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Virtual Windows Home Server

If you are like me and enjoy testing the different features of Windows Home Server and all the different add-ins available for it then it is a good idea to set up another copy of WHS in a testing environment.

One way of doing this is within a virtual machine that allows you to install a complete copy plus applications into a virtual (emulated) computer, complete with BIOS and hardware configuration options.

This way you can create a custom test environment that can be rebuilt at any time, and can easily be restored to previous states without going through a full installation of Home Server.

For full details on how to accomplice this the website I Hate Linux has the walk through using the free Microsoft Virtual PC software.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Great idea! Except, if I understand correctly, you would have to buy a seperate WHS software license just for testing virtual machine.

  2. DS Systems says:

    Hi Kevin,
    You won’t have too, you can install WHS without using a CD Key. Which means you can test it for 30 days [till it needs activation]. I’ve been doing this since Beta2 for testing a demoing WHS to customers.

  3. Kevin says:

    Interesting. Thanks for the info.

  4. Hi DS Systems,
    Thanks for reminding us of the 30 days available to test WHS.

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