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Running Linux Distributions in Microsoft Virtual Server

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Well after attempting to get Fedora Core 4 Final installed on a virtual server for quite some time, reviewing if I want to upgrade my server box from FC2 to FC4, I finally figured out my resolution thanks to a few sites around the net. The issue I was continually getting was after installation, the screen would freak out and go to a resolution that was 4 times as wide as it should have been. Upon trying to terminal in (non-gfx login), I would get issues with file permissions on the X config files and almost everything was corrupted after attempting to edit manually. So, the resolution:

1. Set the monitor to a generic LCD Monitor, 1600x1200
2. Set the color depth to thousands of colors, as opposed to millions of colors

I found a couple reasons for doing the two bullets listed above, but I don't feel like getting into the crazy jarble right now.

Do those two things and booyaka you have your distro of linux inside of Microsoft Virtual Server. This has alot of positives, especially for companies such as those that I work for that often have to translate a *NIX software environment into a windows software environment and need a testing area, but often do not have a physical box available to deploy and test applications upon. But for me, I have my linux playground without losing my windows server box that I have become quite accustomed to.

Please also note that I am running Virtual Server R2, not the original version. I am not sure if this will make a difference or not, but for anyone that attempts this on a non-R2 VS let me know if it works or not.


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