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installing windows server 2003 on virtual PC

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by stolenblessing, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. stolenblessing

    stolenblessing Nibble Poster

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    Hello Guys..

    I want to install windows Server 2003 on Virtual PC 2007.

    Please guide me with the steps..

    Thanks...
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    First you need a copy of windows server, then you set uo a vitual host by selecting the appropriate button (can't remember what is) then you put in the disk and install it to the host pc and configure it as you would normally along the way.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    1- Download Virtual PC 2007
    2- Create a virtual machine.
    3- Make sure it is configured to boot from CD
    4- Put server 2003 CD in the CD drive
    5- Start Virtual machine
    6- When prompted to "Boot from CD" press any key.
    7- Follow the setup for Server 2003


    Job done. :biggrin
     
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  4. Stoney

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    Or you can install using an ISO, but you need something like Virtual CD Rom to emulate the CD drive.
     
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  5. Frank_Sposaro

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    Hello. I am having problems getting a bootable ISO for Windows Server 2003. I downloaded "w2k3sp2_3959_usa_x86fre_spcd" from the MSDN site, but that is still not working. Can anyone send me, or refer me to where I can find another one?

    Thanks
    Frank.Sposaro@gmail.com
     
  6. Frank_Sposaro

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    I find one. We got it through a MSDN Subscription
     
  7. simongrahamuk
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    erm, might be wrong but I think thats the service pack cd that you have.
     
  8. JammyBStard

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    Can I ask, How much hard-disk space does this require?
     
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  9. Frank_Sposaro

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    You only need a few gigs of space to install the ISO. However, this is variable on my VM. We are running all of our VMs at 10g. But keep in mind that we really don't need the extra space on them. They are linked up to the same network drive.
     
  10. JammyBStard

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    So you have several virtual machines using the same 10gig space on a network drive? Or several virtual machines with their own 10gig space on the same network drive?

    I'm working on this stuff at my girlfreinds not at home where my network drive is, so I wondering about running some VMs using an external USB drive on my Laptop, possible even my ipod which has a spare 15gigs on it!

    Feel free to shoot me down!
     
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  11. Stoney

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    A virtual hard disk that has a clean install of Windows Server 2003 is approx 1.5GB in size. As you add more components and programs to the virtual machine the size of vhd file will grow.

    I would allocate approx 5 - 10 GB of data on your pc/network drive/whatever for each virtual machine disk. You can limit the physical size that the vhd files will take up on your pc so that they don't grow and eat all your disk space.

    You can run vhd files off an external USB hard disk but you may find the virtual server responds a bit slower than if the vhd's were saved on an internal IDE/SATA hard drive. Not sure about the iPOD, I don't see why not if you can use it as a regular external drive.

    HTH 8)
     
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  12. Tinus1959

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    Nope, Virtual PC support iso file itself. Just right click on the CD icon in the statusbar and choose capture Iso file.
     
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  13. Tinus1959

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    The virtual disks are dynamic. Just make sure you have enough space to support the disk-file which is created.
     
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  14. Stoney

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    Yeah I only realised that about a month or so ago! I think you used to have to use a virtual CD emulator with early VPC 2004 and I never realised they added native ISO image support.
     
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    You can also use a free program called Daemon tools lite which turns iso into a virtual cd and cd drive so when you open virtual pc you just selct the deamon CD and it installs as if it where a real cd.
     
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  16. JammyBStard

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    Thats crystal cheers
    Sounds like i might have to borrow another drive though sounds like the IPod might not cut it in this case but yes, you can use them as regular external drives! ther'e very handy!
     
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  17. Tinus1959

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    My VPC 2004 has ISO support. Even Connectics (the company they bought the source from) has ISO support.
     
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  18. Tinus1959

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    Yes, but you don't need it. It is native to VPC itself.
     
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  19. nugget
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    It's not a problem to do this. I have exactly the same setup, running 3 VMs from a USB harddisk. The reaction times aren't a problem either as long as it's a reasonably fast laptop.

    Where the real problem lies is with the drive mapping. If the USB drive is connected all the time or you don't use any USB sticks it shouldn't be a problem but if you do you might find that the drive mapping changes for the USB drive (occasionally) and VMWare/Virtual PC wont find the VMs. Then you have to go into the pc management and correct the drive mapping and it all works again.
     
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    Daemon Tools
     
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