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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system. It also saves reconfiguration time, so your support, development, and training staff can work more efficiently.

Features: 
Configurability After installing Virtual PC, you can configure it to suit your requirements. Virtual PC has a number of settings that control how the product interacts with the physical computer, allocates resources, and so on. Easy installation Virtual PC is simple to install. Any administrator can run the Virtual PC guided setup program, and installation doesn’t require a reboot. The first time Virtual PC starts, it guides you through the process of creating the first virtual machine. Standardization Configure and test upgrades and installations on virtual machines, and then you can deploy throughout your company a standard configuration that avoids problems caused by minor differences between hardware platforms. Convenience Users switch between operating systems as easily as they switch between applications. They simply click the window containing the virtual machine. They can pause individual virtual machines so they stop using CPU cycles on the physical computer. They can also save virtual machines to disk and restore them at a later time. The restoration process normally takes a few seconds—much faster than restarting the guest operating system. Host integration Users can copy, paste, drag, and drop between guest and host. Virtual PC provides additions that you install in a guest operating system to enable this functionality.
Benefits: 

Virtual PC provides a time-saving and cost-saving solution anywhere users must run multiple operating systems. Use Virtual PC in the following scenarios:

* Ease Migration: Run legacy applications in a virtual machine instead of delaying the deployment of a new operating system just because of application incompatibility. Test your migration plans using virtual machines instead of actual physical computers.
* Do More in Less Time: Support staff can run multiple operating systems on a single physical computer and switch between them easily. They can also restore virtual machines to their previous state almost instantly. Train students on multiple operating systems and virtual networks instead of purchasing and supporting additional computers.
* Streamline Deployment: Test software on different operating systems more easily. One crashing application or operating system doesn’t affect others.
* Accelerate Development: Increase quality assurance by testing and documenting your software on multiple operating systems using virtual machines. Decrease time-to-market by reducing reconfiguration time.

Minimum Requirements: 

Virtual PC 2007 runs on:
Windows XP Professional,
Windows XP Tablet PC,
Windows Server 2003,
Windows Vista Business,
Windows Vista Enterprise,
Windows Vista Ultimate.

With the rollup (see below), it also runs on:
Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Windows Vista Home with Service Pack1 (SP1)

Product Delivery: 
Electronic Delivery (download)

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Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit

A free, downloadable tool for Virtual Server 2005, Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) simplifies the migration of an operating system and installed applications from a physical server to a server running within a virtual machine that is provided and managed by Virtual Server 2005. With Virtual Server 2005, you can set up multiple virtual machines running different operating systems and applications on the same physical computer.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualserver/bb676674.aspx

If ubuntu 8.10 hangs during the installation

When I tried to install ubuntu 8.10 under virtual PC 2007, as soon as I was selecting to start the installation, a log trace was displayed on screen and the system hanged.
The last line of log was "end trace".
If you have a similar problem:
- restart
- Select a Language,
- Press F4 and select Safe Graphics Mode
- Press F6. A line with command line options will appear.
Add to this line:
noreplace-paravirt vga=771 i8042.noloop clock=pit
and press Enter.

The installation will pass the problematic point and continue with a blank screen that will remain for a long time. You should be able to see that the installation is working though the flashing CD and Disk icons of virtual PC.

Good luck!

hotfix rollup package for Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1

hotfix rollup package for Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1
February 20, 2009

http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=958162

Is my CPU supporting hardware virtualization?

Download and run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool.
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=163321

The tool will give you one of the answers:
- No
- Yes
- Yes, but you must enable Virtualization via your BIOS