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22 March 2006 No Comment

An un-released OS running on an machine that doesn’t exist? Count me in!
Virtual PC Server 2005 R2 is an amazing piece of software. I have used Virtual PC 2004 many times to test out Longhorn, checkout various Linux distros etc. all with great success. Never had I tried Virtual PC Server. Until tonight.

Incredibly frustrated with various events of the day, I decided to take matters into my own hands and install the Feb CTP of Vista on my home PC. Unfortunately Vista CTP doesn’t play that nice with VPC 2004 at least on my machine. Some others have had the same problem.

So I installed Virtual PC server 2005. This thing installed in less than 1 minute and I was left with an open browser containing a URI to my own machine. Where’s the client I asked. It took me about 30 seconds to realize the entire thing is browser based!!! Seconds later I was up and running the Vista install on my PC, within a browser. Imagine Virtual PC 2004 combined with Remote Desktop or VNC and tossed into a browser. That’s Virtual PC 2005 R2.

So far so good, Vista is installing (slowly). The other nice thing about this is you can close the browser and the virtual machine keeps running in the background.

About two weeks ago I was in Redmond and met with a number of folks from the Infocard team as well as Office 2007. Looking forward to getting my hands dirty with some of this stuff many days from now when the install finishes…

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