Vista Beta 2 in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 (What a PITA!)

12. June 2006 01:18

I have been a little sluggish getting back into the routine of blogging and stuff since I went on vacation last month.  So, I decided it was time to stop making excuses and get back into Vista and WCF.  Naturally, I assumed the best way to do this would be by downloading and installing Vista Beta 2 to update my WCF development environment with the latest release.  The previous releases were simple enough to deal with, so I didn't expect Beta 2 to be any different.  Boy, was I in for a surprise.

I started off creating a Virtual Machine and configured it to host Vista.  Next, I mount the ISO image and start the installation process.  Sure, its miserably slow, but it typically is until the VM additions are installed after the OS.  So, the OS is loaded and I install the VM additions.  I boot up Vista again with great anticipation of diving into to see what has changed.  Instead of the joy of playing with Beta 2, I am slapped in the face with persistent, miserably slow performance.  I mean...BAD!

Of course, I start assuming I have done something wrong.  After trying numerous tweaks to get this thing running, I finally start hitting the web.  Alas, I discover that the VM additions for Virtual Server R2 SP1 are broken with Vista Beta 2.  If you are fortunate enough to have access to the BetaPlace, then you can download the latest release that supposedly addresses the issue.  However, if you are like the rest of us, then you get to twiddle your thumbs whille waiting for the announcement that Microsoft is releasing the revised VM additions to the public.

I suppose I will continue working with the February CTP until the VM additions are available.  There is no way you can be anything close to productive using Beta 2 in a VM without those new VM additions.  It is times like this that I wish I had a spare machine laying around that could be put to use.

UPDATE
Since I originally posted this, Microsoft has released the new VM Additions for Virtual Server 2005.  I have not tried them yet, but I just thought I would pass the information along.   You can get the details on the Virtually Vista blog in this post.

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