Fast guide to installing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Windows

Hannah Drake, Assistant Editor

Getting Microsoft Virtual Server up and running requires knowledge of how to create a virtual machine, install a guest operating system, and configure virtual networks for optimal performance. Whew! Luckily, Anil Desai helps you through every part of the process in this series.

Author Anil Desai has worked extensively with Microsoft's Server products and managed datacenter environments that support thousands of virtual machines. He is an MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server -- Management Infrastructure).

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Installing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

In this first part of the series, Anil Desai goes over what you'll need to run Virtual Server, the Virtual Server architecture, basic installation and how to connect to the Virtual Server administration Web site.

Creating your first Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machine

In the second part of the series, you'll learn how to configure Virtual Server settings, create a new virtual machine and configure the virtual machine virtual hardware options.

Installing a guest operating system

At this point in the process of getting Microsoft Virtual Server up and running, you have a new VM created, but there's no operating system running on your virtual hardware. This tip tells you how to get an OS on the VM in order to make it functional.

Configuring virtual networks in Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

Virtual machines working in isolation can be useful for some purposes, but modern applications and operating systems often rely on network connectivity to accomplish their tasks. The challenge is in finding the right balance between ease of communications and security. In this article, Anil Desai covers the virtual networking options in Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

Comparing Microsoft Virtual Server with Virtual PC

Microsoft Virtual Server and Virtual PC are two virtualization offerings that are both great products at a great price -- free. So which one is better? It depends on what you're trying to do. In this article, Anil Desai discuss the differences between these two products and how you can switch between them.

This was first published in April 2007

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