Installing Virtual Server on Windows Vista Beta 2

October 13, 2006 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft has certified more than 250 computer systems, peripherals and software applications for the Windows VistaOK, last time we talked I was having some difficulty getting IIS and Virtual Server installed together on my Vista 5536 PC. IIS wasn’t allowing the CGI executable to run for the Virtual Server admin page. After looking around fMicrosoft Virtual Server 2005 R2or a bit I found the Handler Mappings section and added CGI, then I could get the VS admin page to load. I created a virtual machine from the VS Master Console but I couldn’t log into the machine once I started it.

So, I decided to do it all over. Here’s what I did.


  • Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services stop the Virtual Server service.
  • Control Panel > Programs and Features > uninstall Virtual Server
  • Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On and Off > uncheck everything in IIS


  • Downloaded this file from this blog post from Virtual PC Guy to install IIS with the correct options for installing Virtual Server
  • Saved the .txt file as a .bat file and ran it
  • Once the command line executed, tried to install Virtual Server Enterprise R2 Beta 2. Install failed because IIS was not running
  • Manually installed IIS. Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On or Off > Internet Information Server
  • IIS6 Management, select all options
  • Application Development Features, select CGI (CGI is the minimum, I selected everything)
  • Security, select Windows Authentication
  • Click OK
  • Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and verify the IIS Admin service and the World Wide Publishing service are running
  • Install Virtual Server Enterprise Edition R2 Beta 2
  • To avoid having to run IE as an Administrator (by right clicking the IE icon in Quicklaunch and selecting Run As Administrator) add your local machine to the IE Trusted Zone by opening IE then clicking on Tools > Internet Options > Security and clicking on Trusted Sites then pushing the Sites button and adding http://localhost
  • And that’s it

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