Archive for the ‘Virtualization’ Category

Another Nano Server Post….(this time using Virtualbox/Windows 2016 TP4)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Microsoft has yet to release an iso that allows you to install Nano Server onto a server. The standard method seems to be to create a VHD and then use that to run Nano.

I was at a conference the other day, and managed to work through the process of getting a server up and running in VirtualBox 5.


Nano Server.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

I’ve been attempting for days to get a VHD of Nano Server (Windows 2016 TP3) up and running from the instructions on Microsoft and on the Microsoft Virtual Academy. I’ve been having issues with the new-nanoserverimage.ps1 just quitting and not giving any error text
back. I knew it wasn’t working as the image wasn’t getting created.


Virtualbox, El Capitan and BootCamping Windows 10

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Unfortunately so far, the method I used to use virtualbox to start a Windows Bootcamp Guest at doesn’t work.

The main sticking point seems to be attaching the EFI partition to the vmdk file. Any ideas anyone….still trying.

So why would you try and run a Vmware ESXi host inside a VM

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I love virtualisation. It means I can experiment to my hearts content with all sorts of OSes and not have to by lots of seperate kit.

My latest pet project is to try and control a Vmware host using some CSharp (or maybe powershell and PowerCLI) to enable cloning of guests without a human being having to interact (pet project at work).

So to setup my lab at home, I wanted and ESXi server….I knew you could run it under a Virtual Machine but wasn’t so sure about VMware’s old Server 2.0.2?


Messing about with Ubuntu 11.10 under VMware

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I like to mess about with other OSes in my spare time and have recently downloaded the latest Ubuntu release. I’ve been a fan of Ubuntu since about v4, this time around they’ve changed the interface and I was a bit lost…

I use VMware Server 2 at home on my Windows 7 “server” as it seems to give me the most generic support for what I need. I can also move guests between my mac VMware fusion install and the server install relatively easily. Another post on that another day….

So standard guest setup, plugin the cd Iso and install the OS.

First things first, remote access, and get desktop sharing through VNC setup. It used to live in control panel, but due to the change in UI, the best way to find it is to hit the black ubuntu button and search for desktop. The desktop sharing app will come up.