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  • Windows Virtual PC

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 11:34 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology. You can use it to run more than one operating system at the same time on one computer, and to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a computer running Windows 7.Windows Virtual PC supports the following Host and Guest Operating systems:
    • Host: Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
    • Guest: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
    Note: Virtual application feature not supported on Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 7 Professional edition

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  • Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 available 5/5

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 1 2009, 3:51 AM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Windows Virtual PC Beta, a feature of Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise, provides you the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop.Windows Virtual PC (Beta) is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology that allows you to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a Windows 7-based PC. For more information about Windows Virtual PC, please visit the Windows Virtual PC website.The Release notes provide important information you should know prior to installing and using Windows Virtual PC, including known issues. You should familiarize yourself with all of the information prior to installing the software.

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  • VMC to Hyper-V import tool

    Posted by RayC on September 20 2008, 5:36 AM. Posted in Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Hyper-V.

    Matthijs ten Seldam has produced a very cool tool that enables you to import your existing virtual machines from Virtual PC and Virtual Server in Hyper-V.

    VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool, VMC2HV for short, imports the configuration from a Virtual Machine Configuration (VMC) file. Both Virtual PC and Virtual Server use VMC files to store the hardware and other properties of a VM. It reads the VMC file and maps all relevant properties to those for a Hyper-V VM. For those properties that did not exist, it provides additional options. Those properties that no longer exist are ignored.

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  • Kidaro Managed Workspace is now Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, to be integrated in H1 2009

    Posted by bink on May 27 2008, 8:13 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Announcing the completion of Kidaro acquisition, Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of Windows Product Management, reveals on the corporate blog that Managed Workspace will be called Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.

    The technology will be integrated in the Microsoft Optimized Desktop Pack (MDOP), where also Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid) sits, no earlier than H1 2009. So both products will be available for those customers which accept to pay the Software Assurance.

    No mention of how the product will be integrated with other Microsoft solutions like System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) or Operation Manager (SCOM), which already manage and monitor the Virtual Server 2005 (and soon the Hyper-V) virtual machines.

    In any case the Microsoft decision to tight Kidaro technologies to MDOP will give VMware (with ACE), Sentillion (with vThere) and MokaFive (with their new Virtual Desktop Solution) a lot of time to gain some more market shares.

  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1

    Posted by bink on May 16 2008, 3:56 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1: Service Pack Update for Virtual PC 2007 qualifying Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 and XP SP3. Version
    This is a full installer with SP1 included, but can also install on existing installations.
    Save time and money as Virtual PC allows you to maintain the compatibility of legacy and custom applications during migration to new operating systems and increases the efficiency of support, development, and training staffs.With Microsoft® Virtual PC 2007, you can create and run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on a single computer. This provides you with the flexibility to use different operating systems on one physical computer. For more information about the ways you can use virtual machines, see Virtual PC at This update for Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 includes support for the following additional Host and Guest Operating Systems:Additonal Guest Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Server® 2008 StandardWindows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 Additional Host Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3
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  • Beta of Microsoft's Hyper-V-compatible virtualization manager expected next week

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 23 2008, 7:48 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Network World senior editor John Fontana has sent Microsoft Subnet this guest blog. He is reporting from the IDG editors meeting with Microsoft in Redmond this week. He writes: Larry Orecklin, who runs the System Center business and virtualization (pictured right), laid out the Microsoft vision on virtualization from the server to the desktop. He clearly put the emphasis on management, focusing on core pieces of System Center with Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager and Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

    If the hub of Orecklin's vision is management, the pieces that revolve around the hub are server virtualization, applications virtualization, desktop virtualization and presentation virtualization (i.e. terminal services). He said the VMM version that will support Hyper-V will ship with the hypervisor add-on for Windows Server 2008. He said the timeframe for that release will be June or July. He hinted that the beta of VMM that supports Hyper-V would be released next week at Microsoft's Management Summit in Las Vegas.

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  • Q: Can I run a VHD onto my iPOD?

    Posted by bink on November 6 2007, 11:28 PM. Posted in Virtual PC. Q:  Can I run a VHD onto my iPOD?

    A: Yes, you can use your iPod as storage, to store and run a VHD. But more on that in just a minute.

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    …..Wejust had to find a way to split the VHD into several smaller chunks (each less than 4GB).

    Igot bold and downloaded a copy of the official VHD specs from Microsoft. Maybe I could hack together a little tool that would do the job. The only information I could find about splitted VHD’s was this: The split files do not have any headers or footers, just raw data. The last split file has the footer stored at the end of the file. The first file in the split disk image has an extension of .vhd. The following split files use the .v01, .v02, … filename extension. The split files will be in the same directory as the main hard disk image. The maximum number of split files that can be present is 64

    Thereit was! As it turns out a split VHD is nothing more than just a raw file splitting operation.

    SoI quickly downloaded a copy of the popular HJSplit file splitting utility and split the U2U VHD into several chunks, using a maximum chunk size of 3.5GB (I could have used a larger chunk size, but I wanted to be on the safe side). I then renamed the chunks, so they matched the pattern required by Virtual PC (i.e. U2U.vhd, U2U.v01, U2U.v02, U2U.v03, …). I copied the chunks to the iPod and created a new Virtual PC instance (.vmc), that used the newly, splitted, VHD. And guess what… It worked! I experimented with several other chunk sizes and it doesn’t really seem to matter what chunk size you choose.

  • Microsoft firms up its Viridian hypervisor rollout plans

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 12 2007, 5:20 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Virtual PC, Virtual Server.

    As Microsoft officials confirmed last week, Microsoft is planning to make a first test version of its hypervisor technology available simultaneously with Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0.

    This week, David Greschler, Microsoft’s Director of Integrated Virtualization Strategy, also confirmed that a beta version of Viridian — a k a Windows Server Virtualization — will be built into Windows Server 2008 when that product is released to manufacturing.

    Previously, Microsoft officials had been cagey about how they planned to get the Windows Server 2008 hypervisor to customers, given that the final version of that hypervisor isn’t due to ship until six months after Windows Server 2008. Some had speculated Microsoft would make the hypervisor a download and deliver it to customers in that form.

    Instead, it sounds like the gameplan is to simply push out to customers the update to the Viridian beta bits that will be part of the final Windows Server 2008 release. The first iteration of Viridian, due out with Windows Server RC0, is a Community Technology Preview (CTP) build, not a full-fledged beta build.

    Microsoft officials are still declining to provide an exact date as to when they plan to make Windows Server 2008 RC0 and the Viridian CTP 1 available to more than the select group of Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners who got them last week. But sources say Microsoft is now targeting the week of September 17  to get the Windows Server RC0 build out to a broader group of testers.“The most interesting stuff around virtualization right now centers on the looming price war to come in the next 60 to 90 days,” said Yankee Group Analyst Laura DiDio. “Microsoft (believe it or not) though far from being the best of breed offering, has a much less expensive product than VMWare. VMWare, which is the market leader with approximately 60 percent marketshare is by far the most expensive product on the market.

    “However, they (VMWare) plan to implement an unspecified price cut by year’s end which will coincidentally (or not) coincide with Microsoft’s release of the Viridian beta,” DiDio continued. “Right now, a list price apples to apples comparison of Microsoft vs. VMWare shows that Microsoft’s Virtual Server costs 50 percent less in a Single Server entry level configuration.

    “The big irony here is that the reason VMWare is so much more expensive is because anytime a corporate customer purchases VMWare’s virtualization offering they also have to buy a Windows Server license (or a Red Hat or Novell server license if using Linux) on top of paying for the VMWare offering,” she said. “Microsoft — and the Linux vendors like Red Hat include virtualization for free as part of the baseline server OS. VMWare’s management offering is also priced higher.”

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  • Customers Turning to Microsoft to Virtualize Across Desktops and Datacenters

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 12 2007, 12:16 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Virtual PC, Virtual Server.

    This week at VMworld 2007, the virtualization industry’s top conference, Microsoft is showcasing a broad new set of initiatives that continue to build on nearly a decade of experience in virtualization technologies.

    Showing strong customer adoption across desktops and datacenters, virtualization is emerging as a compelling technology to the challenges of making IT management more dynamic and cost effective. Virtualization enables IT managers to pool computing resources, providing a layer of isolation between various services, software and applications so they can be set up quickly on multiple devices, with little or no configuration. Microsoft views the virtualization arena as wide open to software innovation and full of opportunity for customers, for whom the benefits include reduced cost, simplified system administration and an improved user experience.

    Microsoft has developed a portfolio of technologies and tools that address server virtualization, desktop virtualization, application virtualization and virtualization management to help customers achieve higher levels of cost efficiency and business agility. The company’s integrated approach is on display at VMworld 2007 conference, an annual event hosted by VMware that attracts IT professionals, developers, technology providers and technology experts from around the world.

    PressPass spoke with Larry Orecklin, general manager of marketing for System Center at Microsoft, to learn more about Microsoft’s virtualization strategy and to understand the implications that the company’s virtualization initiatives have for customers and the industry as a whole.

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  • Virtual PC 2007 Released!

    Posted by bink on February 20 2007, 2:20 AM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance.

    Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications—instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.View: More InfoView: Download

  • Why won't the Virtual PC 2007 Virtual Machine Additions load on Windows 95?

    Posted by bink on January 4 2007, 3:20 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    A number of people have been confused by the fact that the Virtual Machine Additions that are included with Virtual PC 2007 fail to install on Windows 95.  The reason for this is twofold:

    1. Windows 95 is not supported under Virtual PC 2007.  With each release of Virtual PC we spend a significant amount of time trying to decide which operating system should be officially supported.  While Virtual PC is capable of running many operating systems, official support for an operating system means that we will test it thoroughly, not ship Virtual PC if an issue exists with that operating system, and provide full support for customers who encounter problems while running these operating systems under virtual PC.Given that Windows 95 has not been supported by Microsoft for quite a while now, and we've been seeing diminishing usage of Windows 95 amongst our customers, it did not make sense to continue to invest in supporting this operating system.
    2. For the Windows Virtual Machine Additions installer we use a WiX based installer that is built with Visual Studio.  With the latest version of Visual Studio we are no longer able to build and install and it can run on Windows 95.

    So what does all this mean if you want to run Windows 95 on Virtual PC 2007?  The first thing to know is that it will still run, just without Virtual Machine Additions.  The next thing to know is that if you take the Virtual Machine Additions from Virtual PC 2004 and install them on Windows 95 under Virtual PC 2007, it should work.  Keep in mind that this is all unsupported.

  • Virtual PC 2007 Release Candidate

    Posted by bink on January 3 2007, 6:35 PM. Posted in Virtual PC.

    Version 6.0.142 is now on the connect site. Go get it.

    The Release candidate includes one new feature, PXE boot.  In addition it address a number of issues including installation on Windows 2003 as a host; Audio in Vista; DVD support for Vista installation; binding to wireless network cards etc.