Virtualization: The Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

So you want to run a quick check to see if your hardware has the best requirements to be used for Virtualization? The Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool checks if the computer processor supports HAV and if this setting is enabled. Supported Operating Systems The HAV detection tool ONLY supports the following operating systems and editions/versions: Windows Vista Service Pack 1, 2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Professional), Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Professional) Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate). Collecting Data With your *explicit approval*, system configuration data collected … Continue reading Virtualization: The Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Well dual boot just went obsolete. At least installing to two different directories it did. Now you can achieve true isolation. Mark Rusinovich wizard extraordinaire and the Microsoft Sysinternals team launched a great new tool. Disk2VHD excerpted from the Sysinternals site:  Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) Introduction Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ … Continue reading Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Emulating Windows Mobile 6.5 with networking

Today I am investigating using VOIP from mobile phones. Rather than fiddle with a phone in a testing environment I decided I would use the emulators to test things out and then once I had settled on a configuration expose an actual phone to testing. For this type of testing, the Windows mobile 6.5 emulator can be used and this download link is useful..http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=20686a1d-97a8-4f80-bc6a-ae010e085a6e Note: Emulation that requires networking uses the Virtual PC driver which is inculded in VPC 2007 and requires you to download that product as well. If you do not preinstall VPC 2007 you will be prompted with … Continue reading Emulating Windows Mobile 6.5 with networking