eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-09-26
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization

While the so-called community technology preview version of Microsofts new hypervisor rides with Windows Server 2008 RC0, the new Microsoft virtualization bits arent, strictly speaking, part of RC0. The upshot of this is that I had to install a couple o

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Know Your Roles

After applying the requisite updates duo, Windows virtualization appeared alongside Windows Server 2008s other roles.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Know Your Roles

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Server Manager

Viridians status as a Windows virtualization role earns the feature a spot in Windows Server Manager, where configuration and management options for the hypervisor sit alongside advice from Microsoft on the hows and whys of virtualization.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Server Manager

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Configuration Wizardry

Administrators who are getting their feet wet with virtualization can take comfort in the fact that Windows typically handholding ways extend to Viridian.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Configuration Wizardry

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Windows on Windows

I set about nesting a virtual Windows Server 2008 Core instance within the physical Server Id just installed.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Windows on Windows

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Installation Sources

Creating a new instance with Windows virtualization system is fairly simple, with plenty of installation source options. I stuck to the RC0 media still in the drive of my test system.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Installation Sources

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Redmond, We Have a Problem

Windows waited until just before I launched my freshly minted virtual instance to tell me that its hypervisor wasnt running. Although Id previously used the same test machine to run a Windows instance from a XenEnterprise hypervisor, Windows wasnt happ

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Redmond, We Have a Problem

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Back in Business

Fortunately, updating my BIOS was all it took to satisfy Viridian, and the installation of my virtual Windows Server instance was under way.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Back in Business

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Linux on Windows

I also installed a Linux instance on Windows Viridian--I chose an rPath MediaWiki appliance for the test.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Linux on Windows

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Another Problem

The rPath installers Linux kernel panicked shortly after boot.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Another Problem

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Back in Business, Part Deux

I took the advice of Linux kernels error message, booted the installer with the flag noapic, and proceeded with the installation.

eWEEK Labs Tests Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Back in Business, Part Deux

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