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Getting started with Virtual Server 2005 R2


I’ve been using Virtual PC for a number of years now, presenting Microsoft Official Courses that were designed to be run under Virtual PC 2004.  Things have changed recently, as Microsoft has decided to design all new courses based on using Virtual Server 2005 R2.

If you’ve used Virtual PC at all, you’ll be familiar with the concepts of running Virtual Server, but a lot of things are configured differently. Let’s take a look at how Virtualization is changing in exciting and profitable new ways.

First, a little bit of history of how Microsoft has been implementing Virtual Machines.  Here’s the progression:

  • Virtual PC 2004
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2
  • Virtual PC 2007
  • Server 2008 with Hyper-V

The first cut, VPC2004, cost over $100. It was designed for the Win XP environment, and was able to support Guest OS that included all versions of Windows up to that time. Competition came on very strong from vendors such as Citrix and VMware, that had their own implementations of virtualization.  Microsoft responded by giving VPC2004 away for free! VMware followed suit, and the virtualization wars were on.

Virtual Server 2005 also eventually was given away for free, and it has a more robust foundation. Its current version also supports all versions of Windows including Vista and Server 2008. But it has some real performance enhancements by supporting chips that have Intel VT capability, and it recognizes and supports multi-processors.

Server 2008 is making even greater strides forward with Hyper-V support which was just officially released in late June 2008. To get an idea of how to go about setting up and configuring Virtual Server 2005 R2, take a look at my video that steps you through the paces:  


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Welcome to Jerry’s Network Tips blog!


With this blog, I will be bringing you the tips and tricks that I find, relating to Server 2008, and the new tools and strategies that are constantly being updated.

IT Management continues to evolve in stages, from :

  • Reactive mode, where IT is viewed simply as a necessary cost, to
  • Proactive mode, where IT is viewed as a Strategic Asset and partner to corporate Management

In previous versions of Microsoft Server, there were plenty of tools to address network setup, configuration, and troubleshooting. The biggest challenge was often knowing where to find the tools, the correct default settings to adopt, and how to lock down security.

With Server 2008, the tools have been gathered together onto one console, the Server Manager, which appears as a default screen when you log in. Default settings have been updated appropriately, to reflect best practices for security.

In following articles, I’ll be discussing and pointing out how to use the tools effectively, and be viewed as a Strategic Asset.

Jerry Kolata

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