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Hi,
I've seen some articles on creating a VPC on Windows 7 and there seems to be different ways of doing this. One way is to use VPC 2007. There might be something special for Windows 7 that was not available for earlier OS'es (My host OS is therefore Windows 7 and my guest OS will be Windows Server 2008 R2). At work we have Windows 7 Professional. What I would like to find out is:
 
1. Should I use VPC 2007 on a Windows 7 machine? I want to install Windows 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, and then TFS2010.
 
2. Is there a special VPC mode on a Windows 7 machine that I should use instead?
 
3. Once I get my VPC set up, can that virtual machine be connected to from other machines on our work network? I want to be able to have others machines connect to the TFS2010 on this VPC.
 
4. Are there any good documents that I could follow to set up this VPC?
 
5. Is there an existing VPC with TFS2010 RTM?
 
thanks in advance!
regards,
Bill Campbell
 

6 Answers Found

 

Answer 1

There's no way to install a 64-bit OS on either VPC2007 or Windows VPC, you'll have to use some other virtualization software.  (And Win2008 R2 is, I believe, 64-bit only)
 
 

Answer 2

Hi Bob,

Thanks much! You are correct - I cannot use Windows Server 2008 R2 as it is only 64bit. Looks like I'll have to go back to Windows Server 2003.

Did you have any ideas about the other questions? I have been reading more and it appears that I could use Windows Virtual PC if my processor has hardware virtualization. Otherwise it appears that there is something that I can install if it doesn't have it and still use the Windows Virtual PC. And I could as well just use VPC 2007. I don't know the benefits of one solution vs the other.

thanks,

Bill Campbell

 

Answer 3

As long as you don't need 64-bit with Win2003, you can use either VPC2007 or Windows virtual PC (the new one), but I'd suggest the latter.  It has the ability to use more than one core if you are running more than 1 VM unlike VPC2007 (still only 1 core per VM), and it has the ability to use some USB devices.
 
2. is the Windows VPC I was talking about, and XP Mode is a downloadable VM if you have the proper version of Windows 7 that contains a license for it.
 
I don't really know about the rest.
 
 
 

Answer 4

Thanks Again. That's a good start for sure. I'll keep looking for the others.

regards,

Bill Campbell

 

Answer 5

1. Should I use VPC 2007 on a windows  7 machine? I want to install Windows 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, and then TFS2010.
For a server operating system, you should be considering Virtual  Server rather than Virtual PC. However, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 supports only 32-bit guest OS. Windows 7 does not allow Virtual Server to install or run. You will have to use this work around http://tfl09.blogspot.com/2009/08/windows-7-and-virtual-server.html inorder to run virtual server on your machine. 
 
2. Is there a special VPC mode on a Windows 7 machine  that I should use instead?
Windows 7 will not allow you to install Virtual PC. When the compatibility warning pops up, continue with the installation.
 
3. Once I get my VPC set up, can that virtual machine be connected to from other machines on our work network? I want to be able to have others machines connect to the TFS2010 on this VPC.
Yes, you can. IN the VPC settings dialog box, select one of the physical network adapters as an adapter for your VPC. Your VPC machine will be in your network like any other machine.
 
4. Are there any good documents that I could follow to set up this VPC?
Google was my documentation when I had to install VPC and Virtual Server on my Windows 7 machine.
 
5. Is there an existing VPC with TFS2010 RTM?
I am sorry, I don't know this one.
 

Answer 6

Check out http://www.virtualbox.org - VirtualBox supports Windows Server 2008 R2.

-Moiz Tankiwala PMP

 
 
 

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