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  • Blog Post: Tip: Accessing remote resources via UNC

    If you have a virtual machine configured on one computer and want to access a resource (such as an ISO or a VHD) on a different physical computer via a UNC path, you have three choices, listed below. The first two are covered in the documentation. The third is not, so consider it your tip for today....
  • Blog Post: Tip: Turning off the virtual machine beep

    If you want to turn off the beep that sounds when you turn on a virtual machine, you can run the following two commands. The first stops the BEEP service and the second disables it on subsequent reboots. net stop beep sc config beep start= disabled (Be sure to include a space after the =...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Opening the Administration Website over a remote connection

    If you're connected to Virtual Server over a Terminal Services or Remote Desktop connection, you'll get a "Page cannot be displayed" error if you try to launch the Administration Website from the shortcut on the Start menu. Instead, you can provide this URL in Internet Explorer: http:// server_IP_address...
  • Blog Post: Tip: How an app can discover it's running in a virtual machine

    Here's a tip from Paul Adare (author of Paul's Digital Lounge and Cigar Bar ). If you want an application to discover it's running in a virtual machine, you can do the following: You could query the registry for the existence of the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Virtual Machine key. Or you could use an...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Speeding up application installation

    If you want your applications to install more quickly in a virtual machine, do this: After you install the guest operating system, install Virtual Machine Additions, restart the virtual machine, and then install the applications.
  • Blog Post: Displaying a virtual machine in a PowerPoint presentation

    Did you know that you can display your virtual machine from within a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation? Here's how: On a computer with Virtual Server installed, open Microsoft Powerpoint. On a PowerPoint slide, click "Insert," and then click "Object." Select "Create new" (the default), in...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Changing a VHD from IDE to SCSI

    You can easily change your virtual hard disk (VHD) attachment from IDE to SCSI: Shut down the guest operating system. Add a SCSI adapter to the virtual machine, if one isn't already available (under "Virtual Machine" Configuration, click SCSI adapters and then click Add). Turn on the virtual...