Andrew Connell

Series: Virtualization

This is a collection of articles related to Microsoft's VirtualPC & Hyper-V virtualization products that i've written about.

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    Creating a Custom and Quiet Virtualization Rig with Microsoft's Hyper-V

    As a professional who’s primary focus these days is SharePoint, like most folks I live in virtual machines. That’s usually meant working with Microsoft’s VirtualPC or VMWare Workstation on my laptop on a daily basis when working on projects, demo’ing to customers, doing presentations and teaching. While performance was never ideal, it was acceptable and just settled with running one machine at a time even on a 4GB laptop. While unrelated, as I don’t work for a large organization and thus, work out of my house, I got tired of having a few machines running in the home office for various things.
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    HOWTO: Squeeze Every Last Drop of Performance Out of Your Virtual PCs

    In my last article on virtualization with Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2004 SP1, I covered how you can use Differencing Disks to your advantage. However, in retrospect, this article was posted a bit out of order. The article below should have been posted first. Before you start building out your Virtual PC’s, you should first be aware of how to squeeze out every last drop of performance. After all you’re running a machine within a machine, so it’s going to be a bit slower than the host, and thus, why not make it as fast as possible!
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    HOWTO: Use Virtual PCs Differencing Disks to your Advantage

    Ever since Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2004 (VPC) was released, I’ve been using it for development tasks… specifically SharePoint related projects since it requires Windows 2003 and all my desktops have WinXP Pro installed. I also used a VPC for all my work my recent book (running MCMS and SharePoint require some specific configurations). If you’ve used it and you’re a SharePoint developer, or someone who works with server software quite a bit, you probably share my experiences and opinions related to management and installations.