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  • Blog Post: Fedora 7 (Test 4) on Virtual PC 2007

    Two months after my Fedora Core 6 install , I am giving the last test version of Fedora 7 a go. "Don't you mean Fedora Core 7?" Nope. The Fedora folks have finally removed the distiction between Fedora Core and Fedora Extras (which I never entirely understood). That should make it easier to add non-standard...
  • Blog Post: OpenSolaris (build 63) on Virtual PC 2007 - part deux

    I have to imagine that when the OpenSolaris release team decided on a launch strategy, that they sat around a table and discussed: How can we go out of our way to make the download of the install ISO the must painful, frustrating, experience possible? As there are some sharp folks working at Sun, they...
  • Blog Post: Authenticate Linux/Unix to Active Directory

    If you need guidance on a Microsoft technology, we probably have a Solution Accelerator for that! Today's guide is brought to you by the letter "authentication" . Now... If you operate in a heterogeneous environment, you may one day be tasked with making your Linux boxes talk to Active Directory. The...
  • Blog Post: Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in Virtual PC 2007

    A picture is worth a thousand words... "An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.  The virtual machine will reset now." It looks like Ubuntu isn't the only one with this problem... Fedora 9 releases tomorrow and according to this post , it has the same error in Virtual PC...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Server - Virtual Machine Additions for Linux updated

    I see that the Virtual Machine Additions for Linux have been updated to now support Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10. You can download the ISO from the Connect site here: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=154&DownloadID=5929&wa=wsignin1.0 The package contains...
  • Blog Post: Linux Sound in Virtual PC 2007

    As mentioned in my last posting on OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007, I could not get sound to work. After just installing Mandriva 2007, I encountered the exact same problem. After a little research, I found the answer here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=149181 Open up...
  • Blog Post: Fedora 8 (werewolf) on Virtual PC 2007

    My "Running Linux in Virtual PC" posts seem to be some of my more popular reading, so let's have a go at the recently released Fedora 8 (It's no longer Fedora Core). As with most distributions, if you try to install it right off the ISO, you will rapidly hit the "screwed up graphics"...
  • Blog Post: Installing OpenSUSE 11 in Virtual PC

    It's that time again!  Wife's away, and I'm installing Linux distros for fun.  :)  Feel free to click on any of the images below to see them at full size. Our friends at Novell recently released the second beta of OpenSuse 11 (although all the screenshots in this post are from Beta 1. ...
  • Blog Post: OpenSuse 10.2 in Virtual PC 2007

    OpenSuse 10.2 was by FAR the most pleasant installation experience on Virtual PC 2007 of the 3 Linux Distros I have tried so far (you can read about my Ubuntu and Fedora experiences). As OpenSuse was released shortly after the Microsoft/Novell collaboration announcement , I am pretty sure that the installation...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in Virtual PC 2007

    Another Saturday, another OS install... After having installed Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) in Virtual PC 2007 a few weeks ago here , I thought I would give the latest release a go. As you may recall, I ran into some problems with the last install, as Ubuntu defaults to 24-bit color, which Virtual PC 2007...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) in Virtual PC 2007

    I have been using Virtual PC 2007 for the last few months as it worked its way through Beta, and have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of Windows Vista in a virtual environment (following the performance tips I previously outlined here: http://blogs.technet.com/seanearp/archive/2007/02/20...
  • Blog Post: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released

    Get them while they’re hot!  Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 .  This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3...
  • Blog Post: Building bridges

    I was taking a look at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention page (OSCON is underway this week), and noticed that Microsoft is a Diamond sponsor (apparently that is the level above Platinum, which is better than Gold. I suppose that Palladium comes next ;) That would probably relate to the fact that we...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in Virtual PC

    A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems ( chronicled here ) still exist. The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual PC. If you start with the Start Ubuntu in safe graphics...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the mouse in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn under Virtual PC 2007

    The show-stopping " mouse no-workie " issue when loading Ubuntu 7.04 under Virtual PC 2007 now has a workaround! Courtesy of the comments at Arcanecode : Use the RIGHT ALT + V to paste the below lines into Ubuntu. Much easier than typing it out. 1. Reboot in recovery mode by pressing ESC on the GRUB...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Machine Additions for Linux

    Now with support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10! I see that version 2.0 of the VM Additions for Linux have been uploaded, and you can now get them directly from the MS Download site instead of Connect. While they are designed for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, they should probably work in Virtual PC...
  • Blog Post: Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007

    Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html .  What's new?  Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called Cheese , improved network filesystem support, a...
  • Blog Post: Fedora Core 6 (Zod) in Virtual PC 2007

    Another day, another *nix in Virtual PC post, and today's entry is brought to you by the letter Zed. Er… Zod. (like the Presidential Candidate ?!?) Last week I installed Ubuntu in Virtual PC, and shared the installation workaround here: http://blogs.technet.com/seanearp/archive/2007/03/06/ubuntu-edgy...
  • Blog Post: Linux on Hyper-V

    As you have probably seen on every blog under the sun, Hyper-V has released . Rather than rehash the announcement, I thought I would try something fun.  How hard is it to get various Linux distributions up and running in Hyper-V? The official list of supported operating systems on Hyper-V is available...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Compare

    I see that Keith has some pretty sweet webcasts coming up for all those of you that live in a heterogeneous world. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts that are coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level...
  • Blog Post: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r0 (etch) on Virtual PC 2007

    The Debian site is not particularly easy to navigate, and I went in circles a few times before finding the download page that I was looking for: http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/debian-installer/ . The full DVD install is comprised of THREE 4.4GB DVDs. Apparently the kitchen sink is included with...