Virtualization

I want to make a backup or copy of my VMware virtual machine. What is the best way to do so?

Answer

To make a backup copy of a virtual machine created with VMware, just copy the folder to another location. When you power on the copy (open the VM), you will be asked if you have moved the virtual machine or copied it. Select that you “Moved It”. This will keep all of the settings the same. If you select the “Copied It” option, a new UUID and MAC address will be generated, which could cause Windows Activation to come up and can also cause Linux machines to have problems with the Ethernet devices.

You will not be able to use a backed-up virtual machine at the same time as the original because you will have a MAC Address conflict on your network. If you need to be able to run the backed-up virtual machine at the same time as the original, you should make a copy using the “Copied It” option.

How to set NTP on Windows Server 2012

This is all you need if you want to keep it simple. Run using PowerShell as admin:

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:pool.ntp.org /syncfromflags:MANUAL
Stop-Service w32time
Start-Service w32time

If the machine is a VM inside Hyper-V, you have to disable time sync. Open VM settings -> Management -> Integration Services and uncheck Time Synchronization.

Installing and using Windows XP Mode

To use Windows XP Mode, you need to download and install Windows XP Mode, and Windows Virtual PC, the program that runs virtual operating systems on your computer.

When you install a program in Windows XP Mode, the program becomes available for use in both Windows XP Mode and Windows 7.

To download and install Windows XP Mode

  1. Go to the Windows XP Mode page in Download Center.
  2. Under Quick Details, select your language.
  3. Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen to validate your copy of Windows 7.
  4. Select a version of Windows XP Mode to install and click Install.Note: WindowsXPMode_N versions do not include Windows Media Player.
  5. Click Run in your browser’s message bar, and follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. When setup is completed, click Finish.

To download and install Windows Virtual PC

  1. Go to the Windows Virtual PC page in Download Center
  2. Under Quick Details, select your language.
  3. Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen to validate your copy of Windows 7.
  4. Select a version of Windows Virtual PC to install and click Install.
    Note: The x64 version works with 64-bit versions of Windows 7.  The x86 version works with 32-bit versions of Windows 7. To find out if your PC is running 32- or 64-bit Windows 7, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. 32-bit and 64-bit information appears next to System type.
  5. This update must be run from your local C: drive or you will receive an error.
  6. Click Run in your browser’s message bar, and follow the instructions on the screen.
  7. Click Yes to install Update for Windows (KB958559).
  8. If you accept the license terms, click I Accept.
  9. After installation is complete, click Restart Now to restart your computer.

To set up Windows XP Mode for first use

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.
    Picture of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP in the list of programsWindows Virtual PC and  Windows XP in the list of programs
  2. If you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
  3. On the Installation folder and credentials page, accept the default location where Windows XP Mode files will be stored, or choose a new location.
  4. Type a password, type it again to confirm it, and then click Next.
  5. On the Help protect your computer page, decide whether you want to help protect your computer by turning on automatic updates, and then click Next.
  6. Click Start Setup.After setup is complete, Windows XP Mode opens in a separate window.
Warning

Warning

  • Antivirus software isn’t included with Windows XP Mode. Even if your computer running Windows 7 already has antivirus software, you should also install antivirus software in Windows XP Mode to help defend your computer against viruses.

To install and use a program in Windows XP Mode

  1. In Windows 7, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.
  2. In Windows XP Mode, insert the program’s installation disc into your computer’s CD/DVD drive; or browse to the program’s installation file, open the file, and follow the instructions to install the program.
    Picture of a program being installed in Windows XP ModeInstalling a program in  Windows XP Mode
  3. Click the Close button Picture of the Close button at the top of the Windows XP Mode window.
  4. In Windows 7, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Windows Virtual PC, click Windows XP Mode Applications, and then click the program you want to open.
    Note

    Note

    • If the Windows XP Mode window is open when you try opening a program in Windows XP Mode from Windows 7, you’ll be prompted to close the virtual machine. Be sure to save any data you want to keep in Windows XP Mode before closing it.