Virtual PC has since split to include the Virtual Server program.
As the name implies, Virtual PC emulates an IBM PC.
- dec 21140 nic
Virtual PC offers several ways to connect a VM onto the physical network
- IP ADDRESS 192.168.131.XXX
- MASK 255.255.255.0
- GATEWAY 192.168.131.254
- DNS 192.168.131.254
You can pick any ip addres that is not 254 or 0 for your VM's address. The nat is unique per VM. In Virtual PC 5.1 and higher you can have up to 4 NIC's so you can have a 'vm only' network and one VM to act as a router etc...
Information was retrieved from here: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/01/06/347965.aspx
I've heard if you set your VM to the same MAC as your wifi card you can operate on wifi... this is currently unverified.
- Virtual PC 1.0
- Virtual PC 2.0
- Virtual PC 3.0
- Virtual PC 4.0
- Virtual PC 5.0
- Virtual PC 5.1
- Virtual PC 2004
- Virtual PC 2007
Virtual PC 2007 on multiprocessor machines may experence signifigant lag and even data corruption in some cases. I've seen this with NT 3.1 & Novell Netware 3.12 .. The 'fix' is to set Virtual PC's affinity to a single CPU BEFORE any VM's have started.
- Virtual Server 2005
- Virtual Server 2005R2
- Windows 2008 server with Hyper V
Initially Virtual PC was built for playing legacy video games under new operating systems, Hence the SoundBlaster 16 support. However once Microsoft realized that it could be used to support legacy OS's, and of course test development they bought out the company. Now insted of their developers having dozens of test machines, they can quickly test within Virtual PC.
Depending on the version, the emulated hardware has slightly changed over the years breaking backwards compatability with older OS's.