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Will Windows 2008 work in Virtual PC? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am doing a course on Windows 2008, and I need to install an evaluation version for learning purposes.  I am running Windows 7, so Virtual PC is installed.  I am able to install Windows 2003, and it seems to run fine.
    Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:26 PM

Answers

  • Windows 2008 32bit will work.  2008R2 will not as it is only 64bit.  To use 2008 R2, you'd need a 3rd party VM program like Virtual Box, VM Ware player/workstation, or Parallels Workstation.
    • Marked as answer by Bigteddy Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:34 PM
    Friday, May 20, 2011 7:59 PM

All replies

  • Windows 2008 32bit will work.  2008R2 will not as it is only 64bit.  To use 2008 R2, you'd need a 3rd party VM program like Virtual Box, VM Ware player/workstation, or Parallels Workstation.
    • Marked as answer by Bigteddy Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:34 PM
    Friday, May 20, 2011 7:59 PM
  • I find the networking a bit funny in Virtual PC:  If you set it to "Internal", which is what I want, then all the network adapters get the Autoconfigured IP range 169.254.0.0.  This makes it look like there's no actual DHCP server.  But if I introduce a DHCP server into the environment, the client machines refuse to pick up from the scope.  They still autoconfigure.

    I tried Virtual Server 2005 on XP (test environment), and the networking is much more flexible.  But I just can't go back to XP as my day to day machine!

    I even tried Hyper-V 64-bit on my machine, and it worked!  But I need my machine for other purposes except playing with servers.
    • Edited by Bigteddy Saturday, May 21, 2011 1:25 PM added some
    Saturday, May 21, 2011 1:23 PM