Instead of risking my sanity by trying to install Virtual PC 2004 on my x64 box, I decided to go with Virtual Server 2005 R2 x64. Thankfully, this new release of Virtual Server allows installation on an XP host, and the setup experience was pleasantly uneventful.
Of course I ran into a snag - my default browser is Firefox, and the administration Web site didn't fully function with it. So back to Internet Explorer, and configure the first (existing) virtual machine:
I learned the following things:
- Do not forget to configure the network adapters. Otherwise connecting to your domain can be a challenge.
- Definitely enable Remote Desktop on your virtual machines, which brings me to the next item on my list:
- When renaming a virtual machine beware of your own cleverness. Especially if all your virtual machines were copied from a once-configured image, and you renamed one of those instance so that the original name no longer exists in Active Directory.
Other than that I have to say that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is a much better experience than Virtual PC 2004.