Friday, November 20, 2009

How to share files in Sun Virtual Box ?

Shared folders allow you to access files of your host system from within the guest system, much like ordinary shares on Windows networks Sharing folders in Microsoft virtual PC is much simpler than in virtual Box. Just adding the shared folder will add a new mapped icon in "my computer" to provide access to host files

This is not the case in Virtual box, sharing is accomplished using a special service on the host and a file system driver for the guest, both of which are provided by VirtualBox.To share a host folder with a virtual machine in Virtual Box, you must specify the path of that folder and choose for it a "share name" that the guest can use to access it.

After this step I'm expecting a new drive in "My Computer" as a typical Microsoft Virtual PC user. But there is no new drive. After digging into the help files, Virtual Box requires a explicit "net use" command to mount that shared drive.

net use x: \\vboxsvr\sharename

vboxsvr is a fixed name(might be helper service which runs on the guest along with Guest additions), "sharename" is the alias name which is provided while mapping the host drive

Virtual machine guest additions installation is a pre-requisite for folder sharing

Monday, November 16, 2009

Where is Windows Server 2008 SP1 ?

While preparing a Windows server 2008 virtual machine and as usual I was just looking up for patching my newly installed operating system(to get the bug fixes).

Interestingly I was not able to find Windows Server 2008 SP1, there is only SP2 available and came to know that the initial OS installation includes the SP1.

FAQ Section of Windows Server 2008 SP1 clarifies the doubt,Following text taken from the FAQ

Are there any prerequisites for SP2?

You must have Windows Vista with SP1 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your computer before installing Service Pack 2. (Windows Server 2008 shipped with Service Pack 1 included.)

Screen shot after the clean installation of Windows server 2008

SharePoint server 2010 preparation

As SharePoint server runs only on 64 bit platform, all working virtual machines becomes useless and need to start with a clean slate. It's time to build a new virtual machine but unfortunately our Microsoft Virtual PC cannot be able to run 64 bit machine within.

SharePoint server 2010 can be installed on Vista/Windows 7/ Windows 2008 Server Operating systems. So it's a clear message from Microsoft that Virtual PC will not be upgraded to support 64 bit instances. Either run SharePoint on your desktop or go for third party virtualization solutions such as Vmware or Sun Virtual box. As the later is a free offer from Sun Micro, I prefer to go with Virtual box.

Prior to that you need to check whether you lap/desk top supports 64 bit virtualization. Use VMware 64 bit Compatibility checking tool and find out whether your hardware supports 64 bit virtualization. Use this processor check guide from Vmware for supported micro processors.

At last Sun virtual Box rocked by hosting the 64 bit guest on a 32 bit Vista box

It's time to learn new things right now which are integrated right into the heart of SharePoint 2010 till I get the CTP edition from MSDN.

Things are which are new in SharePoint 2010
  • PowerShell - an ultimate scripting engine which will surely replace the STSADM management console from administrators
  • Jquery - A lightweight javascript library which comes with OOB product
  • SilverLight - Version 3.0 looks much solid with its new controls and RIA services
  • Windows Communication foundation - Guy who replaces the SSP in MOSS
  • Visual Studio 2010 - Recommended IDE for SharePoint server 2010 which comes with tight integration like F5 execution and much better project templates than VseWss extensions. Still I need to explore more