XP Mode and differencing disks, Creating Multiple Virtual Machines

Scenario You have multiple needs for Virtual Machines based on XP mode in Windows 7. You want to use the base XP Mode operating system as a reference and create other systems using differencing disks and new virtual machine setup files (.vmcx). Process Differencing disks which reference the Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk and new virtual machine files will be used to create new environments which leverage the base configuration stored in the Windows XP Mode VHD file. Reason I want to be able to do a number of things with my XP mode virtual machines and most of … Continue reading XP Mode and differencing disks, Creating Multiple Virtual Machines

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 VHD Demo Download

Microsoft has published the Exchange 2010 SP1 Virtual Server for Download on a 60 trial activation. This gives administrators the ability to test drive the functionality before implementing the changes in a production environment. See the Download page here: Exchange 2010 SP1 VHD Program Details The evaluation period for this virtual machine image ends 180 days after the image has been activated. After the 180 days, the evaluation period is over and the image should be discarded.  For complete use-rights, please refer to the EULA contained within this evaluation package. · Do not redistribute this image. · Do not put … Continue reading Exchange Server 2010 SP1 VHD Demo Download

Disk2VHD: The 127 GB File size limit. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

In a previous post I talked about the Disk2VHD file conversion tool. Here is an “Oh Golly Gee Darn” moment. (This blog is G rated however the rediscovery rates stronger wording.) Analysis: There were really two problems with the disk I created. Both problems were fixable. The VHD file was too large for use with Virtual PC 2007 which has an IDE drive size limit of 127 GB. In creating the file I copied all of the partitions from the previous XP box. However in installing Windows 7, I only reformatted the OS drive and installed Windows 7 v64. Therefore, … Continue reading Disk2VHD: The 127 GB File size limit. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

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

Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Well I am deep into using Hyper-V R2 and I have probably forgotten a dozen things that caught me off guard at the beginning. I have resolved to just blog about them as they come up rather that put them in order of importance. In order for Hyper-V 2008 R2 Integration services to be installed on Windows Server 2003, SP2 needs to be installed. Now in most circustances this would not be a problem because you could use slipstreamimng to make another ISO image with the SP2 or SP3 install files. For more information on slip streamimng look here: How … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Best Kept Secret – VHD Native Support in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Have you seen this? WOW. Native support for VHD disks offers huge potential. Think about creating Dual and Tripple boot systems with everything containted in one file per OS. Think about Back up to VHD… think about mounting VHDs for native read write in an OS and then sharing them with a Virtualized OS. This about syspreping an imaged OS for use across your network! Think about it and tell me you are not trying to reattach your jaw,,, Big Secret… now you know. Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology