus and the Virtual Server host must be in the same forest. You may wonder why VMRCplus does not support alternate credentials. Both the VMRC client and the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus on Windows Server 2008

    It has been a while since my last post. I am busy doing Hyper-V stuff these days. Trying to grasp the Hyper-V API is one of them... Anyway, Windows Server 2008 has become available and people are installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 on it. Yes, you may think everyone is using Hyper-V beta on Server...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.8.0 is available

    Release 1.8.0 is available from the Microsoft Download Center. It may not be visible yet when you search for it but it is there. Click here to download the x86 release, here for the x64 release. This release matches the update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 which was released to support Server...
  • Blog Post: 'The RPC Server is unavailable' message on Vista

    I was helping troubleshooting the 'RPC Server is unavailable' issue this week. The message was shown on a Vista client with VMRCplus connecting to a remote host. Although I have included this issue in the VMRCplus help file (VMRCplus.chm) I realized that the information may not be enough. It took...
  • Blog Post: Installing VMRCplus

    Setup VMRCplus has a very straightforward installation process. If you do not want to change the location of VMRCplus, you only have two options left. Either you use the defaults or you add the Virtual Server COM object (VSCOMAPI). The default installation (meaning you leave everything default...
  • Blog Post: 'The RPC Server is unavailable' message on Vista with UAC

    In this post, I assume you have configured Windows Firewall correctly to allow traffic from VMRCplus. Please read the other post if you did not. When connecting to a remote host from Vista, I got the RPC message even with Windows Firewall set up properly. Scenario 1: UAC is enabled and I am...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus is here!

    I have called my blog VMRCplus. Simply because I did not have a blog at all and never felt the need to create one. That has changed with the release of VMRCplus last tuesday (26th of June) where I announced internally that it was ready to be shared with anyone outside of Microsoft. Well, that led...
  • Blog Post: Folder browsing on x64

    You may experience a crash of VMRCplus when browsing folders on x64. For example when selecting a folder for a virtual hard disk or virtual machine. This is caused by a bug in the FolderBrowserDialog of the .Net Framework. This has been fixed but a public fix is not available. It will be available...
  • Blog Post: The future of VMRCplus

    I received a lot of feedback on VMRCplus and the topics vary. Questions on functionality, feature requests but also queries on future developments; now that VMRCplus is available from our download center, are there any plans for future releases? I am still developing VMRCplus by incorporating new...
  • Blog Post: QI for IEnumVARIANT failed on the unmanaged server

    On connecting to a remote VS host, you may receive a dialog from VMRCplus with the message: "QI for IEnumVARIANT failed on the unmanaged server" This may be caused by InstallShield. For a solution see http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=q106194
  • Blog Post: Access is denied (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005) with VMRCplus 1.8.0

    I received several posts last week related to the error above. I am still investigating how/why this happened but it is caused by the fact that the .Net Framework 3.0 is missing from the machine where VMRCplus is being used. So to fix this for now, install the .Net Framework 3.0 (with SP1).
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus in TechNet Magazine!

    The October issue of TechNet Magazine covers VMRCplus. I wrote that article for the Utility Spotlight in August. However, I updated the content in September. That is why you may notice screen shots of a different VMRCplus. The release on the Microsoft Download Center is 1.5.0 which was the first public...