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Virtual PC 2007 on Vista RC2

Posted in Vista | Virtualization at Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Developing application on Vista RC2 just got a whole lot easier: Virtual PC 2007 Beta is available. Prior to this release Virtual PC didn't play very nicely on Vista so you were forced to setup Virtual Server. VS has some benefits over Virtual PC, but VPC is much more convenient to use.

Since VPC 2007 supports Vista as a host operating system the glass features are enabled. From the VPC Guy:

Major changes include:

  • Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD)
  • Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system
  • Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system
    • Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic
  • Support for 64-bit host operating systems
    • Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only
  • Improved performance

VPC 2007 detected that my Toshiba M5 has hardware virtualization and enabled it. So far it seems very fast and easy to use. I'm glad to see this being released as it completes my RC2 machine.

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VHDMounting Vista Backups

Posted in General | Vista | Virtualization at Monday, October 09, 2006 7:35 AM Pacific Daylight Time

When I upgraded from Vista Pre-RC1 to RC1 I used the built in backup program to backup my files. It worked very well for me so when I was upgrading from the Sept CTP to RC2 I decided to use it again. I also put a little more confidence in it and didn't do a completely thorough job of backing up my files (besides the full backup that is). So when I realized that I forgot to back something up I fired up the backup program and pointed it to my Sept CTP backup. However, the tool complained that there were no backup sets on the drive. Hmmmm.

I wasn't able to get the restore to ever recognize the backup set, but I did find that Microsoft is storing the backup as a VHD file. Those of you familiar with virtualization will know that that is a Virtual Hard Disk. So with some help from the Virtual PC Guy I was able to mount the VHD using Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta 2's VHDMount utility (yes that really is the product's name). So I now have a drive on my Vista RC2 machine that contains all the files from my Sept CTP machine and I can browse them and restore them at my leisure. Whoever made the call to backup to VHD, I owe you a beer. Great choice!

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