Virtual Machine’s for the masses.

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  1. jvk says:

    Thanks for posting this, very informative! I'm playing with Microsoft VM currently and this will definetly help.

  2. fasthair says:

    HI pcdoc,

    I can tell you what is went wrong with the VMPlayer install of WHS. During the creation of the HDD VMP made it a SCSI drive and not IDE. What I did to get around this was create a second VM HDD before starting the OS install. When making the new VM HDD you can tell VP what type of drive to create… ie SCSI/IDE. Then once it is made just delete the first drive then install the OS.


  3. pcdoc says:


    I did try that and expected it to work however for some reason was uncessful as that option was grayed out on my test. I tried several different attempts then finally moved on. I am sure there is a way but as this was my first attempt I wanted to see how ready for primetime this is. Thanks for the feedback.

  4. pcdoc says:

    Thanks wodysweb for the input. I know you have a good amount of experience with VM as I have read your posts, which in fact inspired me to dive in. If I decide to give it another go I will try these drivers as the ones It tried did not work. Seems as if they should address this by including it in the default installation especially if they are looking for wide acceptance. Thanks again for the input.

  5. EDR says:


    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Your article was very interesting.

    Ed R

  6. wodysweb says:

    Hi pcdoc,

    Good to see your diving in with virtualization. As fasthair said above, VMWare defaults their storage drives to connect with SCSI vs IDE. All you need is to download the scsi drivers in a virtual floppy from here: , and you’re good to go. It’s the same process you would follow if you were installing WHS or any other OS on a storage controller without built-in drivers.

    My personal favorite for “host based” virtualization is VMWare Server which will let you totally configure the OS unlike VMWare Player that you mentioned. It can also run 64 bit OS’s which you noted Virtual PC can’t do.

  7. ImTheTypeOfGuy says:


    Can you post a link to the download site for MS host version of VM? Their website always confuses me between host verse baremetal.

  8. EDR says:


    Here is the download link for the free VMware Server 2:…

    The link to VMware Server's main page:

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, which is also free:

    You can download a 32bit version and a 64bit version. Just to see it start I installed the 32bit version in a copy of XP I had running on a atom processor that I have been putting a lot of software on just to try out.

    "Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is the server virtualization technology engineered for the Windows Server platform. As a key part of any server consolidation strategy, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 increases hardware utilization and enables IT staff to rapidly configure and deploy new servers. And when you download the free software, you're automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at strategic intervals as you familiarize yourself with the product."

    I hope this helps,

    Ed R

  9. diehard says:

    Interesting read, thanks.

  10. pcdoc says:

    The link is below. Initially show as XP mode but it is a separate download. Good luck.

  11. jbree says:

    I currently have WHS running within VirtualBox (free virtualisation from Sun), it works a treat with very few issues. I have a single drive (200Gb) in my machine that is dedicated to hosting the server to reduce seek contention and recently I needed to increase the storage space. I investigated the option of expanding the Virtual Disk Image (VDI) but that looked too dangerous and cumbersome for my liking. Instead, I created a new VDI on another drive, added it to the WHS virtual machine and presto! an extra 200Gb available.

    I have my 3 devices all backing up to the WHS and my data and photo shares running from the WHS. The machine hosting VirtualBox is actually my Media Center machine with a TV tuner card which performs all my recordings and streams movies to my xbox. I am not ready to move the movies and recorded TV to the WHS yet as I do not see the point when the Xbox connects the the MC easily (hopefully there will be better MC integration in the future for WHS).

    In all, I think running WHS in a VM is a great idea as it is one less machine physically running, it is easy to setup and management and it is now portable. Upgrading the processor speed, RAM or drive space is far easier than a complete rebuild and resetup, simply upgrade the underlying hardware of the VM Host. My offsite backups now also include a copy of the VDIs for even faster restore when necessary. Next step, online backups for my data (already using drop box for some but I am looking at Carbonite or equivalent for my 60Gb of data nad photos).

  12. geek-accountant says:

    You should try Xenserver. My first choice was ESXi, but when it gave me trouble installing, I quickly decided to give Xenserver a try and have never looked back.