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VS2008 Beta2 VPCs re-released

October 31st, 2007 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

As you might already know, the VS2008 VPC will be expired on Nov 1st, the VSTS team is going to release a new VPC with updated expiration date.  Detail in below,

As the final act in our saga of expiring VPCs, I’m happy to announce that we’ve reissued VPCs for VS2008 Beta2 with an updated expiration date.  You can find the updated links on the VS2008 download page:

Thanks to everyone that has helped us get the word out about this situation and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this might have caused you.  Needless to say, we’re taking steps now to ensure that we don’t make this particular mistake again.

Source from Jeff Beehler’s Blog — VS2008 Beta2 VPCs re-released

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New Windows Vista Test Drive Website

January 7th, 2007 by Patrick S

Remember the Microsoft Office 12/2007 test drive website we blogged about in June 06? This test drive site allowed the common user to try out tasks in a sandbox environment before they bought the product sight unseen.

Well Microsoft have just launched a new test environment site for people to try out many Vista related tasks before the product goes on sale in a few weeks and without having to install Vista on your computer.

Where the Microsoft Office 07 test drive used a Citrix client to connect to the remote server this new Vista test environment seams to use a Virtual Server/Computer plugin to view the test environment in a browser window which I find to be superior when connecting to the sandbox.

All nerdyness aside this innovative idea is sure to win Microsoft customers for their next Generation of Desktop OS be warned however-when I tried it I found the whole thing to be dead slow so be patient its bound to ease up soon.

Find the website here
Source Active Win

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Installing Windows Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation

September 14th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

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If you are trying to install Windows Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation, you may see setup appear to hang on the text-mode screen that says “Windows is loading files…”.

Actually what has happened is that Vista Setup is already in graphics mode trying to do things, but something about the way it switches the display adapter into graphics mode is not working right on VMWare.

Since Microsoft makes a competitive product, Virtual PC, this is funny that they come out with a major new test release(Windows Vista RC1) that just not work on VMWare Workstation. Or Product team did not test this product with VMWare Workstation? But in my memory, I can recall that Microsoft also using VMWare Workstation before Microsoft has bought VirtualPC.

After researching, I found that there is a workaround, for now, while VMWare works on the problem. Before you install Windows Vista RC1 to VMWare Workstation, you may edit the virtual machine’s .vmx to include the following,

svga.maxWidth = “640”
svga.maxHeight = “480”

You can get Vista installed in VGA 16 color 640×480 mode (it will look awful) and then when you get everything running, install VMWare tools and take out those two lines and you’ll be good to go.

Posted in Bugs, Virtual Machine, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 BETA2 is available for download!

August 31st, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Got an email from Virtual Machine Program Manager


Virtual Server R2 SP1 BETA2 is now available for download, it includes:  

– AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility
– Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility
– Volume Shadow Copy Service support
– Offline VHD mounting
– Active Directory integration using service connection points
– Host Clustering technical white paper

For complete details on the new features of Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta2
and to download the software, please go to the Microsoft Connect Web
site (
http://connect.microsoft.com/)

Cheers,
Benjamin Armstrong


  • Both the 32-bit version and 64-bit version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 are now available for download. 
    Note: A product key is not required for this release.
  • Windows Vista will be supported as a guest OS when Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 becomes generally available. Virtual Machine Additions for a Vista Beta 2 Guest OS are available for download. If you are not running Windows Vista Beta 2 as a guest, you do not need this version of the Virtual Machine Additions.

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