The Soul of a Virtual Machine

Things to know about running a virtual machine under Virtual Server

December, 2004

  • New tool for precompacting virtual hard disks

    Compacting your dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) reduces the amount of disk space they use. Preparing a disk and compacting it is covered in the Virtual Server 2005 Administrator’s Guide, so I won’t go into it here. What’s new is this:...
  • Migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk

    [Updated on 1/6/05.] Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) doesn't support migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk (VHD). One option for dealing with this is to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk and then perform the migration...
  • Domain in a box

    This article tells you how to set up a self-contained domain on a single computer under Virtual Server. Ed Reed, a virtualization developer here at Microsoft helped me out with it. Thanks Ed! Although you can set up a production domain controller on Virtual...
  • Increasing the speed of an OS install when using SCSI disks

    This article is contributed by Jeff Woolsey, our Virtual Server 2005 Program Manager. Thanks Jeff! To increase the performance of the OS install (F6 option) when using emulated SCSI disks you can create a diskette to load the faster SCSI drivers that...
  • Deploying Virtual Server: Q&A

    I just listened in on a conference call between Ben Armstrong ( http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy ) and Barbara, an IT manager who’s considering deploying Virtual Server in her enterprise. I thought you all might be interested in the questions and...
  • Fixing network connectivity issues with Broadcom NICs

    Virtual Server sometimes takes issue with Broadcom NICs. If you're experiencing any connectivity problems, and you're using a Broadcom NIC, turn off the Offload TCP Segmentation, Checksum Offload, and Large Send Offload settings for the NIC, as follows...
  • Sandboxing a virtual machine under Virtual PC

    Michael asked the following question about sandboxing a virtual machine. I thought it might be of general interest, so decided to post the answer, which Ben Armstrong, our resident Virtual PC guru has provided ( http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy )...
  • iSCSI and Virtual Server

    David B. asks, "I've been looking to see if Virtual Server 2005 and iSCSI will work together - any idea on this?" Jeff Woolsey responds, "People have reported success using the Microsoft iSCSI client in a guest operating system. This scenario is not yet...
  • Domain in a box

    I just posted an article in the "Deployment" category ( http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/278532.aspx ) that tells you how to set up a self-contained domain on a single computer under Virtual Server. Ed Reed, a virtualization developer here at...
  • Q&A on deploying Virtual Server

    I just listened in on a conference call between Ben Armstrong ( http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy ) and Barbara, an IT manager who’s considering deploying Virtual Server in her enterprise. I thought you all might be interested in the questions and...
  • Upcoming Webcast: Options for Upgrading NT4 LOB Applications Including Using Virtual Server 2005

    On Friday, January 07, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Kevin Remde, a Technet presenter, will discuss ways you can upgrade your existing NT 4 applications. As Windows NT 4.0 Server comes to the end of its supported life, many...
  • Upcoming TechNet Webcast: Virtual Server 2005 COM API: Automating Your Virtual World

    On December 14, 2004, Robert Larson showed us how to work with the Virtual Server 2005 COM API and create scripts for automating tasks like virtual machine creation, configuration, enumeration, and provisioning virtual machines for a test lab. This was...
  • Increasing the speed of an OS install

    I've just added an article contributed by Jeff Woolsey, Virtual Server Program Manager, to the "Deployment" category ( http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/274783.aspx ) that describes how to increase the speed of an operating system installation...
  • Virtual PC 2004 SP1 available for download

    Some of you may not know that Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. It includes some fixes as well as reliability, performance, and management improvements. It's also essential if you want to run Windows XP with Service Pack 2. To download...
  • Question for Virtual Server users

    Here's a question for all of you from the Windows Server User Assistance team. For the first time, with the Virtual Server 2005 documentation, we've made a Getting Started Guide available from the Start menu (Start > All Programs > Microsoft Virtual...