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  • Hi,
    does anyone think that it will slow down severely in speed to run a "Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition" virtual machine in WinXP, which is using such config:

    socket 775 LGA
    Pentium dual core E5800 3.2 GHz

    Furthermore, I've downloaded the above one and also have nearly extracted its image in my Winxp. Did anyone ever experience in setting up this in Winxp? how about the way with the details? how to start the virtual machine?


    Many Thanks & Best Regards, Hua Min

    Friday, November 11, 2011 7:43 AM

Answers

  • Running a virtual machine requires a fast CPU and a huge RAM (not below 4 GB) and it will have an impact on the performance of your computer, of course: don't forget that you're running a server operating system into a virtual PC.
    I've virtualized Windows Server 2003 Enterprise a few years ago in a Windows XP SP2 environment using VMware Workstation 6: If I remember well, the virtual machine used 512 MB of the total installed RAM, but I suggest you to give more memory to the guest operating system if you can.
    You have to choose the virtualization software you want to use: if you can pay for that, you can use VMWare Workstation (http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html); otherwise, you can use a free virtualization software, like Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24439) or (http://www.virtualbox.org).

    You have to create a new virtual machine and install the operating system you want to virtualize (the "guest" operating system, as it is called in VM terminology) in the same way you'd install it in a physical PC; at the end of the installation, remember to install the guest os additions (every virtualization program uses a different name to identify them), a software package that can speed up the virtual machine by installing enhanced video drivers, mouse drivers, network card drivers and setting up guest os-specific optimizations.
    Finally you have to configure the network settings, so the guest os will be able to connect to any network you want.

    There are many different and program-specific options to configure, so read carefully the virtualization program documentation; and remember that you must own a valid Retail license for any operating system you want to virtualize.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    • Marked as answer by Jackson_1990 Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:53 AM
    Friday, November 11, 2011 2:34 PM

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  • Running a virtual machine requires a fast CPU and a huge RAM (not below 4 GB) and it will have an impact on the performance of your computer, of course: don't forget that you're running a server operating system into a virtual PC.
    I've virtualized Windows Server 2003 Enterprise a few years ago in a Windows XP SP2 environment using VMware Workstation 6: If I remember well, the virtual machine used 512 MB of the total installed RAM, but I suggest you to give more memory to the guest operating system if you can.
    You have to choose the virtualization software you want to use: if you can pay for that, you can use VMWare Workstation (http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html); otherwise, you can use a free virtualization software, like Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24439) or (http://www.virtualbox.org).

    You have to create a new virtual machine and install the operating system you want to virtualize (the "guest" operating system, as it is called in VM terminology) in the same way you'd install it in a physical PC; at the end of the installation, remember to install the guest os additions (every virtualization program uses a different name to identify them), a software package that can speed up the virtual machine by installing enhanced video drivers, mouse drivers, network card drivers and setting up guest os-specific optimizations.
    Finally you have to configure the network settings, so the guest os will be able to connect to any network you want.

    There are many different and program-specific options to configure, so read carefully the virtualization program documentation; and remember that you must own a valid Retail license for any operating system you want to virtualize.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    • Marked as answer by Jackson_1990 Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:53 AM
    Friday, November 11, 2011 2:34 PM
  • Thanks Luigi. I tried that at most the allowed harddisk for this
    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

    is only around 130 gb, even if I have 1.5 tb space left on the drive I tried out

    how about that I expect to have about 320 gb for the virtual PC? will vmware be better?


    Many Thanks & Best Regards, Hua Min
    Monday, November 14, 2011 2:17 AM
  • Test . Will be deleted shortly. RIS
    Monday, November 14, 2011 4:33 PM