Chris Pietschmann

husband, father, hacker, entrepreneur, futurist, innovator, autodidact

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Mount ISO Images in Vista x64

In Windows XP I used the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel Utility from Microsoft to mount ISO images to virtual drive letters, but surely Microsoft has built this functionality into Windows Vista, right? Wrong. It would be nice, but they haven't built this into the OS yet. I hope they do in the next release. Well, this utility doesn't work under Windows Vista. I thought I was out of luck, but a quick search revealed a new option to try. The new utility I found to mount ISO images under Windows Vist... [More]

Hyper-V Compatibility Check Tool for AMD Processors

I just found that AMD has a tool titled "AMD-V Technology and Microsoft Hyper-V System Compatibility Check Utility". You can run this tool on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 (make sure you run it with elevated privileges) to see if your hardware combination of AMD Processor and Motherboard support Hyper-V. I guess this would have saved me from the trouble of installing Win 2008 with Hyper-V just to figure out that my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ supports Hyper-V, but my motherboard doesn't. I r... [More]

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC0 and Athlon 64 X2 4200+

I used virtualization through VirtualPC 2007 on this computer, an Athlon 64 X2 4200+ with a Gigabyte GA-M55SLI-S4 motherboard, and it worked perfectly. The Athlon 64 X2 even support Hardware-Assisted Virtualization, so things actually run pretty smooth. Now I've upgraded to Windows Server 2008 so I can run virtual machines with the new Hyper-V (RC0), but when I try to start any virtual machine it gives me an error saying "The virtual machine could not be starte... [More]

Virtualization on the Desktop: VirtualPC 2007 and Hyper-V

About a year ago I started to use VirtualPC 2007 on my Vista x64 box to allow me to run other instances of OS's within isolation without requiring me to purchase anymore hardware for my desk. It's actually rather simple to do and makes it extremely easy to roll back any of your systems to a previous state in case they get screwed up by installing beta software or for any other reason. Benefits of Virtualization  To backup a virtual machine, all you do is burn the virtual... [More]