Cloning W2K Pro, W2k3, and XP Pro using VPC 2004

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by dm4714, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. dm4714

    dm4714 Guest

    I have installed all of these OS as a guest and updated all service packs
    and hot fixes. Before I begin loading different apps on these guests, I
    plan on making a copy of the VPC files for backup purposes and a quick
    recovery method in case of a re-install.

    I have a question:

    I would like to clone about 3 copies of XP Pro from my original guest. I
    understand that I have to do something to fix SID and MAC address issues?
    How do I go about this? Is changing this only necessary if I plan on
    running all 3 simultaneously?
    dm4714, Jul 5, 2005
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  2. It is for running multiple vm's on a network. If you are simply backing up,
    all you need to do is make a straight file copy. I simply drag and drop to
    another folder. It is when you are making copies and using them all in
    different vm's that other issues arise. Not the least of which is
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 5, 2005
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  3. dm4714

    dm4714 Guest

    Licensing is not an issue here.

    So -- if I want to run the same copy simultaneously, what are my options?
    I'd rather install XP one time and copy it multiple times versus installing
    X number of times.

    Any suggestions?

    dm4714, Jul 5, 2005
  4. dm4714

    Steve Jain Guest

    Licensing is an issue. You need to have 3 licenses of XP, even if
    they VMs aren't running. Use Sysprep to modify the installation for
    multiple VM deployment.

    Also, take a look at the VPC help. There's a lot of information there
    about some of the things you've been asking.

    Steve Jain, Virtual Machine MVP
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    Steve Jain, Jul 5, 2005
  5. dm4714

    dm4714 Guest

    Thanks -- I'll check out the help.

    Licensing is not an issue for me because I have valid licenses for all
    instances installed.
    dm4714, Jul 5, 2005
  6. dm4714

    Paul Adare Guest

    microsoft.public.virtualpc news group, <"Colin Barnhorst"
    This also requires licenses for both the original installation and the
    copy that you make. The license is required for installed guests, they
    don't necessarily need to be run. If you've got 3 installed guests, you
    need 3 OS licenses. If you then make copies of those 3 guests, you need
    3 more licenses.

    Paul Adare
    MVP - Windows - Virtual Machine
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    Paul Adare, Jul 5, 2005
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