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Running SysPrep on a Virtual Machine with SQL Server Installed November 15, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Virtualization.
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Ben Armstrong writes about running SysPrep on a virtual machine with SQL Server installed and has a link to the knowledgebase article that shows how to fix it. I think he wrote this blog post just for me!

Ben: how did you know this was causing a problem for me during the weekend? 

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Getting a Small Virtual PC Image – WinXP Pro in 550MB November 13, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Virtualization.
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Noah Coad has a nice compilation of tips to getting a small Virtual PC image for Windows XP. I had seen Jeff Atwood’s list before, but this adds a few more tips.

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Migrating a Physical Computer to a Virtual Machine October 4, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Virtualization.
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Ben Armstrong (a Program Manager on the Virtual machine team at Microsoft) writes about migrating to a virtual machine.

Using Virtual PC for computer migration

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 1)

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 2)

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 3)

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 4)

I just received a new hard drive for my laptop and will be installing Windows Vista on it. I will use Virtual PC to create a backup of my current Windows XP install. This will allow me to run Vista while still having access to my old setup. Problem solved!

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Virtual PC September 19, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming, Virtualization.
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The days of having many machines with different configurations for development or QA is gone (or should be). Virtual PC is now on my list of required tools and has many uses in the software development process. Microsoft has a whitepaper on using it for software development here.

I haven’t used VMware and feel no real need to try it because Virtual PC is satisfying my needs. If you are interested, Adam Baratz has a comparison of Virtual PC and VMware.

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