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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: 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: Even more Virtual PC/Server images

    2007 Office System Demo and HOL Images This virtual machine demonstration environment contains almost 50 Hands-On-Labs, ~25 demos, and more than 10 software packages. A mere 50GB is needed on your hard drive to install this (large) image! Once you have walked through all of the Hands-On-Labs and demos...
  • 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: Virtual PC 2007 Released!

    Great news! Virtual PC 2007 has been finalized and been released to the web for download today.  You can read more about Virtual PC 2007 (and download it), from the new (and great looking!) Virtual PC website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx . Features of...
  • 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: Identity Lifecycle Management

    Alright... this is probably not something that you would implement as an IT Pro at a company with 15 employees, but for companies with thousands of employees, Identity Management is very critical.  You have line-of-business applications that depend on Active Directory, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle...
  • Blog Post: More Virtual PC/Server Images

    The product groups have been going buck-wild releasing preconfigured Virtual PC/Virtual Server images for you to play around with! I mentioned a bunch of them in this post , and the master TechNet page is here . Keith , however, noticed a few more: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD - 1.8GB download SQL Server...
  • 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: The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

    Some highlights... Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included...
  • 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: Installing Windows Home Server in Virtual Server

    It turns out that Window Home Server installs into (and works fine on) Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. (Virtual Server is free, and available from the previous link). I did run into a couple of gotchas while installing, so thought that I would provide you a walkthrough with screenshots and workarounds. FOR...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Windows XP (and where did the UI go?)

    Today I was getting ready to install the virtual lab for a SQL Server maintenance class I am taking, and since I am on Windows 7 RC, I figured it would be a good chance to try out the new version of Virtual PC and XP Mode. You can download both from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download...
  • Blog Post: Professional Virtual Server Book Published

    Ben Armstrong, (AKA Virtual PC Guy ), has published a book on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Currently available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble (as well as at your favorite local reseller). You can also download the example code from the book at the Publisher's website . Some of the critical features...
  • 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...