The Soul of a Virtual Machine

Things to know about running a virtual machine under Virtual Server

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    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 are included with the Virtual Machine Additions. To...
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    Here are some guidelines for optimizing the performance of your virtual machines from Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager for virtual machine technologies here at Microsoft. Thanks Jeff! ---------------------------------- Hardware virtualization is an extremely powerful tool. When wielded properly...
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    I've gotten a number of queries about estimating how many virtual machines can be run on a given host computer. In order to provide a general answer from which you can extrapolate for your own situation, I'm going to approach this issue from the other side -- estimating the host system capacity required...
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    I learned how to do this at TechEd 2004 in a lab led by Robert Larson, one of our resident Virtual Server gurus. You can create a “base” virtual machine with the operating system and applications you want, and then copy its .vhd file to use for other virtual machines. When you do this, it’s important...
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  • Blog Post: 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 answers, so here are my notes: Barbara: What’s the...
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