Wanna install Virtual Server 2005?
Wanna install it on Windows 7?
“Big Whoop, Wanna fight about it!”
Ok I know, I promised you all this post a long time ago. 2009/01/21 to be exact. So without much further ado, here is Virtual Server 2005 running on Windows 7.
That’s Windows 7 BETA.
When I tried to install this again on Windows 7 RC 1, I ran into this NASTY little thing.
I say nasty with all the venom, hate and loathing I have in every fiber of my body.
To quote Microsoft:
The software must exhibit the following behavior to qualify for a hard block:
Hard blocks are EVERYTHING that is wrong with our software industry today. The proverbial PRE KILL SWITCH, the DRM SQUARED, the “I know what’s good for your machine mentality.”
If Virtual Server 2005 works with the Windows 7 Beta build, then what have you done to make this program FAIL in the RC version. If all Microsoft is trying to do is encourage people to use the Windows 7 native VHD support, then do so by telling me that in a soft block format but give me the option to do things my way too.
Frustrated, my next step was to try to put a stop to Program Compatibility Assistant (henceforth known as ASS) by using gpedit.msc, disabling services and even installing some updates etc.
BTW. What the hell is Program Inventory (PDU), Application Telemetry
“The PDU inventories programs and files on the system and sends information about those files to Microsoft. This information is used to help associate files to programs and diagnose application compatibility problems.”
Hmm. Seems to me like this could be an invasion of privacy waiting to happen.
Frustrated again, I emailed the SharePoint team asking for some sense of sanity. How do they want us developing on SharePoint if we can’t use Virtual Server. Virtual PC? Scoff! That’s for kiddies and your grandma! Ha!
Thank you to Dave Pae for that email.
So now to go to the following URL and read up:
My next post should come up with a solution for how to make your existing VHD files work with Windows 7 RC 1.
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Hi, did you ever manage to get this to work, I am currently trying to get virtual server working on the latest Windows 7 RC?
Hi Ben. No I was not able to get this working on Win 7 RC 1. I was however, able to get my previous VHD’s working. See my post Running an existing VHD Image in Windows 7 RC 1. Hope that helps.
Your pages about this topic are not very helpful as most people will be expecting to find a solution to the problem which you don’t have – THERE IS A SOLUTION TO RUNNING VIRTUAL SERVER ON WINDOWS 7 here: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=3&ved=0CBQQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsocial.technet.microsoft.com%2FForums%2Fen-US%2Fw7itprovirt%2Fthread%2Fa98e77b7-95d4-444f-8dbc-630c98074436&ei=6SjOSqvKIqKJ4gbnmYmmAw&rct=j&q=Virtual+Server+2005+and+Windows+7&usg=AFQjCNHtrKUwAsCX4zA1ljubQkh2T_Ge_Q&sig2=_XAmTFurbD9IdYauFvBNxQ
Mike…I tried that and it did not work for me. But if someone else gets it to work then kudos. I’d love to see how because I’d rather use Virtual Server.
Windoes 7 has worked flawlesslessy for me up to this pint.