Using a guest operating system

Using a guest operating system

Using a guest operating system in a virtual machine is generally like using the same operating system on a physical computer. However, there are some differences to consider. This topic discusses this information.

Registry keys. Installing Virtual Machine Additions creates registry keys in the guest operating system. You can query to the registry keys to obtain information, such as:

  • Name of the physical computer running Virtual Server
  • Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the physical computer running Virtual Server
  • Virtual machine name

For more information, see Virtual Server registry entries.

Display setting. You can manage the display setting used by Virtual Machine Remote Control (VMRC) by modifying the Virtual Machine Remote Control Configuration setting in Virtual Server. This is a global setting that applies to all virtual machines. For more information, see Configuring Administration Website properties. If you want to manage the display resolution of individual virtual machines, modify the display setting in the guest operating system.

System beep. When you run more than one operating system on one computer, you may want to disable the system beep on one or more of the operating systems. Following are the steps to disable the beep on Windows Server 2003:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Under View, click Show hidden devices.
  3. Click Non-plug and play devices.
  4. Right-click Beep, and then click Disable.

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